Sunday, February 21, 2010

All Hail the Birthday Queen! Wednesday February 17, 2010! (Sufficiently Spoiled at 47)!

It has been Mike’s tradition to get me a new pair of running shoes for my birthday.  Look how perfectly they match the running outfit he also got me in 2008 for the Iron Girl Race in Tempe, Az. with Anne and Connie!  Yes, I actually did run as well this day, but all the running shots were too fuzzy to blog!  I love running!
Finally Saucony’s! They were always a wish unfulfilled because of their price, but I am impressed by them!  I may run forever in them!
And on the days when I cannot run, Dad got me “Zumba”  some latin dance workouts that really works the abs---watch out, soon you can dance on mine since they’ll be as hard as a dance floor!
These Zumba sticks are like weighted maracas!
So these previous pictures were taken on the 15th and 16th of February.  My actual birthday, I got up and went to visit a seminary class over at the Mt. Vernon Building on the Potomac River.  The car was not running so I hitched a ride over with the High Councilman over Seminary.  This all happened between the hours of 5 and 7:40 a.m.  Back at home, I took Molly for a walk and finished getting ready for work at Drew Elementary School here in Arlington, Va. A lady at work gave me a ride to school and when it was time,  I walked home, first passing the Shirlington Post Office so I could mail off a letter to Perris in Spain!  Yup, so far, it’s been a pretty consistent two letters a week, and one email, so I am glad for that!
I also left my cell phone at home inadvertantly so was pleased when everyone called at once when I did get home!  I talked to Anne, Michael,  My Mom, and Connie and Tony  Here I am talking to Anne and Mike at the same time! (But not for long, I didn’t want to be rude to either of them).  Anne got off the phone quickly after that, so Mike could talk longer since she and I had been gabbing awhile by the time Mike called--yes that is still snow outside our window!  It hadn’t reached above freezing all week!  BRRR!  DSCN0805
I opened a present from Anne---a beautiful big purse!
But, that wasn’t all, It had a card and a small box inside!
The card was signed by all in their little family; Anne, Silas, Everett, Xander and Clara (who happens to be quite advanced for her wee age of three months---she wrote her name in cursive!  In fact it looks like all the kids are writing in cursive (I couldn’t expect anything less)!
Inside that box, there was a necklace with four charms with initials on them.  Anyone want to tell me what A, C, M, P means?  I think it means CAMP---All of you want to go KOA Camping, right---that has to be what it means! (Ha, Ha, Ha)!  Let’s plan it!
Brody signed a card in cursive too!  There’s a card from Connie, and some money.  In the memo section of the check, she wrote Visit Me Happy Birthday since I told her I would specifically use the money for that purpose!  I can’t wait!
Grandma Dorothy Nelson sent me a card with a promise of home grown oranges!  I cannot wait!
My Mom sent me some money and some sentimental words and a picture of myself from the 7th grade!
Now it is time for the first evening of my 47th year!  Before we began, I opened Lynn’s card and gift!
Molly was also part of the festivities at home since she is rarely three feet away from me and sometimes just at my feet!
She saw me open this:DSCN0849
And wear my crown which unfortunately was attached to the card so I had to wear it like this only:DSCN0851
I also printed off Perris’ Birthday email to me and had Dad take this picture:
Feliz Cumpleanos!
Now enough of the at home festivities!  Let’s party out!  Without a working vehicle, these were our wheels!DSCN0816
We decided to party at Potomac Yards!  The idea was to go to dinner and a movie, but my first stop was here:
Afterall, since the car has been down, we don’t get out this far from home and I needed to get this:DSCN0819
The most important being some printer ink so I can continue my picture letters to Perris and occasionally you all!  Notice I did not remove my coat!  It was a cold, blustery night!
Next, it was time to eat dinner.  We ate here:DSCN0820
I took advantage of Fajita Wednesdays and got them for $8.99.  The ribs I added for $4.99.  Yup, I took half of it home and ate the rest Friday night since three plates of food for one person was probably more than enough food!  It was yummy!  That is lime in my water.  I have discovered I like lime, but not lemon in my water.DSCN0825
Dad did not want to take this picture, but I forced this date picture since it was my birthday and I was Queen for the night!  (Hey, he gave me the card that is the title of this blog)!DSCN0821
We were seated by the fountain and that was neat! This night they were also making fresh tortillas and I made Dad snap a picture, but he only got this:  (There is a lady behind the tortilla press, but she moved every time Dad attempted a picture! ) DSCN0822
Since it was my birthday, they gave me this on the house:  Fresh, yummy Sopapillas!  I love Sopapillas!  Dad even shared with me even though he doesn’t like honey because they tasted more sugary than like honey.  I loved them, and I think he did too.  This was my “birthday cake!”  DSCN0826
Next we headed to the Regal Theater to see When in Rome,  I picked the movie!  Here I am walking to the movie!  I am trying to go fast because it is soooooooooo cold outside.  BRRR!  Wanna join us????  DSCN0828
Then I remember that the snow will soon melt because we have rain in our forecast so, I have to take a picture in the snow!  I am not afraid, I have those nice snow boots, after all!  That was the best buy of the season! I have worn them almost non-stop since January 15th!  DSCN0827
I forced Dad to take this picture with me, prior to the movie.  He was less than thrilled, but did it!  Happiness and Sunshine is written all over his face, isn’t it?DSCN0837
I tried “posing” for lots of shots by the promo poster, but the only one that turned out due to lighting was this one:
Unlike Connie, I do take pictures inside the theater, especially when we are the only couple on a Wednesday Night to go!  (Well almost only---right before the movie started one other couple came in)!  DSCN0840
It’s a National Guard Commercial!  It’s a new one and a good one!  This should be our family motto:  I will Never Quit!DSCN0847
Hooha American Soldier!
Here, my hand is up talking to Mike before the movie starts (and before that other couple came in the theater)! 
The credits are rolling and I enjoyed the movie and recommend it as a cute date movie.  I am glad I was with my handsome date for my 47th Birthday!
0’ I almost forgot, earlier after I mailed the letter off to Perris, I walked to Harris Teeter’s and splurged on some cherries ($5.99 a pound).  Dad had some and I had some.  After all, I believe that Life is a chair of bowlies or Bowl of Cherries whatever the case may be!     I love you all and thank you for making my birthday (month) extra special!DSCN0857


