Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Birthday MONTH: Day 25 & 26

Hey there...

(pout pout)

I know some of you were wondering where I was yesterday.

I was curled up on the couch sulking because the SAINTS lost (& lost BAD to the Cleveland Browns, no less!) augh!

But I'm over it and today IS a GOOD DAY!  :)

Are you ready to open the BIG BIRTHDAY BOX from my sister Karen????

You know...the box that's been sitting in my library since October 1st?

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Just wait a second Nellie...

Before we start, I'd like to share "something" that I just found out today...

I was "told" that one of you, or maybe SOME of you (YOU know who you are!) may "think" that I've already opened all of my birthday presents, photographed them and now I'm "pretending" to open them one at a time throughout my Birthday MONTH...


I cannot BELIEVE you don't believe me!!!!  ;)

Let's see now. I have to find a way to prove it to you that I give EACH gift special attention and special recognition. How can I "show" you that I savor EACH detail?

I STILL have gifts to open! I swear!  :)))

I know it's DAY 26 and it's kind of late to be convincing you, but if this doesn't do it, I don't know what will...

Here are a couple of boxes that are STILL waiting for me to open and I'll prove it to you with my iPhone!

from Pam...

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Look at the date on my iPhone...it's TODAY! the 26th!

I took the photo at 4:11 pm and whadoyaknow...the box is NOT opened!!!!

Here's another box from Lisa...no broken seal on it either!!!!

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I'm no David Copperfield...I can't unwrap 'em then wrap 'em back! I swear to ya!!!!


I'll be the first to admit that whenever someone tells me "I'm crazy" for not tearing into a box as quickly as I get my hands on it...I do believe them. I AM crazy but I DO wait. I wait for that perfect time to enjoy EVERYTHING without being disturbed or distracted. I savor each thought...it's just who I am   :)

(i forgive ya for not believing me)

So NOW are you ready to dig into the BIG BOX???

Let's begin...

Just for the record, the time is:  4:13p.m. October 26th


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Just a little warning about my sister Karen:

I want you to know that...


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She spoils me constantly. Not just for my birthday. Not just for Christmas. But I'm always receiving little surprises from her throughout the year and when I least expect it.

Her reason? 'cause "she loves me"  :)))

And...she loves Thad a.k.a. The Man too.

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She sent him three birthday gifts in MY birthday box. (too bad he had to wait a whole month before he could open his gifts!) 

His birthday WAS 9-28!  poor thing!!!

According to Karen's note above...let's start with the black and white bag...

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Inside was THREE gifts and a sweet card...

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In the bigger box of the three was a BIRTHDAY APRON and a SWEET embroidered hand towel...

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Last year for my birthday, she gave me the "Happy Birthday" hand towel so now I have the matching set!!! I leave it out the whole month of October!!!! :)

I love this little hand towel...isn't it sa-weet???

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Next up is combination of the two smaller presents...

A bracelet with the coolest charms and two funny note pads ("pep talk" and "sweet nothings") too cute!

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We still have all of these to open from Karen...I told you she loves me!!!!

(sorry the photos are not that great today. it was SO cloudy and I didn't have enough natural light coming through :(

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Another card was tucked inside one of the brown bag gifts...my sister Karen is such a sweetheart! I love the punched lace at the bottom of the card...it's even inked!!!! Love it!!!!

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Are you feeling the L.O.V.E ???

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it's "package opening proof" time...

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;)  are you believing me yet??? 

This little cutie was in the second brown bag...

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Aren't they just THE SWEETEST COUPLE????

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Now we are down to three more gifts...

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The beautiful lady on the card above looks just like our Mother. She loved to dress up and wear beautiful hats like that. Mom wore a similar dress and hat just like this one at Dickens on the Strand one Christmas holiday many years ago. Mom was in all her glory being able to dress and play the part of a beautiful Victorian woman...oh those were the days. I love the memories!!!

Are you getting the idea of how much my sister loves me?

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She really REALLY does...

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And this card says it all. I was full of tears...happy tears!

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Just in case you can't read it, I'll share it with you...

The card itself reads:

Once upon at time you were born...and there was much rejoicing, for in one instant the world had become a more beautiful and magical place...

Happy Birthday

And Karen wrote inside:


You may be 40 but I remember when you were born. And I remember how I couldn't help but pick you up, hold you close to me, kiss you and smile, and think of my precious sister. That's when you stole my heart forever.

I love you Jodie, I have loved you and will always,

xoxo Karen

(sniff sniff)

I warned you just how much she loves me! Didn't I?  ;)

Let's open the Charming Charlie bag...I LOVE that place!!!

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Our Auntie Belva took the three of us (my sister Karen, my sister Penny and me) to CC's one day and it was SO awesome. (The store was awesome but even more awesome was the time us girls spent with her!!! She's the coolest Aunt ever!)

Like I said, I love the memories!!!! :)

Get a load of this loot!

Sister sent me a necklace...

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some hair pins...

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some earrings...

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 some bracelets...

