Wednesday, May 16, 2012

the best of birthdays

today is my birthday--the rest of the week i am probably going to be pretty busy--especially since robyn's birthday is tomorrow!

i just missed posting and hearing from everyone--and this is not a shameless attempt to get birthday wishes!!

i would like you if you care to comment today to tell me about one of your favorite birthdays or the worse--and maybe the greatest gift you recieved--

okay surely i will tell you the greatest birthday i had was when i went into the hospital and robyn was born the next day---

but i would like to get a little materialistic on ya today and give frank a little credit--which i may have to take back, if today doesn't go too well--hahaha


on my 26th birthday, frank gave me a huge box--it was so heavy and i could not imagine what was in it----oh wait, if you are not familiar with frank and his gift giving prowess, than please refer back to the a-z challenge and look at letter "g"-----

well i opened it and still could not tell what it was, it was rounded and bronze and as i carefully took it out of the tissue paper, i started to recognize it---it was a baby's bust---

i could not believe what i was seeing---frank and i had recently visited our local art museum, which we used to do at least once a year--it is kinda my thing----back to the baby's bust----that day we had gone into the gift shop---which i love almost as much---well who am i kidding, more than the museum itself----

i had casually, i thought, commented how beautiful it was--and of course it resembled our babies---

it was a reproduction of an artist's rendition of his son------

i am still amazed how frank thought of it and made an extra trip to purchase this wonderful piece of art i had shown an interest in----and it was fifty dollars--which even today would be a lot of money for him to spend on one gift---

i still love it----and one side note that came back to me as i was writing this---when my mother saw this treasure frank had so lovingly given me, she said--"it's pretty, but don't ever get me anything like that"---we laughed and laughed

so that gift was probably the greatest tangible material gift frank ever gave me---i know, what about the spinning wheel---well that might have been, if he had thought about it on his own :)

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  1. Happy birthday--and early birthday wishes to Robyn!

    What a sweet gift Frank gave! That just proves that some men really do pay attention when we speak. ;)

    I can't think of a favorite birthday or gift right now--it's still too early! :) My husband and I have birthdays that are only two days apart (well, he's 13 years older!). I just love being able to share that time with him and the kids. And we were married on my birthday, so that makes the celebration even more special.

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    1. wow that's a lot of stuff going on at the same time----it was a one of a kind gift--maybe of a lifetime haha---thanks so much dana:)

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  2. Happy Birthday! Happy, happy, happy birthday to you! My best birthday has definitely been this year's. I turned 30, and we decided to do a cookout; it wasn't until about a week after my birtday due to scheduling, but it was one of those perfect days, the kind you know you'll know you'll always remember and look back on fondly. The weather was fantastic, the cupcakes were perfect, the park wasn't too crowded, the burgers were amazing, and everyone seemed to have a really good time.

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    1. awwww i could see it all as i read your great memory--thanks danielle!

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  3. Happy Birthday! My favorite gift happens to be from my Mom on my last birthday. She's in love with photo books and gave me one. She and I spent hours pouring over old photo's of my husband and I, piecing together like quilt pics and portions of letters and poems. I love the book, but just as much, love the time I spent, just me and my Mom!

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    1. oh what a treasure that will always be--thanks michelle:)

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  4. Happy Birthday. :) I was born on my grand dads birthday. My grand dad spoiled me rotten so as you may imagine I had cousin's who were haters for that. I always hated my birthday tho. Now that I am older I just hang a sign on that day that says, "Nothing to see here, just move along." :)

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    1. haha i love it---but unfortunately, i am still a sucker for my birthday and am always secretly thinking it is going to be awesome--thanks!!

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  5. Happy Birthday to you Lynn and early birthday wishes to Robyn! How wonderful your birthdays are so close together! What a thoughtful gift your hubby gave to you so many years ago; too funny though what your mom said, I can imagine the laughs!

    My birthday is really close to Christmas, my mom though always made sure my day was not lost with Christmas preparations. I think the best gift was the effort she made to give me a birthday every year, homemade cake, presents, sometimes a party, in the midst of a busy time of year. Nowadays I just like to quietly move on the day the older I get.

    Enjoy!!!!

    betty

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    1. wow that must have been kinda hard for your mom--what a great mom to make sure your day didn't get lost-----thanks from robyn and me!:)

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  6. Birthdays are odd things. As kid we had birthdays four times a year - I am 6 and a quarter or 7 and three quarters. Then in our teens they slow down to just two a year - I am 14 and a half or 17 and a half.

