Monday, July 27, 2009

Hap' Birthday To Me

I just heard Avee growling in frustration, "Dis is dwiving me NUTS!"


I may have said that one too many times on our road trip. Or twelve too many times.

I have so much I want to write about and it's overwhelming me into silence.

I just drove halfway across the country with three kids, I mean really---after that I could write about anything.

But I also had a birthday. And it was a fantastic birthday! I woke up at 9:30 on my birthday and took a nice long, uninterrupted shower. My kids were being fed by my friend upstairs, and I had no cares in the world. Aside from turning older that day.

It was our last full day in Utah, so I spent the morning packing our van and getting ready to head out. On the table was a balloon, a pan of brownies, wishing me a happy birthday, and a wrapped present. I walked right past them to get to the washing machine. That's how devoted I am to household chores. JJMac had to tell one of the kids to come back and look at the loot waiting for me on the table. It was an awesome start to my day.

I got to spend the evening with some more good friends, and I had one of the best dinners (homemade!) that I have had in ages. It was soooooooooo good. I was kind of fried by then. It had been nearly 2 weeks on the road. My kids wanted to sleep with me and I wanted to throw them against the wall. I wish I was joking.

I want to tell you about Saturday.

I have been married for 7 years. I have made no secret of my little gripes about J's lack of enthusiasm for holidays and birthdays. Funny thing is, I really did have a change of heart and feel good about how things are.

Wow. I'm just linking all over the place. What is that all about?

Anyway, all it takes is letting go. I'm here to testify: If you love your birthday and think it should be a national holiday, set it free. It will come back to you. :)

On Saturday we spent the day hanging out, recouping from our travels. J, my niece, and I all had good books. The kids had dirt to run their hands through, messes to make, Pokemon cards to obsess over, and 23 outfits to try on and leave laying around.

Around 11 am my friend dropped in with a gigantic bouquet of balloons. 24 balloons. One for every year I've been alive. (sometimes having a cheap husband works out for the best)

I thought it was very sweet and a really nice surprise for my mellow Saturday morning.

About 3 hours later some more friends showed up with this awesome cake pan/box and a delicious chocolate cake. We had cake and sat around and talked, and I thought about what a lovely day it had turned out to be, just sitting around chillin'.

Then around 3-4 hours after that, some MORE FRIENDS dropped by with ice cream and suddenly some rootbeer showed up on the table and within moments we were eating rootbeer floats.

Now, I like to think I'm a pretty sharp woman. But I think I may have given my husband good reason to believe I am not. It was all planned by him. He thought it would be cool to have people stopping by through out the day, with treats for my birthday.

He was right. It was awesome. All day long birthday celebrations are the BEST.

Finally I figured out that it wasn't just coincidence.

Then more people came and we had a corn fest.

I sort of wish I was joking about that, but the fact is, I love my husband through and through. And it's f'real. And part of loving him through and through, is accepting the fact that he does things like, plans a corn fest to celebrate my birthday.

He enlisted the neighbor kids and ours to shuck about 40 ears of corn. And then he cooked them all. And I didn't think twice about my husband cooking up 40 ears of corn in the middle of the day. But everyone who came over that night, seemed to be expecting corn. So I figured he had lured everyone there with promises of fresh Iowa sweet corn. Oh yeah, and to celebrate with me.

It was a perfect and lovely day. I love that J was thinking about me and working to plan something to surprise me. Not sure which of the love languages it is, but I love it when J thinks about me when we aren't together. Because, when we are together, I'm very demanding and pretty much give him no choice but to think about me.

Danyo set free all but 3 of my balloons. Which is a little sad, but he was definitely determined to be those balloons' hero---so, what'reyagonnado?

I got to go to Olive Garden with my niece and two of my friends, and then yesterday we had dinner with our friends as a sort of finish to my birthday and the start of my friend Kim's.

She's old now too. Go wish her a happy birthday and remind her that for the next 359 days, she is as old as me.


mycurlyhairdays said...

