Birthday Guest: Birthday Girl

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Welcome to my birthday week! I will be 35 on August 17. I do not normally care about birthdays, but turning 35 seems like a big deal to me. Hence, my gift to myself is to get other people to write my blog for me. I know, brilliant right? All this week, I will have four lovely friends who will be writing about birthdays. Please show then some love! I’ll be back next week, older and hopefully, wiser.

xoxo, Alison


I don’t think there can be a more cheerful blogger than Kir of The Kir Corner. She exudes so much life through her beautiful writing – be it her make-you-cry-buckets posts about her struggle with infertility, or her loving posts about her twin sons Gio and Jacob.

I’m also constantly on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment of her ongoing fictional series: Kimmy and David. If you haven’t read them, do! I’ve also had the honor of appearing in Kir’s Proud Mommy Moments series.

Kir, thank you for being such a fabulous friend to me, with your constant support and kind words! xo

Hi, I’m Kir of The Kir Corner.

I am so excited to be here celebrating with Alison during her birthday week.

I mean if there were ever a woman that deserved to be showered with a full week of love, adulation and pure admiration it’s Alison.

So I come bearing the gifts of balloons, hugs and birthday cake. *YUMMY*

Alison, I hope every single one of your “CANDLE WISHES” comes true for you and I am so happy you asked me to celebrate with you, I feel so happy and honored to be here in this space.



Ever since I’ve been a little girl, I’ve had a love affair with my birthday.

There are so many things to adore about the day you were born and I don’t shy away from the adoration of a day devoted entirely to me.

After all, there is so much about February that I dislike; the bitter cold of my least favorite season, the unfairness of being given only 28 days to reign as the queen and the challenge of making sure that no one tries to combine my gifts with that certain other holiday of hearts and romance that falls 8 days after mine.

I am a firm believer in the thought that happiness begets more happiness that a smile will coax another smile and I spend much of February encouraging this type of behavior. If I have to be cold, cancel my parties due to inclement weather or lament the adding of another candle to my cake, I prefer to do it with style, smiles and acceptance.

Do you remember how much you loved your birthday as a child, a day specially designed to shout to the world that YOU ARE HERE and YOU MATTER?

A day when your parents, relatives, friends and neighbors lifted you high and shouted your beautiful qualities to you?


What a fantastic concept!

A moment in time devoted to brightly colored paper, shiny helium filled balloons and a cake decorated to match your current fancy.

In a childhood that is riddled with some memories I would prefer not to remember, I have bright shining recall of the days in February that were given to me alone.

The cards that held crisp new bills or the boxes wrapped with more love than precision that offered me new clothes or a coveted toy or as I got older beautiful jewelry, the message clear in the loopy handwriting of my grandmothers or my parents.

I was loved.



To this day, I will go to bed on Jan 31st eager and excited with the promise of a month of partying.

I will become giddy and annoying, spouting joy and reminders of the “special day coming”. I become a bigger version of my gregarious self and soak up every single bit of happiness that is covered in butter cream icing.

So that on February 6th I wake in the still dark chilly morning and I listen for my phone to ring, just as my siblings and mom do on their own day. I wait for the voices of the people I love singing to me, even at 41 I never tire of hearing their scratchy voices warbling the song, tears pricking at my eyes, in the early morning.

I beg, every year, to hear my mom tell me the story of my conception, the joy of her pregnancy , the traveling I did under her heart (that I am sure is the reason for my wanderlust) and the day and half of jitterbugging, water-breaking, a false start and a Reese’s Cup that ended up with me being born.

Her familiar voice adding some elements or forgetting some each year, but she always indulges me, her eyes lost in the memories of her first born.

For you see, I am reborn with each celebration, each year I am given another chance to start over.

In my world of always worrying about other people, taking care of everyone’s needs and holding them high, making them feel special, I find pure joy in bending over a mixture of sugar, flour and icing, making my candle wishes and then licking the spoon of sweetness over and over again.


Have a fantastic Birthday Alison, being here today was such a fantastic GIFT.

Thank you.


Thank you Kir,  for your lovely story and your great outlook on birthdays!

What are your favorite birthday memories?




