Living hours away from family and most friends, it is always a special and cherished occasion when we are all able to gather together. There are only a few times a year when these occasions occur. One of those times is Anderson’s birthday.
Our loved ones take the time to make the few hour drive to Decatur to celebrate our sweet, silly girl, once a year, while also showering her with many presents. Having so many family and friends celebrate Anderson with us is a very special moment.
After the presents have been unwrapped, decorations have been packed away and the last piece of cake has been eaten, I make a priority to send a special, personalized “thank you” to all of our loved ones who shared our day with us.
For this year’s Thank You notes I decided to re-use a piece of the party décor. The Minnie Mouse head garland was perfect for writing a special note to share our gratitude. These Thank You notes were perfect because they were already made. I didn’t have to spend any additional money on them, and they were personalized to go along with the theme of the party. All of Miss A’s family and friends know she is obsessed with Minnie Mouse, so it is only appropriate she sent along her thanks on Minnie Mouse cards.
After writing the many “thank you’s” came the hard part, having a two year old try to write her name on the notes. After a few notes, she lost interest, and Mom ended up signing the cards for her. Forcing our very independent two-year-old to sign all of the notes was not a battle I was up to fighting.
In today’s world, it may be easy to overlook a simple “thank you” note, or think that nobody cares about them anymore. I may be old-fashioned, but I do think sending and receiving these notes is still important. Teaching our children this simple etiquette standard is also a good skill to pass on. I appreciate getting a note of thanks when I take time to attend a party and offer a gift. Writing a “thank you” is a very simple and easy, yet heartfelt way to express gratitude to the people that make our lives so special.