I was overwhelmingly blessed with how much love I received for my birthday this year. All the phone calls from loved ones, birthday cards from friends near and far, and email, tweets, and Facebook messages made my day. I truly felt loved and cherished.
Those nearest and dearest to me also spoiled me with lunches out (sushi not once, twice, but three times!). And they showered me with gifts as well. Each one definitely carefully selected specifically for me.
1} Books- I am an absolute bookworm. I spend hours upon hours reading...whether it be books, magazines, blogs, newspapers. You name it. I received the latest book by Nicolas Sparks, Safe Haven from my mom. After all, she was the one that nurtured that love for reading. Second book I received Are You a Jackie or Are You a Marilyn? was purchased by Mr. Man as a last minute addition. Actually, he was ordering Lil Man's birthday gift on Amazon and realized if he spent $14 he would get free shipping. After discovering that shipping for the gift was $12, he decided to ask me if there were any books on my wishlist he can add to his order. Our reasoning...may as well get something substantial for that amount of money, than spending it on shipping. This book came highly recommended by Shannon, author of The Simply Luxurious Life. Can't wait to get started on it!
2} Shoes- What girl can resist a new pair of shoes? My MIL purchased me a pair of double t-strapped Nine West heels. (They are not the ones pictured above. Sadly, I could not locate a pic of them online.)
3} Music- Anyone who knows me well knows...I am an avid music fan. You can pretty much play the first few notes of a song and I can safely determine the title, and most times, artist. Lil Miss Diva and Lil Man know all my favorite bands. Since Lil Miss Diva shares the same passion for music as I do, she scours through the new releases at Target. She discovered Kings of Leon was releasing their latest album the week prior to my birthday. Between her and Lil Man, they purchased the CD and presented it to me on my birthday. I love it!
4} Perfume- I can scratch one item off my wish list 2010! I received Coco Chanel Madmoiselle from my very sweet father-in-law with a sweet card where he stated I am the daughter he never had. Brought tears to my eyes.
5} Camera- Last, but not least was a gift Mr. Man gave me. A few weeks back he told me with a triumphant smile, "I know exactly what to get you for your birthday! What's great is, it is something you need, and something you would want too. And best of all, it isn't on your wish list!" Of course, this made me think....what do I want and need that I haven't already placed on my wish list? But he was definitely right! I have had the same Olympus digital camera for the past 6 years and it has been showing signs of needing replacement. He did well!
This weekend we wrap up the week of birthday celebrations with Lil Man's 8th birthday celebration. We will celebrate it with a 2 hour party with 6 of his closest buddies at a Laser Tag place followed by dinner at his favorite restaurant, LongHorn's Steakhouse.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!