Despite all the negative hype this particular birthday gets...
I must say...
I HAD A SUPER FANTASTIC DAY!!
40 isn't so bad!
To start it off...
My dear, amazing friend, Elece brought over a huge box.
And in it??
40 gifts for me to unwrap!
My smile muscles started hurting after 2 seconds.
You should have seen us both jumping up and down
like little kids with anticipation and excitement.
It was awesome.
She was so thoughtful
and filled it with all my favorite things...
Check out what she wrote on it.
"Ya...I totally got you a bag of dirt for your birthday :)"
Here it is all unwrapped.
I think my smile muscles still hurt.
But I want to tell Elece...
Thank you with all my heart.
That was a SUPER FUN gift!!!
And I loved it more than you know.
I didn't get any other pictures of my birthday.
But it was all so good.
I got to play USTA team tennis tournament.
Our team did great and we are moving on.
Trev surprised me with new tennis clothes!
My friends & family surprised me with gifts and
happy birthday messages.
I just had such a good day.
Thank you to all!!!
And then on to my darling daughter.
Isn't she pretty in green?
Love this picture of daddy's girl.
17 years ago, we only could have imagined times like these.
She keeps growing no matter how hard I try to stop her.
12 is a big one.
She is super excited about her new...
"Apple iPod Nano 8GB Green 6th Generation"
Yep. That's what she called it as she jumped for joy.
And here is my lovely mother. She also had a birthday. And here she is modeling the sassy apron my sister made for her. See the cute cowgirl fabric? My sis is from Wyoming. And she is darling. And so is my mom. and this apron.
And I really wanted to hang it up with my other aprons. But it wasn't for me.
It's not all about me, you know?
I have really cute nephews.
Here are two of them,
Matthew and Michael.
They don't care about aprons.
I have cute nieces too.
They are really smart.
They care about cake...
Mom gets to blow out some candles.
On the cake that was supposed to be a
3-layer lemon coconut beauty.
When the layers slid off the lemon curd, and the frosting
fell off the sides, we decided it should be a "trifle" instead.
But it was still cake. And it was yummy beyond belief.
I doubt I will attempt a triple layer cake ever again.
I just want to write. I think, I feel, I experience. And sometimes these things just need to get out of my brain and tapped out onto a keyboard. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. I play tennis, hike trails, paddle a board, dig in the dirt, and I am blessed to have a magical cabin.