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A nice couple of days

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I normally make my birthday a non-event. It's not particularly exciting having your birthday roll around right after everybody has finally settled down from the holidays, exactly four weeks after New Year's Day. My family knows that I'm not big into celebrations, but this year I decided I had some great reasons to celebrate, so I scheduled my own birthday dinner at a local restaurant. I realized it had been at least ten years since all my sons were in the same state as me on my birthday, and if nothing else, the dinner would provide a photo op!

Earlier in the day, I went on a hike with DH and my Meetup hiking group - six of us plus Boo Boo the dog (who had coincidentally "adopted" his current owner on a Meetup hike last year). It was a beautiful day, and we did a six mile loop in Gunpowder State Park, with a nice mix of cardio hills and trails along the river. Then home to shower and change for the dinner. Here's the "before and after" pic. DH is in the black jacket and I'm in my many, many layers of outdoor gear, in gray.

As hoped, I captured my sons in a digital moment. As the camera was aimed, I admonished them under my breath saying, "You'd better smile and show the results of all the orthodontia money I invested!" And so they did.

I thought it might be in poor form to exclude DH from my attentions, so we posed too.

Finally, I made sure to get a pic with the photographer, my adorable future DIL.

As a funny aside: I did my normal practice and asked my waitress for a carry-home container when my meal was served. She looked at me with arched eyebrows and let me know that she would happily take my plate to the kitchen and set aside a portion of my meal, but they did not normally have customers doing this at the dining table. LOL - how tacky of me! I was thrilled when she brought back my nicely sized new portion and there was actually enough in the carry-home container for TWO more meals!

Meanwhile...I mentioned that it had been a nice couple of days. That's because a few days before my birthday, I got a big award from the Baltimore Area Boy Scout Council for my years of work organizing backpacking treks to Philmont Scout Ranch for the boys in our Council, work I've done with my own scout groups, and training programs I've taught for adult leaders. The only downside was that I didn't have a scout uniform that fit me now, so I wore a previously "too small" size Large shirt, which is now a size too big, plus a pair of pseudo scout-looking gray pants in size 14 from my pile of stuff that needs to go to Goodwill, cinched on with my skinniest son's old scout belt. There were a lot of gathers at the waist with the excess material, and they were baggy in the butt, but it wasn't horrible. Here's a picture of me, getting my award.

Lots of attention directed at me in a single week, but it was a lot easier to handle because I wasn't self-conscious about my appearance and could just enjoy myself.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TERESA159 2/2/2012 7:31PM

    Hooray! Great birthday and nice being honored by GS. They need people like you.

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CHANGING4ME49 2/2/2012 10:46AM

    Sounds like a wonderful couple of days. So happy you had a nice birthday. And congrats on the award too! emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 2/2/2012 7:26AM

    Sounds like a good time. Happy Birthday! You are looking great and doing great. Way to go! Looks like a wonderful family. YOu are very blessed.

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NWILKER 2/1/2012 9:57PM

    What a wonderful couple of days!!!
Yeah you!!

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    Happy Birthday dear Mimi Happy Birthday to You! emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 2/1/2012 2:42PM

    WOW! Congrats on the award, whose importance you diminished here and on a great birthday, gorgeous sons and husband, a wonderful future daughter-in-law, and an active happy life. You have it all and you deserve it all!

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CIVIAV 2/1/2012 1:42PM

    And a lovely one it must have been!

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ALWAYSOWNIT 2/1/2012 12:40PM

    You smile with your eyes..cannot get over the sparkle in your eyes .. emoticon

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GLORYANDME 2/1/2012 12:05PM

    Happy birthday and I am glad your whole family was able to share your birthday with you. Very nice looking family! Love that you have a meet up group that you go walking/hiking with. Sounds fun! Congrats on receiving the award from the Boy Scouts. Job well done!

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JECKIE 2/1/2012 11:55AM

    So nice! I love that you smile in pictures! Your light just shines through them all!

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MEGS4148 2/1/2012 9:57AM

    I'm so glad you were able to celebrate your birthday with your family. Sounds like you deserved that award for all the hard work you put in.

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/1/2012 8:55AM

    Yay! Happy Birthday! You look Wonderful!

And a big Congrats on winning your award! You did have a really fantastic week! Woo Hoo!!
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    Happy birthday and congratulations. You and your family look lovely. Glad you had a couple of lovely days. Sending good wishes your way.

