My favorite birthday was last year. We ended up taking a last minute beach weekend trip after not being able to afford a vacation in years. All three of our small children were so well behaved and so excited about everything, from the beach to the tiny condo to sleeping in bunk beds. My husband played with the kids on the beach on Saturday so I could sit in a beach chair, watch them, and relax with some magazines.
It occurred to me, sitting on the beach that day, that I hadn't been so happy in years. It was the perfect birthday!