Toasting the Everyday

This week, I celebrated my birthday – I am now in my mid-thirties. (I guess. When is that “cutoff”?) It’s funny how birthdays can take on a theme. For Bea’s first birthday, somehow she ended up with almost all giraffe-themed gifts from growth charts to tricycles.

Rim-1762.jpgThis year, my theme was champagne. I got some new flutes and a half a case of “everyday” champagne. Years ago, I had read something about celebrating the everyday moments by toasting with champagne. I loved that idea and we’ve been on the lookout for a good but less expensive champagne to keep in our house for those everyday moments.

While I love Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon, I love the idea of celebrating even more. So, we found a tasty sparkling wine and have stocked up.

Frank asked me my goals for this year and – in the midst of babyhood and preschoolhood and early motherhood – I find them to be a bit less specific and more nebulous. My goals are so intertwined with my family’s goals and at this stage, it’s hard to create a SMART goal around a 3-year-old.

So, a goal this year is to be present. To celebrate more. To recognize the amazing milestones and achievements that happen so often and yet so often go unnoticed.

Do you have a favorite Champagne? How do you take time to celebrate the everyday moments?

Linked with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday, a time to write without editing. Today’s prompt is Present.

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14 thoughts on “Toasting the Everyday

  1. I’ve only had champagne twice. At our first wedding, when it made both Barbara and me sick; and when I was courting Barbara again after our divorce, when I took her to a ‘restaurant in Indianapolis that was in a tower…and rotated.

    I ordered a bottle of really expensive stuff, and knocked it over. Clumsy am I.

    At the moment – and as I write this – I am trying to get through the everyday awful, for survival can be celebration.

  2. Annie, I love the idea of toasting everyday. We shouldn’t only celebrate the “special” occasions. I’m trying to be more intentional about celebrating the small things in our lives. A boy’s first football game. A first band concert, the things that make a day special, not necessarily the big things that add to life, if that makes sense. 🙂

    I don’t have a favorite champagne, though I drink it on occasion. So, tell me. Is Dom Perignon worth the price tag? 🙂 What’s your favorite champagne?

    1. That’s why it’s so important to have good “everyday” champagne! 😉 Dom Perignon was amazing – definitely worth it! But, we’ve only had the one bottle (pre-Bea!) and there are so many other great, less expensive options. Veuve Cliquot, Perrier Jouet, and J are some of my faves.

  3. I love Pol Roger. It sounds unglamourous to be special but if far from it and it was served exclusively at a certain Embassy not from St Mic’s Paris. Unfortunately it gave me the taste for life. But I’m no champers-snob. If it sparkles, I’ll drink it 😉

  4. I think the cutoff is 37. Once you’re 38, you have to say “late 30’s.” Don’t worry. At 40, things really get good.

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