Happy Birthday to ME!

Today is my birthday!! I will turn 37 years old around 10:25 this morning and I can’t wait! I love birthdays. Squeeee!

I’ve always loved my birthday. No matter how old I am turning. Age has never been a big deal to me. And I know some of you groan “well duh, you are only 37 years old…” but I don’t think age will ever be a big deal to me.

Part of my joie-de-vivre comes from having the world’s best birthday role model; my Mom. I mean, this is a woman who knows how to embrace birthdays and aging in style! For her sixtieth birthday, she hosted a pole dancing party with one requirement: you attend, you work the pole. And work the pole we did. Whatever age she turns, my mother embraces the gift of life and living.

And I definitely take after Mom. I’ve never been one to want to stay in the same place (metaphorically speaking). To me, time passing and aging signifies growth and forward movement. To me, our age is like a badge of honor, something to be revered and celebrated! We made it. Another year under the belt where I learned, challenged, and pushed myself to do more, aim higher, and live louder.

I mean, I’ve already got plans for my fortieth underway so I am pumped to hit the next major milestone!

Here are my top 5 reasons for loving my birthday!

  1. The name of the game is GIFTS! Squeeeee. Whether it’s the gift of time with friends and family or the gift of jewellery (hubby always delivers spectacular on the gifts part ), it’s a joy to let your loved ones shower you with gifts. Some of my most treasured birthday gifts are cards I’ve received from my loved ones with the most beautiful and inspiring notes of family, love, friendship and sisterhood. I save them and reread them from time to time and my heart is always warmed with how blessed I am.
  2. It’s not a day, it’s a season! Thasss right. I like to draw my big day OUT! Although today is my actually bday, I like to start celebrating early and carry on through the big day and beyond. This year we started on Friday evening with dinner with friends, Saturday night was dancing with friends, Monday night dinner with the family, and this coming weekend, a hot tub party with more friends. Woot woot! And, if you can believe it, this will be one of the shortest birthday seasons ever. Usually I manage to save gift certificates from my bday to spend in August so I can extend the pleasures throughout the months! No joke…I like to draw it out!
  3. ME ME ME. I know, it’s shocking to hear it but I LOVE being the center of attention and what better day to scream “I rock!” from the rooftops than my birthday. On Saturday night, my BFF had the DJ wish me a happy birthday, there are tons of facebook messages coming in, hubby had a bday wish on the radio for me, and there’s a bday sign across my office door so coworkers will swing by all day with best wishes. And now all of my blogging family will swing by with loads of uber fabulousness. I mean…I am EVERYWHERE! Squeee…Love that! I love to shower people with love and adoration and I love to be showered. I mean, it’s all about give and take, right?
  4. Like a fine wine, I feel like I get better with age. Coming into my 30s was the best thing that ever happened to me. I felt like for the first time in my life, I finally settled into my own skin. As a woman, I grew into my bones and felt at peace with myself. My self-esteem soared and I found my self-confidence. I also became more adventurous and slowly but surely I let go of my paralyzing fear of abandonment and opened myself up to love. Love of myself and others in a deep and profound way. And each year, it only gets better.
  5. Any excuse to have a party! Birthdays are a fantastic reason to toss the diet aside for the day and indulge across the board. Food, friends, family, and fun – let er’ rip! Birthdays are a great time to throw caution to the wind, buy that new outfit, try that new restaurant, or toss that bash you’ve been dying to have. Seriously, we only live once so let the good times roll!

How do you celebrate your birthday? Does aging get you down or fire you up? What are some of the best birthdays you’ve ever had and what made them so special?

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Happy Birthday Hubby!!

Natalie & Hubby

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It’s a big day in our house. It’s hubby’s BIRTHDAY!! Eeeekeee!!!

Happy Birthday Hubby!!!!!! My soul mate and life partner. YOU are MY world! I love you more than words could ever come close to expressing. MUAH!! xoxox

I hope you’ll all join me in some wonderful, zany, crazy birthday wishes for the big boy! He’s been flat on his back since Saturday with a pretty severe pinched nerve so he’s in need of lots of extra, special adoration and attention!!! So lay it on thick y’all! He’ll put up a fuss but deep down…he LOVES it!!!

Have a fahhhbulous weekend!!!

For the golfer in your life: the potty putter (yes…you read that correctly)

Hubby’s birthday is around the corner and what do you get the guy that has everything?!?! I mean, there are only so many tools you can get a man. I want something that stands out; something that he’ll remember; something that puts a smile on his face and brightens his day; and something that he’ll never forget.

Well, I was surfing the net the other day and…well…I think I found it; the potty putter toilet time golf game.

Yip, you read that right! Hubby enjoys hitting the loo a couple of times a day and he’s usually in there for quite some time. Unfortunately, he’s not a huge bathroom reader so I feel bad for him; sitting there bored with nothing to do while nature takes its course.

With this gift, hubby can put his bathroom time to much better use improving his golf game; especially where we have such a long off-season with our winters. I’ll be giving him the gift of golf every trip to the John – I mean how great is that?!?! I think he’ll love it!

The potty putter comes complete with a putting green made from the same professional carpet found at miniature golf courses, a cup with a flag, 2 golf balls, a putter and the must-have “Do Not Disturb” door hanger (because you certainly don’t want someone ruining your perfect put with an untimely knock).

Think it’ll be great for the golfer in your life? You can order yours here for $16.99.

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

Think the golfer in your family would love a potty putter? What other zany birthday presents have you given…or better yet, received? Come on…share the wealth!

Dear blog…it’s not a day…it’s a season!

