So, about my birthday. The weather was complete crap, my kid was Mach 10 grouchy and my sister was all kinds of sick with a side of hive-y rash covering her arms (I’m pretty sure she caught what I like to call “the midwest”). Cody was at school all day except for the hour he brought us pizza and then ran back to school. No wrapped presents, no balloons. I didn’t even get a single donut.

Sounds crappy huh?


My sister was here with me, she let me sleep in, the moosh took a nap allowing me and my sick sissy to take naps of our own (swoon!), my husband brought me my favorite kind of pizza, I got an early present in the form of my camera (OH MY CAMERA!) and I got over 180 comments from YOU reminding me that the best bits of life are rarely wrapped in paper and pretty ribbons.

Seven of you announced your pregnancies yesterday (Some of you so secret that you didn’t even leave your name! Squee!) Six of you got surprise refunds for various things in the mail. Two of you had your mortgages drop. Three of you had your babies sleep through the night. Two of you got to go on real live grown up dates with your husbands. A bunch of you got to hang out with friends you hadn’t seen in ages. Two of you made your tiny little babies laugh for the first time. Two of you gave birth. Three of you watched your kids play well on their sports teams. For fifteen of you, spring finally arriving was your highlight. Two of you got glowing report cards from your kids. Two of you got new jobs, three of you got pedicures (one from your husband!), one of you bought a new house, one of you found your dream house. Seven of you said that BOSSY’s stop at your place was the best, five of you said that the March for Babies was the best (A handful of you raised over $25K alone!). Twenty of you either had birthday party to go to or a birthday of your own. Three of you lost weight. Over a dozen of you offered to make me a cake and truck it across the country and four of you are feeling better after long nasty illnesses.

There’s so many more, I can’t thank you enough for every single one.

They were by far the best part of my week.

Seriously, the best gift ever. No, wait, my camera is the best gift ever (sorry) but you totally come in second.


  1. Casey, you’re so gracious.
    Glad you had a wonderful birthday!!!! (You young whipper snapper, you!)
    Still, you so deserve some pretty wrapping. If I had your address, you’d SO be getting something silly wrapped in beautiful paper. Just to make you smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mandy’s last blog post..Blue eyes, green eyes, sandy hair

  2. Yay Casey, I am glad you had a fab age change. To make you jealous, it was in the 70’s here in the Wasatch Front. But don’t be jealous too long. It is supposed to snow tomorrow. Just as I leave for Cali. Yay!

    Emily the Utah transplant from the Midwest’s last blog post..101 in 1001

  3. I hope that baby thing isn’t in the water. I can barely handle the two I have now.

    Glad it was great despite the lack of donuts and that darn “Midwest”!

  4. Glad you had a wonderful day Casey. You deserved it! (Can I just say how VERY much Naps RULE? lol)

    NotAMeanGirl’s last blog post..Thank You…

  5. Glad it was so good. What a very unselfish way to celebrate your birthday – letting others share their good news. I salute you…and will probably copy you come November!

    Rachel’s last blog post..Because she is so cute…

  6. You have a great way of looking at life. And second to an excellent camera aint bad!

    kristi’s last blog post..Mary’s first sentence!

  7. Congrats on the new camera!! I got a new one for my birthday too! That’s one of the best gifts ever for us shutterbugs.

    Rhea’s last blog post..Interview with a 6-year-old.

  8. Sleeping in would be the best gift ever. I love my sleep. Pretty cool on the comments too! Thanks for the summary, I am too lazy to read all of them, remember, I like my sleep:)

    Megan’s last blog post..Bring it on!

  9. The camera rocks, does it not? I knew you’d love it!

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  10. I was out of town so a BIG BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUG!

  11. artsyfartsy says:

    I have totally become a lurker! Ew! I didn’t mean to. I’m not like that. But your blog has that affect on people. It causes head nodding, LOL laughter, tears, and mind expanding side effects. And it always makes me think of my life just a little differently, always for the better. SO thanks! And Happy Belated Birthday to a colourful gal!

  12. Speaking of cameras… I’d kind of like to buy my fiance a fancy schmancy camera one of these days. He keeps whispering “Canon Digital Rebel SLR,” and two months into our engagement, I’m thinking maybe he deserves an engagement present from me.

    Any advice on where I should go to learn what kind of camera to buy him? (I know nothing.)

    Any advice on where I can send him to learn how to use a fancy schmancy camera? (He knows hardly anything.)

    Glad your birthday was special!

  13. Oh a nap. That sounds lovely. Glad your special day was so nice. Boy am I old!

    Kristin’s last blog post..Back to reality

  14. I’m glad you had a great birthday! I showed your post to my husband and said, “see, HER husband gave her a fancy camera for HER birthday!” He has two months to get his act together. TWO MONTHS! I don’t think there is enough time.

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  15. I didn’t comment on the birthday post. I’m old, you’re young. I was pouting. Today is a new day, and now I’m ready to repent.

    Happy Birthday, yada yada. Wish you the best, tra, la, la.

    I’ll send you one of my little ‘designer bags’, email me your PO box. Is that better?

    good&crazy’s last blog post..Our Song

  16. I didn’t check the mail before I commented, but now that I have, I should tell you new good news: CANADIAN TAX REFUND!!!! And it was substantial. Score! Congrats on the camera.

    Camille’s last blog post..Fordโ„ข Has Something Stuck in Its Teeth and I’m Not Breaking the News

  17. Happy Happy Birthday! My sweet baby girl turned four yesterday too – people born on April 28th are truly fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS – Being a midwesterner for most of my life, it isn’t that bad, I promise!

    Lisa’s last blog post..Happy Birthday Baby

  18. Hi sweetness! This is me showing up with my tail between my legs apologizing for missing your birthday. Happy birthday, my friend! I’m glad you had such a fabulous day.

    andi’s last blog post..Keeping up appearances

  19. SO FUNNY how now as moms a nap and sleep are one of the GREATEST gifts like EVA!

    staciesmadness’s last blog post..YEAH, I got ’em.

  20. Casey, you are so adorable.
    Happy Late Birthday, very very very late, but still happy. What an amazing and wonderful gift, the comment cake. That’s awesome.
    Congrats on the camera too.

    rachel’s last blog post..God Saw