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Happy Birthday Twice


At some point this morning I will officially turn 35.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And a few hours later, so will H. Our 17th birthday celebrated together.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

The first few years were birthdays at university, or travelling between two sets of family, and then we’ve had birthdays on holiday, or just on a day off work to do nothing but relax.  For the last few years I’ve been down at Britmums Live over our birthday weekend and so the whole family has come down for a London expedition, but this year we’ve been so busy recently that a weekend at home sounds blissful.

So we’ll be celebrating quietly.  We’ve got steak for supper in the fridge, we’ve chosen our favourite breakfasts; bacon, sausages and peach french toast; and as it’s father’s day too I’m pretty sure our lounge is shortly going to resemble the inside of a card shop.  There’s a little pile of presents wrapped up in our play silks sat on my desk in the studio and a confetti of cards landed on the doormat on Saturday morning to be tucked away for today.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

But I think what I’m looking forward to the most is just being together as a five; sitting in our lounge while Kitty paints a picture and Elma paints herself, or lying in the grass in the garden lifting each individual leaf out of Pip’s range of exploration.  We’ll make our birthday cake after lunch; the girls have designs on something pink and white and stripy but I suspect I might just go for a really nice Victoria sponge and the day will potter on.  No doubt at some point one of the children will have touched/looked at/spoken to another and there’ll be fallings out and making up, and fetching glasses of water, or answering questions about what’s for supper, and when is supper and why we don’t eat another meal ten minutes after we’ve all finished lunch (I fear another growth spurt is headed our way).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

It will be first and foremost a family Sunday, albeit one with some really great food.

When I was younger my perfect idea of a birthday was, if not exactly indulgence personified, certainly a day for relaxed bliss, and definitely not a day for working.  But now with the children, as much as I’d love to imagine that they’d all magically sleep through the night in their own beds and give us a nice long lie in, I know that there’s every chance we’ll be up and downstairs before half six, and yet I don’t mind.  And it’s not just because we’ve agreed that part of our presents is a nap each.  It’s probably very corny to say so but there truly is nothing that makes me as happy as just being at home curled up all together.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And this year for the first time, we’re celebrating our joint birthday as a family of five.

It’s going to be perfect, in all its imperfect glory.

Space for the Butterflies is a finalist in the Baby category at this year’s MADs Awards for which I am truly thankful. If you haven’t voted yet, I would be over the moon if you would vote for me? It literally takes seconds, you don’t need to be in the UK or a blogger – parenting or otherwise – and it might just make my year!  Voting is open until 26th June.

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  • Mandycharlie 21/06/2015 at 7:22 am

    Happy Birthday, enjoy your most precious of days together.

  • Mylittledreamworld1 21/06/2015 at 7:51 am

    What a lovely post. I had my 30th in April – we went on a family holiday to the lakes and the day was quiet – a walk out, a family meal and cake. Perfect for me. You just can’t beat spending time with family. Love your photos xx

  • Anna-Marie 21/06/2015 at 8:10 am

    Happy Birthday! Steak for dinner sounds perfect! {and so does the breakfast!!} Have a wonderful day! Lovely post Carie xx

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy 21/06/2015 at 8:21 am

    How lovely that you share a birthday! This is so spot on and lovely. Birthdays these days aren’t like when we were younger but they are lovely and imperfect because of the families we now have. Have a wonderful birthday x

  • mary 21/06/2015 at 8:35 am

    Aww, happy birthday both of you!

  • LauraCYMFT 21/06/2015 at 10:16 am

    Aww Happy birthday to you both! How nice that you share a birthday! I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful day and it sounds like you’ve got lots of lovely things to eat! We’re having steak tonight for Father’s Day. We all win on these days lol.

  • Michelle (@AFamilyChatter) 21/06/2015 at 1:11 pm

    Happy birthday to you both! It sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your birthday’s! 🙂 x

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 21/06/2015 at 6:16 pm

    Wishing you and your H a very happy birthday. Sounds like a lovely day spent with your family xx

  • Kate + 21/06/2015 at 6:25 pm

    How lovely to share a birthday 🙂 Hope you had a great day x

  • Mary 21/06/2015 at 10:32 pm

    Oh man I absolutely love that you have your birthdays so close – how lovely! A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you guys, hope its as lovely as you are anticipating x

  • sally 21/06/2015 at 11:02 pm

    Happy Birthday to you both, hoping it was just as perfect as your description sounded.

  • Kim 22/06/2015 at 1:02 am

    Happiest of days to you both. Hope you had a wonderful day together. xo

  • Carlin 22/06/2015 at 4:22 am

    Happy Birthday Carie! To the both of you! Hope your day was wonderful.

  • caroline 22/06/2015 at 9:33 pm

    Happy birthday, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. x

  • Yanic 23/06/2015 at 3:05 am

    Happy birthday! Looks like you had such a wonderful day. I’m so happy. xox

  • Ali 23/06/2015 at 9:42 pm

    Ah how special to share a birthday! I love quiet weekends at home too – I hope it was a good one xx

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 24/06/2015 at 11:07 am

    Gorgeous post Carie… “Perfect in all its impfrct glory”… I love that!! Happy belated birthday!!!