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  • August 15, 2011 Kir

    well what do you say for someone welcoming you in and giving you and your words a place to sit, relax and smile?

    thank you my gorgeous friend. May your birthday be SWEET and my year be filled with surprises that take your breath away.

    love you girl!
    Kir recently wrote…It’s Alison’s Birthday, But I Got The Present.My Profile

    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Kir, thank you for being here today, it means so much to me. Love ya too! xoxo

  • August 15, 2011 Julie

    Happy Birthday, Alison! For my 13th birthday, my parents hired a DJ and threw me a dance. It was full of friends, gifts and drama. Perfect. 😉
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Julie! I’d really like to hear about the drama that ensued 🙂

  • August 15, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Happy Birthday Alison! Have fun celebrating your birthday week!
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Rach! I sure will!

  • August 15, 2011 Elena

    You are a leo as well? I knew I loved you Alison! I hope you have a fab birthday–and you are so right–I cannot think of anyone better than Kir to kick off the festivities with! Love her and you so much!!!
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Elena! Love you too xo #FellowLeo

    • August 15, 2011 Kir

      Love you too, yes, it seems that quite a lot of my favorite ladies are Leo’s and that’s awesome. Have a great month Elena, love you girl!
      Kir recently wrote…It’s Alison’s Birthday, But I Got The Present.My Profile

  • August 15, 2011 Kimberly

    Great person to kick off the birthday festivities! Kir, I love your outlook on birthdays! I think it’s great to think of it as a fresh start to each year.
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      She has given me a fresh perspective on birthdays, for sure!

  • August 15, 2011 Kristin

    Happy Birthday Alison!

    I’ve always loved birthdays…the gorgeous cakes my mom made, the sleep overs, the fabulous fun we had. Birthdays rock!
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kristin! Your mom certainly made it special for you, that’s fab!

  • August 15, 2011 Jamie

    A splendid idea!! And happy birthday week to you!

    Kir, I couldn’t agree more with your take on how birthdays are meant to be celebrated!! Good for you!
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jamie!

    • August 15, 2011 Kir

      HI Jamie, thanks for stopping by and giving Alison some love. Plus I’m so glad you agree with my birthday philosophy. Hope you feel like A Queen on yours too. 🙂
      Kir recently wrote…It’s Alison’s Birthday, But I Got The Present.My Profile

  • August 15, 2011 Ann

    First off – Happy Birthday Alison! You ROCK!

    What a great post! Like you, I love my birthday! I am a party unto myself. I wake up happy and know that today I’m having BBQ Fritos and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I’m not making the bed, I’m going to the movies and McDonalds is in my immediate future! Everything is gravy and it’s all about me.

    ….I love that people remember, but believe it or not – it’s my birthday frame of mind and self-presents that I most enjoy!

    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Ann! Haha, I love that you said you’re a party unto yourself! 🙂

    • August 15, 2011 Kir

      I absolutely LOVE that you enjoy that day as much as I do (plus it makes me look less creepy and selfish!!! LOL)
      Kir recently wrote…It’s Alison’s Birthday, But I Got The Present.My Profile

  • August 15, 2011 Janie

    Great way to celebrate your birthday week!

    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Janie!

  • August 15, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —-Happy 35th Birthday, Dear Mama XXxxxxx
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kim xoxo

  • August 15, 2011 Mandi

    Oh how this takes me back to my childhood. I used to have a countdown to my birthday. Ha ha!

  • August 15, 2011 dweej

    What a fabulous outlook! Super love it 🙂
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Kir is fabulous 🙂

  • August 15, 2011 Jessica

    A great post about the excitement of your birthday Kir. I like to celebrate mine all month too.
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  • August 15, 2011 mom2kiddos

    Happy Birthday Alison! Is your birthday today? ANyway, have a fantastic birthday week.
    That IS a great outlook on birthdays from Kir. I rejoice in the birthdays of my kids and hubby now more than I do mine. All I ask for my birthday every year is an uninterrupted shopping spree.
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thanks G! My birthday is on Wednesday but I thought I’d spoil myself and celebrate all week! An uninterrupted shopping spree should be easy to spring right?

