Saturday, June 2, 2012

Reflections On My Birthday

This weekend I will be celebrating my birthday! I can't believe it's been almost one year since I last celebrated with friends and family. A lot has happened over the last year, some of it a little crazy, some of it a bit more exciting but the best thing was our miracle baby girl. The other accomplishment over the last 12 months was quitting smoking. I remember putting out my last cigarette around 3 AM last year and telling myself this is it, I quit and I haven't had a cigarette since then.

Last year's celebration was a little expensive so this year I decided to mix things up a bit. We will be celebrating my birthday at my parent's house. I wanted a party at her house so everyone can and see and meet the baby. I mailed out invitations to 26 people and 19 will be joining us. It will be a formal dinner with lots of wine and champagne. I told mom to surprise me with either chocolate or carrot cake. I want to make this year extra special since this is the first birthday I will be celebrating with my daughter.

This next year will be different. I love being a parent so I've created a few goals to make a me a better person. Last year I was lost, I wasn't sure where my life was headed but it was probably the best year of my life and one that I will remember forget. I hope things only continue to get better as I continue to get older.

As I look back I can't believe I wrote this last year:

As I turn 32 I'm feeling a little lost. We still don't have any children and I told the wife I have no desire to adopt. This is causing a little bit of friction in our relationship. I have this strange constant fear that one day our relationship will end because of this. For now I'm not going to worry about it but it's always in the back of my mind.

Happy Birthday To Me!



  1. Wow, what an awesome post. I am happy for you - your words are powerful. You should be proud of yourself for your actions (like quitting smoking and being mindful of your finances, no matter how much or how little progress is being made at any given point - that you are intent on keeping on top of the finances is the main point.)

    Congratulations on the positive changes in your life, like your daughter who seems to have cemented your family together even stronger than before. I like to make cakes, and if I were your mom, I'd make both chocolate AND carrot cake for you. ;o)

  2. Happy Birthday! Great to make some goals.

  3. Happy Birthday and all but... a formal dinner for 19 people is going to cost some money! Probably as much or more than a fancy restaurant dinner!

  4. Happy Birthday!!

    Think about how much money you have saved by not smoking for the past year as well. :)

    Have a great dinner with your friends!

  5. Wow. A lot has happened in a year. All of it good. Happy happy birthday to you. I hope that next year is even better!! Be sure to make a wish when you blow out the candles. (I'd be pulling for chocolate cake.)

    Have a great time!
    And now a birthday song. *ahem*
    Happy birthday to youuuu. Happy birhtday to youuuu. Happy birthday dear Mr HS. Happy birthday to youuuuuu.


    I am so happy that you are a quitter, me too! I quit in Jan of 08. And I also just stopped cold turkey.

    Mmmm I hope she makes carrot cake :)

  7. wow! another year older, eh? Happy Birthday, may it be one of the b-day's ever. God bless.

  8. Happy Birthday, and congrats on quitting smoking (hopefully permanently!!)

    Just a thought....what if next year, you just have your wife, daughter, and parents to celebrate your birthday? It can still be a fun and joyous occasion, and a step toward scaling back.