Friday, January 02, 2009

It's My Birthday!

That's me, the birthday girl, several...20...okay...more like 30...years ago! Yikes! How did that happen?!?

Let me start by saying that I am usually not that excited about my birthday. Not at all. Why, you ask? It has nothing to do with my age or getting older, I swear. You see, those of you who have a birthday around Christmas time will understand. It's just one more thing "to do," and after the holidays, who wants to go to another party, buy another gift, or eat another dinner out?!? Not even I do, and it's my birthday! Many of my friends forget ("It snuck up on me!") and I usually get a bit bummed about the whole thing. But I really should change my attitude, right?!? Well, to make things a little more exciting, I'm celebrating number 36 by giving you a gift...and singing this song while I do it! Come on, you know the words...








So here's the stuff....


There's a little bit of everything here, including: Friendship Blooms stamp set from Stampin' Up!, two bottles of Stickles, a VersaMark watermark stamp pad, a YoYo Yellow stamp pad from Stampin' Up!, Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder, a 6x6 mini album, an accordion book kit by Studio K, and some embellishments, accents, rub-ons and stickers! Whew!

Do you want it?!? All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post and answer this question: "What was the best birthday present you've ever received?" You have until Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. PST to leave a comment. I'll use random.org to select one lucky winner and post the name on my blog shortly after. And I'll also fill you in on what (if anything...okay...kidding) I did for my birthday! Good luck party people!

P.S. If you have five minutes to spare, check out this funny birthday video clip I found on YouTube. Remember The Golden Girls? Hilarious!


71 comments:

AuBien said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Jennifer! I hope you found something amazing to celebrate your birthday. And thank you for sharing the Golden Girls link...Mr. HA HA! Hysterical!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday!! I have been a long time follower of our blog and love all the inspiration!

I would have to say my favorite birthday present was the birth of my son. He was born on my birthday, too!

Much happiness to you in the coming year!

Claire Brennan said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer - oh my!! your little girl is the image of you!! both gorgeous!

Respectfully omit myself from the blog candy as shipping to Ireland would be scandalous for that lot! Lol - Happy Birthday!!!!! and Happy New Year.

Betsy in ar said...

Happy Birthday!

I have had great birthday's growing up, but I guess the one that sticks out to me was my 16th. I couldn't wait to get my corsage, you know the one with the 16 sugar cubes (sweet 16th). I was thrilled when I got it. I remember wearing it everywhere and keeping it forever.

TracieClaiborne said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

The best birthday gift I ever got was a trip with 3 of my dearest friends to the Smoky Mountains. They blessed me by taking time out of their lives to go there with me and we had a blast!

Jennifer said...

Happy Happy Birthday ... I hope you celebrate & enjoy YOUR day!

My best gift was my 10th birthday- my Mom woke me up to a weekend away in Vancouver, BC ... we went shopping, rode bicycles-built-for-two, we stayed at a nice hotel ... it was SO much fun, and definitely out of the ordinary. (She was a single mother, so $$ was tight.)

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Jennifer(and me!)! My best birthday present was a pair of pearl earings-actually the card I got along with the earings was even better(very "mushy" and if you knew my husband you'd know he is NOT the "mushy" type)- from my then boyfriend(now husband). We had only been going out for a couple of months and I was so surprised by the present and the "mushy" card.
I was laughing when I was reading your post today- I know the feeling about having a birthday so close after Christmas. When I was little I used to get a big present on Christmas- always with the stipulation that it was a Christmas and Birthday present together.I always swore to myself that if any of my kids were born close to Christmas I would never do that to them- luckily all my boys were born in the summer, so I don't have to worry about it.
Thanks for the blog candy give away. Looks like a nice one!
I have to post anonamously here because for some reason google always gives me problems when I try and post with my google identity.
Happy Birthday again!
Anette(snowmom13)

Lin said...

The best ever birthday gift I received was my son!

Chel said...