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IMIN2GENES 2/1/2012 8:25AM

    You look fabulous! And what handsome men you've got. That's so exciting that you were able to get everyone together to celebrate your birthday. Thanks for sharing your wonderful days!

Happy Birthday!

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RIKKI572 2/1/2012 8:23AM

    You have a beautiful family. It's a wonderful feeling when you can get them all together.
Congratulations on the award. As a fellow Scouter (25 years), I know how much time and effort volunteers put towards the program. Well done!!

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KANOE10 2/1/2012 7:18AM

    Happy Birthday..You look amazing. Isn't it nice not be self conscious about your body anymore? You can enjoy life and be happy.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/1/2012 12:05AM

    Love the great family photos! Your family must be so proud of you for all you've accomplished in the area of health . . . no wonder they're smiling so broadly! You oould all be models!

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NEWMAC2011 1/31/2012 10:31PM

    How wonderful to have all your handsome sons together to celebrate your b-day! You look fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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THEHONESTME 1/31/2012 10:05PM

    Happy Birthday, again! You look AMAZING!!! :)

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LADYBUG1107 1/31/2012 9:41PM

    Way to go! Happy birthday!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/31/2012 8:31PM

    You Look MARVELOUS! And your sons . . . well, looks like the orthodontia was worth the investment! LOL

You look sooooo happy. That's the best part of all.

Your future DIL is adoreable!

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SUNONMAPLES 1/31/2012 8:29PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, and what wonderful family! Love the pictures! And I agree, you definitely deserve great times! You look terrific!

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JSPIN74 1/31/2012 8:17PM

    Sounds & looks like a grand week :)
You deserve that...

The pics made me smile a lot!

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BRAVERUDE 1/31/2012 8:00PM

    What a great week - I'm glad you celebrated! You deserve to celebrate YOU! Beautiful family, by the way and you look GREAT!!!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/31/2012 7:52PM

    i can't get enough! The smile on your face says it all

and you tell your boys that a Sparkie noticed the wonderfully beautiful dental investment

Happy Happy Birthday!!


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JOYINKY 1/31/2012 7:45PM

    Love the photos! What a wonderful family and what a great week!
You look terrific, and happy, and proud!! It's all good!
Thanks for sharing!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 1/31/2012 7:24PM

    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing your special day!

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LOTUSBURGER 1/31/2012 7:06PM

Love the photos!
COngrats on your award and
so happy you just got to BE!!!

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ROOSTER72 1/31/2012 7:05PM

    Happy Birthday - nice to be the centre of attention sometimes!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/31/2012 6:34PM

    Happy birthday! You look great, and even more important, happy!

My birthday is in two weeks. Are you a fellow Aquarian? I should have guessed!

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DUXGRL1 1/31/2012 6:19PM

    What a beautiful family and you look great! Congratulations on your award, too!

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AMARILYNH 1/31/2012 6:19PM

    What a great week! You have a beautiful family!! And a beautiful smile!!

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MENNOLY 1/31/2012 6:07PM

    What an exciting week for you emoticon emoticon emoticon You and your family look great!

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SUSIEPH1 1/31/2012 5:57PM

    What a lovely Birthday !!
Loved your photos, your sons and dh are gorgeous, and so are you ...
Congratulations on such a lovely award .
Hugs Susie
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MONIKA1948 1/31/2012 5:21PM

    Thanks for sharing your celebrations with us. You have a lovely family, that you must be so proud of. You look wonderful.

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AMYBELLES 1/31/2012 5:18PM

    I love all the pictures! You look so happy! What nice celebrations to remember!!!

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NAMMYOFTHREE 1/31/2012 5:17PM

  You are beaming! Happy Birthday and congratulations on all of your successes.


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SHARBEAR100 1/31/2012 5:06PM

    What a nice blog, and nice family! I love your pictures. Birthdays are for celebrating and it's great your family was all together for that. Happy Birthday! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 1/31/2012 4:59PM


Glad you've had a wonderful week!

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AELI2468 1/31/2012 4:45PM

    So glad you enjoyed your birthday and the scouts ceremony!

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ANNEMAC5 1/31/2012 4:40PM

    thank you for sharing your day and your lovely family they must be so proud of you
Anne :)

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KANSASROSE67 1/31/2012 4:29PM

    You and your boys all have GREAT smiles! Congrats on everything!


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    Love all the pics!! You look amazing in all of them! Great one of you and the boys. My favorite is the last one, love that smile!!

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