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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Slice of Life Story Challenge - What I Know For Sure - Celebration Saturday - Birthday Celebrations

 
I'm doubling up today!

     It's Day 14 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge, started by Two Writing Teachers.  I am writing around the theme topic of "What I Know For Sure." (See Day 1 for a full explanation.)
 
I love linking up to a wonderful celebratory community, inspired by Ruth Ayres, on Saturdays!
 
 
     Last night we celebrated Libby's 22nd birthday at her apartment at Miami University in Oxford.  Her birthday is actually St. Patrick's Day, but since that day falls on a Tuesday this year, it was easier to pull together a party on Friday.  It's been a tradition the past four years to celebrate Libby's birthday by buying pizza for all her friends at Miami and hanging out with them for a few hours, catching up on all their plans, endeavors, and dreams.  They are a special group of young adults, and it has been wonderful celebrating all kinds of occasions with them.  I had to laugh when a fairly new member of their group of friends was slightly confused about this tradition.  When we introduced ourselves, he told me, "When they told me you were coming, I asked, 'You mean your parents just come and hang out with all of us?  Not many parents can pull that off.'"  Ha!  I'm not sure if we actually pull it off, but they keep coming to the parties we put together, so that must be a good sign!
 
     I've written before about how much I love birthdays.  My mom and dad were always wonderful about celebrating mine with cake, slumber parties, and even a combined surprise birthday party for my 16th and Dad's 40th.  I loved planning themed birthday parties for the girls, and one of the highlights of my life was my 40th birthday in Las Vegas with Ed and my best friends.
 
     I've never quite figured out why some people want to keep birthdays on the low-down, or don't want people to know their age.  To each his own, of course, but I love to make birthdays known!
 
My first birthday in Cincinnati in 1967
 
Puppy-themed birthday party for Katie - we had hotdogs in plastic dog bowls, painted with the kids' names and puppy paw prints.
 
Libby's 19th birthday at Miami - the first year we celebrated with a pizza party.

My 40th in Vegas
 
Katie's Sweet 16
 
     What I Know For Sure: Birthdays are meant to be celebrated.  Growing older is full of exciting new chapters and journeys in your life.  To mark the passage of time with a celebration is one of life's greatest joys. 
 
 
 
 

21 comments:

  1. This slice makes me SO happy, coming from someone that adores birthdays as much as you do! Your slice shows your passion and dedication to making others feel special. Thank you for sharing the photos too, they really brings your slice alive!
    -Dana

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    1. I'm so glad you feel the same way, Dana! :-)

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  2. I love birthdays too!!! What a glimpse into your life via birthday celebrations!!!! Hope Libby has a wonderful birthday this week. One of my very best friends was born on St. Patrick's Day too! :)

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    1. St. Patrick's Day is such a fun day to have a birthday. Luck of the Irish! ;-)

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  3. Birthdays are meant for celebrating - sometimes with big and festive parties, sometimes with small and cozy moments, but always in the company of wonderful people.

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    1. Small and cozy moments are great, too.

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  4. So fun! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into these celebrations! Do you want to host a Slice of Life celebration after we all complete #31? ;)

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    1. That would be fun, wouldn't it?! We'll all deserve a celebration!!!

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  5. We are celebrating my mom's 86th birthday tonight. They are wonderful celebrations

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    1. Oh, that's wonderful! Happy birthday to your mom!!

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  6. Birthdays are wonderful to celebrate. My favorite birthdays are the ones just spending time with family and friends. Looks like it was a great day!

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  7. I have a love/hate relationship with birthdays. I never feel like I have adequately acknowledged or celebrated them. When my girls were little, I was super mom and made every cake and every party dress. That is no longer the case, or should be. When it comes to my own birthday, I am usually in the midst of beginning of school. Nobody has the list done yet or the sign in the lounge. It's just a bad time of year, August. Maybe I should reschedule it this year.

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    1. You could do a half birthday, Margaret!! :-) August is a tough time, and so is the day after Christmas (my birthday). You have to advocate for yourself! Ha! ;-)

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  8. It looks like a wonderful time was had by all. I love that you all make such lasting memories.

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    1. It was definitely fun - I'll miss those Miami U. celebrations!

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  9. I love birthdays too. But I'm an August birthday like Margaret, so with school starting early I don't get the day! It's wonderful that you "get to" celebrate like you do with your girl.

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    1. You and Margaret will have to schedule half birthday parties in Feb!

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  10. I love birthdays too! Such a great celebration.

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  11. P.S. Your daughters are beautiful!

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