|Happy birthday to my 7 year old!|
In our house we have a special little tradition….on your birthday, the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning is a bunch of brightly colored balloons. I firmly believe no one should start their birthday off in a room without festive birthday balloons!
We started this tradition when our oldest was two years old. On her second birthday, she awoke to two balloons tied to the end of her bed. She was so excited that day to see two big balloons, just for her! Every birthday since, the number of balloons has increased by one. Her siblings have had birthday balloons from the very start- beginning with their very first birthdays.
This morning it was my youngest son who awoke to a big bunch of bright birthday balloons on his bed. Seven colorful balloons greeted him to remind him that today is his special day. After breakfast, he posed with his seven balloons for the official birthday picture. This latest picture will join the others of him, one from every year with the corresponding number of balloons, to mark off the passing of time and the joy of growing older, wiser and taller with each additional balloon.
Our birthday balloon tradition actually had its roots in my childhood. I remember only one birthday, my fourth, waking up to balloons over my bed but that early morning festivity and the cheerful feeling it filled me with made for such a special day that I had to make it a yearly tradition for my children.
The pictures of each of them with their birthday balloons has made the tradition that much more special for me too! Looking back at all the pictures and the changes in their little smiling faces is such a beautiful way to commemorate their birthdays and the growth and maturity each year brings.
Happy Birthday to my big seven year old, may your 7 balloons be only the beginning of the magic and joy of the day!!!!!!!