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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Best Day Ever!



I feel so close to Sponge Bob right now.  

I think it's because he totally gets me. And I get him. 

We both understand what it really means to have the best day ever.  

Up until now I thought meeting Jack Johnson was the best day ever, but last night I had an epiphany and I now realize that meeting famous people doesn't even come close to being LUBBED. 

The Beatles were spot on when they revealed the ancient chinese secret of life: All you need is lub.  

My daughter didn't even have to learn this lesson vicariously from listening to them sing at 95 mph, she got to learn this from all the letters and packages she received on her birthday from her dear friends in Hawaii. 

MUCHOS MAHALO DEAR FRIENDS!

I'm telling you, peeps, my eyeballs had a serious workout when we pulled up to our house after spending the better part of the day at Snowbird swimming and eating lasagna and watching the Yankees lose.  

Waiting on the porch were gift bags and candy and cards and the mailbox was so stuffed with letters that the mailman had to use RUBBER BANDS! 


And as if that wasn't enough. 

There was a package . . .  
 

Full of Hawaiian kine treats . . .






But that's not all. At the bottom of the box was a card signed by even more friends. 

In Hawaii they don't give just regular ole' birthday cards. They give inflatable cards. Floaties and inner tubes and life rafts and such. 

This year my daughter got a life raft.  

How appropriate.




I never in a million years thought I would derive such pleasure from watching my daughter prance around the living room with an inflatable life raft.



If life rafts could talk this one would be saying, "I told you you are lubbed, you silly goose!"

After the initial excitement, we all gathered around and ate Hawaiian candy and listened while my daughter opened each birthday letter and read it out loud. 





I was so overwhelmed by the outpourings of glad tidings and great joy that I wasn't even very ticked that nobody mentioned ME, ME, ME and the fact that it was ME, ME, ME who so graciously carried her around for 9 months inside my body and endured incredible pain for hours on end to get her out into this big wide world


At the end of the day I learned an important lesson:  There ain't much better in life than a singing sponge and a talking life raft.

24 comments:

Kristina P. said...

What amazing friends she has!

The World As I See It said...

That is super cool! I wish I had friends like that. Heck I want a card that is a life raft!

SO said...

That is so fabulous! I love that they signed the life raft. So cool.

springrose said...

Truely friends can be life rafts! I love the look of pure happyness on her face! Priceless!!

Barbaloot said...

How awesome! You guys must have been awesome friends in Hawaii to deserve that much love when you're gone. And Mambas? I haven't seen those in AGES!!

Please tell me there were Tim Tams in the box. Did I tell you how many millions of those I ate when I was in Australia and New Zealand? I want some more. And I think they should make them with peanut butter...

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Guess what is playing right now? Pop-u-lar. How appropriate. It is nice to be popular. How sweet of all her friends and most probably their mothers, because I am sure they were involved. I love best days ever. They totally rock.

DeNae said...

She is so fortunate to have so many thoughtful friends. I bet you miss Hawaii, huh?

T said...

what a perfect celebration!!! and you can always grab your sharpie and add in a little thanks for the labor and delivery pains :)

Heather and Kyle said...

Happy late birthday T! Wow 15 next year is the big 16. You can date, drive etc. I hope u don't mind me saying that deb. I am sorry we have not seen you guys yet. Well happy bday. Sounds like great people. Love you guys

Dolly said...

So fun. I bet it was organized by Reen Christy. She's so creative and thoughtful. What a great best friend and I LOVE the family getting to sit around and enjoy it all with her. Your family is uber close.

Sandi said...

Wow. I want my friends to write letters of love and adoration to ME! That would be the best present ever- how cool that all of those Hawaiian friends remembered her and even got it to her on time! I'm impressed! You definitely should have got a little recognition though- maybe it's in the mail?

Melanie J said...

All right, that's it. I officially need to make friends with people in Hawaii.

Martha said...

Wow she scored BIG. So cool that it arrived on the exact day.

Youngblood4ever said...

How super cool is that???? Can I be your daughter too? I wanna go to Snowbird and each lasagna and watch the Yankees lose. I wanna go to St. George and not go to Bajios with you. Can I????

Hey, by the way, I'M BACK! Not as often, but I'M BACK and that is all that matters my wonderful friend!

The Garden of Egan said...

I'm so glad that you are feelin' the lub! It's great that "they" remembered her. You must have left an impression on Hawaii.

MaeRae said...

How AWESOME was that? And think just yesterday your post was...

13-18 the best times of OUR LIVES. Congratulations on birthing of that beautiful little (not so much anymore) girl.

val of the south said...

I love the pic of her dancing with the raft ~ she looks so happy!

I've always thought the moms should get presents on the kids birthdays - we're the ones that labored - all they had to do was be born!

Happy Birthday to T and Happy Birthing Day to you!!

Miss ya - could really use an IKEA trip ~ how about you?

Skeet said...

Ahhhh, That's soooooo cool. Tell Tatum Happy Birthday from all of us. She is definately LOVED. It's almost a little sad to see all of your kids wearing jeans though.

I am LoW said...

Well that's just the sweetest story ever!!

Amanda said...

Wow, you don't find friends like that on the mainland...How cool for your adorable daughter. I can't imagine the joy you all experienced from such kindness and outpouring of lub.

Gloria (The Mamafamilias) said...

If you need a Moon Pie and an RC Cola to go with that loot, let me know and I can send that to ya.

What great, great friends. And when the youngun is happy, the mama is real happy.

April said...

What 15 yr old girl doesn't need to be lubbed? or need a life raft? And she got BOTH! LUCKY!!! (Said in a Napoleon Dynamite voice.) So, if she ever feels like she's drowning in the desert again, she can just pull out that raft....I lub it! Now toss me a candy....please?

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

How super awesome. Your daughter is a rockstar.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

When I read your post I was inspired, the thought came to me and whispered in my deaf ear, "Life isn't like a box of chocolates like Forrest Gump said, life is life a box of assorted Hawaiian candy and a life raft-you can judge which friend loves you more."

I have read all your posts girl I have been to lazy to click over and comment. Please forgive.

You ARE lubbed, by me, and my raft is on its way :)