Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A "novel" idea

I have to give credit where credit is due. I saw this over at Jellibean Journals yesterday and I thought it was a fun idea.

She stated a fact for each year of her life. I am 47 as of today so be prepared to read a novel.

If I could go back in time, I would go back to my 30's. I had so much fun back then because I finally came into my own. Gone were the days of being self conscious. I feel like that is when I truly started living my life for me.

Aging is nothing to fear. Except for the whole gravity issue, it just keeps getting better and better.

If i had one pearl of wisdom to share in my oldER age it would have to be to not sweat the small stuff. In the end, does it really matter? Enjoy each day. It is a gift. Unwrap it slowly and enjoy each and every minute. You can never get those minutes back.

Me. Born on August 22, 1965.

Here are my facts:

1. I love my family and my life (most days).

2. I love to bake and cook.

3. I love a clean house and I actually like cleaning.

4. I would go without to make someone else happy.

5. I am a loyal and generous friend.

6. You would know if I didn't like you, I cannot be fake.

7. I am very humble. I like to poke fun at myself.

8. I still cant believe I am a grandmother.

9. I drink my coffee and tea through a straw.

10. I need a nap just about every day.

11. Most nights, I am in bed by 9:00.

12. I will never cut my hair short. It is not a good look for me. I will be the old lady with the long grey braid.

13. I am a leader not a follower.

14. I am not as brand conscious as I was when I was younger.

15. I am happiest when my whole family is at home under my roof. That includes my son in law.

16. I love to sing and I love to dance. I can still drop it like its hot.

17. I can be sarcastic but I try to not do it in a hurtful way.

18. I sometimes wonder if my husband is the only one who thinks I am funny.

19. My kids always wanted me around, even around their friends. I am happy about that..

20. If I chip even one nail, I have to take off all of my polish and do them again.

21. I have been very fortunate to be a stay at home mom all of these years. I work one day a week because I want to. I want to do more but I don't really want to work. Its not because I am lazy.

22. I can still do a cartwheel, a round off and a front walk over. The rest...forget about it.

23. To celebrate the first day of school for my kids, I used to go outside and do cartwheels. Don't judge, summers were long. I also used to sing at the top of my lungs on the night before the first day of school EVERY year, "The sun will come out tomorrow".

24. I have a green thumb. I love to garden indoors and out.

25. I feel best when I can do something unexpected for someone.

26. I find it hard to sit at the salon for over 2 hours. I don't even really like getting my mani/pedi at the same time. That is too long to sit.

27. I never wear sneakers unless I am exercising. I really just started wearing flat shoes last year. I still love my heels.

28. I was more crafty when my kids were little and I had less time.

29. I love to be out and about but deep down, I am a homebody.

30. I love to entertain.

31. I am a procrastinator when it comes to making appointments

32. I am very outgoing but I can be very shy in certain situations. I need time to warm up.

33. Some people say I snore at night. I never used to and I don't believe them.

34. I can name that tune just by hearing a few bars. Any kind of music from any era.

35. I buy myself flowers every week if there aren't any already in my house.

36. I have no tattoos.

37. I have a mole in the shape of Indiana on my back. If you are still reading this novel, bless you. I am totally kidding and I wanted to see if you were paying attention. I feel like I just cheated so I will add the fact that I am a compulsive trash barrel emptier. Two pieces of trash in the needs to be emptied.

38. When I hear any kind of patriotic music, I tear up.

39. I really do not consider myself old. Every year I tell myself, when your are such and such an age, you will feel old. I don't yet. Ask me in about 3 years how I feel.

40. Even though I am up at the crack of dawn, it takes me hours to get moving.

41. I will probably never get another job in the beauty industry but I keep my license up just to be able to shop at the beauty supply.

42. I would live in a tent if I had to and give everything to my kids. I would do anything for them.

43.I am pretty good at verbally sparring. I have had many years of practice.  My husband always makes me make those dreaded calls when we need something done because I usually get results. Sometimes I enjoy it but most times I don't.

44. I do not like to drive on the highway. I hate long rides.

45. My most embarrassing moment was when I woke up from fainting in the middle of the aisle on the airplane coming home from meeting my new grand baby. There was a doctor on the plane and she said it was probably a blood pressure issue. That was 19 months ago. Have I ever gone to get it checked? See number 31.

46. I love my husband with all of my heart. It is not a bed of roses all of the time but I think I made an excellent choice. He worships the ground I walk on. I am very proud to call him my husband.