Happy Birthday :)

To be honest, one of my best gifts was my cat, Chester. We rescued him and he was in bad shape, but now, four years later, he's an amazing tabby who is not only a wonderful kitty but a wonderful friend and companion.

Molly B said...

Happy Birthday to you!! I will spare you my singing voice. LOL! My favorite Birthday gift was a mother and child necklace my BFF gave me after my son was born. Best wishes to you for your birthday and all year too. -Molly B

Kirsten said...

Happy Birthday! I have to favorite gifts...#1 the love of my life came back into my life and this was the beginning of the rest of my life..#2 my sister bought me tickets to see the stage producation of Mama Mia when I did not have have the extra money to by the tickey myself. What a wonderful thing to share with us on your birthday!

Maria Gurnsey said...

happy birthday!!! i hope you get as many good goodies as you have here!!!
My best birthday present was my sister getting married on my b-day. What an honor to share the day with her. Except we all got so busy that day it wasn't until after the reception anyone remembered me :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!
The best present I ever received was my daughter cooking dinner for me on my birthday, she was only 12.

Kelley

apron girls said...

The best gift I ever got was my Sector9 long board. Too bad I couldn't skate much since I just got pregnant and I wasn't feeling good, but I guess that was my other amazing present...the opportunity to bring a wonderful child into this world. He has certainly been worth it.

Jim said...

Happy Happy Birthday Jennifer! Love the blog post today! The Golden Girls skit was hilarious! Mr. Haha will be at dinner tonight!

Have a great day!

Jim

P.S. No specific favorite birthday gift comes to mind - but I just love anything made of resin - such a versatile product!

Kelly Jo said...

First of all, let me start by saying I LOVE the golden girls and am thankful that Lifetime plays reruns.

Happy Birthday!!! That is one cool prize package you are giving away.

The best present I received was a pair of Guess jeans when I turned 15 from my parents. The reason I think it was the best is I was at the age where I finally understood that gifts cost money and I knew they were expensive jeans and I was thrilled that my parents bought me them so I could be cool at school!

Hope you have a wonderful birthday. I really do want to get my hands on all those goodies :)

MrsTina said...
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MrsTina said...

Sorry about the delete! I really shouldn't talk and type at the same time and should really proof read before sending. LOL!
Happy Birthday!!! mine is in 17 more days and I will be 29, my son's age. . . we are now twins!!! snort! my best present ever received was when my son was 6, he gave me a ring holder he made at school and it is sitting on my desk still today. He is now 29.
I LOVE the golden girls, thanks for sharing the great episode!
I hope you have the best birthday!
Tina C.

LaurieG said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer. I wish you a very happy day filled with many wishes come true.

My best present ever was one year my husband surprised me with a diamond and ruby tennis bracelet and he wrote hints as to where he had it hidden. This is very out of character for him and a fun thing for me.

GabrielaD said...

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPY Birthday!!!!

My best present ever, was a beautiful blue bike. It was beyond gorgeous!

Judy S said...

Happy Birthday, Jennifer! My best birthday present was going to a college basketball game with my son. We had a blast!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your creations each day!! My favorite birthday present would be our son. We are so thankful for him. I hope you have a wonderful birthday and thanks for the opportunity. -- LaCee

Linda said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!! My best birthday present ever was for my 21st birthday!. my huband spoiled me the whole day with gifts. He gave me this beautiful heart braclet! ANd then he took me to my favorite resturant (Olive Garden)!! i had a blast!

i hope u have a good birthday and that all ur wishes come true.=)

shondaw said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer. I too understand your b-day feelings as my birthday is today also:-)... Anyways enjoy your day to the fullest and I hope that you have many many more... My fav birthday gift was a surprise party thrown by my DH- the gift was getting to see my best friend who he flew in from Florida!

mommaladystamper said...

Happy Happy Birthday Jennifer!!! What a great blog birthday gift for someone. Thanks for the chance to win this lot.