    • August 16, 2011 Kir

      Shopping , whheeeee…now that’s a way to celebrate. GOOD FOR YOU!!! 🙂
      Kir recently wrote…It’s Alison’s Birthday, But I Got The Present.My Profile

  • August 15, 2011 Hopes

    Happy Happy Birthay Alison! I hope you have a fabulous Birthday Week…heck, spread it out over the entire month. You deserve it! I’m thankful to have come across your blog and in the process met such a wonderful inspiring woman.

    Kir in one word is simply fabulous. And completely right Okay, that’s more than one word…but who cares). Birthday’s are amazing and should be celebrated to the max. And just because we are adults, doesn’t me we have to stop getting excited about our special day, just like we did when we were children. It IS a special day!

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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Hopes! I am trying to live it up, hence the birthday week 🙂 It’s hard for me as I never make a big deal of my birthday, especially the last few years. But I’m allowing myself some fun this year.

      Kir is awesome!

    • August 15, 2011 Kir

      Hope I ADORE you…with all my heart. thank you for this and I hope you let ME and everyone else CELEBRATE you on your special day. You’re just awesome!!!
      Kir recently wrote…It’s Alison’s Birthday, But I Got The Present.My Profile

      • August 16, 2011 Hopes

        Alison, good for you! Birthday’s should be fun! And you my dear, should be celebrated!

        Kir, you are way to kind! Thank you so very much! You’ve actually made me blush!! LOL!! You are just so fantastic and supportive and just flat out wonderful!!
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  • August 15, 2011 Catheryn

    Hi Alison!

    Am your new fan and coming over from Mom2kiddos! Thank you for dropping by at my site earlier.

    I love the way you wrote about yourself in your intro column. Charming!

    And happy early birthday to yoU! Hope you have a blast!

    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Hi Catheryn, thanks for stopping by!! And thank you for your kind compliment 🙂

      I will have a blast!

  • August 15, 2011 Jenny

    Hi Alison@Mama Wants This!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier to comment on my fave fix-it-all product! I leave the batteries part to my hubby. Wouldn’t want to keep any batteries in our room (worried Ben might play with it and accidentally swallowed it)

    Btw, what a cool idea to have ppl guest posting on your birthday week! My fave birthday memories would have to be in 2009, I had earlier gave birth to my 1st child and being Chinese, was given tons of flak and that I must follow those confinement rules (I’m really anti superstitious thingy) but I was happy that my hubby managed to sneak in some McDonald’s meal set for my birthday treat! 😛
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Hi Jenny, thanks for stopping by!!

      I do love the week of guest posts too – gives me a much needed break from writing 🙂

      I am anti-superstitions too and totally did NOT do confinement at all – I was out and about after 1 week! And good on your hubby to get you a treat!

  • August 15, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I do remember the joy of birthdays! Five dollars in a card from my grandmother was one of my favorite things.

  • August 15, 2011 Blond Duck

    Popped in from SITS! I hope you have a fantastic b-day! I’ve always loved birthdays and helping people celebrate theirs. It kills me my husband can’t stand anything–even a balloon!
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    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Thanks for coming by, and thank you, I will!

  • August 15, 2011 Theresa

    This made me cry a little. It is great to have people love you, celebrate you…sniff…I can’t wait til my next birthday.

    • August 15, 2011 Kir

      I know, A “WHOLE DAY FOR YOU?” ,what could be better than that????
      thanks for stopping by and showering Alison with love.
      Kir recently wrote…It’s Alison’s Birthday, But I Got The Present.My Profile

    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      We’ll be here to celebrate your birthday with you!

  • What a wonderful post! Made me a bit teary-eyed 🙂 I don’t have an actual birthday story because I was adopted and nobody knows about the day of my birth, but I certainly do the story-telling to my children about their days!
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    • August 15, 2011 Kir

      Hello, thanks so much for stopping by to read and share that with us. I’m sorry you don’t have Your Story because I know how much it means to me, but I do love that you give it to your children. WOWZA. It’s a fantastic gift to know how YOU came to be.
      Kir recently wrote…It’s Alison’s Birthday, But I Got The Present.My Profile

    • August 15, 2011 Alison

      Susanna, thank you for stopping by. I’m sorry you don’t have that special day, I hope you’re celebrated daily then! Your children will certainly love your story telling about them.

