Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Diary of "the" Birthday

The anticipation of the big birthday was definitely a whole lot worse than the actual day.  So, now I'm fifty.  As everyone has been telling me all along .... it's just a number.  Well, except for my sister who picked up the phone and called me today to tell me "I just can't believe you are 50!"  Me neither!

The day was perfect in every way.  It started bright and early getting Eric to school by 6:15am for his class field trip to Kartchner Caverns (two hours south of Phoenix).

(anxiously waiting to board the bus)

First phone call of the day was from my awesome friend Peggy. I was actually shocked that she remembered it was my birthday. (Peg's not so good at remembering important dates and such.)  The phone call from Peg totally made my day.

I took the day off from work and scheduled a morning at my favorite spa.

An hour and a half massage followed by a pedicure and I was in heaven! After I finished up at the spa, my husband and I dined at another one of my favorite places

Despite the fact that I was at a winery, I ordered a beer just for my friend Julie who lives in the UK and who turned 50 last week.  Julie is a dear "cyber-friend" who I'm so looking forward to meeting in person one day.

(Cheers Julie!)

After lunch (and two beers), I came home and took a two hour nap.  A sure sign that I am officially old because I am so not someone who naps! Then again, I'm not someone who is usually home on a weekday when my kids are at school or being taken care of by someone else.  Given the opportunity to nap more often, I think I could get used to it.

I ended the day at my sister's house celebrating with family and friends.  

(before we left for my sister's)

(my sister was a little short on candles :)

(here's to another 50 years!)


My day was perfect and I'm so thankful for all the people who made it special - especially my family.  

All I can say is that the years have flown by so very fast and, as cliche as it sounds, it's imperative to slow down and just BE in the MOMENT because in the blink of an eye, you'll go from 




Susan said...

Happy Birthday Ann! It looks like you had a great day.

Though I must say I think any day you get your kid to school at 6:15 you are entitled to a nap, whatever your age! And it is just a number. And slowing down is a very good goal. I hope this turns out to surprise you and be the best year ever.

Claudia said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day! cheers!

Katie said...

I loved reading this.What a great day you had. Ann-you are a great person. And I love that you had a beer for Julie. Cheers ladies. :)


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you had such a nice day! Well deceived! Sandra

Anonymous said...

Dang...posted from iPhone. I must have misspelled deserved and it changed it to deceived. Sorry.

Ann said...

HaHa Sandra. Darn auto-correct! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy (belated) Birthday Ann. Glad you had such a great day!


Lisa said...

I am so happy your day was wonderful!
Spa, husband date, friends and family date, beer, cake sounds like a perfect day to me.

You are so right to seize the moments, why do I feel like 20 still yet I'm in my fourties. What the hell? When I look in the mirror it is only then that I realize YEP I'm 42. HA!

I see you like Stella.
Have you ever tried Duvel? Umm..Yum!

Cheer's to 50 more Fabulous years.

worthy said...

Lovely post and great pics Ann, sorry I'm late getting to this, firefox has changed and I lost all my bookmarks and of course, being so old it took me a long time to find everything again! If it's any consolation I had a nap on Friday afternoon - and I never nap during the day either unless I am very sick. i am now turning into my mother. cheers my friend and here's to the next, hopefully more relaxing 50! xxxx

Christy said...

I am so glad to read that you had a perfect day! Lord knows you deserved it! So, did you feel kinda dorky taking the photos of the buildings? Because I always do when I do stuff like that. BUT - it makes for such a great post! I feel like I was right there with you!

Happy Birthday! (very late now - sorry!)