Saturday, December 25, 2010

Many More Thanks About My Birthday...if you don't mind.

If there is one thing about a December birthday so close to Christmas is that you usually get birthday gifts wrapped in Christmas paper (it is handy). This wrapped gift absolutely made me feel as though I had a true birthday!

I've put all these together in one photo but have many to thank. Kim made me the quilt complete with hanger and I couldn't say it any better, "Kindness Matters" and hers sure did! Wendy was my very first blog friend and look at the beauty of a purse that she made for me. Carol spoils me throughout the year and for my birthday she made sure I had the beautiful birthday wrap you see above and in those were the layer cake of Hope and my sign (I LOVE signs). Two charm square packs are from Kim; can't say enough good things about her and her kindness to me! To all my blog buds who sent me birthday wishes via packages, phone calls, emails etc....I thank you...means the world to me.
My December birthday this year was one to remember and by far the best! I woke to a gift and card that read I needed to be ready for a full day ahead of surprises and no worries. We would be having brunch out and then heading to Raleigh to meet my oldest son and his girl at The Cheesecake Factory for dinner. My gift from DH was a beautiful diamond necklace! I was already on cloud nine before heading out the door. Little did I know that DH and youngest son had packed an overnight bag and tossed it in the trunk of the car before we left. I enjoyed the day out and had my whole family together for a wonderful dinner together. Nothing in my day felt like Christmas...it was my day! The waiter overheard talk at the table about my day and surprised me with a little shot class fudge sundae complete with whipped, sprinkles and candle. It was just emotional for me to see birthday....I got all teared up and all was right with the world...it was my day!
My oldest son announced at dinner that he had a reservation for DH and I that night at the FIVE STAR Umstead Hotel and Spa....I went into panic a bit as I didn't know about the packed bag in the car. LOL WOW....I was staying at a hotel that actors, singers and who's who stay at! (my son is a car park valet at the hotel and has met Paula Deen, Santana, and so many others) Our stay was wonderful! The shower to die for! OMG...if I had known the shower was going to be that good I would have gotten up an hour earlier and drained the hotel of all hot water.
When my son made the reservation he initially did so for our 27th anniversary that we celebrate the 30th but DH told him go ahead and book for my birthday eve. That night in the hotel we got a call that asked if we were ready for our ammenities.....excitement...what could be ammenities? They delivered a bottle of champagne, sweets on a tray that read "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate! It was the best day ever.
Today is Christmas and I'm chatting about my birthday...I know, I know. But I just had to share. We are celebrating Christmas tomorrow when my oldest son is home....he is parking cars this evening at Umstead Hotel. :-)

43 comments:

WoolenSails said...

What wonderful presents from friends, beautifully made and things you will treasure. What a wonderful night out for both of you, nice to pamper yourself once in a while, you deserve it.

Debbie

SewCalGal said...

Wonderful presents. I do hope you are having a wonderful birthday and a wonderful Christmas too.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Miriam said...

Wonderful gifts!!

Happy Birthday...and

Merry Christmas!! :)

Thimbelina said...

It sounds like you had the best day.... what wonderful family and friends you have!

Carol said...

Sounds PERFECT! What wonderful gifts and spectacular surprises from your family! HAPPY! HAPPY! Birthday and a very Merry Christmas!

Tonya said...

how nice, happy birthday

annieb said...

Happy Birthday! What a wonderful day you had!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wow Mary - this just shows how much you are loved! Glad your birthday was fabulous and hope your Christmas was the same!

Darlene said...

A wonderful day for a delightful person. I'm glad you enjoyed every little thing - now you can treasure the memories. :-)

Michele said...

What a wonderful day!

Joyful Quilter said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. Guess you don't want to trade for a June date this year, huh? Happy belated birthday, and very Merry Christmas.

Gene Black said...

Wow what an excellent day. I love the surprise stay at the hotel and spa. That is a wonderfully delightful story.

Kim D. said...

What wonderful treasures you received! It sounds like your day was wonderful! Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas too!

KatesBlog said...

Happy Birthday!! Carol always makes everyone feel special. My grandson Corbin has his birthday on Dec 15 and we have always worked very hard to keep his birthday without any hint of Christmas.

Connie said...

A wonderful Birthday and many nice gift.....
Merry Christmas!

Faithful Quilter:Elaine's Journey said...

What a special day your family gave to you...memories wrapped in layers of love!

Enjoy your time with your family this holiday season!

Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary and a Very Merry Christmas to you!

Hugs,

Elaine in SLO,CA

Karen said...

Well, I did not know that you had a Christmas time birthday. I should have remembered. It is hard having a birthday at this time of year, so I'd say you got the royal treatment from your family. How fun and romantic!

QuiltSue said...

I know you told me you had a wonderful birthday, but woww, what a great time. Family, non-Christmas presents and a wonderful surprise. Who could ask for anything more, as the song goes.