First! Wow, I didn't see that one coming!

mycurlyhairdays said...

I am so glad you liked the cake! And all flattering that it looked like a store bought cake! Silly girl!
Nothing like chocolate cake and chocolate chips and chocolate pudding and chocolate frosting and mini chips on top!
Happy Birthday lady!

Heffalump said...

I have to admit that ever since I was about 12, Birthdays have been disappointing. Not because they aren't good, they just don't live up to the excitement of childhood Birthdays. It sounds like yours was great though! Good for J for coming through!

claydover said...

Yeah.. for J.. for getting it right in all the right ways!!! Wish I could of been there to bring treats and what not.. but glad it was a great birthday.. FYI .. my birthday is the best.. but drag my family to disney for it and shamelessly wear a tag that says its my birthday and everyone says happy birthday.. sometime i just take charge like that!! Glad you had a great day!!

claydover said...

dang it.. I am not Clay.. I am Rebecca.. when did he get an account anyway!!

Rebecca said...

okay.. for real.. its me..

Plain Jame said...

Hey - so glad you finally got home safe from your huge road trip alone with 3 kids that could really only be done by someone that owns a valium salt lick.

It was fabulous to meet you in person! Excuse my tired irritable postpartum ways, will you? I was not 100% myself, but oh freakin well...

Your celebration sounds faaabulous. I like to actually announce to all that we are celebrating my "birthday month" or if I'm feeling conservative, my "birthday week". It's a celebration that just keeps giving. And by giving I mean me purchasing items for myself the entire month long - because I gain a sense of entitlement during my birthday month.
*hugs* happy birthday. what are you like 25 now?

MommyJ said...

That day sounds utterly fantabulous. I'm jealous I wasn't there. All that food....

Happy belated Birthday dear friend. I miss you.

Yvonne said...

I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY and celebrate FOREVER. (Even though I'm getting really, really...old I still love it.

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful celebration. You deserve it.

Happy Birthday.

Code Yellow Mom said...

Happy birthday (late). I wished you happy birthday on your birthday. But you were MIA and I was having a hard time with phone systems in England. But I'm glad you got a national holiday out of it anyway! You're still a baby, BTW. I've got the ugly 3-5 this year. :) I wish I'da known about the corn fest, I'da contributed some Olathe Sweet (the best on EARTH.)

I "met" your niece AM this weekend. She is so NOT the little 4yo I remember. Still adorable, but wow. And yes, S, I am stealing her for a while to keep my Charlie happy while I have a new baby. Sorry you can't have her.

Welcome home, Nobody. And thanks for posting. I've been dying without you!

Klin said...

I love to celebrate my birthday!!!

Once time I didn't, but since then I've been fine. 40 was a good one. I think I'll make 45 a big one, too!!

Glad you are home safe. Super glad that J had a great party day all set up for ya!

Cindy said...

I am glad I decided to stop would have not had as good of a day without me....LOL

Love ya!!!
I hope he gets it....really I do!!

Mikelene said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! Sounds like you had a great day.

Kim said...

Thanks for the birthday wish...I feel like a superstar. Thanks for hanging out for a bit today.. I really just wanted to stay all evening....but ya know.
Thanks for being older than me for 6 whole days....I am glad that I can share er uh 'our age' for the next 359 days. Glad you are back!

ucmama said...

What party is complete without corn? I mean, honestly!

Super L said...

Awwww MAN! I missed a CORN FEST?!? How come the only cool things about the Midwest happen after I leave? I wanna have a birthday corn fest!

No fair.

Also, Ju Ni Sheng'r Kuai le! (To Your Birthday Much Happy!)

steffj89 said...

Happy Birthday!!

Charlotte said...

What a cool thing for your husband to do. Good for him!

Sarah Tilley said...

hee, i just like it when ben doesn't forget my birthday. i'm glad yours was a good one!

Tori :) said...

Dude- you forgot to mention the friend that called you and left harrassing voicemails... LINK TO ME! LINK TO ME!!

;) I really am glad you had a great birthday. You deserve it.