Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

And it's a big one -- 40! I (almost) can't believe it. In some ways there's no doubt -- like the gray hairs, the lines on my forehead and the aching joints after I run; but on the other hand, I'm in better shape than I've even been in. I can honestly say that I wouldn't change a thing in my life right now -- my husband is perfect, my kids are incredible, and my friends are so special.

I don' t really have any big plans to celebrate today, but I did spend the entire weekend having fun. On Saturday, three of my best friends threw a party for me at a local Japanese steakhouse. (I don't think I've had a birthday party since I was 12 years old.) Nine of my best friends (including my mother and my sister) and I had a great time watching the chef entertain us while cooking our delicious food. My friends made my birthday so special by giving me loads of awesome presents including a dozen red roses. They even did a champagne toast!!!

And then on Sunday, my family went to church; and while my kids were at Sunday school, my husband and I had a breakfast date. We followed that with going to a Harrisburg Senators baseball game in gorgeous 70 degree weather. I ended the evening with my neighborhood bunco group where I won a bag of flower-themed goodies! What a fantastic birthday weekend! It definitely makes turning 40 not-so-bad when you are surrounded by the people you love!

33 comments:

Margay said...

Happy Birthday, Julie! May all your days be blessed with happiness.
Margay

Meghan said...

Happy birthday, Julie! I'm glad you had such a wonderful weekend. I hope you have many great celebrations to come. =)

bermudaonion said...

Happy Birthday, Julie! I'm so glad you're having a great time - you deserve it.

Lezlie said...

Happy Birthday! I'm enjoying my 40's quite a bit. I hope you do, too!

Lezlie

ANovelMenagerie said...

Happy 40th. Mine is this year, too!

Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Jenny Girl said...

Happy Birthdau Julie! Glad the weekend was gorgrous for you. Hope all you birthday wishes come true!

Gwendolyn B. said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Julie! The 40s are good! Old enough, but not too old! Have a great year!

Jo-Jo said...

Congrats to you Julie! I just turned 40 last year and so far it's been great! Enjoy...

Heather J. said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day. :)

By the way, how is your daughter liking The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud?

Missy said...

Have a Happy Birthday!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday, Julie! I hope your year is filled of only the best things, and that those you love treat with you kindness. I love teppanyaki! (Japanese steakhouse)

I'm so glad to have known you this year!

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday!

trish said...

Happy birthday, Julie! Sounds like a fantastic weekend!

Marie Burton said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I am close behind. SIGH. Speaking of gray hair .. I just colored my hair last night and it didn't cover the gray! What's with that?!
And we are currently reading the same thing right now :)

Dar said...

Happy Birthday Julie! Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend. Have an awesome day!

donnas said...

Happy Birthday!!

Serena said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you are having a great time, even if you don't have any big plans.

Erika Lynn said...

Happy Birthday!!

Kristina said...

YAY!! Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a great day =)

Anna said...

Happy Birthday!!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

carolsnotebook said...

Happy Birthday!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you had such a great time! Happy B Day!!

Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great weekend!

Ti said...

You only turn 40 once so make the most of it!! I'd sing for you but you'd beg me to stop. Truly.

Molly said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

As someone who is scheduled to turn the big 5-0 later this year, I can honestly say that my 40s were the best decade so far. I hope you find that to be true as well.

ann marie said...

:) Happy Birthday Julie. May it be a great one. :)

The Book Resort said...

The happiest of days to you = }.
Happy Birthday to you.
Here's to books, love, health & happiness = }.
Blessings.

Book Club Girl said...

Happy Birthday, it was great reading about all the fun stuff you did to celebrate!

Pissenlit said...

Oh, Happy Birthday! :D

Carrie K. said...

Happy Birthday!

Alyce said...

Happy belated Birthday! I hope it was a great one!

Beth F said...

Fantastic long weekend -- and with more to come this summer. How blessed you are.