I think my best present was when I was 16 I received a silver charm bracelet. Those were popular back in the 70's lol it had a heart with 16th on it, then every birthday after that and special occations, my Mother would buy me another charm. To this day I still have the charm bracelet and sometimes I even wear it. I think they are becoming popular again lol. Alice R.

Monica said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jennifer!!!!
Hope you got spoiled today you deserve it girl!

Best B-Day gift I ever recieved was when I was 4 I had been wanting a Cricket Doll and my Daddy got it for me that year. I took that baby doll EVERYWHERE with me! LoL

P.S That video clip is just CRAZY! LMBO Thanks for Sharing!

~Monica~

whoistracy said...

Happy birthday Jen! I think my favorite gift was when I was 9 or so and my mother let me have 10 of my friends over for a party. She planned all sorts of games and had prizes, it was amazing.

DeniseB said...

When I was about 16, my Mom gave me a beautiful birthstone ring. Many years later, I thought I'd lost it. I didn't wear it often and I realized I hadn't seen it in ages. Gave up trying to find it, figuring it was long gone. Then I happily came across it again! I was so pleased to see it again after all the years. It is something I will always treasure.
DeniseB

Becky said...

Happy Birthday!!

My favorite gift was for my 16th bday my mom rented a limo and 10 of my friends surprised me and we went out to dinner and to the beach all night.

Stacy M. said...

Happy birthday Jennifer!

My best birthday present was on my 39th birthday. My husband took my 6 and 3 year old sons to the dollar store to go on a shopping spree for me, then they left me the silliest clues to go on a scavenger hunt to find everything! It was precious to see the meaning behind everything they chose!

Anonymous said...

as a kid: Hands down the Grease album (I think I burned through 2 or 3)
adult: a gaudy pink glass heart paper weight. My son was about 6 and saw it for me. He thought it was a big pink diamond!

Happy Birthday to you!
Heidi Quick

Karen W said...

Happy Birthday! Loved the Beatles clip....they are one of my favs! My best birthday present was just recently...and I gave it to myself. For my birthday, I took a trip to California, without my kids. It was a wonderful, relaxing vacation and one I will treasure for a long, long, time.

deborahs727 said...

My best birthday present was the surprise party my daughter gave me a year ago on my 50th. I still can't believe she pulled it off!

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer!! The best birthday gift I received was on my 30th when my sister organized a bunch of relatives to write me a letter/note about a special memory they had of me. She put all the notes in a pretty Pier One vase.

Debbie H said...

Happy Birthday!
I have to say that my best birthday present was a daughter's pride ring, given to me on my 17th birthday. Why, was it so special? well, the relationship with my mother wasn't always the greatest. I guess I know that she loved me, but she never really said it often and well never showed it much either. and it was shocking to have received the ring. Now that my Mom has passed away, I know that there was love...that day!

Anonymous said...

My best gift was a pair of roller skates which I got on my sixth birthday!
C. Burke

love3sons said...

Happy Birthday to YOU! I love your blog :)
My best birthday present would have been the 2 tickets to a U2 concert (my alltime favorite band)! It was a great night with my husband!

Wahinelei said...

Best of wishes to you on your birthday!! I'll be 36 too this year! Yay 36!

My best birthday present was from my DH who took me out to a really nice restaurant that we could never afford to go to otherwise. We ordered dishes that we've only seen on the Food Network and always wanted to try. It was so yummy and such a great experience. Id much rather go out and try something new than receive any present!

IamDerby said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!! Holy cow thats some awesome blog candy! You are too generous! Lets see my best present was roller skates... I think I was 8.
PS I love that little girl picture of you!

Gail S. said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!! Were you the New Years Baby where you lived???? My favorite present was a diamond necklace my husband gave me. Thank you for a chance to win!!

Lauree Myler said...

my hubby proposed 9 years ago on my bday. i was so shocked i nearly knocked the ring into a half frozen river. thankfully he had a good grip!

happy birthday, mine was a few days ago.

