It seems to be birthday season, we’ve attended three birthday parties in the past two weeks. I love any reason to celebrate — Last day of school! Cinco de Mayo! All three of my kids slept through the night! (We are going to THROW DOWN when that finally happens.)

I’m a person who celebrates the cat’s birthday and my kids’ half-birthdays, so you know I love a good birthday party.

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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David / On the way to this party, David asked me, “Mommy, what’s going to be at this birthday?” And I enthusiastically responded, “HORSES!” David clarified, “No, Mo-o-mmy, what friends are going to be there?”

I’m glad someone has their priorities straight.

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Mary Virginia / The parties this weekend were filled with Music! Friends! Games! Horses! Chickens! Bunnies! And on the way home, when I asked her her favorite part, she always said the cupcakes. It took her so long to eat this cupcake that someone even commented, “Wow, she’s really taking her time with that cupcake.”

She licked off the frosting and discarded the cake. It took her maybe a half an hour? Forty-five minutes? It didn’t surprise me at all. I’ve seen the girl nibble on a single Cheerio for three hours.

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Thomas / The big kids spent the weekend at birthday parties while this one napped and hung out with Daddy. I’m sure I spent more time away from Thomas this weekend than I have his entire life. We both survived. (Daddy too!)

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