    At some point they then slow down and eventually stop - I remember my mother being 39 for at least seven years. I swear if she was alive today I would be older than her by now.

    Many happy returns!

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    1. haha, she had the right idea--wish i had thought of that!! thanks so much dear!

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  7. Happy Birthday to you!!! I hope you have a great day. Such a sweet story about your most special gift. It's true what they say about the thought meaning more than the gift itself.
    I can't think of any one special, special gift. Each birthday and gift seems special in it's own way.

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    1. it really was a wonderful gift---i know what you mean--at my age there are too many to list--thanks cynthia!

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  8. Happy Birthday! My favorite thing to do on my birthday is go up North to Michigan to spend time with my family at my Grandpa's cottage on a lake. It's been in our family for almost 60 years.

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    1. oh my that just sounds idyllic!! thanks!!

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  9. Happy Birthday! I think it's wonderful when bloggers share their birthday -- how else are we supposed to know?

    May this incoming year be one of unprecedented delight for you, Lynn. :)

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    1. i think it is great too--like another big family---and what a delightful wish for me!! thanks so much suze :)

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  10. Oh Happy Birthday, Lynn! I'm a May baby as well :D but further down... 26th May.Oh and Robyn as well.. Happy Birthday to her as well. Birthdays are pretty special days, so glad you shared that with us. Have fun!

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    1. yeah lots of may babies all around!! thanks so much cecilia:)

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  11. My husband's birthday was yesterday, and my daughter's was on the 4th, so May is a busy birthday month for us too. So I get to say "Happy Birthday" twice more...to you and Robyn! Our family used to gather at our house at birthday time and we'd have pizza delivered from the local Domino's. The last birthday at that house, when we called to order our pizza, the person said, "Wow, do you know you've ordered $1000 worth of pizza from us?" Guess we had a lot of birthdays there in 10 years!

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    1. oh my--that is a lot of pizzas---and you have the may thing going on too---thanks so much donna :)

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  12. What a precious birthday gift! Happy B-Day, Lynn!

    My favorite birthday? My 50th--my daughter Erin threw me a Medieval banquet, with my m-in-law's help. Erin is a talented seamstress, specializing in Elizabethan costumes. It was an amazing evening.

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    1. oh wow--how wondrously creative--i love it!--thanks susan!

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  13. Happy Birthday! And Happy Birthday to Robyn tomorrow. That was a really nice present your husband got for you. How thoughtful! My favorite birthday was probably the one just after my son was born. I delivered him four days before my birthday. It was so nice to bring him home and celebrate my birthday with him.

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    1. awwww so sweet--he does sound like a wonderful gift! thanks so much sherry!

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  14. Have a fantastic birthday! What an amazing gift.

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  15. Happy birthday to you, and Robyn.

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  16. Happy Birthday to you! I've never had a bad birthday and I usually stretch them out until everyone is sick of me : )

    My 50th was really great-I wrote about it (ad nauseaum) in Sept 2010 : )

    Trying to catch up a bit here...thank you for the kind comments regarding my niece. They mean a lot.

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    1. i was so very sorry for the loss of your niece--i will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prays----i will surely love to go back and read your birthday post---thanks for the birthday wishes :)

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  17. Happy Birthday to you and Robyn.

    After my son was born I realized how little presents mean to me, as I had all that I would ever really need. Kids put things into perspective I think.

    I hope that your day is filled with family and friends and the laughs don't stop!

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    1. they do mean less to me, but i still like the little presents too----thanks for all of the wonderful wishes--i have had a lot of laughs today ;)

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  18. Happy Birthday!

    My favorite was probably my 30th. I had just bought myself my first home a few months prior, my sister took me to Lion King at the Opera house, my mom hired a car to bring me into the city and while we were watching the performance, the driver swung over to Mike's pastries and bought us a bunch of cakes and treats to enjoy on the way home. Then that weekend, Tony (we were just friends at the time) took me to the casino for three days... took in a concert and just had a wonderful time together.

    We are still planning my 40th... should be fantastic. :)

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    1. wow your birthdays sound really awesome---let me know about your 4oth! thanks juli!