--cheers

maureen said...

My best birthday gift was a diamond "past, present, future" necklace that my husband gave me when we were first dating. When he gave me the small box he said, "Don't worry, it's not a ring!" I wear the necklace almost everyday still after 4 years. Happy Birthday!!

Ronda said...

Happy Birthday to You! I hope you have a very special day.
I would have to say my best birthday gift was my engagement ring- 15 1/2 yrs. ago. It was an absolute surprise. But, a wonderful surprise at that.
Enjoy your day!

:)
Ronda

mommyabbytommy said...

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your day!!
My favorite gift was an orange, banana seat bicycle. I was so excited that I rode it in circles in the house. (My bday is in Feb so it wasn't outside biking weather!!) LOVED that bike! Thanks for the opportunity!

Kathleen said...

Hmmmmm, I think my favorite "present" was a surprise party my parents threw for me on my 18th birthday---they had convinced me that I was entirely too old to have birthday parties and I opened the door to the house and was terrified by the screams of Happy Birthday! I don't remember the gift---but that was an amazing party! Thanks for the chance---and Happy birthday (a day late!)

Anonymous said...

The best birthday present ever has to be when my DH gave me a ticket to go to the SA Scrapbook Convention two years ago!
It could also be the time he stole the ring from my jewelery box. He had given it to me when we were still dating and I lost the pearl one day. I remember crying for two days, not about the pearl, but about the sentimental value of it. I kept the ring in my jewelery box for about 10 years, before he stole it and replaced the pearl. Not the most expensive gift ever, but certainly the most thoughtful!
Tertia

Karen said...

Happy Birthday. I can relate. I also have a January B-day. Here is the big mistake I made. My husband would never remember it and I would let it go. You have to remind people and celebrate or you are teaching the children that birthdays aren't important. Because he forgets, my kids forget. My best birthday is any one that they all remember before the fact. That would probably be 2 or 3 in my 50+ years. Celebrate, it is important that you were born.

moster said...

Holy Cow -- what amazing blog candy. Happy Happy Birthday to you! Hmmmm. Favorite birthday gift. . . probably when I was about 12 when my aunt (who doesn't have kids) took me on a shopping spree -- just the two of us. At first I was tentative asking for things, but then we went crazy. I came home with bags of new clothes. And it was probably the first time I cared about clothes.

Lucy said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday. Hope you had a great day.

The best gift I ever got for my birthday was when I was about 9 and my parents gave me an amazing wooden box of coloured pencils. I still have them 20 years later - they are fantastic.

Mel said...

Jennifer---I feel your pain. My birthday is January 6, and I'm lucky if more than my mother remembers....plus it's the big 40 this year...yipee. Hope your birthday is a good one. Do something for yourself!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Jennifer! We have lots of December and January birthdays in our family/extended close family, hmmm--about 21 out of 30 are born in December, January, or February! My best birthday present ever was my marriage proposal from my (now) husband---we chose February to be married in--we'll celebrate 47 years together in February 2009!
Gail S.

Carolyn said...

Happy Birthday, Jennifer. HOpe it is a fantastic one. My daughter was born on Dec 31st, so we just had a little get together for her, she turned 18 this year. anyway, my best birthday present ever was my niece, who was born on my birthday. Such a beautiful little angel, who is now 8, and so very special to me.

thanks for sharing

Tricia said...

A very Happy Birthday to you Jennifer and best wishes for the coming year! My best present was shopping for maternity clothes on my birthday!
The Golden Girls was great!

Teresa Curtis said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer!
My favorite gift is every year on my birthday and for Mother's Day, my son will come in my room with breakfast in bed for me. It is always on a large cookie sheet and includes a variety of things each time. He is 13 now and started this when he was about 4 years old. Ya gotta looove that soggy cereal with warm milk when presented by the biggest smile in the world!
~Teresa

SmilynStef said...