This past weekend I celebrated turning 36 years old. I have always typically made a big deal of my birthday but I find as I get older, it’s becoming less and less important. And it isn’t that I have issues with getting older nor do I have a sudden hate on for my birthday but I just find overall, I am toning down in my life. I am calmer and more at peace and I think I like my celebrations to reflect that.

Rather than have large, loud party this year, I opted for more intimate celebrations spread out over a longer period of time. I consider my birthday a “season,” not simply a day! Considering I have a fairly large group of dispersed friends (meaning not all of my friends are part of the same large group), celebrating with smaller groups in different ways allows me to visit and connect more closely with folks.

So here’s the birthday season celebrations summed up.

Friday – March 18

Scott surprised me with a snowmobile for my birthday (although I was certain the Kindle and the cross-country skies were for my birthday). Alas, he found a black and pink sled that screamed my name and was a must have. It’s a 1992 Polaris Indy 500 with 13,000 kilometers on it. This is perfect for what we want. Snowmobiling in New Brunswick is a huge sport but the season is so short and the fun is mighty expensive. Scott and I planned on getting a couple older, cheap sleds so that we could get into the camp all winter and putter around. One down, one to go!

In the evening, we went out to dinner with a group of friends of about 7 adults and two small children and we had my fav…ice cream cake!!

Saturday – March 19 (my actual birthday) 

I had the honor of going for a soul reading with my good friend Donna Somerville. Donna is a spiritual medium and facilitator. A soul reading is meant to give a person a deeper respect for his/her human self and an expanded perspective of his/her Soul Self. I went for my first reading with Donna nearly two years ago so it was time for a follow-up session. What an absolutely blissful way to spend an hour. Stay tuned for a post on the reading itself….

In the evening, Scott and I went out for a Chinese dinner and played dice (game called Greed that we’ve tweaked up with some cool stealing rules) with two other couples and also had a hot tub night! The laughs flowed till the wee hours of morning.

Of course, most of you probably think this is where the celebrating ends. Nope…I did say it’s a season!

March 25-26

This coming weekend, we are heading to our wilderness camp, HarKen Lodge, with another couple to keep the party going. They were away this past weekend and couldn’t take part in the fun. So many people to celebrate with, so little time!

Friday – April 1

One of my best gal pals and I have a tradition of spending a Friday evening together to celebrate each of our birthdays. We either order in something insanely delicious, or she cooks (which is just as insanely delicious), and we drink wine and gossip for hours. We celebrated her January birthday in early February and we will celebrate mine a week from tomorrow. It’s one of my favorite evenings.

Sunday – April 3

Alas, I haven’t mentioned my family in all of this. They are not forgotten or left out of the party! We will be having brunch with the entire family to celebrate March birthdays (me and my brother-in-law) on Sunday April 3rd.

Saturday – April 9

My mother planned a surprise (although she had to tell me about it just to be safe) lap dance learning and passion party coordinated by a new fitness center in Fredericton called Body Slim Fitness. She’s invited a bunch of fun gals among both her and my friends for an evening of lap dancing and laughs! And of course, to attend, participation is mandatory. Have I mentioned how much I adore my mother and how incredibly she rocks!! I just love that lady!!

And that’s it I think for this year’s celebration! Phew…

How do you celebrate your big day?

Let the birthday seasons begin

This weekend was one of fun, friends, and shopping. Friday night I celebrated another gal pal’s upcoming birthday with dinner, wine, and lots of laughs. We were in the midst a serious snow storm (30 cm) so there was no better place to be but warm and inside. I wasn’t worried about getting home on the roads since this storm was no match for our newly acquired Dodge Ram (Scott was my chauffeur since I was enjoying some drinks). There’s something very special about girlie evenings where you sit around, munch on great food and great wine, and just ramble steadily for a couple of hours about boys, jobs, gossip etc. We tee-heed for hours and I came home feeling rejuvenated and giddy!

On Saturday, Scott and I ran errands and did some BIRTHDAY gift shopping. Scott’s 40th bday is around the corner (Jan 27) and I felt like the milestone warranted something special and long-lasting. We do have a dinner party and evening out planned for a Saturday night celebration with friends and family but still – it’s his 40th – and I am a huge birthday person so we needed to commemorate with some serious shopping.

Given the winter season, the recent dumping of snow, and our desperate efforts to try to find winter sports that ease the pain of getting through our  New Brunswick winters (which usually last about 5 months), cross-country skis came to mind. We have snowshoes and have enjoyed them in the past but – there’s something missing. I thought skis might be just the ticket. I would have actually preferred to buy downhill skis but the budget wasn’t quite that extensive so cross-country it was. And low and behold, Scott was on board with the idea so off we went Saturday a.m. shopping up a storm.

$700 bucks later, we were both geared up with skis, poles, boots and bindings (Happy Birthday to me to…again!)

We went out Sunday to give the little suckers a try. I cross-country skied as a young girl but hadn’t been on a set in about 20 years. Although I was shaky and wobbly (and did take a tumble), I loved it. And WOW – what a workout! We only went about 30 minutes and we are STILL recovering. Although, a contributing factor to my soreness may have been a zealous Pilates session Sunday evening adding to my screaming core, shoulders, and inner thighs! I stepped on the scale Sunday morning and had only lost 1.6 pounds in 20 days even with ALL my efforts so I got a bit extreme…no kidding!

I can’t wait to get out on the skis again. Hopefully, we will get out this weekend if we aren’t too “hung over” after the celebrations Saturday evening.

And…guess what arrived today…my KINDLE!

I have loaded Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and the Sookie Stackhouse series of eight books – in a mere 30 seconds (for everything…holy sh*t) and for a total of $40 bucks! Woot woot! I expect this will be a good start and now that my Kindle baby is fully charged, I think I’ll head off to bath and bed and give it a whirl…Stay tuned….

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