In a fit of kindness, I declared school to be off in celebration of the day. We had just been gone the previous week, so what's another day of hooky, right? As further proof that my brain had been baked too long in the sun I packed everyone up for a morning at the park with a picnic for lunch.
We swung by work and picked up Brandon to play with Kathleen while Sophia and I went birthday present shopping. Kathleen and her father made a big fort together to pass the time before heading off to a friend's swimming birthday party.
I cooked up Kathleen's favorite meal (bulgur lentil pilaf) to watch in front of her movie of choice (The Princess Bride), but she couldn't wait until later to open her presents. So we sung "Happy Birthday" with no cake, which was okay because I forgot to buy candles.
I still can't believe that eight years ago she was sleeping in my arms, fresh from the hospital. I've been grateful to have every single day since then.