Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy 1/2 Birthday Mom

On this day, 57 years ago....my Mom was born. On this day, 57 years later...she celebrates her 1/2 birthday. What is a HALF birthday, you ask?

Seven years ago when my Mom turned 50, she decided that she no longer wanted to celebrate her birthday on January 5th.

Why Mom?

Because for 50 years she had to celebrate her birthday in the cold. She couldn't have the outdoor cookouts and pool parties. Her birthdays were celebrated inside. She is from Maryland and winters there are very cold and they get snow this time of year. Many of her parties were spent inside while there was snow on the ground. She watched her brother, whose birthday is in July, get what she called "cool parties" and she longed for the day she could have parties like that!

When do you want your birthday to be?

July 4th! So for the last seven years, we've celebrated my Mom's other HALF of her birthday with an outdoor cookout (complete with a bushel of steamed crabs...her favorite!), pool party and of course we end it with amazing fireworks!

Every January 5th, I am allowed to tell her "Happy Birthday" but we don't celebrate her birthday today...we just acknowledge the day she was brought into this world!

So on this day....HAPPY 1/2 BIRTHDAY MOM!



Tracy said...

Such a great idea! I have thought about doing this with Zane too! His bday is right before Christmas.

Happy 1/2 Birthday to your mom!

Amy said...

:) Your mama is a lucky mama to have such daughter!

Happy 1/2 Bday Jill's mom!

Rachel said...

You know I like that idea!!! My birthday and the boys' birthdays are in November.... in Upstate NY..... it's cold so parties are always inside..... I think that I want to change mine also!! :)

Happy 1/2 birthday to your mom!

Meri said...

I've also wanted to do that for ages. Not so much for my January bday but for my 3 boys in November. My oldest's is in May, and like your mom's brother, gets fun outdoor parties.

If she can do it, maybe I can do it too! (Happy Birthday wonderful Mom to our Jill!)

Hallie Addington said...

Cool! Happy 1/2 Birthday!!!!

Nicole said...

What a great idea, I'm a January baby too. When I was younger we would have really cool skating parties, my dad would turn our whole back yard into an ice rink. It was very fun!! But now it would be great to have an outside (warm) party!

You are one smart lady Jill's mom and happy 1/2 birthday :)

LaLa said...

Happy 1/2 B-day Jill's mom!!