Thursday, March 05, 2009

Birthday Bliss

Well, the Big Day has come and gone.... and it's official..... I am part of the 40 and over club.

I get to check that little box that says 40-49 now.

I'm fine with it. What? I AM! I really am!

And if y
ou don't think I am... just listen to what happened to me for my 40th birthday.

Courtesy of an amazing Mom and Sis, I had...

40 Fabulous Days of Fun,
Family, and Friends.
Starting January 24th, (40 days before my 40th), I got something everyday from a different loved one in my life! Here is the calendar that gave me a hint of what was to come each day such as "This Friend will Rock your World" or "Expect a Sweet Treat Today"

So over the last 40 days, I have received among other things...
-an awesome scrapbook from a long-time friend

-cutie patootie notecards, stationary and notepads

-a care package from a faraway friend
-GC for manicure/pedicure
-green tea!
-a specially made bracelet that represents different parts of my life

-gift cards galore (Jamba Juice, Perfect Touch, J. Spencer, Hideaway)

-lunch with a friend at the Wild Fork
-dinner with a friend at Red Rock Canyon

-homemade goodies from a dear friend
-breakfast at Panera with an old friend

-roses from Granny because I am her "Rosebud"
-a facial from Ilhoff
-a framed portrait of my kids on Santa's lap

from a family member
-a darling box of beauty products and Hershey kisses

-a blessing box - (Bible Verses)
-a triple cross necklace
-a beautiful Brighton bracelet
-a ticket to a Third Day concert

-a night out with friends- dinner and movie-

-a "crazy cake" made by a friend who makes cakes (on the last post)
-a naughty little goody bag from CoCo that I cannot tell you any more about.

-a scarf hand knitted by my Aunt

-a list of 40 things that my cousin loves about me.
-Oswald Chambers
-a weekend in Stillwater with my high school buddies
-spa day in Stillwater
-a "beach party" from my friend whose last name is Beach - had a GC to Red Lobster and some fun, beachy stuff for my kids
-a prayer journal

-a photo key chain
-lots of sweet and funny 40th bday cards

And on my birthday.....

-40 pink roses
-"Happy Birthday Annie" donuts
-cash! (should I buy myself an Iphone?)
-lots of calls and more cards
-a zillion Facebook messages
-an amazing Shutterfly photobook of our Big Cedar vacation
-a Nike jogging suit
-more J.Spencer Gift Cards
-dinner at Ted's Escondido - (what setting did hubby have the camera on?)
-a card from Ellie "Mom - You Rock"
and................ drumroll.......................
-a perfect day from Luke - 5 smiley faces - (this is huge - rarely happens!)
I think it's safe to say that my 40th birthday was incredible. The gifts and visits made it wonderful... but it's the friends and family who made it possible to begin with. And when it all boils down, I think that it's the peace God has given me with my life and the blessings of friends and family that make ok to be turning 40. Thanks soooo much Mom and Kim for organizing it and for all my loved ones for helping me feel awesome on my 40th.

19 Wonderful Responses:

Shannon said...

So glad you had a good one Annie. I'll be right there with you next year. The triplets are heading there soon too. May have to plan a big T-town get together. : )

Melinda said...

Wow! That is one amazing birthday you had. Kind of makes me want to turn 40 : )

Michelle said...

Wow! I am definetly going to have to show Tom this post because I hope my 40th is half as good as your was! Wow! You are really loved. I am go glad it was a great experience.

Roxanne Kristina said...


Is today your bday? Me too!!! I knew there was a reason you're cool!

Happy Birthday!!!


Amber said...

Looks like you had one great birthday!!!! I love those donuts--too cute!!! I still cant believe you are 40, you dont look anywhere near it!

Valerie said...

Man, what a hoopla! I hope I can look half as good as you do -- you wear 40 well! :)

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

I think I might be jealous you turned 40! That's so awesome!!! Daniel might need notes...or Allison and Mom maybe!

Kathleen said...

What a special, special birthday!! And I woulda guessed, oh...29?? :)

Rena Gunther said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, my bloggy friend!

I so wanted to do a birthday shout out and, alas, I failed!

You are so my kind of girl! I will turn 40 in July and hope to embrace it with the same grace that you have.

You are an amazing person and I so wish I could've been there to celebrate with you.

One day! Who knows? Maybe the door will open wide and I will have the opportunity to visit. Then perhaps another one will open and I can sail on over to Australia (okay, maybe fly) and meet my bloggy friend, Donna.

So glad you had such an awesome celebration! THAT'S the way to do, family and friends! Never liked the all black over the hill.

Way to celebrate!

Chere' said...

YES! You should buy an I-Phone!

Dawn said...

You are definitely blessed!! I'm so glad you had a great birthday.

I LOVE those donuts. So cute!!

And, yes, buy an iPhone... you won't regret it. EVER!

Anonymous said...

well, i'm a day late and a dollar short...but i, too, agree that you should buy the iphone. if you do...tell me all about it. i, too, will be sending my husband the link to this post...because he can't read my mind, can he? i will be COMMUNICATING my desires to him...and that's good. DO ROCK ann(i)e!!!!! i've admired you for quite some time...i think since 10th grade. you DESERVE EVERYDAY of goodies you got. and i'm googling the naughty bag. and oswald chambers? more information please. back to the naughty bag...not really. i just like saying, "the naughty bag". you're so blessed to have a sister. i'm a weeeee bit jealous...envious...

have a wonderful weekend!

4 Lettre Words said...

Sounds like a fantastic birthday, Annie....and I really LOVE those fancy donuts!!

My little Luke celebrated his first birthday on March 6th!

Baloney said...

That is such a gift! I am certain (and I really mean CERTAIN!) that no person in my family would ever think to organize something like that. What a blessing.
Happy 40th!

ellen said...

What a great idea! So glad it was special for you!

And Happy (belated) Birthday Annie!

ellen said...

What a great idea! So glad it was special for you!

And Happy (belated) Birthday Annie!

I miss seeing you...

Rena Gunther said...

You've been tagged, Woman!

Stop by my blog.

And you're welcome.

Or, er, I'm sorry...

Really it's lots of fun and I know you like fun.

Tracey said...

I hope you had an AWESOME birthday! I knew I was forgetting about something the other day when I didn't log onto the computer!!!

I must say that I totally love your family! Only your caring family would come up with such a wonderful way to celebrate the birthday of a wonderful lady!!!

Tracey said...

Oh and Annie... I am thinking that your and Kimbo's ideas of "naughty" bags isn't what everyone else thinks of! The two of you don't have a "naughty" bone in either of your bodies!!!