My favorite birthday gift was for my 40th birthday when my dad came and spent the weekend with me and helped build things for my craft room.

ivwhy said...

happy birthday! your work is beautiful! continue years more of creative creations!

my fave b-day gift was a surprise trip to kona when i just passed my 1st trimester w/ our 1st child (he's now 4 & has a bro who's about to turn 2 years old end of this month). ahhh...those were the gool ol' days traveling w/out kids!

Jennifer said...

Hope you had a FABULOUS birthday!

The best birthday present I've ever received was for my 6th birthday. My sister had just been born 9 months earlier and my parents surprised me with a trip to Disneyland...just them and me (my baby sister stayed with my grandparents).

Monika said...

Happy Birthday and hope you have a great day! I love your blog and keep up the great work! One of my best birthday was when my hubby back then boyfriend picked me up on the farm in a limo! Took me to a very fancy restaurant. It was just so much fun.

Kathy Kelsheimer said...

Hi Jennifer. Happy Birthday...the best birthday present I ever got was this past birthday when my husband took me on a date to my favorite restaurant (Cheesecake Factory). It was such a special time. I hope you have a wonderful, memorable birthday as well. shecop@charter.net

annesatx said...

The best present I ever received was back when my late husband and I were very young. We didn't have a lot of money, so what he did was give me a "check" promising to do whatever I chose for 24 hours. We would go wherever I wanted, eat whatever I wanted, do whatever I wanted -- he even said he'd be willing to wear (gasp!) a pink shirt all day if that was what I wanted. I don't remember what all we did, but it was one of the best days of my life. Anyway, Happy Birthday!

KATY826 said...

I am not really that into my Birthday either, so we usually just go out to dinner as a family for our birthdays. Which I love - nothing is better than being with my family. :) Happy Birthday and thank you for the chance to win that blog candy! You're so generous. :)

Annita said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!
Hope you had an AMAZING Birthday.
My best Birthday present was to find out I was finally pregnant after 5 LONG years of waiting, tears and tests.
Annita

Alnette said...

Happy Happy Birthday! The best gift would probably be when my husband asked me to marry him on my 30th birthday!

Alicia said...

Happy Birthday! My sister-in-law's birthday is the day after Christmas and she refuses to open any gifts or cards until that day. We definitely make a celebration out of it because all too often it gets combined with Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful day! Golden Girls are one of my all time favorites.

My favorite birthday gift has to be my engagement ring from my husband in '01. He proposed on my birthday at the same place where we met!

Your blog is wonderful and I visit it daily!

Rita said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer!

The best birthday present I ever received was a table with a formica top that my Dad had made. It matched the formica in our kitchen and I could stand at my table and roll out cookie dough while my Mom stood at the counter rolling out her cookie dough. That's how I learned to bake bread, make cookies, cinnamon rolls and all sorts of things all on my table. I still have the table to this day.

Sue D said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer!

My best birthday present came this year - at the age of 37 - when my doctor called and shared the results of being cancer free! I am now rid of 36 and cancer!! Here's to a new healthy year!

Hope yours is wonderful..

LettyLian said...

Love your blogsite! :) My best birthday present came from my daughter who made a cute frame and learned how to write in chinese for the saying inside, telling me how much she loved me. I needed to get my mom to read it for me & she was so touched... I love it!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. I love your site. My favorite present was my mom taking me to see my favorite band Pearl Jam 4 hours away even when we weren't doing to well financially. I was 16 and she wanted to make it special.

kim's kreations said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU JENNIFER!!! I would have to say that my best present was my granddaughter being born on my birthday. And please don't let your birthday get you down...you're only as old as you feel.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Jennifer. My favorite birthday present was when my husband took me for a day of shopping at the outlet mall.

Debbie S

Rebecca said...

Happy birthday...you share the day with my daughter...who was actually our small town's new years baby in 1992.

My favourite gift ever...was a gift I gave back to the community...on my 50th, we collected food for our local food bank

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