Monday was a big day in the Schneider Haus. It was Asta’s second birthday! Of course, that didn’t make it any easier for the kids to get up and get into their weeks. There was the usual Monday morning grumbling, but things loosened up as the day went on.

Henry’s therapist wasn’t feeling well, so his day was thrown into disarray. He was pretty grouchy and struggling for a while. Henry is a kid who is really into structure and gets out of sorts when things are too far off track. So Erin helped him put together a revised schedule for the day, using his handy magnetic visual schedule. That really helped him out. 

In the afternoon, I ran a few errands and picked up a little doggie cupcake for Asta. Erin and the kids also baked a human cake for us to join in the celebration. Asta had a fun little birthday party.


As a gift, I got her a goofy little dabbing unicorn squeaky toy, and Asta and Islay immediately got to fighting over it.


And after cake, we busted Henry scraping more frosting out of the can.


It was a fun birthday for our little pup. Hard to believe she’s two. Mostly because she already acts like she’s 82. She’s such an old lady sometimes.

And an additional shout out to another special birthday on April 19th, our dear friend Auntie Erika. Erika is kind and wonderful and has been a good friend of mine for over 25 years. Erin and the kids adore her, we all miss her, and the kids both still wear the amazing hats she made for them a few years ago. Henry won’t wear any other winter hat.

Erika is someone who is connected to much larger forces in the universe than I can understand, and just gifted me a recorded reading (tarot and other) for my birthday that was amazing and frankly just what I needed. I am thankful for that and infinitely more thankful for her friendship all these years.

I do not possess the cool powers and keen understanding of things that she does, and haven’t yet figured out how to match such a thoughtful gift, but I’m working on it. In the meantime, the whole family joins me in wishing her a very, very happy birthday.