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Friday, May 02, 2008


It's Birthday Season

Ah, it’s birthday season in our home again. Yes, it always starts with our “Baby Boy”. He turned 24 last Thursday-24 on the 24th. Last night, our daughter turned 26!

Alright-when did I become a mom to people in their mid-20’s?

We don’t stop there-today is my sister-in-law’s birthday. The 6th, my brother-in-law’s. Followed by our nephew, son-in-law, his mom and my dad. Throw in Mother’s Day and a week later my sister-in-law’s anniversary and well-we’re broke, even with only giving gifts to the “kids”. Let’s face it-there are 4 right there.

I figure, since the moms involved all gave birth early-August is a very popular month for romance.

What I love is the approach my husband and I have always taken to gift giving. Our recipients seem to appreciate it as well. Since I admit to not picking out “good” gifts and think of shopping for anything but food as some sort of evil doing-we go with the good old green. We have found that this gift always fits, the color is perfect and we don’t have to here “ohhh my, what a lovely gift, but I’m not sure it fits-where can I take it back to so I can find the right size?”

We all know what that means-“Boy did you screw up again, this is hideous”, just in a kinder, gentler fashion.

This year, we gave our son a choice (since he’s got a good job) take $50 off his rent this month or off his car insurance. He took the rent-since he’s still wondering why we instated that bit of news on him.

Our daughter requested a mother daughter outing-up to the same $50 (we’re paying for her return to school-HAPPY DANCE BEING DONE WHILE TYPING HERE!). So tomorrow, we’re getting a manicure and lunch out with some window shopping. Nephew is getting cash, as is our son-in-law (or if he’d rather, we’ll pay his cell phone upgrade for the month on our family plan).

Everyone else-cards and a group party-even my dad this year. Mother’s Day is the date we’ll be doing the affair, at my parents.

Most family’s have this type of month-one co-worker at my day job said his clan’s “go broke” month is around Thanksgiving. They have 4 birthdays and 3 anniversaries.

And now, I must bid everyone a fond adieu for the week-we have to call up my sister-in-law and wish her a Happy Birthday.

Happy birthday to all your folk there. We gave my nephew 30 instant lottery tickets since he turned 30 this year. Others also bestowed the same kind of gift. He must have had over 50 lottery tickets. And won the grand sum of $25. Should have gone green myself.

I don't like that color too much though, since it's the color of our arch-rival Michigan State here. They need to produce some blue money.
LOL! I personally like the green in my wallet Dave, but can't wear it-olive skin and green/yellow clothes make you look very sick. Hepatitis-look is not attractive.
Blue money would be very pretty.
Hi Carine!

I like your idea with the green backs and since my kids are still at the age of being invited to friends b-day parties I've really started doing the same. When they were really young it seemed so simple -- they like action figures? cool, get them two. Now being preteens its impossible to figure out something that isn't $50! Gift cards are becoming my favorite friend. =)

Have fun with all the celebrations!

same here! When the niece and nephew were young-it was a piece of cake, but once they hit 10-yikes! And my own 2, bless them, they didn't want Mom picking out clothes, where to get their haircut or what (if)books to read. This way, they get what they want. If they have to add to it, that's their choice!
Happy birthday to all, Carine ! The gift of $50 or cards / a party are perfect ideas :) Enjoy !
Sarah and I had a lovely day Annie-and we have $15 dollars to spare. We plan to use it at the Spectrum on Weds-she has a 2for1 at RedRobins. So we 3 girls (son's darling girlfriend and us)will go have fun after our Philosophy (the cosmetic product, not the subject)seminar at Nordstroms.
Hi Carine

I found your blog on and I just had to send you a hello - my name is Carine too, I live in Edinburgh and I have a food blog! It's a small world indeed...

It would seem birthday greetings are in order, so many happy returns to all concerned.

With best wishes,
wow-another Carine who is a foodie!! How neat. Thank you for coming by and I will certainly visit your blog soon!!
Imagine this-more than one of us.
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