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Saturday, March 27, 2010

I'm such a bad mom

I completely forgot my kids Half-Birthday this year. Actually, I've forgotten it several times over the last couple of years. But this year my daughter was telling me how she had laughingly mentioned it to her kindergarten class and the next thing she knew some of the parents brought her presents!

The Half-Birthday was started when my kids were around 3 or 4 years old. As much as I loved having twins, I felt a little cheated that I only got to have one birthday party each year. So, since their birthday was September 12th, I deemed March 12th their Half-Birthday! Each year we would have a little private party - just the three of us. I would usually get one birthday card and cut in it half. Of course, each year I had to alternate who got the top half and who got the bottom.

Then I would bake one cake layer, cut it in half, and make a half cake. Gifts usually included things like chapstick and kleenex for Jenni and some hot wheels thing or soccer trinket for Joe. Just fun, silly, cheap gifts.

As they got older we sometimes went out to dinner to celebrate. And, yes, I would let each of them have a whole meal.

It was a fun tradition that I kept going until a couple of years after they moved out. Then, because they now have their own families, it sort of slipped away. But now that I see it's still important to my daughter, I need to put it on my calendar so I don't forget again!

Such a negligent mother.


Desert Diva said...

What a GREAT mom - a half birthday celebration. What wonderful memories your kids have! I'm sure that they just are glad you remember their "regular" birthday now...

Jenni said...

Bad, bad mom! ;)

ba and the boys said...

oh i bet you will still be their favorite mom when it comes down to the wire!
happy half birthday guys! be sure to guilt your mom into a really nice italian meal for forgetting!

Mellodee said...

Flogging is the only remedy!! Naughty, naughty mommy!!

It's funny how things grow into traditions before you know it!