Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Birthday Celebration!!

I had a wonderful day yesterday. My Cowpokes tried really hard to decorate the house and try to make my birthday a special one. Big Cowpoke blew up two balloons and put them on some string. Little Cowpoke just kept asking, "Where are all the decorations?" They tried. Then, while I was fixing dinner. Both boys ran into their rooms and found me some presents. Big Cowpoke then snuck into my room and found something to wrap his present in. It was so sweet. We then opened presents. Big Cowpoke was so excited. He wanted me to open his first. Oh, and Cowpokette didn't have her shirt on because we had eaten spaghetti and she was a mess. Here I am with all my loot. I really need to get Mr. Cowboy to stop taking pictures of us from above. I am not loving that camera angle. Little Cowpoke got me a candle and a diffuser. I love those things. I have one in my living room that smells so good. Then I opened Big Cowpoke's present to me. He made me a bird house!! I was so excited. He ever wrote on the roof, "To Mom, Frum Big Cowpoke". Okay, he didn't write "Big Cowpoke", but I wasn't about to tell you his name, hee hee. And that is how he spelled from. I thought it was so cute. My budding photographer. She was holding up the camera to her face saying, "Cheeeeeesssee!" Do you think I do that too much?The cake is always the most fun part. Licking the candles. Cowpokette didn't want to lick the candles. She just dug right into the cake. Then we cut it and ate it all. Well, not all of the cake, just four pieces of it. It was very good. Mr. Cowboy made it with only a little help! Then I got the best present ever! I was so excited about this one. It is from my four sisters and my Dad. I loved it. Does anyone recognize that? Well, it's my blog!!! I write my blog to keep in touch with family and friends. I also do it for a journal. To keep track of what my family does. And my family published me!! I love it. This is the title page. My sister, Amanda, did all the editing and compiling of the book. She copied and pasted everything and then reformatted it to a two column page. I think it looks fabulous!! I had never even suspected they were up to something so grand!! I was, and still am, so excited about my blog being in a book. I really really wanted it done, but I was never going to get around to it. Here is the back of the book. It has a picture of Joe!! I love it!! I love the hinges on the sides too!! And I love the side of the book. It's all just perfect. It's my blog from the beginning of 2007 all the way to my last post of December 2008. One entire year of my family's life. I love it!! Thank you so much!!!I love how my sister did the hinges on the book. It's just so neat!! I love it!! I don't think I have said that enough. Sorry. A HUGE thank you to my wonderful Family!! I had a wonderful birthday.

Today, I am going to some flea markets and I have someone coming over to ride my Ozzie horse. I am really excited. She is a younger girl that just graduated from high school. She did high school rodeo and now does college rodeo. So, I am excited to see what she thinks of my Ozzie. See if he might be a playday prospect.

33 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

Party looks like it was a hoot. That blog book -- what a FABULOUS gift. (I bet there's a market for that.) I think I came across the name of your blog on The Trailer Parks Farm and had to check and see if you're a fellow Louisianian. I'm in Baton Rouge! Drop by my place and say hey if you get a chance. I'll be back to read more when life lets up a bit. :)

Mrs Parks said...

You are KIDDING me!
That is the best gift EVER!
I can't even believe it.
It is beautiful.

I was trying to count candles, but I cant see them all.
Are you OLD now, or just older than you were a few days ago?

I'm SO happy you had such a wonderful day : )

pilotboywa said...

I'm glad the book turned out good. Though it looks like the spine might be off a little bit. :( You know me, the perfectionist. I'm glad the day ended better than it began, and at least Mr. C made you a cake!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Ha ha! I remember those days of having young kids and eating spaghetti. My husband and I love diffusers too. We like subtle scents. Creating a book out of your blog is a wonderful gift. All of your gifts were great. Happy belated birthday from me.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Ha ha! I remember those days of having young kids and eating spaghetti. My husband and I love diffusers too. We like subtle scents. Creating a book out of your blog is a wonderful gift. All of your gifts were great. Happy belated birthday from me.

Hohni said...

It's beautiful!!! WOW!!

ezra_pandora said...

