Tomorrow is my 40th birthday. I'm not all that excited about it, really. I don't know. Thirty wasn't so bad, well, because thirty just isn't so bad. And we were in Hawaii. This time around we'll be home. Justin is out of work, so nothing too grandiose. I'm mostly hoping for some cake. Although...Miranda has been practicing for a surprise party for months. She comes into the room, switches off the light, counts to three in a stage whisper, and yells, "Surprise!" So, we all play along and act surprised, and she wishes the person there a happy birthday. So really, I've been getting birthday wishes since at least November. And when we had extra boxes around during Christmas, she produced a present! It was very exciting.
Usually the present is just an empty box, which to Miranda, is something to be excited about! (Boxes are very cool for the 3 and under crowd.)
Recently, however, she's started putting an actual surprise in the box. Because an empty box is cool, but something inside the box is even better. And the something inside this little box is pretty surprising.
"Happy Birthday, Mommy! Here's a lizard!"