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  19. Happy Birthday Lynn! :) I have a sweet memory of my 10th birthday. My mom was brushing my hair and hugged me afterward. She told me ..."wow..you are getting so big!". She felt I was growing too fast. Of course I didn't realize how she felt until I had my own children. They are going to turn 21 and 14 this summer!

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    1. i know--my daughter wants to stop the clock herself--thanks michelle :)

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  20. Happy birthday, Lynn. I'm a Taurus as well and celebrated my birthday last week. So many members of my family were born in May and a few of my friends as well. We're like a clan.

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    1. haha yeah it's the biggest month in my immediate family too---thanks patricia!!

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  21. Dropping by late, Lynn, but Happy Birthday, belatedly.

    My fave gift from hubby was my original Nikon, which I still have (it was my first SLR and it still works perfectly and takes beautiful shots). He also gave me an 1870s rocking chair. These hold a dear place in my heart, since it showed that he knew what would please me.

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    1. wow both sound like really cool thoughtful gifts---yeah my husband didn't match the baby's bust or the spinning wheel yesterday--but he did bring me some rose bushes with a promise to plant me that rose garden---thanks so much d.g.!

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  22. belated happy birthday, lynn. loved reading about your lovely gift on your 26th!

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  23. Happy b-day Lynn and many more. I guess my best birthday was 15 when Dad got me a 250 Yamaha Enduro, I rode that motorcycle everywhere. It had an old licence plate whose registration sticker matched the color of the year I had it, made a couple trips to the city, never got caught, man I was bad 8-D

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    1. haha i bet you loved that gift!! thanks so much rch!

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  24. Lynn, I love how you share your heart on your blog, giving us a little glimpse of the Lynn inside.
    As strange as it may seem, one birthday that stands out is my 12th. My Granny invited me to supper at her favorite place--Meloni's Bar and Grill. It was a ruse to get me out of the house so my parents could set up a surprise party, but I loved the time just Granny and I spent together.
    Blessings on your weekend!

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    1. isn't it always the "other" things that seem to mean the most--such a sweet time, it sounds like, with your granny---thanks so much for the nice things you said, pam!!

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  25. Happy birthday Lynn! I guess I have a cool gift for you. Just a couple of days ago I was awarded the Kreativ Blog Award and when choosing my seven nominees, your blog was one of my obvious selections. Come by my blog if you decide to accept it. Keep being awesome!

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress. (www.diaryofawriterinprogress.blogspot.com)

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    1. thanks so much on all accounts gina--so sweet of you!!

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  26. Happy birthday for the other day!

    I've had many lovely birthdays, my favourite way to spend it is with my little family, drinking tea, eating cake and having a relaxing day together. My best gift was of course my dog, Mackie, who was given to me by my mother just before I turned 18. I had been going through a rough time, a friend had died and I was feeling very low. She told me that Mackie would take care of me, share my secrets and be by my side. It seems Mackie understood that because she's a very caring little dog :)

    I hope you had a lovely day! I agree with Pam's comment - I love how friendly your blog is, how you share stories with us in the way that you do. It's lovely to come here and read what you have to say :)

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    1. awwww a little doggie sounds so sweet--it sounds like with the death of your dear friend, your mother found a wonderful gift--i did have a nice day and thank you so very much, i am so glad you enjoy and visit by blog!!

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  27. Happy belated birthday Lynn! Hope your day was a wonderful one. My happiest birthday was when my son (Navy Seabee) got back from overseas. That was the best day ever.
    Lynn, I love reading your blog and don't get to visit often enough. I have given you an award and you may pick it up here. http://theworldofjulieb.blogspot.com/
    Hope your day is a great one. :)

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    1. oh i can see why that was a wonderful birthday for you! thanks so much and i will pick it up---and i did have a very nice birthday--:)

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  28. Happy Belated Birthday, Lynn. Sorry I missed the actual day. I remember fondly my 17th birthday when my best friend threw me a surprise party. She and I are still friends today.

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    1. that's great--my friends gave me a couple of surprise parties too-and i am still friends with a couple of them also! thanks so much susan :)

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  29. Ah Lynn, what a lovely post and heartiest birthday wishes to you! Funny, I also have favorite birthday very close to yours http://amywritesnet.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-best-birthday-present-ever.html when Abram was born two days before mine. My best birthday and best birthday gift ever!

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    1. thanks so much amy--i will surely go to your link--sounds like we understand and share the best birthday gifts!

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