How cute with the kids' presents.(~pssst, you might want to block out some of that there pic if you don't want people to know his real name :) ~)

That book is too awesome!! What a great idea and a great family!!

SkyBar Farm said...

Happy Birthday! How neat that they made your blog into a book. What a tremendous keepsake.

Mrs Mom said...

Oh wow Andrea- that is SO excellent!! What a great idea to turn this into a book. Awesome!

Ya know, I think of you every time I get the big horse out, and see if we can squeeze in a ride or not, or even just some quality time on the ground. Here's hoping we can overcome this *thing* of ours TOGETHER!!

Buddha's Place said...

Hi Anderea, I'm over from Mrs Parks blog...
I love the book, that is so coool!
I love your blog too.

pam said...

what great gifts.

I have been thinking of doing that with my blog once I get a full year in. My sister's husband plans to publish her's this year!

Very cool.

Debbie said...

What a fantastic gift! You will treasure that forever.

Aimée said...

Thats a great idea! Do you know what company she did that through? I would like to check that out!

Happy Belated Birthday!!!!

Callie said...

Wow, Now that's a nice gift! Happy Birthday!

Danielle Michelle said...

What an awesome gift! Did they do that online? You'll have to give tips on how that was done later!

You have the most wonderful family. What a great birthday!

Be A Saint said...

That is the CUTEST book. I have seen others but none so cute. I didn't know you could make the outside look like your blog. SO CUTE!! Revitalizes my desire to blog!!

Karen said...

Way cool gift. I love the book-blog thing.

lisa said...

What a wonderful and loving day. And the blog book is out-of-this-world. Please do a post on how that was done. The book really shows how much you're loved.

I love visiting your blog. It keeps me grounded. Hope you have a great b-day.

xxoo

Jen and Chris said...

Andrea, Happy Birthday (we could have sang to you on Saturday if we would have known)! Sounds like it was a great one. And I know I'm like the millionth person to say so, but the blog book is amazing!

Tj and Mark said...

Oh I love it. The photos, your family, your fun. The book is especially wonderful. I would love to do something like that with my blog for last year.

Dusty Devoe said...

Happy belated B-Day! Great gift. Looks like you had a grand night!

dana wyzard said...

I never would have thought of printing my blog out!! I've been blogging for eight years though. . . maybe I'd better pretend I didn't learn about doing it. . .

kdwhorses said...

HAPPY BELEATED BIRTHDAY!

Great gifts you got there! The book is a great idea, how thoughtful!

Cowguy said...

Seriously... that is too freakin cool.

Tiffany said...

That book is awesome! WHo knew you could actually do that? And again..Happy Birthday!!

ramblingwoods.com said...

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY..I am so sorry that I am late...But it looks like you had a blast and what really thoughtful presents you got....Michelle

Susan said...

Happy Birthday....and your blog-book is a seriously cool gift! ;)

susandallphotography said...

That is so cool the book! And the party and parade looked like a blast.

Julene said...

The cake turned out great! Even with a little help! I love the book!!!! It looks so fabulous!

Carolina girl said...

Happy birthday girl! I am seriously in love with your blog book. I really want to get mine from last year done into a book, but I want to go back and add a few things from last year first. Yours turned out fabulous though. I am salivating just looking at the pictures. I need to come look at it in person. =)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Happy Birthday Andrea!!!

You had the best one ever!
Everything your kids gave you is so precious! And your hubby even baked you a cake??! Wow!

And how in the world did your sister publish your book? I hope that he or you will share that. I'd love to do that with my blog but have no idea how to go about it. That book is better than a yearbook. Something that you and your family will treasure forever and pass down to generations!

What an awesome gift. No wonder you were so excited!

~Lisa

The Wades said...

Andrea, I have been trying to force myself to do a book on my blog for some time and cannot seem to find the time or energy. I am serious, how much would your sister charge to do that for me??!!!

Happy birthday, my sweet blog friend! :)

Bella In The Bayou said...

What a wonderful birthday present! Girl you really have a great family and talented too!