Happy Birthday to MEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

October is my favorite month & 13 my favorite number. Can you guess why?

I grew up believing my birthday was worthy of celebration and like many of my middle class peers, birthday parties were de rigueur. I never had one of those Little Lord Fauntleroy parties replete with pony and chocolate fountain. But my folks were pretty indulgent, at least compared to my friends’ parents. I was allowed to plan my parties myself, right down to the guest list. And because I was greedy, this meant inviting as many kids as I could. One gift per kid x many kids = CHA-CHING! Don’t judge; who doesn’t like presents?

Preparations would begin weeks in advance, as I mulled over possible themes for the party. We would make a pilgrimage to the store to select goodie bags, paper plates, balloons and streamers. My mom, always generous, would let me pick whatever I wanted was deemed acceptable. After that we’d visit the bakery to order the cake. Fozzie Bear was a particular favorite.

Onto the all-important staging. Would the party be held at our house? The roller rink? Would it be a SLEEPOVER?! As one year outdid the last, my birthday parties took on a sort of life of their own, culminating in a third grade slumber party that still lives on in infamy. All of the girls in my class were invited, plus other friends. Imagine thirty 8- & 9-year olds, hopped up on candy and caffeine. Now picture my parents at 2 am when my friends had split into warring factions and the party was most definitely OVER.

My birthday parties morphed over time. At 16, a dear friend organized a surprise party for me and another best friend at her house. Which was AMAZING! Though I wish my sister hadn’t told me about it beforehand…. In my early 20s my folks were still spoiling me with toys but instead of dolls or video games, it was fat (phat) tires and rims for my Jeep Wrangler.

I met my (now) husband just before I turned 25. You might think the parties ended, but in a way they’d only just begun. Today is my 39th birthday. I am older than I’ve ever been and I love my life now more than ever. Each birthday is a reminder of who I am, where I am and where I’ve been. At 39, I have so many amazing people in my life, a loving family, and thanks to this blog, friends around the world. Thank you for celebrating with me.

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0 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to MEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

        1. Thanks babe! Those comments are serious GOLD. As for the photos, I’ll have to go through the old box. I was looking for baby pics – most of which are at my folks in Hotlanta. Should have better luck w the teen yrs – or at least early 20s. XO

    1. Jen, hope you have an amazing time with your family tonight – please tell my birthday twin I said Hello!

      I think we all remember that party – what a crazy time. BTW, I still have the wonderful teddy bear you gave me in 5th grade. Remember? My daughters cherish it now.


    1. SGS was (is?) the BEST!! Haven’t been back there in years, but man how I loved visiting when I was young. I saw on the website they’ve moved. Can’t imagine that place being anywhere except next to the train tracks!

  1. Ok. We went to the same high school. I can’t believe it! I started getting suspicious so I went and grabbed my yearbook… then I had to google your maiden name to be sure it was you (am I a stalker???) and sure enough I was directed to you on facebook. You graduated a year ahead of me, but if I’m not mistaken, we are from the same hometown. How freaky is that?? Go Ghosts!

    1. Thanks so much for the lovely birthday wishes!! And WOW – what an incredibly small world!!! Send me a friend request on FB anytime. PS: Stalker. Hhahahhahahahahhahah

  2. I feel privileged to celebrate your birthday with you! Happy Birthday friend!

    Enjoy year 39. 40 doesn’t seem to be that much different. It’s all just a number anyway. 😉

    The Muppets rock!

    1. The Muppets truly do rock!

      I feel like the privileged one, getting such wonderful wishes from such special people. Thank you my friend.

      PS: My (now-98 year old) grandma told me a long time ago. Age is is how you feel inside. She said she might have tissue-thin skin and be confined to a wheelchair, but she still feels 18 inside. I’ve never forgotten that.

  3. Happy happy birthday to you!! I loved the pictures and the story about your legendary slumber party. I used to love my birthday so much back then, why not now, right? I hope your day is full of love, laughter and lots of cake. 😀

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Glad for the day you were born, and glad that you are here on earth to share your tales in bloggerville. And seriously, what is a birthday with out a fozzy bear cake? Just ask roseann, LOL

    xoxoxo Hope you celebrate your life liek a rock star every year. enjoy!

  5. I totally agree with you that October is the best month, but it’s the 14th and not the 13th that is the best number.

    Happy Birthday, Christy! And are sure that’s not a Wombie on that cake?

  6. How adorable is it that your husband posts the first comment! 😉 And friends from the original slumber party sending you well wishes. Your post was fun to read (I feel like I remember the era), and at 42, I can tell you, it just keeps getting better and better. I think October is a beautiful month to have a birthday. Happy Birthday to you Christy!

  7. Happy birthday.
    I like you phrase “Each birthday is a reminder of who I am”
    Yes, I think so. I’m not someone’s parent or someone’s friend. I’m who I am..

  8. ….believe it or not I DID remember your birthday!….but spent last two days on our roof as it is being retiled, and my wireless connection did not work up there!

    So how’s that for an excuse!!!

    Happy BirthdayI

    PS I am trying to forget mine…I’ve had too many already!…in fact if anyone reading your blog wants a spare birthday or two, they are welcome to have them!

    1. Harry, if you really remember I’m amazed! And if you really didn’t, at least you’re a good fibber!

      Hope the roof’s all done and you’re safe & sound back on the ground!

      PS: no shifting any yrs on me. give them to a local. it’s the right thing to do.

  9. Sorry, I’ve been out on the road, very busy, with little to no access to the internet. Happy belated birthday! Congratulations on surviving another revolution around the sun. 😉

  10. Hi there, I’m new to your blog and it looks like I’ve gotten here on a most auspicious post! I hope I’m not too late to slide in some belated birthday wishes!
    I love that Muppet video.

  11. OHMIGOD, I AM SO LATE TO THIS PARTY! I was out of the country, I SWEAR!

    Happy, Happy Birthday to YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!

    I especially love how “cha ching” is right above that picture where you are grinning like a maniac. LOVE.

  12. Happy Birthday Christy….wishing you a life full of joy, good health, success , peace and tons of love. You made me smile when you mentioned that you used to plan your birthday and invite as many kids. more kids, more gifts. My son is like that now and its just adorable. My son is having his Birthday this weekend and he is all excited. He’s even doing a countdown! I hope to share it in my future post. Once again, wishing a beautiful and memorable Birthday. God bless you and your family always.

  13. Happy Halloween….I bet your kids had an awesome and fun time. My son was a pirate…the boots was to big for him he just wore his sneakers. This are the times we will always remember for our little ones. Best wishes….

  14. Oh, I hope you had the happiest of birthdays!
    How could I miss it?!?!
    MAN! My timing is the best. Or NOT.
    I’m wishing you only the very best in 39, Dishy! You really do deserve it!!!

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