Spirit Grooves

Gratitude- My Birthday edition!

By on November 3, 2012

Welcome to the second in my new series of monthly Gratitude posts. I liked the idea of doing this weekly, but the reality of it was not working out for me. This way, I sort of collect wonderful things throughout the month. It’s a good way of staying mindful of the positive things that happen day to day

Please feel free to link up with your own gratitude post or just share even one thing you’re grateful for in the comments. I’m so grateful for each of you who come here and read my posts and share a bit of your time with me.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR…

The most wonderful birthday I’ve had in a very long time, maybe ever. I didn’t plan this, but it turns out this entire post will be about my day today. I’m grateful for every single moment. It was just a perfect family day and Em and her daddy really made me feel like it was my special day. I’ll list some highlights:

1. Em slept until 7:30 a.m.!!!

2. Em asked me if I wanted breakfast in bed, a cream cheese sandwich. It’s something she can make on her own. Of course I said I’d love it. I asked for an apple too, since I wasn’t really feeling the cream cheesy-ness. But I heard daddy suggest lettuce on it and what do you know, it was great that way!

3. Em talked me into going to the Natural History Museum with them. Stephen had planned to take her on one of their outings so I’d get some alone time(props to hubby!), but I kind of wanted to go. Today was the last chance to see the Spider Pavilion. I do not like spiders! Em keeps trying to get me to look at this spider book they got from the library and every night I have to tell her Noooooooooooooooo way.

4. With her Daddy’s help, Em made me a little video or her telling a story for my birthday and Stephen put it on a disc for me. I loved it.

She drew this the other night. I can’t get over how cool it is. She really has a knack for design, I think.

Em and Mommy under the giant sign.

5. The Museum was awesome and I’m grateful that Stephen drove because it was way downtown. Right by USC actually and there was a game today. Crazy tailgating going on. They basically camp out on the lawn and in the parking lot of the Museum. I was grateful for no traffic.

6. Totally grateful that the Spider Pavilion was no big deal. Very cool, but also disappointing because there weren’t that many different spiders to see.

7. Em dragged me around to every exhibit. She was so excited to get to show me everything. She and her dad had been there 3 times already, so she knew what she wanted me to see. Everything!

8. Lunch! I think Museums tend to have good food for some reason. I went wild and got the vegetable soup *in* the sourdough bowl. It was a waste in the end. Wouldn’t do it again, but it was fun. Em got a kick out of it. And the French Fries at the Natural History Museum are freaking awesome!!

9. The gift shop. We didn’t over-spend, no plastic purchased and had tons of fun looking around.

10. Just before we left, I noticed the Hall of Minerals. Turns out they’d never gone in there (because Stephen in his wisdom was waiting for the time I came.) Is there anyone reading this who doesn’t know how much I love crystals and minerals? It was incredible, totally awesome. I was in heaven. Truly. Just being able to see these pieces of the earth made me so happy.

11. Fetching Boy… Stephen just ran out to get dinner from my favorite restaurant, Gaucho Grill. Plus they make great broccoli that I can feed to Em and still feel like a good mommy.

12. My gifts. This is so sweet. Stephen took Em to this great art supply store and she picked these things out for me. I think art supplies are always a great gift. I needed a little sketch pad.

13. Em watched one of my favorite silly movies with me, “Beautician and the Beast”. Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton in case you don’t know.

14. It hasn’t happened yet, but I know there will be more snuggles and loves at bedtime.

15. Even if we can’t stay awake this late, I count the fact that Louis C.K. is hosting SNL tonight to be a birthday gift just for me.

16. I am also grateful for all the birthday wishes I’ve gotten by phone, email and on Facebook. It really makes me feel good. Thanks to all.

I didn’t expect to get to feel like the Birthday Girl at this point in life and today I really did. I loved it!.

And lastly, this guy… I’m sooooo grateful he didn’t come  home with us!



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  1. Mel
    November 3, 2012

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    First of all… Happy Birthday! I’m so glad you had a wonderful day, it sounds like a lot of fun! You have such a special little girl, who adores you and you two have brought her up to be such a giving, loving, thoughtful precious girl!
    Second of all…OMG!!! YOU went to see spiders in a room on purpose!!! I’m astonished!!! I would have loved to see that, LOL! I know very well how you feel about spiders (giggle giggle). It cracks me up cuz they’re so short compared to you and you make me laugh at how you act when you see one! I’m very impressed!
    Third of all… I can’t wait to see you two tomorrow!
    Love You,
    Mel

    • treepeters
      November 5, 2012

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      yep, I am the amazing spider woman now!!
      xo

  2. Cassy
    November 3, 2012

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    I am so happy that you had such a wonderful birthday! You deserve it! Way to go Em and Stephen!! I really enjoyed hearing all about your day, thanks for sharing! I LOVE YOU!!! xoxoxo Cassy

  3. Munchberry
    November 3, 2012

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    Happy happy day. T minus 20+minutes.

