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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me & A Contest

by Julie Coulter Bellon

Today is my birthday. So far, I’ve had a really great day full of family, friends, good wishes and really really good food.

So in honor of my birthday I thought I would do something fun. Let’s have a contest!

In the comment section, tell me your most memorable birthday moment—whether it was something that happened, a party you had, a gift you received, just tell me what made it memorable for you.

What made today the most memorable for me was all my friends and family that called, stopped by, and emailed. It really made me realize how blessed and how completely lucky I am that I have so many people that care about me. I think the funniest birthday moment for me, though, was a message I got today from my baby sister who said, “Happy birthday to my bug sister.” I read that and thought, wow, I didn’t think I’d bugged her that much. Later on, she emailed and said, “Sorry, I meant big sister.” Suuuuuure, she did.

Anyway, back to the contest. In the comment section, tell me about a memorable birthday moment you’ve had, and next week I will randomly pull a winner from the entries. What will you win, you ask? How about a Christmas gift basket that includes the brand new Christmas story compilation book with true Christmas stories by me, Anita Stansfield, Betsy Brannon Green, Clair Poulson, and Jeri Gilchrist to name a few. It will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit!

So you have my undivided attention. Tell me, what was your most memorable birthday moment?


At 11/18/2010 6:39 PM, Blogger Utahdoula said...

It would be back in elementary school: either the year I got chicken pox on my birthday or the year I threw up at school on my birthday. Kind of a tie for last place. Both years my party was canceled and never rescheduled. :( I'm still scarred.

At 11/18/2010 9:18 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

When I was 16 my father took me to a Padres games. During the game he was paged and said he needed to go to the hospital (he was a doctor). He did say there was enough time to take me home first. When we got to the house all my friends were there for a suprise party. Great fun.

At 11/18/2010 10:03 PM, Blogger Lexie said...

When I was turning 15, my family had a surprise party for me and invited the boy I had a HUGE crush on. Everyone at the party teased us relentlessly! I was so embarassed that I avoided him throughout the whole party.

At 11/18/2010 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! And many moooore...

I remember, the boy I went to the junior prom with showed up on my doorstep and surprised me for my 19th birthday. We had moved to another city shortly after school ended and I hadn't seen him for over a year and a half. He drove six hours to take me out to dinner. That was the first--and last time anyone went out of their way for my birthday.

Julie, if my name is drawn, then I'll tell you who I am. Until then, I'll remain-


At 11/19/2010 4:19 AM, Blogger Melanie Goldmund said...

About seven years ago, my second son was hit by a car and suffered traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma for just over a week, but gradually showed signs of "waking up." One day, he actually sat up and looked around, but although I quickly hugged him, the moment had gone. The next day was my birthday, and when I came to visit him, he looked at me with recognition and said, "Mama!" He was awake! It was the best birthday present I could ever have.

(He's fine now, by the way.)

At 11/19/2010 12:15 PM, Blogger Don said...

When I was on my mission, a kind family had us over for dinner on my 21st birthday. They had baked a cake and decorated the top with a healthy layer of powdered sugar.

The candles were lit, the lights dimmed, and the birthday song sung. I gave the candles a good, healthy blow, and managed to send large quantities of powdered sugar flying into the air.

At first, I thought the white powder covering me and my dark suit was a practical joke, but the family seemed deeply embarrassed at their apparent faux pas.

I, however, thought it was hilarious, and will one day do the same thing to a hapless character in a book.


Hope you had a great birthday!

At 11/19/2010 12:15 PM, Blogger Tamera Westhoff said...

My most memorable birthday was my 20th birthday. I was able to go and help paint the outside of a lady's house (it was an ugly orange). I had a big paint fight with my now husband and we were both covered in paint! Afterwards we went to his house and played in the pool. The only bad part of the day was that my 2 friends decided to not come over at all, so that was disappointing!

At 11/19/2010 3:16 PM, Blogger SilverRain said...

When I was thirteen, I had a party with just me and my best friend. I planned for each of us to decorate our own mini doll dress cakes (the ones with the doll picks that you stick into the cake part.)

Well, everything went great until we tried to eat them. That was when my mom had to explain to me the difference between "confectioner's sugar" and "granulated sugar". That was nasty.

The next day, I came down with chicken pox. Unrelated? I don't think so.

At 11/19/2010 4:10 PM, Blogger Karen said...

I spent my 40th birthday at my son's eagle scout project. A blood drive. Nothing like giving blood on your birthday. (Especially your 40th. Somehow it seems like a birthday ending with 0 should be a little more special.)

At 11/19/2010 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My best bithday was when I turned 24. I was in Utah going to school and my roommates threw my first and only birthday party I have ever had. To make it better, it was a surprise party and I was really surprised.

Kelsi Rose

At 11/19/2010 5:17 PM, Blogger Janice said...

The first year we were married, my husband met me at the door with a birthday cake. I leaned over to blow out the candles and my hair caught on fire.

At 11/19/2010 5:42 PM, Blogger Michele said...

My most memorable one had to be the year I turned 16. A few weeks before while watching TV I saw a commercial advertising birthday parties at McDonalds, so when my mom asked how I wanted to celebrate my 16th birthday I sarcastically said McDonalds. I forgot about it and was quite upset when on my birthday my friends werent calling me to wish me happy birthday, and my mom seeing how down I was said "lets go shopping and grab some lunch" You can imagine my surprise when we walked into Mcdonalds and all my girlfriends jumped out and yelled SUPRISE! By far the best birthday ever!

At 11/19/2010 6:44 PM, Blogger T.J. said...

Memorable birthday moment: Honestly, it's funny, because my most memorable birthday moment is when I turned 4. The months leading up to it, My Buddy was a big deal. I have no idea why I wanted a doll that badly (maybe because I had no friends and my brothers treated me like crap.) Anyway, on the morning of my birthday I walked out into the living room and saw the doll sitting on the floor in its box. And I screamed at the top of my lungs "My Buddy!" Yeah, my family didn't like 5:30a.m. that day.

At 11/19/2010 7:37 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

Happy Birthday, fellow Scorpio! =)

Well, I'm guessing that most people don't remember their 1st birthday party, but I do. I was turning 16 and the reason that was my first birthday party was because I had grown up in a religious environment that didn't celebrate them. I think you know what I'm talking about.

My mom organized a surprise party for me and had my best friend invite people to the party. The amusing thing for me that made it so memorable, was that he only invited one girl, and it was a girl HE had a crush on. =) (Hey, where were the girls >I< had a crush on?) The capstone on the event was that my stepfather drove us in his work car, a limousine, to go roller skating.

(Don: I can totally picture that scene. That's hilarious!)

At 11/20/2010 12:59 AM, Blogger Wendy Swore said...

Once we spent the christmas holiday helping a family member clean out their house and get the taxes in order. We worked and worked pulling molded receipts out of plastic garbage bags and then someone noticed it was past midnight, so we toasted the new year with sparkling cider in dixi cups and then went back to work.

Not very fun- but definitely unforgettable.

At 11/23/2010 2:48 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

WHen I turned 40, my 2 best friends arranged to take me to breakfast, the whole time they had planned with my husband a "spa day" but each of them had reported that she only had an hour or so because the each had to return home to their demanding husbands. My husband asked me just before they picked me up, how long I would be..."Well Laura is on the short leash at her house so I should be back in an hour or two." Now wasn't that silly? I had no idea of their surprise day out.

At 11/24/2010 10:33 PM, Blogger Kim Coates said...

I had a really great 30th birthday. My friends took me out for a wonderful evening. My attitude about turning 30 was great. I was (and still am) in a fabulous phase of life!


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