Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Whaddaya Get?

Another year older and deeper in debt.

It's my birthday.

I LOVE birthdays. I don't care that I'm older - I've loved every age that I've ever been. I don't feel a need to lie about my age. Let me just say here that I'm indebted to my mother that passed me the "no wrinkles" and "no gray yet" genes. She could have been a little more generous with the "flat backside" and "bird-leg" genes, though...

Night before last I went out with some friends. They asked what I wanted to do for my birthday (because everyone is painfully aware that I'm up for a party any time, any occasion) and I opted for a movie - I even offered to bring some cake that we could share afterward. (I re-made the cake that I had last year - only this time with a mere three layers instead of four.)

One friend, that I'm truly grateful to know, made arrangements for us to use the "party room" at our local theater, free of charge - as long as we all agreed to not bring our over-sized purses full of bottled water and contraband soda, but instead buy their waxy cups apparently loaded to the brim with liquid gold.

I almost didn't get to attend, as it seems my babies' daddy thinks I go out often enough, but since it was a birthday celebration (and I had picked up the house a bit) he cut me a break.

As I rounded the corner, arms full of cake, past the ticket taker guy (who, thankfully wasn't there, since I didn't stop to buy a ticket) I caught quite the eye full. Eight or so grown women in pig tails (and one in pink high-top converse sneakers) jumping up and down blowing noise makers and wearing pointy hats.

I have the wackiest and most wonderful girlfriends on the planet.

We got more than a couple of drive-bys in that glass fronted room as we scarfed down cake just minutes before the previews were to begin. Some folks just don't know how to take women in their 30's and 40's having a great time. (All without the use of medication.)

We saw Love Happens, which as it turns out was somewhat of a downer, but we had fun anyhow and wrapped up the evening with a 9 pm stop at Cracker Barrel for dinner. I'd also like to note that I always appreciate waitstaff with a sense of humor - it just makes the meal that much nicer.

So I'm thankful.

Thankful for another year in which to serve
Thankful for an understanding husband
Thankful for Spirit filled, enthusiastic friends that tolerate me
Thankful for cake and presents, and
Thankful for skirts with elastic waistbands.

PS - I don't have any... but I'm told there will be photos at my friend Lisa's blog later today...

ETA: Thanks Lisa, I stole a couple of photos from your blog...

I was awakened (an hour before my alarm... I've forgiven them...) by my three favorite guys in the whole world. As I peered out between my droopy eyelashes I could see the father of my children bearing a plate full of fresh berries, firm grapes, steaming eggs and glazed cinnamon rolls. I was then handed the TV remote and left alone.

After a quick morning trip to the bathroom (where I discovered a dozen red roses, a lovely card and a bag of my most favorite chocolate in the world) we settled in to watch our DVR'd Gray's Anatomy from last week while the kids cleaned the house. (sort of...)

The coolest part of all of this? My wonderful husband is usually at work by 7 in the morning - so it was a real treat to have him home making me breakfast in bed.


  1. Happy Birthday, Sara! You are precious to us. We do have some of the bestest friends in the whole world!

  2. Happy, happy, happy birthday, friend!!!

    You are loved!

    It was a total blast.



    I hope you have a wonderful day.

    You have been thoroughly linked from my blog now.

    Enjoy your birthday! Lisa~

  4. You are never fail to give of your time, talents, joy for life, and most importantly you never fail to make me laugh. I cannot ever find just the right words to say how much you group ladies mean to me but, I hope you know just how much you do. Looky there you even got mushy out of me....who woulda thought?? Have a wonderful day my friend you deserve it!!!!

  5. Happy Late Birthday Sara!

    Looks like you were made to feel like the true queen you are by such wonderful friends that are nuts about you!!

  6. I am sooooo proud of your Babies' Daddy!! Seriously proud. Way to go!!

  7. Wow, Sara - sounds like some fun ways to celebrate wonderful you. To have L come for a visit must have been the icing on the cake. Wishing you many, many more.

  8. I just read the updated post about your birthday. How great to have been treated so lovingly. You deserve it. I am proud of your guys. You even made Beach get mushy....that's just icing on the cake. Lisa~

  9. WTG there Mr., that is AWESOME that he(they) did that!!!!
    Hugs, :) Heather


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