    Yeah for spiders staying at the museum!

    Hubsy loves his rocks too. He took “Rocks for Jocks”in college 30+ years ago (gulpity gulp gulp how the time slips away) and he still recited the finer points for geology. I wish he could recognize anice gem in a fine setting… but… Sigh.

    Isn’t it great that Em loves spiders. Mark that in the Em diary. Crazy girl. I need her to come over and kill one that just crept from the pot light in the ceiling.

    I have not heard of your host favorite. But that should not surprise. I have not watched SNL since… say… 1981? Lordy. Someone fetch my cane and a glass to deposit my false teeth into for the nite.

    Happy birthday you ridiculously wrinkleless witch. Must be M and S that keep your face such the picture of youthfulness. Gag. You happy people make me illski!

    ; )

    S

    • treepeters
      November 5, 2012

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      I’m looking all over for where you see me “wrinkle-less”… Thanks for the compliment. I don’t mind the witch part at all… Actually I think it’s the plumpness that makes for no wrinkles.
      What’s the stone you’d like in a setting? Do you have a favorite? Im not into diamonds at all, but naturally colorful stones really grab me.

  4. Laura @ LauraLivesLife
    November 4, 2012

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    Happy Birthday lady! I’m glad you had a wonderful day – you deserve it!

  5. Karen@WaistingTime
    November 4, 2012

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    Happy birthday! I was just at USC a couple of weeks ago; I had no idea you were out that way.

    • treepeters
      November 6, 2012

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      I know! I saw your comment somewhere else and thought it was a missed opportunity. Although you’re usually so busy with your boys when you’re out this way. Still… keep it in mind! We even have a guest room in our new house (though we’re in the Valley).
      I hope you’re well. I miss you. xo

  6. Renae
    November 4, 2012

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    What a lovely day! I’m glad you had a great birthday. By the way, last night’s SNL was my first exposure to Louis C. K. I thought he was pretty awesome … his opening monologue made me rewind and call my son to have a listen.

    • treepeters
      November 6, 2012

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      oh my gosh he wasn’t even at 50%, I don’t think. he’s hilarious. Thank you for the birthday wishes!!

  7. Stephen
    November 4, 2012

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    Didn’t I tell you? We did brong that spider home with us. He’s sleeping in your shirt!

    I’m so glad you had a good day honey. And that Melody watched your movie with you AND was well-behaved! And that we still have Louie CK to look forward to! :)

    • treepeters
      November 6, 2012

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      What a terrible thing to say!! I did think he was cool, but not next to my skin.
      xoxo

  8. jan
    November 4, 2012

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    I’m glad you had such a great day!! Happy belated b-day!

    • treepeters
      November 6, 2012

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      Thank you!!! You’re not even late… I am a fan of the extended birthday. I milked this one for a good 4 days.

  9. Goodnuff
    November 4, 2012

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    Yay for happy days, birth or otherwise. Happy belated!

    • treepeters
      November 6, 2012

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      You’re so right! It’s good to make note of the happy times.

  10. Melissa
    November 4, 2012

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    I’m so glad you had such a special day. You deserve it! It sounds like a wonderful time and the video of Em telling a story must be a treasure. That’s a perfect gift! The hall of minerals must have been placed in that museum just for you :) I wouldn’t have expected you to be a We just watched SNL for the first time in ages, just to see Louie CK!

  11. Cammy@TippyToeDiet
    November 5, 2012

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    Oh shoot, I missed it! Well, I can still wish you a happy birthday, just a little late. Looks like you managed to have an amazing day without me! :)

  12. Ellen
    November 5, 2012

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    What a wonderful day! (um – minus the spiders. Lordy, do I have a phobia!) Always a joy to get treated special on your birthday and you do deserve it :)

  13. beerab
    November 6, 2012

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    I am glad you had a wonderful birthday! :)

  14. Christine @ African Babies Don't Cry
    November 22, 2012

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    Happy birthday! Im so glad to hear you had such a lovely day! <3

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