Birthday Dinner Happiness

Tomorrow is my little guy’s birthday!  We will be very busy seeing Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and attending a Scouting event, so we had his traditional birthday dinner of Chinese food tonight.  It is one of his favorites and a fun tradition on his birthday.  Usually we order a bunch of random items off of the menu and sample them all.  Since it is a school night, though, we stuck to our favorites – vegetable lo mien, fried dumplings, egg rolls, fried rice and hot and sour soup.  Yum!

Veg Lo Mein

fried dumplings

Tomorrow will be a fun day.  I am going to surprise him with balloons and streamers when he wakes up and a giant red velvet cupcake for breakfast!  Well the decorations might not be that much of a surprise since it is another one of our traditions.  Maybe he forgot.  But it will still be fun.

I ran my eight miles again today in honor of eight years.  Two down, one more to go.  It was a nice run past the lake and through the neighborhood.  Margie – next time beep!  (Just try not to scare the !#@ out of me!).  Have I mentioned that I like where I live?  It’s a town full of friends, good scenery and a good variety of running courses.

Lake

It was also haircut day.  Just a coincidence that I am included in that statement.  I always try to have the boys “cleaned up” before birthdays and holidays.  It’s not their favorite, but they look so handsome when they are done!  While I was at my salon I noticed a picture I had not seen previously.

Happy pic

I love this one because I truly believe that our perspective informs and sometimes acts as a catalyst for the events of our life.  A happy outlook can lead to good things happening in your day, even if it is just to make someone else feel happy.  I would love my boys to see this regularly.  I do have a somewhat similar picture hanging at our house.

Happiness pic

Here’s to birthdays and happiness all rolled into one.

So, I am wondering, do you ever notice how your outlook affects your day?

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