Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Finally the big day.....my name is tommie and I am 40




Happy birthday to me...

I don't know what I thought 40 would be like...I don't feel 40. I don't look 40. Though I do notice a bit more gray, a few more 'cracks' (as Will called them) around my forehead where I scrunch it. Midlife is not at all what I imagined way back when I thought 40 was OLD. I guess two kids under five will keep you young.

I look back at my teen years: always being the good girl, getting good grades, making it into OU. In my twenties, I was still the people pleaser. Now I was just pleasing my principal and fellow teachers. It took me a year or two to learn to say "NO" to various things I was volunteered to do.

I got married when I was 30. We moved from Oklahoma to Alaska, leaving everything I had ever known. Thank goodness for the good friends we made there. I also had two babies in two years. Now that will make life interesting. It was then that I finally learned to stop trying to please everybody. I also figured out I might not ever fit back into those pre-baby clothes. My body is definitely curvier in places it didn't used to be curvy. But I can find and wear clothes that fit my body and look good. Clinton and Stacy (from What Not to Wear) are fountains of info! A good under garment (as Stacy and Clinton would say) is not something to skimp.

So, slowly, over the past years I have learned to realize while I might not be perfect, I am alright and I have some great bras!


Here’s what I want you to do for my birthday. Send someone an e-mail and tell them how much you appreciate them, or love them. Do it right now. Then tell me about it in the comments. That’s what I want. It’s my birthday so you have to do it.

24 comments:

Monogram Queen said...

Happy Happy Birthday Tommie! 40's don't feel any different to me either!

I sent an email to my SIL Buffy thanking her for being such a great one and for the time she spends with Madison.

Kerry said...

Happy Birthday!!

I am going to send an email to my 2 best friends - I will see them in a few weeks and I can't wait. My visits with them are highlights of my year!

MamaGeek said...

Happy Birthday my friend! Like I said before, 40 is the new 30 and you BARELY even look that!

I'll send my Mom a little sumthin' sumthin' in your honor!

Now go get pampered all day long! :)

gina said...

I just sent an email to a childhood friend that I haven't seen or talked to in quite a few years- I just found out he and his wife are expecting triplets! after many years of trying. Then I read your post and was extra glad I made contact with him. Life flies!

Happy, happy Birthday Tommie- here's to you!!!

Janet said...

Happy 40th Tommie! And...I kind of did what you asked...before I read this. I met a blogger recently and she's not posted lately...so I dropped her a line to let her know I was thinking of her and hoped that everything was ok and that she was just busy.

Luisa said...

Happy birthday, Tommie! Sent one to my old gf--

I am with you, I don't feel my age!

Have a wonderful year!

KatBliss said...

Happy, happy birthday Tommie!!!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday!

Kristi said...

Have a fabulous day! Happy Birthday! Live it up!

I sent an email to hubby because I don't tell him how very much I appreciate him enough!

lisagh said...

Wear it proud, sweetie! The 40s are the best decade ever. (that's what I keep telling myself, anyway)

Happy Happy Birthday!

Meg said...

Happy Birthday, Ms. Tommie! I'm off to send an email to my cousin Kate. You have a great b-day, y'hear?

Corey~living and loving said...

Happy Birthday. I've tried to post this three times...computer issues abound for me. ugh.....

Here's to another GREAT year. I'm glad I'll be able to share it with you on the net. :)

On a limb with Claudia said...

You're gonna so love being 40 - you'll be surprised. It's awesome! And what a great post! I'm standing here jumping up and down! YES!!

Happy Birthday, Tommie!

Jessie said...

Hope you have a wonderful birthday

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday! I think I will email my cousin...it's been awhile since I've talked to her.

susan said...

Suprisingly, the 40's are GOOD!

Happy, happy birthday! I'm 21 minutes late because I sent a big ol' email to my baby brother. :D

megz_mum said...

Happy birthday - still working on the task set...!

Fleur de Lisa said...

Happy Birthday to you! I'm going to email my big sis. :)

Joanna said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a great day.

IamDerby said...

A belated happy happy birthday to you. I will be sending some love to my friend in Iowa.

IamDerby said...

A belated happy happy birthday to you. I will be sending some love to my friend in Iowa.

Heather said...

YAY! Happy birthday to YOU!

just jamie said...

Happy birthday ( a little late, sorry). I'll be sending an email to a high school friend. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kelly said...

Happy be-lated Birthday! It sounds like you have entered age 40with grace! Do it well!