Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Birthday Week Report ~It was a Milestone Birthday ~~My Family and Friends Spoil Me ~~~Some Thoughts on Aging

In June, I had a big birthday.
I had never given much thought to my birthday age before,
but this year, I was having a little trouble.

It wasn't so much about how I feel, but about how old I sound.
And if I think it sounds old, 
think about how it sounds to my high school students?!

Family and Friends Celebrated with me for a full week.
First, my Mother-in-Law treated me to a lunch.
She brought the beautifully wrapped gift to the restaurant...
inside the box, were these super sweet bowls.
They could make anyone happy!

Shortly after I got home from lunch, 
the FedEx driver rang the doorbell.

Carefully packed inside,
 was this very large vase...

and this HUGE bunch of Lilies.
At first, I was worried that they had gotten overheated,
but just you wait and see!

The next day, my standing coffee date with my longtime friend.
We taught FACS together in this district for 35 years.
Is this bag is just the perfect tote for me?!

And inside, this pretty card and little surprises.
Thank you, Lorie.

By my birthday, the bouquet looked fresh and full.
Thank you, Emily and Jake.

Hubby had been traveling for work early in the week.
When he came home, he brought a package of coffee.
Notice it is hand-crafted in South Dakota.
However, this gift was just a decoy.

Before dinner, he presented this package.

While out for my birthday dinner,
we ran into these good friends.

We enjoyed a quick bite and complementary birthday dessert.
How did Minervas know I love lemon?!

The next day I woke up...
Sixty plus a day.
I do believe that the anticipation
was far worse than the event.

Still celebrating...
we had dinner with these special friends.
One of my former students treated us to Red Velvet Cake.
Thank you, Brooke!

A lovely pashmina wrap came by mail.
Thank you, my friend, Debra.

Amy had tucked a package in my bag when I returned from my trip.
Thank you for the beautiful kitchen linens...too pretty to use?
Thank you, Amy and Nick.
Also beverage glasses from Elizabeth,
and the kitchen goodies from Lorie.
Thank you!

More useful kitchen goodies from Lorie and Kari.
Also, a generous Starbucks giftcard from my SIL.
(Sorry it doesn't show up on my photo)
Thank you, Lorie, Kari and Alan, and Stacy.

This is Day Six for the Lilies...
still beautiful.

And are you wondering what was 
in the package from my hubby?
A very special gift to celebrate this year...
our 35th wedding anniversay and 
my 60th birthday.
Thank you, honey.

I'm not going to lie...this aging thing is not for wimps.
everything seems to take far more effort than ever before.
It is important to eat right,
to exercise,
to get the right amount of sleep,
and to stay connected with family and frinds.

(After all, the alternative is way worse.)

Take care,


Debbie Bert-Shirk said...

So happy you had a wonderful milestone birthday, Natalie! I reach that same milestone in a few months, so I know your trepidation :-)
Love your beautiful gifts!

Debbie Mitchell said...

Happy birthday to you! Thank you for your inspiring post. I too struggle with my age from time to time. But for the most part, I try to live each day as the blessing it is.