At a recent conference my husband and I attended in Sun River, Oregon, we were inspired after sitting through a parenting seminar to really go big with our kid's birthdays. And I don't mean go big as in go spend tons of money on extravagant gifts and material things but rather make the day something special for our little ones. We want the day to be a day where we intentionally celebrate our kids, who are amazing gifts that we have been so graciously given. Matthias' 3rd birthday celebration was simple but incredibly memorable. The day started with balloons, dancing, pancakes, whipped cream, and The Beatles, "Today is your birthday" played on repeat. Then on to the donut shop, then the coffee shop for some hot chocolate. After we thoroughly filled him with sugar we went on a "hike" to find a "honey tree," (he loves Winnie the Pooh right now). After some tree climbing in the freezing cold Matthias said he wanted to go to the park. So we took him to the park. Once his fingers were frozen he decided to call it quits. Then on to a solid 3 hour birthday nap, (I think that was more a gift for us then for him). We ended the day with a birthday dinner over at his great grandparents where he enjoyed a cupcake or two and some fun gifts. From the start of the day we told Matthias he could eat whatever he wanted and could go do whatever he wanted. It was his day. Of course we offered a suggestion or two. But in the end, his birthday was such a perfect representation of this season of life for him and all that he loves. As my head hit the pillow that night I reflected on how fun we had that day as a family and was reminded to continually give thanks for Matthias; an incredible gift I do not deserve.