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and some more bracelets...with BLING!!!!  :)

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I know someone who is VERY jealous of me right about now...she's my idol of everything BLING!!!!   



it's "package opening proof" time...AGAIN!!!

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Are you believing me yet??????


oh...just in case you forgot how much my sister Karen LOVES me, here's a reminder...

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Let's open it up and see what reminds her of ME...

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It's a book box and the lady is beautiful!  {sigh}

...but doesn't she look pregnant? eeewwww.

oh dear, please don't wish that on me at 40!!!!

Inside the book box was a black (even though it looks blue) shirt encrusted with fleur de lis BLING!

Perfect to wear with my new Charming Charlie BLING!

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Wouldn't I look great wearing all of this to a SAINTS game?

(hopefully not to LOSE & come home and sulk again...hmpf!)

It's okay. I'm a die-hard Saints fan. They'll be the death of me.

There was one more little gift that sister Karen tucked way down in the bottom of the bag...

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It's a cute set of Fall dishtowels with a card attached on top. This was from a set of cards that I purchased from one of my "bestest" girlfriends, Jamie. I bought a pack for sister Karen and sent them to her for her birthday.

It totally made me smile when I saw it!

...and reassured me that she loves me!!!!  :)))

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it's time to confirm the END of "package opening proof" time. It's a good thing 'cause it was really getting dark outside!!!!

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So to you, my friends...

There are at least THREE things that you should have learned about me after reading this post...

1.) My sister Karen LOVES ME a lot!!!

2.) I DO WAIT to open my gifts!!!


3.) Don't ever send a birthday present for The Man in one of MY birthday boxes. Chances are...he WILL NOT get it on time!!!! 


However, he does like the idea of having a POST Birthday MONTH all for himself!!!!

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(He was BAD!)

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and he's going to be very very bad with his crawfish pajama pants...

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and his "HOT" Fender guitar shirt...

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I'm a good sport...

I'll share my birthday MONTH with The Man.

I'll be back later...we're going "be BAD"




(just kidding...we're 40/43 ... how "bad" can we be?)

{too late...it's past our bedtime}



The Polka Dot Closet said...

You had me on the edge of my seat! And so wishing.........I had a sister, what a blessing that appears to be!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

You crack me up....40 and 43 and it's too late for being bad...you need some vitamins!!
You have a wonderful sister. She obviously is crazy about you....what wonderful gifts...and I never doubted the waiting presents for a minute!! No one has enough energy in one day to open all those gifts!!

Olive Cooper said...

You and your sis are darling. We are 48 and 62 and are bad all the time! I did not doubt you btw.

The French Bear said...

Wow, how wonderful is your sister!!!! Fabulous gifts, great pictures and I love the story, kept me going Jodie, ya sure did!!!!
Margaret B

time-worn interiors said...

Wow! I always wanted a sister just like that!! LOL! Thanks for sharing your birthday gifts with us!

Got my jelly yesterday! Thank you very much!


stephanie said...

I felt like I was sitting in the same room with you watching you open your gifts! So much kindness and love from your sister. You two are so lucky to have that type of relationship---I wish I had that with my sister...

You are blessed my Saints loving friend....


trash talk said...

Am I jealous, much? Let's just say I was licking the computer screen and screaming when I saw all that bling and that NECKLACE! You will let me borrow it...right...right...RIGHT?
There's a reason I call you my Crazy Cajun and you just demonstrated it with your self-control or OCD when it comes to opening gifts! I don't know how you do it when you know every box is just crammed jammed with love!

I'm picturing you in all your bangles (and little else) and The Man in his jamos...and Girl...it's cracking me up!
Happy 25 & 26!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Girl your sister loves you big time! What wonderful and sweet presents! I love all of it. You are having the best birthday month!!! Oh at 40/43 you can 'be bad, be very bad'!!

Catlyn Berry (Cizz) said...

That was AWESOME! I miss my sister now, {sniff, sniff} I think I will send her a little note. Sisters truly are blessings and girl you are LOVED! Thank you for sharing it with us!


Vicki said...

LMAO - (clear throat) "IF I COULD HAVE EVERYONE'S ATTENTION PLEASE." Thank you...Let me apologize first to the audience that you had to endure the "package opening proof" throughout this post. Apparently our friend here truly is a saint and really does have the patience to wait to open her gifts, even the one from her sister (which was fabulous)! lol I will never doubt you again! Loved this post and giggled the whole way through.

Vicki x0x0

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I see, Vicki was the one who didn't believe you. I had never doubted that you leave your packages unopened for days and weeks. I always considered you crazy enough to do things like that, lol.
Your sister really loves you, Jodie. That's wonderful to see and makes me wish I had a sister. Karen spoiled you big time and found such great gifts for you.
If Thad had worn the crawfish pyjama pants, I'm not amazed that no bad things happenend, ha, ha, ha.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey girl! I believe, I believe! What great gifts. And it so apparent that Karen loves, loves, loves you! What a great relationship you have. Wonderful gifts indeed ! And I love the painted plate in your previous post. You are loved! Enjoy the last 5 days of your Birthday Month! It will likely spill over into November, too. :) Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Liszha said...

