Blown Away

12:01 a.m. – Pull prank on neighbor who has the same birthday (story to follow in Thurday’s blog).

12:15 a.m. – Receive the first birthday wish of the day from my sister in Washington via text. Read the obscene birthday card she sent me and laugh my head off.

6:15 – 6:35 a.m. – My Scotty comes in for morning snuggles. So sweet!

6:35 a.m. – Get up slightly grouchy thinking of being 40 years old.

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Morning nap after kids go to school. Heavenly. Grouchy all gone. Ready to party.

10:00 a.m. – Do mega workout to prepare for all the naughty food I plan to consume later.

11:45 a.m. – Surprise! Awesome friend shows up with bright balloons (no black) to take me out to lunch. Cafe Sabor’s shrimp enchiladas and fried ice cream. Open gift of chocolate and eucalyptus scented epsom salts so I can pamper myself soaking in the tub and eating chocolate. (I told you she is awesome!)

2:30 p.m. – Load dishwasher and put in a load of laundry. A 40-year-old woman’s work is never done, even on her birthday.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Birthday wish phone calls (even a couple of singing ones, including harmony), texts and voice mails from awesome family and friends. Eat some of the chocolate my friend gave me as I open birthday cards. Grandma’s has $20 in it! She’s so sweet.

6:30 p.m. – “Half Price Tuesday” sushi at Takara with family. Favorite rolls – Anger Management, Mexican Crunch, French Kiss. Side order of crab cakes. Yum!

7:45 p.m. – Cake and ice cream at home with the fam. Madi puts four candles on the cake to represent my “four decades of age.” The word ‘decade’ sounds very foreboding. I blow them all out. No boyfriends. Just one sweet husband who spoiled me last weekend with a get-away to Salt Lake City as an early birthday present. Open present from kids – tickets to the show Blast at the Ellen Eccles Theater in March. Fun!

8:00 p.m. – Watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas while we eat cake.

9:30 p.m. – Read Christmas stories to Scott then sing Christmas songs to him as he falls asleep. Says, “Happy Birthday Mom, I love you.”

10:00 p.m. – Sing Christmas songs to my girls as they fall asleep. Both say, “Happy Birthday Mom, I love you.”

10:30 p.m. – Read 46 birthday wishes on Facebook. Blown away by everyone’s love and thoughtfulness to me today. Getting teary. Don’t know how to express how blessed I feel.

Turning 40 not bad at all. In fact, it was fabulous.

To all of you wonderful people who make my life rich and full on my birthday and every other day I dedicate to you the words of a song, “Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be!”

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