Monday, June 2, 2008


Last Friday was my birthday. It was a very nice weekend. For a while it looked like our plans to celebrate wouldn't happen because all eligible babysitters were involved in some sort of graduation (HS, seminary). Finally on Thursday I was beginning to surrender to the sinking feeling that we wouldn't get to get away at all. Just at that moment, Corrie called and said that although she couldn't watch Eden on Friday, she could that night. I called Phil and he made arrangements for us to eat at the nicest restaurant in town. Then Alisha called and said that her weekend away got canceled and she could watch Eden Friday if we wanted to go forward with our original plan (to go to an Indian restaurant in B'ham and then the temple) on Friday. We decided to stick with our plan to go out on Thursday and then go to the temple this Wednesday morning (the B'ham temple only has limited sessions each week). So, thanks to some wonderful friends, my birthday didn't have the stench of self-pity.

After our very nice dinner, we went to see Prince Caspian (really liked it). When we got home it was after midnight so Phil indulged me and allowed me to open my gifts then. As always he was very thoughtful in his gift-giving. Eden even "signed" her card (scribbles artfully applied to the writing surface). Friday morning Phil and Eden let me sleep in and made me delicious waffles with strawberries. Yum! Then I looked here and found a fabulous poem written in my honor!

We spent Friday preparing for a yard sale. Phil made some stylish Yard Sale signs that we posted around our community. We tracked down all our treasures and put price tags on them. It was a busy day. Then Saturday we arose very early so that we would be ready for our 7 a.m. visitors. And they came... they just didn't buy much. Clearly we don't understand the yard saler mentality. So those of you who frequent yard sales, what is it that makes for a good one? We didn't sell a single book but got rid of most of our CDs (even some LDS artists ones - little do those buyers know...).

Saturday night we went to a concert in the park with some friends. Eden was adorable. She loves to try to keep up with the other kids. It was fun. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra played music from films such as Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lord of the Rings, etc. There was a fun atmosphere. Phil made me a delectable chocolate cake with penuche frosting. We took it and shared it with those around us (some friends from church and some from JSU). It was a grand time.

So there you have it. Turning 41 was pretty spectacular.

3 response(s):

Ryan & Angie said...

Happy Birthday. I am glad you had a good one. Ryan is the garage sale specialist. He participated in one on Saturday and sold about $400 worth of stuff. We had two big ticket items (weight machine and TV) so that helped. I was just happy to get so much stuff out of the house. Yeah!

Bamamoma said...

We were trying to sell a kitchen table and 4 chairs. Not even a nibble on it! We had a work out bench - not even a look-see. We did sell a digital camera (that was the biggest ticket item). It seriously seemed like our stuff wasn't junkie enough or something. I don't know. But it isn't coming back into the house. The table and chairs are on our deck and everything else is going to the library and the thrift store!

Claire said...

Can you sell those things on craigslist? I never have great luck with "big ticket items" at garage sales, especially now that craigslist is so huge.

Happy birthday!!! And I still would like to see proof that you are 41... You don't look a day over 28. And Eden is just a doll! I love the photos of her in her sunglasses.