Friday, July 10, 2009


Yesterday I watched Emily and Joe again while mom/dad worked and they surprised me at 7:30 with an early birthday treat of some beautiful flowers, a delicious cake and the funniest card! I look a bit ruffled but didn't expect a picture that early!
Aren't they just the best!!!! Oh, and early that morning Emily was sitting in the screen room and she saw our fox running through the yard hi-tailing it back to its den! They're too fast for the camera

Soooo today was my birthday and I got to spend it with lifelong friends, Marilyn and Jim Hepp....they retired several years ago, moved from Wisconsin to Mesa, AZ and each summer come back home to visit family and then on their way home via Indiana they stop in our former home town and we meet them there for lunch - how cool is that! Well this year it fell on my birthday and I couldn't have spent it with nicer friends.

They actually got an earlier start than planned so they were going to be at our spot by 9:30 instead of 11:30 so when they called us at 8:30 and said we had an hour to get there we flew! It takes an hour to get there! lol We pulled up to the restaurant as they were walking in the doors. Good timing huh?

We actually met at Crackerbarrell instead of our other place and had breakfast instead of lunch but it was delicious.

My brother and his wife were supposed to meet us as well but they had a 2-1/2 hour drive so they didn't get into town until 11 - and by then they went to the rest. we were supposed to go to in the first place for lunch and called us to meet them we had 45 minutes in between meals! lol So we only ordered soup....oh my gosh we were full!!!

So Gail and I decided we needed to walk it off so I had tons of Coupons for Michaels Crafts and Hobby Lobby and I really needed mache stacking boxes and didn't want to keep going back in for them so I gave each person a coupon and some money and handed them the box and said go buy it! I got an entire set each piece 40% off!

Then after that we went to the Mall and did some clothes shopping and then Doug and I headed home. So what was to be a morning away and home right after lunch turned into an entire day...we got home at 4:45 and just a bit ago Doug and I went out for my birthday dinner.

When we got back we had the rest of the cake the kids brought over...CAN YOU SAY STUFFED! Needless to say it's diet/exercise time and sorely needed.
Here we are at breakfast....left to right Doug, Me, Marilyn, Jim (as if you didn't know by

Sorry for rambling - guess it's all the food today plus a wine at dinner tonight and the chocolate cake/frosting....I'm wired!
Hugs, Karen


  1. happy birthday to you!
    your whole day sounds like so much fun!!!
    now, you are 25 , right??
    best wishes to you for many more great birthdays!

  2. Yeah! I get to be one of the "firsts" to wish you a "Happy Birthday"! Sounds like you had a wonderful day...what's better than sharing your day with special friends! Birthday Blessings Karen!

  3. Karen,
    Happy Birthday!!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! How sweet of your grandkids to surprise you with a cake!!
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs, Cindy

  4. What a nice day you had on your birthday..! Nothing better than spending the day with those you love and care about...

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN! Sounds like you had a great day with good friends. Good job at Michael's too! Aren't grandchildren just the best? What a sweet birthday surprise, they are sure adorable! Hope your weekend continues to be a time of celebration. Dawn

  6. Karen,
    I'm so glad your birthday was special and fun from morning til night.
    Happy Birthday.

  7. Happy Birthday to you! Your special day sounds wonderful. You have made me hungry!!!

  8. Wow, you share my grandma's birthday. Happy Birthday to you. Sounds like you had a great day.


  9. Karen! Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful day! No better way to spend your birthday than with VERY special family and friends! And way to go with the coupons...I have done that very same thing myself! :)Have a great weekend! Take care! ~Sarah~

  10. Happy birthday to you! Sounds like a wonderful day! Glad you were able to spend it with good friends! Jayne

  11. Happy Birthday :)

    Now that sounds like a fun filled day and full of food...LOL.

    Wishing a nice sunny weekend!

  12. Happy belated Birthday, Karen. It sounds like you had a busy but nice day. That was a wonderful start to your having the grandchildren deliver flowers and cake.

    May you be blessed with a terrific year!


  13. Happy belated birthday Karen!!!!! I am pooped reading all the things you wonder you are wired!!!! Sounds like a wonderful day with friends and family. Love to you...xxxRobby

  14. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY KAREN...July is a month full of birthdays for our family - (I am still eating cake from Tony's party...LOL!!) It is always fun to spend time with good friends and making lots of memories...Judy

  15. Happy Belated Birthday, sounds like you had a wonderful day!


  16. Oh what a wonderful day you had!!
    Wonderful friends, wonderful grandkids, lotsa FOOD, lotsa shopping......What could be better?!
    Glad you had a wonderful & HAPPY birthday, Karen.

    Good goin on the stack boxes! ;)

    Have a great weekend.

  17. Happy Birthday!!! Good food, grandkids, family and friends....couldn't ask for a better day. Best wishes for many more!!

  18. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! Best Wishes for many, many more!!

    Take Care,

  19. Awww! Happy Birthday to you! I wish I had known yesterday. (Today is my hubby's birthday, so maybe I'll remember your's next year! LOL!) I'm so glad you had a wonderful day. The photos are nice and you look great!
    I hope your weekend is just as nice.

  20. Happy birthday Karen, sounds like you had a wonderful day!! Your grandkids are awesome.


  21. Now that is what I call birthday fun!! So glad you got to celebrate all day!!

    hugs, Linda

  22. Happy Happy glad you had a wonderful day!!
    May God Bless you with another terrific year!
    Birthday hugs!!!

  23. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Looks like you had a wonderful time...lots of fun shared with alot of great people that love you. Nothing more special then that - right?

    Have a wonderful weekend my friend!!


  24. Happy Birthday! I am so glad you had a great one and was able to spend it with so many people you love!


  25. Happy Birthday, Karen!
    I'm so glad you had an enjoyable day! There's nothing better than your birthday with the ones you love!

    Take care,

  26. Karen, your friends' names rings a bell. Where did they live when they were in WI? Maybe it's just that there are Hepps in this area and that's why it sounds familiar. My Uncle Steve and Aunt Val live in Mesa. Maybe they're neighbors! :)
    Glad you had a great birthday and that you got your boxes! You'll have to show them off when you get them covered. Funny about the fox - Matt saw 2 of them on Thursday and to top that off, we have at least 2 skunks living under our shed. Trying to keep Abbie away from there!

  27. Happy Birtday Karen...It sounds like you had a very lovely and fun filled day! Just what you deserve!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  28. sounds like a fabulous birhtday. My bf passed away this year so I am wishing you many more birthdays with yours. Dianntha

  29. Happy birthday Karen . Sorry I am a bit late . Your day was wonderful ! Many more days and birthdays like it .

  30. Happy birthday Karen!! The 10th is also my son's birthday - did you turn 24 like him?

    It sounds like you had a wonderful day!!


  31. Happy Birthday to you Karen. Sounds like you had a fabulous day. Wishing you many more happy birthdays to come.

  32. Happy Birthday! What a fun day! ( I wished I looked only as "ruffled" as you do in the mornings! he he he.) can't wait to see your boxes all done. Have a good week.♥

  33. What a wonderful way to spend your birthday. Happy Birthday!


  34. Happy Birthday, Karen! It looks like you had a wonderful day with your grandkids and friends.
    How sweet of them to bring you a cake. :)
    Happy day to you~ Birgit

  35. Karen, Happy Belated Birthday! We made a quick trip to WI over the weekend. Arrived Saturday at 6 pm and left Monday at 10am. Left our DD with her Aunt/Uncle to care for her cousins for the next 2 weeks. Wish I could have arranged to meet you for lunch! Maybe next trip! ~Ann


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