Sunday, March 16, 2008

40 and feeling fine...

That's not bugs on my windshield. That is SNOW! Mark wisked me away for an overnighter to Payson for my birthday. He even arranged for a substitute to teach my young women's class. Boy did we ever need the get away, even for only one night.He thought it was funny to lock me out of the car while it was snowing. get out of the car quick, teeth chatter, take a picture, get back in the car with the seat warmers on.


We stopped in at Kholls Ranch to warm up by the fire and check out their cabin rates for future reference.

On top on the rim...it was very cold, snowy and windy as you can tell from my hair.

Mark scaring the heck out of me by playing around on the edge.
We are both 40 years old now and have decided that we are not over the hill.... We are sitting on top of the hill and the view is spectacular! There is so much to do, so much to look forward to. Pretty exciting!
It was so cold the waterfalls froze. It was 31 degrees up there. It looked pretty cool. I have decided that I really like to SEE the snow, but I do not like to be cold. Let me look at it while sitting someplace warm.
On the way down the mountain coming home we stopped to see the wild flowers. I love them so much! It was like 50 degrees there, but still windy and cold.

We pulled into the driveway to find a special treat left for me by the young women and the other leaders. The sign says "40 reasons "Y" we love you Sister George. Happy Birthday!" There were 40 Easter eggs scattered all over the front yard.
They also left this way cute gardening angel which I love with a card that they all wrote the sweetest things in. Made me cry!
Inside all the Easter eggs were starburst with strips of paper that listed the 40 reasons they love me. I can honestly say, they made me feel very loved and special. I appreciate and love them all so much!

There will be more to come on my next post. Shopping was involved. Nothing extravagant or expensive. Just things that make me smile. It's now 1:16 a.m and I'm exhausted. My birthday was wonderful!!! :o)





32 comments:

Melissa said...

Happy birthday! I agree about the snow - it's pretty, but let me look at it while I'm warm inside with a nice cup of coffee!

Pam said...

Awww! How sweet! I'm so glad you had a nice bday! You and Mark are so cute together! Awesome photos!

Oh and I made my Friday blog post just for you too! ;)

Happy 40th!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday, Jolene. Welcome to the 40's (I hit 40 last October).

Marilyn said...

You had a birthday-shout HOORAY! Glad you had a fun day.

Leah said...

Happy Birthday Jolene!! The pictures are gorgeous! I know it must have been cold, but such beautiful scenery! And that basket full of eggs with the 40 reasons is the sweetest thing!

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Patti said...

Happy Birthday Jolene! What a wonderful way to celebrate such a special lady.
You & Mark are in no way over the hill. I'll be 42 this year and fully intend to enjoy ever year God blesses me with!

Jacquie said...

Happy Birthday Jolene! Looks like you guys had an awesome time!

Desi said...

What a sweet hubby you have...I'm glad you had a great birthday.

Elisha said...

Yay! Happy happy birhtday! What an awesome day you had.

velvet brick said...

Happy, Happy Birthday dear Jolene! What a wonderful way to celebrate you! I love Payson...stomp around the rim every chance I get...and snow is such a treat! I'm so glad you and Mark had a chance to play...and your treat from the girls is just too sweet and full of love! Enjoy your birthday week, dear friend! :)
C

Briana said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you had a nice weekend! How sweet of those girls! What a special surprise.

Kelly said...

So glad that you had such a wonderful birthday!! You are a special person!!

-Jennifer said...

love how Mark locked you out of the car and then took a picture of you, LOL

amydc said...
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amydc said...

Happy Birthday Jolene. 40 is the new 30. Love the 40 eggs!

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Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday and looks like you had a great time. The pics were great!

Denise Bryant said...

Happy Birthday! I think you are pretty wonderful too! Can't wait to hear about your shopping.

Missy's Blog said...

Happy Birthday Jolene ... your pictures are awesome!!

That was a very creative birthday gift that the girls left for you ... and very thoughtful!

Sadira said...

Happy Birthday! What a fun trip you guys had...I love all the pictures you took, and how special it was to come home to the wonderful surprise from all the girls! You ARE special girl!!

Andi said...

Oh my gosh...Happy Birthday Jolene!!! You're just a kid...and from the looks of the pictures nowhere close to being over the hill...but pretty high on top of the hill. Tell Mark not to stand so close to the edge...yikes!!!

Your surprise from the young women is so sweet and special. It's obvious you've made quite an impression on them.

Love all the pictures...you look so happy and pretty.

Love, Andi

Colors of Me said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOLENE!! glad you had a great birthday!! your pics are awesome as usual!!

1RadChick said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN!!!! :) I hit before and after, sorry I didn't getcha yesterday. I kept checking in last night but missed your post.

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful birthday!

Tember

Valerie said...

happy (after the fact) birthday girlie!!! your photos are beautiful!(just like you!)

Amie said...

Happy Birthday Jolene, how sweet is your husband taking you away. I love all the photos. Enjoy being 40
Hugs Amie xx

Cecilia Mills said...

Happy B-Day Jolene!!! Your husband was very sweet by taking you away...What a nice surprise!!!It's always good to get away and recharge our batteries!!!I bet you are ready for at least 40 more years!!!

Mary Jo said...

Happy 40th, Jolene!! What a fun getaway you had and what a wonderful man you have! :o) You are a well-loved lady!

Nikki *Ü* said...

That sounds like a wonderful birthday!! Great pics! And such a sweet thing to come home to from your YW!! I love your perspective of not being over the hill just sitting on top of it. LOL

robin c. said...

Happy Birthday Jolene!! You look absolutely wonderful!!! I can't believe you were in short sleeves in 50 degree weather...we have thin blood in Florida.brrrrrrrrrrr.

Enjoy your most special year ahead.

Hugs,
robin

Cassandra said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Beautiful pictures!

Susie Q said...

Happy, happy birthday to a very special lady. How sweet Mark is take you on a get away. We did that on my last birthday and isn't it fantastic?? It is so needed!!

You look marvelous for 40 sweetie! And, coming from a 51 year old, 40 is SOOOO young!! : )

I am late doing this but I will be leaving something on blog for you...

I am so glad the ladies appreciate what a treasure they have in you.

You are a blessing!!!

Love,
Sue