It's My Birthday...

And I'll blog if I want to.

Today, I'm 16 times 2. Crazy - it feels a lot like sixteen. Except I really am fat now, instead of just thinking I am. But it's for a good cause - those little boys of mine are worth my weight in gold, if I say so myself.

Auntie S bought me this sass-ay new pair of shoes that I wore to church today with one of my favorite black dresses and Husband said I looked fab and it felt like a mucho grande fiesta times two just having him back at church with me.

He gave me a beeYOUtiful silver inlaid bracelet from Molvania and promised a spa day in the next couple weeks while he's at home with the kids. (I like birthdays cuz I can talk about all the stuff I "got" without feeling guilty that I'm not focused on the reason for the season because hey - I am the reason for this season!)

Lots of smiling today - I feel like the County Fair princess who gets to ride on the back of the shpanky convertible waving at everyone along Main Street during the parade. And I didn't even need to Vaseline my teeth to keep the grin alive.

And now for a little birthday memory...

On my seventh birthday, my mom hosted a little get-together for me while (as I realize now) she was about to go into labor. My sister Joeli was born at 1:20 a.m. on September 11th that year. She was the first baby to give me the desire to truly nurture and protect and to make me feel in some small way like a mom. I made up songs for her and rocked her from one end of the house to the other and dropped her on her head once and it made me feel ill. How I loved her from the time she was "my" baby.

She's been an example to me of one who seeks out the lonely and forgotten and becomes their friend, and has always had the perfect balance of humor and seriousness. She has grown into this fabulous woman - beautiful and sweet and talented and funny, and one of the most spiritual and humble and earnest people I know. She has delighted me and lifted me and been one of my "preshies" from the day she came into this world as a birthday present. Happy, happy birthday, to you, too, Roly Poly Joeli Kay - Josephina - Joji Moji - Aunt YoYo - Joeli Green Giant. Hope you have a parade princess day of your own.


Angela said...

I laughed at you being the reason for the season.

For what it's worth, you're the reason for the season on my post today too.

I'm glad hubby made it home just in time....

Millie said...

LOL I liked the "reason for the season" too.

Happy Birthday you funny girl. Glad you had such a great day, and that hubby's home to sillybrate with you.

Millie said...

This is for your birthday (I added Roz).

Super Happy Girl said...

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Mamá Código Amarillo!

Ditto LOL'd @ "reason for the season"
Loved those shoes x2
Glad your DH is 'home edition', on your special day.

Now, go back to celebrate.

Unknown said...


I don't think I'd make it down the stairs in those shoes but they sure are beautiful!

T.S. Eliot said...

Happy Birthday, girl! I'm so glad to hear you had a fabulous day. 'Cause you Dee-serve it.

someone else said...

Happy, happy birthday! Those shoes are to die for! I'm so glad your husband was home in time for your special day.

Amanda said...

Happy Happy Birthday Code Yellow Mom dear (doesn't exactly roll off the tounge!), Happy days will come to you all year. If I had one wish then it would be, a happy happy birthday to you from me!

Glad to hear your hubby made it home in time to celebrate your b-day.

Nettie said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you got to feel like a princess and that your hubby made it back just in time!

Lana said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!

Enjoy your spa day!!!

Gina Conroy said...

Happy birthday to you! Just LOVE those shoes!

Anonymous said...

I "birthday'd" for you earlier but couldn't get back her to post. Enjoy your cake!

Tracie Nall said...

I heard from Tess that it was your birthday yesterday. Happy birthday a day late. Hope it was great!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Happy Birthday - hubby home and everything! You did it!! Hope you had a wonderful family time!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday, Code Yellow Mom. For your birthday I dedicate this Billy Joel classic to you...

Don't go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore
I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are

Don't go trying some new fashion
Don't change the color of your hair
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I don't want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are.

I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew
What will it take till you believe in me
The way that I believe in you.

I said I love you and that's forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are.

Unknown said...

Happy bday a couple of days late. I have to be unoriginal and give you kudos for for reason for the season. That's great.

ShelahBooksIt said...

way cute shoes! You'll have to let me know how 32 is-- I'll be joining you there in just a few months. It's sort of depressing to think of it as 16x2!

Bright One said...

I LOVE those shoes!!!!! I also love your age (am more than a little envious....alas no going back)

someone else said...

Just wanted to let you know I finally got the meme up.