47. I have been so fortunate in life and I am so grateful. I hope every person in my life knows how much I appreciate them. I have 3 beautiful and healthy children and I am so thankful.

Now that you have sat and patiently read all of this, I think you deserve a prize. Go check out these two fabulous ladies blogs and try to win one. I don't think you will be disappointed.

I will leave you with this one last picture. This is from first grade.
Dear Mom, I thought you said you had 20/20 vision? Thanks for making me look like Herman Munster. You know I like things symmetrical so what happened? And what is with the clothes? I know I was'nt trying out for a part on Pirates of the Caribbean so why did you dress me like I was?

Happy birthday to me!


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA! Though I feel this post was a bit of a gift to me in a sort. I am a bit unsure of my future but hearing that my 30s will be a time to cherish makes me happy - so thank you. I hope you enjoy your day, you deserve it!!! xo

  2. Happy birthday!

    I love the back to school day LOL. I hope I can feel as happy about it when my kids start going.

  3. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend! I love learning more about you!! Sarcastic eh? Hmmm, no wonder we get along so well ;-) Have a wonderful day full of "It's All About You" time!

  4. You share a birthday with my husband - such a special day!! Happy Birthday - you look fantastic! for 47 by the way:) I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your 30's....I've heard others say they were the best years!! I'm looking forward to them:)

  5. Fun learning more about you! Love this idea! Found you thru the hop and looking forward to following along!

    Kristine from The Foley Fam {unedited} Blog

  6. Happy happy happy birthday to you!! I found you from the Return the Favor hop. Do you have a facebook page? I would love to LIKE you over there, too! :~)

    (Nice to find someone close to my age. I turned 50 this year! YAY for getting better and better and better!)

  7. Happy Birthday Laura!!! It is so nice to hear all the positive things you have to say about life, family, friends and memories. We all should take note and try to be a bit more thankful every day. As a young woman getting older I'm scared, but I just have to make the most of my time, cherish everything I'm blessed with and try not to have any regrets. All the best for the wonderful years still to come.

  8. okay, I'll admit I did not read your list but only because I wanted to rush over to the comment form to wish you a very happy birthday and to say that you were such a cut looking baby...and a pretty sweet looking first grader as well (never mind the POC blouse)!!!

  9. happy b'day and i think the final pic looks like cindy brady!!
    loved learning more about you

  10. Are you sure you have grand kids? I feel exactly the same way about nail varnish - and also about life. I had a minor freak out on my 31st when I realised I was 'over thirty' not married and with no kids....but then I realised that I am in a serious relationship and it will happen at some point, or not...whatever the case may be. I might totally steal this idea for my 32nd birthday. Thank you!

    Rosie x

  11. Found you on the blog hop, love the post! :) Now following!
    Tales of the Younger Twin

  12. This is REALLY cool...happy happy birthday!!!!!

  13. awww! I love seeing that photo of you! Have a happy Thursday and be sure to check out my giveaway ending tonight! .

  14. 47!?!? PSH. I don't believe it for a second. Happy Birthday, though!!! It was fun getting to read a little more about you!

  15. Happy Birthday to you! Loved each and every line of this post:)Stop by and chat with another ol gal(Who said OLD!!!) lol My 14 year old would say old:)) Deidre~

  16. Happy Birthday!
    I found you via the blog hope on Sasse Life... I have followed you GFC
    Would love to have you stop by my blog :)

  17. Happy Birthday!! I love this idea!!

    I'm your newest follower from the Monday Mingle!

  18. That's pretty good that you actually take off your nail polish when it chips. I'm usually way too lazy to do that! My mom recently started getting her hair straightened at a salon, I believe it's called a Brazilian blowout? Anyways, she loves her hair afterwards, but she says the torture of sitting in the salon for that long annoys her so much that afterwards she always swears she'll never do it again. So far she's gotten her hair straightened twice, we'll have to see if she does it again...

  19. Hahaha this is great! I love this idea. Visiting you from the GFC blog hop. I am happy to be a new GFC follower. Looking forward to following you and your blog. I blog over at, so come on over and see me sometime ;)
    Just wanted to let you know about the coffee mug swap I have going on right now with Brittney from Yellow Umbrella Designs. This is a mug swap with a twist, it allows for more networking to go on. I would love to have you join in on all the fun! Here are all the details on it:
    Talk to ya soon :D

  20. Love these pictures! So cute!!! What a great post! Found you form the blog hop! Have an awesome weekend!