Kaaren said...

Oh, Mary...if anyone deserves a birthday like the one you described, it is YOU!

Thanks for sharing your joy with us. Many, many happy returns!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Mary, What a delight it is to have a DH that can sweep us off our feet with such unexpected surprises. The kind of surprises that touch our heart with the thought and love that went into the planning, with nothing in mind except to make us feel so special and loved. You sound so Happy you are making me smile (and its just 4:30 am here, LOL. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful Birthday that was just about your very own day. Then to top it off with the surprise overnight stay in a beautiful hotel. Well, what can I say...your DH and wonderful son 'did good'!!!
I hope your Christmas is every bit as special as your 'Birthday' has been. (I guess a little bit of your Anniversary was included in it too...so 'Happy Anniversary' also.) Have a greatt Christmas celebration today. Hugs...

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Mary,
You certainly have gotten some beautiful gifts in the mail...you are a very lucky girl! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and Christmas with your family.

Happy Holidays ~Natalie

Fiesta said...

Mary what a treat. I bet you had a blast and how caring of your family yo treat your birthday like it should be and not Christmas. You are blessed. Glad you enjoyed your day.

Lori said...

What a wonderful celebration!! It sounds like your family really made it a special event this year, which it is!!
Happy Birthday!!!

And Happy Anniversary!

Cindy said...

What a memory - to last a lifetime. Enjoy your day, today, Mary. God bless you and your family.

Shelley said...

Sounds like a perfect birthday! LOL! Diamonds,chocolate and a shower to die for LOL!

Sharon said...

Have you recovered yet? Your birthday and anniversary sound awesome...have a great year! You have a wonderful family!

Jill said...

So happy to hear that you had a very special birthday, memories to to enjoy forever. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

What a wonderful birthday you had! Happy Birthday from another Dec baby! I know all too well about getting bday gifts wrapped in Christmas paper!

Sharlotte said...

What wonderful things to have bestowed upon and YOU, dear Mary, deserve it! I absolutely LOVE that Kindness Matters banner. I have been wanting something with that saying and had not seen this before. Gotta find that pattern! Have a great day!

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like you had the "December to remember" at your house. It all sounds wonderful.

Blessings to you.

Sue said...

Well, why wouldn't you want to talk about that?! That is so wonderful that your people did this for you. How exciting and very pampering. Who doesn't love that?!

So happy for you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Your new year is already off to a great start!

Wendy said...

Your family sure surprised you this year, what a awesome birthday you had. This is definitely going to be a lasting one.

SheilaC said...

Glad you had a wonderful birthday!!

Enjoy your mini-vacation :)

SheilaC

Loris said...

though I'm late to the party...Happy Birthday, Mary!
Your celebrations and gifts from friends are very fun to read about. It sounds like you are starting a great year. Enjoy! It's wonderful to hear you have been blessed.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh Mary - I am just SO happy for you! What a wonderful day - and night (smile)! So many sweet gifts (can't wait to see that pretty necklace) - and the 5 star treatment! You deserve it all girlfriend - and I'm so happy for you!!

jackiero said...

Congratulations on your uba wonderful birthday! What a memorable gift :) The shower sounds dreamy, was the bed soft-dreamy, too?
Every time I pass that hotel I tell myself I will visit next time, and have I yet? Nope. Me thinks I need to now ;)

Lynn said...

Ooooh The Umstead! How lovely. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas. I'm sorry to combine them in one sentence. My daughter has a close to Christmas Birthday and we are very careful to not mention Christmas or prepare for Christmas on that day. Plus no Christmas wrapping paper on birthday gifts, ever.

Linda said...

Well Happy Bday Mary! Sounds like you had wonderful day! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Carrie P. said...

Well, it just sounds like the perfect birthday.
Diamonds, how sweet of hubby.
I am so glad you had a birthday to remember.

Deb said...

What a very special day and to celebrate both birthday and anniversary in that manner is wonderful, without the attachment to Christmas. Congratulations on your anniversary and happy birthday! Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas as well! I can relate, my birthday is Nov. 25th and always falls around Thanksgiving, so I don't really get a birthday celebration, it's always celebrated with Thanksgiving. How special that your family realized you'd like to celebrate your birthday separate from the holliday.

jillyヅ said...

You go on about your birthday all you want!!! I had a friend born on the 19th and now a step-daughter on the 24th!!! Her dad and I this year made her a cake and her favorite dinner. Wasn't much in our eyes, but it meant everything to her.

I hope your post helps others to see that those born so close to Christmas should not be forgotten on their bdays.

blessings,
jilly

Donna S. said...

Awesome!! You should feel special!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I've missed so many of your posts, and trying to catch up now. I'm so happy you had a wonderful birthday -- you really deserve it. Sounds like a lot of thought went into making it perfect. Your guys are pretty wonderful.