A Happy, Happy Birthday

Saturday was my 31st birthday. Isn't that awesome?

It's been a great year. I finished my first book last August and sent it in to my publisher. I was hoping to hear back from my editor about an acceptance (hopefully!) before my birthday, but oh well. Maybe before Christmas? My editor did tell me they sent my manuscript out to readers and the feedback has been very positive. So that's a fabulous birthday present right there! Seriously, this past year has been filled with many, many blessings and wonderful events. There were some hard times and sad times mixed in there as well. But all in all, my 30th year was great.

Saturday was lots of fun. I woke up with the urge to clean everything in sight. Now, that normally wouldn't sound like fun - cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Yuck, right? But when I just feel like cleaning, then it's fun! I was surprised how much I got done in one morning! John went to run some errands and the kids even joined me in cleaning without a battle (a rare occasion indeed!). By the time John got home, we had cleaned and vacuumed the dining room, all of the kids bedrooms, and the playroom; started a new load of dishes in the dishwasher; started and folded a load or two of laundry, and straightened up the living room. All before 11 am. Now that's what I call on the ball!

After my cleaning frenzy, I showered and went to lunch with a few of my girlfriends. We went to Chipotle and just enjoyed chatting away. Wow, it was soo nice! We were there for over 1 1/2 hours, just talking, laughing, and enjoying being together.

Then I went grocery shopping. Hey, it was Saturday - that's grocery day at our house. John and I compromised though. We only made up a short list so I wouldn't spend my whole afternoon shopping and fighting lines. That worked well. Then I was able to spend the rest of the afternoon with the kids and John. We played Sorry (my four-year-old's new favorite game) and watched a movie. We all got caught up in other things, that we didn't have enough time for dinner and cake before John and I needed to leave for an evening Church meeting! Oh well. At least our babysitter can cook.

After our meeting, a few of our friends joined us for ice cream at Dairy Queen. I had a wonderful Oreo Brown Earthquake. YUM!

One of the nicest parts of my birthday was all the emails and phone calls from friends and family throughout the day. Wow! You all made me feel so special. Thank you!

I thought I'd post a few cute pics and a video from my postponed birthday dinner on Sunday. Our youngest has recently started setting the table. Isn't she cute?

My oldest daughter . . .

. . . and my youngest daughter. They both love cake!

Thank you all for being my friends and for being a part of my life. Here's to a fabulous 31st year!

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The Childrens Nest said...

Hi Danyelle!
Thanks so much for your comment on The Childrens Nest! I appreciate comments so much because it lets me know people enjoy my blog! You sure have cute kids and a cute blog! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks again and take care...

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Tiffany - Thank you! Thanks for stopping by. Your blog was so much fun to discover!

Amy said...

I'm glad you had a nice birthday. I was thinking of you. Take care. Sounds like the family is feeling better.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Hey Amy! Thank you! How's your sewing project coming??? :)

erica said...

Happy Birthday Danyelle! I'm glad you had such a great day and a rewarding year!!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Thank you, Erica! I hope your family is doing well and enjoying the holidays. Be sure to let us know if you come back to see family in Kansas. We'd love to come visit!

Nichole Giles said...


Happy Birthday...a bit late. We missed you in Utah on Saturday at Providence, but we knew you were there with us in spirit. It sounds like you had a good day anyway. Good luck on year number 32...Oh, and crossing fingers, toes, eyeballs, and...whatever else can be crossed for your book to be accepted.

DB would be nuts not to take it!


Danyelle Ferguson said...

Thank, Nichole. Ahem - I don't mine aging, but not any faster than I need to. I just turned 31. :)

I wish I could have been with you all at the Providence event. It would have been so much fun! Thanks for thinking of me while you were there!