Monday, November 3, 2008

A Halloween Birthday

Who is this adorable baby you may ask? Well it's
me, at 9 months old. I just celebrated my 44th birthday this past Friday, yes I was born on Halloween. What's that like people ask to have your birthday on Halloween? What's it not like is my question. For the first 17 years of my life I had pumpkins, black cats, skeletons, ghost, even cakes shaped like pumpkins on every birthday cake. For my 18th birthday I asked for a birthday cake with roses on it like other people had. I get at least 1 if not more birthday cards that have a Halloween theme, and yes many many of my birthday parties were costume parties. The older I got the bigger and crazier they got. So at least my parents never had to come up with a theme, and everybody seems to remember it. Actually it's a fun day to have your birthday on everybody is in a fun and upbeat mood. I enjoy it. So here's a glimpse into my birthday this past Friday.

This year Brinn was wanted to be a Native American Indian, and she wanted me to make the costume. So with a deep breath I reached back into my brain and found my sewing skills that hadn't been used in like 15 years. We both were thrilled with how it came out, and I think Brett was pretty impressed. I got so into it I made a costume for Sarah the handmade doll Brinn and I made a couple years ago. So off she went to school for her Harvest Parade.

After the Harvest Parade I was pretty tired. Brett had the day off too. So while I napped he ran to the store to get some goodies for the kids and families coming over that night to go trick or treating. I came out to find him arranging this bouquet of flowers.

Brett also told me he had a surprise for me, one I would never figure out. About 2:30 I was sitting on the couch reading my Yes To God Bloggy Girlfriends, and he said your surprise is here. In walked my sister Phyllis (she's in the orange shirt), I though how cool she came for lunch great surprise, but the real surprise was the guy standing in the middle. That's my nephew Chris, he's like my little brother, and lives in Texas with his very wonderful wife Stacey. He walked in behind my sister, I was totally blown away. He'd flown out for my and his best friends birthday as a surprise to both of us. How cool is that.

So after we visited at home, we went to have a late lunch at The Macaroni Grill. It was so cool to see him. Chris is the oldest grandchild, and my Brinn is the youngest. Let me tell you she was not happy that she didn't get to see her big cousin Chris. Now she wants to fly to Texas, to visit him.

Chris and I are 7 years apart, and if you read my last post about Amy that's his baby sister. When Chris was born I was in second grade, and could not understand why I couldn't bring him to show and tell. Chris, Phyllis and I shared a room from when he was about 18 months old until he was around 2, then we moved and it was Chris and I until he was almost 3. Isn't it funny how God prepares us to minister to people even years before we can imagine. My sister Phyllis is who Brinn and I lived with when my exhusband left before Brinn was born. We both went through very similar circumstances just about 27 years apart.

So about 6:30 we had 4 families over, my friend Gina brought me my favorite Carrot Cake for my birthday. We only had one candle so according to my cake I'm 8 years old.

So we had pizza, took the kids trick or treating, and then had my birthday cake. I thought about putting pics of the kids but I've not asked my friends how they feel about me posting their pics. So just imagine 7 kids piles of candy and one very excited dog.
And if your wondering yes Brett and I had a date night the next evening, a romantic dinner and Brinn got to spend the night at Uncle Paul and Auntie Janice's.
Love to you all,


Anonymous said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It seems as though you enjoyed a lovely day. I'm so glad - you deserve it! Was that Caramel Tart I saw at the back of the photo with your cake in it?!!! MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm! My favourite! I loved all your photos... And I think the outfit you made for Brinn is fantastic! Oh, to be that talented with a needle. I'm sure she had heaps of fun... BTW, you were a gorgeous baby... you haven't changed a bit!!!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

This post just warmed my heart in all kinds of places. You so look like a friend I most definitely would have in "real" life. I am so glad we are at least friends online. You seriously should consider moving east...hey you'd be closer to Texas too. :-)

You have a beautiful smile and spirit. You are blessed with so many siblings and family.

And oh my are you talented or what with some material and a sewing machine. Fantastic job on that.

I wish I had known it was your birthday.

Much love to you, sweet, sweet friend.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Oh, and you so made me smile with the "8" candle. Must've been left over from Brinn's bday last year, huh?

Laura said...

Oh, Happy birthday, Carol! I'm so sorry I missed the day. It looks like you have a wonderful celebration. And you are beautiful, Dah-ling!What a sweet gift your hubs arranged to bring the ones you love close!
Happy, Happy!