Sunday, September 14, 2008

♫ Happy Birthday To Me ♪

Today is my birthday. I'm 33. Whoa! It seems so much worse when the numbers stare you in the face! Anyway, some years are better than others as far as birthday celebrations go. I usually feel weird about my birthday and have mixed feelings regarding it. Of course, everyone wants a big to-do for their special day, but often it doesn't turn out that way. Well, over the past few years, I've found a way to celebrate that doesn't require that your birthday be a perfect day, which usually brings dissapointment in some way or another. This isn't the way my mother did it one time by buying everyone else in our family gifts for her birthday because at least someone would be happy and gifts would be given on her birthday. No, I'm not so philanthropic. My self-ish new-found way to celebrate is to spread the cheer over as many days as possible and eat as many birthday "treats" as necessary. So, here's how I did it this year:

THURSDAY...lunch with some of my closest friends at The Crab Pot with Strawberry Rhubarb Cake and icecream for a birthday treat.

FRIDAY...Dinner with more friends at El Torito that turned into 3 hours of fun! Laser tag would have to wait for another night. We were surprised they didn't kick us out as it got close to 10 pm, but we're not sure they even knew we were out there anyway! And, yes, Chrissy, I LOVE flan!

SATURDAY...we went to Knott's for some family fun and had to celebrate with a funnel cake.

SUNDAY...Natalie made a delicious chicken cordon bleu dinner with twice baked potatoes, homemade bread etc., etc. We ate some chocolate cake and then we headed over to the Browers for their daughter's birthday celebration where we ate more cake and icecream! By this time I was more than happy to share the celebration with my sweet friend Audrey, who turned one on the 13th, but had her "friends" party today.

Of all of the great presents I received (THANK YOU everyone!) I'd have to say my most favorite gift, by far, was this telephone message left by my fellow birthday girl.

I'm so lucky to share my birthday with my sweet niece, Lillian. Ealier in the day I had left a birthday message for her on her phone and I'm so glad that she did the same for me! Thanks Lil!

I'm so thankful to have such wonderful friends and family to make my birthweek such a great one. Thank you so much!


Deon said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Looks like you had a lot of fun!!! And a lot of yummy treats!!!

Lisa said...

Wow!! What a birthweek!! Glad you had a good one, Anne!

On my birthday I like to not have to cook dinner and to have whatever cake I chose to make. I guess we all have our expectations!!

So that dinner that Natalie made for you? Was it a casserole? Because I made her Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole from her food blog. YUM!! We loved it so much. When we get rich I'm sure I'll make it all the time (there's a LOT of cheese and ham and chicken in that thing) Mmmmmm.

And your hair looks so cute in that picture with Audrey! Great cut!

Susan said...

I LOVE those 2 pictures of you with Audrey, and they show off your new do super well. What a lot of fun! I'm so jealous of you and all your partying it up. But you always have been so much more hip than me ☺

Trena said...

What a fun birthday extravaganza! I love in the first picture that Audrey turned around to get in the picture. Too funny. Happy Birthday Anne!

The Sorensen Bunch said...

Happy Birthday sweet sweet Ann-if we were at better believe I would have trashed your bedroom door and then snuck you into the boys dorms to run down the hall only to sprint off to that pizza place in the middle of the night we all use to go to--oh and some SERIOUS CAKE fight!!! But until those days return--a long distance hug will have to suffice. I LOVE YOU!I am so happy you shared it with those that you love!

Carlynn said...

Happy Birthday Girl!

I'm bad....I am just EXCITED if I get a HUGE hug from my kids! I see the error of my ways now. :)

Kasey said...

Anne!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Looks like you had a really good day!

Any day is a good day when funnel cake is involved!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Love you!

colleen said...

happy birthday, lady!! You're right on the money... we need to take our celebrations into our own hands and make 'em what we want 'em to be. Way to go!

Melissa said...

Well I'm glad you had so many fun b-day festivities and didn't mind sharing your big day with Audrey!