Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday. My husband took me out for lunch which was so nice. One of the waitresses had to ask where the children were because she hardly recognized us without them. Anyway, during lunch I was remembering my most memorable birthdays. We didn’t do every birthday up big in our home, but I do remember a few special ones.

Four – My dad and mom took me to “Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour” for a special treat. However, when a group of people with a drum and funny outfits came parading to our table to deliver my ice cream it scared me and I ended up crying. Not much of a fun treat.

an example of what they did that I found on their website

Five – I was given a watch that had a teeter-totter inside it that ticked very loudly every second.


Eleven – This time it was a Holly Hobbie watch. I also had a Holly Hobbie purse with a little pocket on the outside for a Holly Hobbie doll. Those were the days. ☺

This is exactly like my watch.

Thirteen – I was allowed to invite a few friends to my house for a party. Nothing was formal. We just played board games and ate.

Sixteen – My parents arranged for me to see “The Sound of Music” at a friend’s house. It was my favourite movie at the time. It was only shown on TV at Christmas time. Since we didn’t have a TV, I could only see it if a friend invited me over. These friends had a VCR player so we could watch it after Christmas.

Twenty – My mom and sisters threw me a surprise party with a Snoopy theme. Snoopy is my favourite cartoon character. Many of gifts were Snoopy themed – a puzzle (I LOVE puzzles), books, figurines. Everyone gave me a Peanuts birthday card and amazingly there were no doubles. My dad took me out to eat so they could set it up. I was totally surprised and it was fun.


This is the exact puzzle I received. All four frames were mixed together. You had to separate them as you did the puzzle. So. much. fun.


Thirty-five – My husband turned forty the month after I turned thirty-five. I was busily planning a surprise party to celebrate his birthday. But first he surprised me with a party after church one night with cake and ice cream. My favourite memory from this party is Ezra. He was a toddler (and a very cute one, I might add). He kept running to different people begging for a bite of their cake. Then when he realized one of the older men in our church was a soft tough he just camped out by him happily eating everything he was offered. Everyone had a good laugh at him.

So this was fun going down memory lane. What was your favourite birthday?

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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