Anonymous said...

I'm just glad you got the shoes! They match your outfit even more perfectly than I had hoped :) ! well, that pic of you in the seventh grade looks like it could've been taken on your birthday this either you looked really old as a kid or you still look young. I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT...the first stop on your birthday funtrip was do enjoy running errands! Its no wonder no one else was at the movies with that much snow around. well good post.....oh and YAY MEXICAN!

Connie said...

Ok, first of all, I DO take pictures in theaters... I just said, I don't take pictures OF the movie.. because one of my readers asked me if I did and I had to clarify. Anyway.
Hahaha. KOA- no thanks! CAMP... haha. Never noticed that before.
Happy birthday again! I love the necklace anne got you! And the shoes mike got are awesome too! You had a fun birthday! I get cold just looking at these pictures though lol

Connie said...

ps. you are such a cute couple! I love you both!

Anne said...

Hey mom That is wonderful you got your shoes!! and you'll have to tell me how that zumba program is. maybe this summer we will CAMP and I thought your birthday looked like so much fun. I love spending your birthday vicariously with you in your blog.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anne....its fun being a part of your special day from so far away!

Melody said...

Thanks kids! It was marvelous that you could be part of it from so far away and I really appreciate the effort, love, and gifts that you gave me that added so much to my day (month)! You all are amazing! Love, Mother. p.s. I love all of you sooooo much!

JED said...

I had a lot of fun...While the snow was a real pain, I also had fun with my Honey...

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