  • August 15, 2011 Elena

    Kir – I love that you love your birthday so much and look at it as a time for celebration. I think I need to take a few notes from you and start doing that again!
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    • August 16, 2011 Kir

      I think you should, where else do you get a day all to YOU? Not with other moms, or other lovers or flags?? LOL Just you..being celebrated for BEING HERE!!! I promise to celebrate you BIG this year my friend. xo
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  • August 15, 2011 story

    Awww, happy birthday week Allison. And Kir – I need to learn from you how to celebrate! Since I was a teenager, I have *never* enjoyed birthdays. I know, I’m a weirdo.
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  • August 16, 2011 Aleta

    What a joyful post! You brought back many happy childhood memories. Loved this!

    And Happy Birthday, Allison!!!
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Aleta!

  • August 16, 2011 Robin

    What a beautiful way to look at birthdays!

    I love this line: “The travelling I did under her heart” – what a lovely thing.

    Happy birthday week, Alison!
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  • August 16, 2011 Galit Breen

    Happy almost birthday Alison!

    And what a beautiful post Kir!

    So much love to you both!

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  • August 16, 2011 Mama Track

    Happy birthday, Alison! And great post, Kir! Birthdays are indeed something to be treasured. And maybe, just a little bit, exploited. Because after all, we each only have one (or one week or one month) a year!
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Natalie. I like the word ‘exploited’ in this context. Haha!

  • August 16, 2011 Sarcasm Goddess

    Happy Birthday Alison! I am in love with Kir’s Kimmy and David series!
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! It is an intriguing series!

  • August 16, 2011 Leighann

    I love this!
    I love that a birthday is such a great celebration!!
    What a good reminder for those (me) who might take birthdays for granted.

    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      I don’t usually celebrate but I never had a blog before 🙂

  • August 16, 2011 The Sweetest

    Every year my birthday gets more lonely and depressing. Maybe some of your joy will rub off on me! And i LOVE that picture of you as a little girl- hilarious!
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Kir’s joy is infectious. Thanks for coming by!

  • August 16, 2011 Christi

    Happy Birthday! I know 35 was a tough one for me. It’s one thing to be “in your thirties” or your “early thirties”, but once you cross into “late thirties” it just takes on a whole new meaning!

    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Oh I did NOT think of 35 as ‘late’ 30’s at all! I’m still considering it ‘mid’ 30s!

  • August 16, 2011 Ado

    Happy birthday. Age is just a number. Luckily the older you get the wiser you get and soon you will realize that – it’s just a number. (-:
    Loved this guest post and especially the little girl photo in it.
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Thank you. And fortunately, I’m hardly bothered by the number. I feel 25!

  • August 16, 2011 Ado

    PS: FELLOW LEO! Hear us ROAR! I’m Aug. 1st! (Of COURSE you’re a Leo! Of course!!)
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    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      OF COURSE!!

  • August 16, 2011 angela

    Happy Birthday Week Alison!

    Kir, this is one of the lovliest things you’ve written. The idea of presents “wrapped more with love than precision” and the gift of a fresh start each year? I am crying a little!

    (I love birthdays – any celebration really – too. Alas, my husband doesn’t get one-tenth as excited as I do. Sigh.)
    angela recently wrote…Step Away from the PlannerMy Profile

    • August 16, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Angela! Kir really went all out for me in this post, she’s amazing.

  • August 16, 2011 Erica

    What a great post. Such great memories. Thank you for sharing. Birthday’s are special. Not just another day.

    • August 17, 2011 Alison

      Birthdays are special, made more so by awesome people like you 🙂

  • August 17, 2011 Charlotte

    Only one more day until we can officially celebrate YOU, Alison! Hope you have something special planned 🙂

    Also, this is such a beautifully written post. Just lovely. XOXO
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  • August 17, 2011 Alison

    Thank you Charlotte! Nothing special planned, just a nice quiet day 🙂

  • August 19, 2011 Mandi

    Great outlook, Kir!

    Happy (belated) birthday Alison, I hope you had a fab day! I have to say every time I come here I leave having learned something or feeling better. