Monday, October 31, 2011

October 30, 1940

was the day of my birth. I've had many birthdays since then; 71, to be exact. But few of them equal today, when I was with my three children, my six grandchildren, my husband and my daughter-in-law. I have always loved being with any of them, but there is something special about us being all  together. I love watching them interact. They were so cute when they were little, but it is a special privilege to watch my offspring as adults, and their children as teens. I hope that all of you can experience that, or will some day. There's nothing like it. My goal is to live long enough to see all of them through school and married, and should I be so lucky as to achieve that, I'll be contented. Of course, getting to hold a great-grandchild would be wonderful too! (but not for a while, please.)

When the children were little, toys, books, videos, swimming, play dough, bubble stuff and sidewalk chalk kept them occupied for hours. But now, it is a laptop, iPod, iPad, smart phone or e-reader that keeps them busy. They grow and their toys change (and get more expensive....LOL)

Lately, the talk is of colleges, and several of them are taking tours of various campuses and thinking about their possible courses of study. They have no idea how exciting it is for me to see them move into this phase of their lives (and would probably think it is weird that I am excited about it, and for them.)

 My daughter outdid herself today; grilling beef tenderloin for 12, with potatoes and the trimmings, starting with brie en croute with fruit. Costco "served" us well, and their red velvet cake is really to die for. (There goes my attempt to stay the same weight from now through New Years!)

I am looking forward to using my presents:  a 90 minute massage with foot rub, and a gift card to a book store.  Both of those are very welcome items! On Facebook, I received so many greetings and wishes for my birthday that it was hard to keep up with them. It certainly did make me feel good.  Growing older is interesting; I wouldn't miss it for the world. 


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a lovely special day, Judy....I'm so Happy for you on this your BIRTHDAY!!!!
A GREAT dinner and lovely gifts and surrounded by 'family' that you love and who love you!!!
What could be better? Nothing!

Betty said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds as though you had a wonderful day. I hope you have many more.

LL Cool Joe said...

What a lovely post!

Happy Birthday Judy! Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

Granny Annie said...

Those feelings you experienced are such treasures and I truly envy you having the whole crowd together. You've been celebrating so much I lost track of the actual date so let me officially offer you a "belated" Happy Birthday!

Jay Simser said...

I hope you had a Happy Birthday. My 70th will be my next one in about 1/2 a month. But I am no longer having them, I like being a sexagenarian and do not want to change to whatever is next.. It is the only time I have ever been sexy. I even took it off from Facebook.

robin andrea said...

Sounds like a perfect birthday celebration!

Looking to the Stars said...

Happy B-day!!!!
It sounds like you had a wonderful one :)

Nancy said...


I am so happy for you.Children and Grandchildren can complete our lives and I am glad that you were able to get together with all of your family on your special day...

Anonymous said...

Judy--Belated best wishes on your birthday, you youngster, you. Trust me: great-grandkids think a cell phone is their neatest toy!
Cop Car

Grannymar said...

Your birthday sounded wonderful with all the family round you. Enjoy the massage with foot rub. If for any reason you cannot go along.... I'll be available to take your place!! ;)

Millie Garfield said...

Sounds like you had the most perfect birthday ever!

Perfect dinner, lovely gifts and all those that you love and all those who love you.

You certainly deserved to have it all!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

Merle said...

Dear Judy ~~ Happy belated Birthday -
sorry I am a bit late but I am glad to read of your happy family day.
There is nothing better than to see
them all together and interacting.
Probably say ing the same things we did when our children were younger.
Love your attitude to older age -- it
is interesting an d great.
Take care my friend, Love, Merle.

Pat said...

What a wonderful treat and you totally deserve it. Now I realise there is just ten years between us and I feel a bit inadequate when I think of all you achieve. Long may you thrive and prosper.

Sparkling Red said...

Congratulations on a wonderful birthday! It's lovely that you enjoy your family so much. May the love continue and grow for many years to come. :-)

Carol............. said...

Happy Birthday!

That dinner sounds pretty good to time be sure to invite me..LOL

Arkansas Patti said...

What a great Birthday to have everyone present. I am late with my Birthday wishes but it seems you didn't need them for your day was just perfect.
90 minute massage??? Wow.