No clou who the Saints are but I feel for you! :-)
Wow, wow, and wow, your sis sent you the most beautiful gifts. I love the apron! And the hairpin! Gorgeous.
You must be a loveable person!

Anonymous said...

I never doubted you...I probably was the original one who said you ARE NUTS for waiting...I rip mine open before the mailman gets off the porch...

Sisters are so Special and I can see you are a great pair!!!

It reminds me that I need to give some little bits of love along the way...heck, my baby sister is my cleaning lady...yep, every Friday morning she's at my house, playing with the BEAR and DUST {{{not in that order}}}

Well, tootsie your month is about over...are we going to go thru a month of Turkey??? and December OMG can I handle it {{{can you handle it}}}

Hey...40/43...you guys are just pups!!! You're looking @ 59/67 here and a bad night for us is not pulling the covers off each other :D

HUGS and b/d wishes...

Robin said...

I can't believe someone would question your honesty. You do however have the "patience of a saint", lol! You are also very lucky to have such a loving sister. Hope you have a great week.


Linda M. said...

Happy Birthday Jodie, What is your exact birth date? We have this birthday month in commom. I'm a tad older than you and I too have a sister, in fact I have two sisters. They tell me they love me but I don't think they love me like your sister loves you. I might have to forward a link to your blog to my family. (smiling)

Hope you continue to have a wonderful month.

Pam @ Frippery said...

Holy cow Jodie. You have the best sister in the entire world. Can she adopt me? Great gifts and such sweet cards and notes. Lucky birthday girl (and boy). What a month! If you have problems finding a place to keep all of your wonderful gifts you know where I live, hee hee!

Tina @ TinyBear said...

That´s a wonderful birthday present from your sister Jodie - wish I had a sister too :-)
awesome post...
xoxo Tina

Lee said...

You say it's your BIRTHDAY? Well...
It is my Birthday too!!!!! Okay in my old age I remembered you have a birthday month... but I will have you know despite my memory lapses in the past I remembered you were really born on the first ?????...but... celebrate all month... So Happy Birthday Ms. Jodie!
Now if I still got it wrong, forgive me... I am now a ghost of bloggers past... from totally "Retired and Expired Inspired Comblogulations!

I tried dawg gawnnit! You, young-un haven't heard it thunder yet....I'm fifty thrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
today, oh my, I think I heard somewhere it was the new forty something.

I think this is the time of year we met in blog land last year...stay wonderful lady.

Lee the friendly blog ghost!

A Cottage Muse said...

You have me giggling out loud, making my guys look at me funny!! I love the way you love life Jodie and how you make the most of each day!!

billi said...

Your excitement is so contagious!! Now I'm ready for my big 50. I need to start wrapping my present so I can do a big reveal. LOL Happy Birthday for whichever day it is. Now do you know how much paper it takes to wrap a small camper?

June said...

Jodie you really have got to be the most loved girl I know!!! Oh, I know my sisters love me, but I don't think they love me this much!!! Now I think I am going to sulk.
It has been so fun watching you enjoy every gift so much.

Of course I believe you when you say that you wait to open your presents. That's just who you are...and the reason that we all love you!!!
Love to you Birthday girl...happy B-day to The Man too, albeit, a little late.

Molly said...

Thank you Jodie for the sweet comments :) Happy birthday too :) I loved your Paris charm and have some great beads to put with it too! And about the lady ghost story about my dad, I was just on the phone with him a few weeks ago when he told me about he thought someone was watching him at night! HAHAHAH, its probably his ghost girlfriend, ahaahha. Although he still does not believe me. Happy Thursday!
~Molly P

Angela Weimer said...

Oh Jodie! Happy Birthday month. Sorry I am at the end of it. Just catching up on posts now after being terribly busy at school and then away on holiday. Wow! What a lovely and wonderful sister you have! It was like being in the room with you opening the pressies! How I missed your posts. Note to self....always make time to Visit Jodie no matter how busy the week is! Enjoy the rest of your Birthday month and have a lovely day. Angela

Karen said...

YOu are so funny . . . go be bad and remember THIS Karen loves you too!
:) Me.

Tamarah said...

Oh Jodie you are SO funny....I'm NOT sayin' I was disbelieving you about the timing of your 'present openning' but I WAS thinkin' you are VERY restained....Me....If I get a present say a WEEK before my birthday I open it there & then....And of course STRAIGHT away I regret it because I don't have it to open on the day....DUH....!!

So....I ADMIRE you your fortitude.... :o) !!!

How VERY LUCKY you are to have such a WONDERFUL relationship with your sweet Sister....And yes, you would have to have failing eyesight to NOT see how very much she adores you.... :o) !!!

I enjoyed this parcel VERY MUCH....!!

Tamarah :o)

PS: BUMMER about the Saints....!!!!

Electricwitch said...

Really enjoyed sharing your Birthday you have a great sister.


Payton said...

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous of the Charming Charlie goodies....agghhh. I LOVE that place. And yes, you soo deserve to where all that bling to a Saints game:):)