Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Picture Perfect Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. It was such an amazing day. I woke up to find my favorite coffee (decaf with vanilla creamer) and fresh bagels waiting for me.
Good Morning Pictures, Images and Photos
Oh, and a vanilla frosted french crueller from the bakery. My husband got up while I was still sleeping and surprised me. The kitchen was decorated with balloons and a Happy Birthday Banner that the kids helped put up.

The kids and I went out in the yard and ran through the sprinkler (yes, I did too, it was really hot). My husband got some work done and then we ordered take out from our new favorite restaurant. It is Dixie's Smokehouse Texas BBQ. They have delicious food. We ordered a bunch of it and headed to the beach. We ate at the picnic area which is elevated so you look out and see the water. We were the only ones there, it was awesome. Later we went down to the water and the kids built sand castles while I dug my feet into the moist sand. It was so peaceful. There was one windsurfer out on the water and that was it. It was as if we had our own private beach. That is the benefit to finding a small town beach and going later in the day. Here are some pictures of our gorgeous beach.

I didn't have my camera with me, and I am not such a great photographer so I found these photos on the Soundbounder blog.
If you want to learn more about our beautiful Long Island Sound, check out his blog.

After going home and cleaning everyone up we went to my mother-in-laws for cake and ice cream. The cake was delicious. Vanilla cake with custard and fresh strawberries for the filling and fresh whipped cream. Our bakery makes the most delicious cakes. Everyone loves them.

Then I opened my presents. I must say shopping for presents is not easy for my husband but he did a wonderful job. I gave him a list of things I would like, along with the sizes. I got two pairs of Bermuda shorts, 2 pairs of flip flops, one pink, one green (you never can have too many flip flops!), two nail polishs, and a Sephora eye makeup set. I try to use the most natural products I can find, and Sephora has a nail polish line called "OPI for Sephora". It is free of some of the icky chemicals although it is a bit more expensive. I wanted to try something different for the summer so got a bottle of this blueish greenish color.
My mother-in-law gave me this:

Okay, let me explain. First of all, she doesn't think I am not a good cleaner. I was telling her how I need to clean all the mini-blinds in the playroom because they were so dusty and the feather duster wasn't getting it all. She mentioned that I should try the Swifter duster. So she picked one up for me and gave it to me along with some money to buy whatever I wanted. See, I told you she was sweet.

I also had received some other money gifts from my mom and my aunt so I put it all together and had fun doing some Lands End shopping. They are having a super summer sale and I got some great deals like leather flip flops for $14.99 reduced from $39.50.

I also got a bunch of t-shirts and a couple of layering tanks. I love the quality of Lands End products and a great return policy. You can return anything at anytime, no questions asked. And you don't have to mail it back, you can just go to a Sear's store. No, I am not a spokesperson for Lands End, but I should be with the amount of their stuff that I own.

The best part about my birthday yesterday was how happy the kids were. They said "It feels like everyone's birthday today" and "It is like a family birthday". Everyone enjoyed how we spent the day and that is what made it so much fun. How do you like to spend your birthday?


  1. Sounds like a lot of fun! Happy belated Birthday!

  2. Oh! it sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! I love that your kids felt it was a family birthday!!

  3. Happy Birthday yesterday!!! Your husband did do a realllly good job on gifts. I started giving my husband a list too because I know it just helps him so much to take the stress out of birhday shopping! :)

  4. Happy "belated" birthday to you! What a fun day you had ;o)
    I love super cute colors on my toes! That green is great! And I agree with you, a woman can never have too many flip flops!

  5. Happy Birthday sweet Theresa! :-)

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  6. happy belated birthday!
    sounds like you had wonderful day!

  7. Happy Birthday!!! It sounds like you had a WONDERFUL day!!!! The pictures of the beach and picnic area are beautiful!

  8. Happy, Happy Birthday, Theresa. Sounds like you got spoiled, which is what birthdays are for *<:0)~


  9. How fun!!! Happy Birthday...sounds like a wonderful day!!!

  10. I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!

  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! What a dreeeaaaammm day!!! YAY!! I love it!

  12. Thanks for joining iFellowship.We love having you link up with us. I hope your day is blessed.


  13. Hello! Popping in from iFellowship at Seeds of Faith Women! Hope you find time to stop by Homemaker Honey and say, "G'Day!"

    Enjoy this day the Lord had made!
    Homemaker Honey

  14. Happy Belated Birthday!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Saying hello from iFellowship!

  15. Happy Birthday...sounds like it was dreamy! Let me know how that swiffer duster thing works. My blinds are in sorry shape.


  16. Happy Belated Birthday! Thank you for connecting with me through ifellowship. I'm loving meeting other Christian Wives out their through the community :) I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog. I'm so glad you had a blessed birthday. - Jenny

  17. Hi Theresa, sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. May I wish you a happy belated birthday! Wonderful post.

    Barb ♥

  18. Well, happy birthday to you! Your day sounds absolutely delightful! Loved the fact that your "togetherness" is what made the day so much fun! Will we get to see the newly painted nails anytime soon? Perhaps on toes in your new flip-flops??

    When it comes to my birthday, I'm with you! Just having my favorite people on the planet near me is my only desire. They try to make it special in their own way for me, which is exactly what I enjoy! One of my most special gifts ever was a penny and a dime taped to a homemade card! I was told by that blessing that he had given me all the money he had!! My heart just jiggles when they're around!

    Glad your day was celebrated and hoping your coming year is abundantly blessed by your Creator!

  19. Oh...and most importantly...Happy Belated B-day!!!

  20. What a wOnDeRfUl b-day, Theresa!!!!! Hubby did a good job ;)

    Love the nailpolish and cute, cute Land's End flipflops!! I love it when my MIL gives me something that she knows I've been inquiring about or needing around the house...what a sweetie (and I'd have done the same thing, lol...made sure everyone knew she wasn't being rude, lol, love it...you're a sweet DIL!)

    Happy WFW and iFellowship Day!!!!

  21. Happy belated b'day! Hope it was special!


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