May 22nd 2012
My actual birthday started out just like any other day. Took the kids over to the Barney's, amazing Jen who so kindly watches our kiddos, headed off to work, spent a great day at work and headed home. I have said it a million times but my Mom has made birthday's a big deal and apparently 30th is no different.
So when I pulled up and noticed this sign on the garage I instantly thought-oh no what has my Mom done.
I jumped out of the car, left the car in the driveway-so I wouldn't ruin the garage sign, and immediately noticed the lawn- THIRTY 30's on forks poked into the grass!!
I ran over to grab the kids from Jen, a little puzzled as to what was going on, but in true Saige fashion she filled me in, "Did you see what Jen did to the lawn?" JEN DID THIS!! JEN DID THIS!! Oh my heavens! I was in shock! The time and effort she had taken to do this amazed me, and made me feel so loved and special. (Thank you Jen!)
The kids told me to go home cause I had presents inside. As we walked up to the porch I noticed a potted plant- that HAD TO BE FROM MY MOM- it had another reminder that I was older than dirt!
But as I got to the door I noticed a paper chain of some of the kindest most thoughtful things ever!
I quickly read the tag, and my sweet darling friend had taken the time to write out 30 things that (she thought) described me. Lets be honest, she was very kind and very nuts! I still have this hanging in my kitchen-as a reminder on those days that I truly don't feel that way.
Walking inside, I felt so much love and kindness from so many wonderful people. A photo collage of ME in the shape of a 30. Seriously, people took some serious time to wish me a happy birthday and left me speechless and feeling so loved.
So many thoughtful gifts- headbands and laffy taffy- two of my favorite things. (And I am sorry you always see me in headbands!)
Licorice flowers, YUM! And not sure how you had time to make them all!
THIRTY milky ways. I am pretty sure I ate them all by myself-hey its my birthday right?
Thirty dollar flowers, thanks Mama. It's a little harder to spend that way, which is good!
Thirty pieces of gum, by the way some of the tastiest gum ever. Have you ever tried apple pie gum? Its quite delicious.
Thirty straws of each color, which have come in handy all the time! And has made lunch time much more exciting around here!
And some really yummy candy signs! How did you know I love chewy candies?
Overall, I felt so loved! I cannot believe all these ladies took the time, energy and money to tell me Happy Birthday! I was shocked! Completely shocked. It was totally the feeling of a surprise party happening over and over and feeling so special. I honestly could not have felt more loved. Thank you all ladies.
Afterwards, I had to find out how this happened. I knew that someone had to have orchestrated this! Someone that knew it was my birthday, had access to my friends, a key to my house, and the kindest heart! Somehow the beans slipped out, and I found out that my Mom (I knew she had something to do with it!) had contacted Jen about doing something. Jen secretly contacted some of our dear friends in the neighborhood, and got them to help celebrate! Jen also organized getting them in the house, helping to get all this together.
I am not sure if I should be taking away my house key from Jen or be thanking her to make me feel like the most amazing girl ever.
I cannot thank you ALL enough, and all of you that helped to make me feel like to most special girl! You all know who you are and I am so thankful for you in my life! And you better believe it stayed up for weeks- we even moved the banner from the garage into the hallway and hung it there. I love you all.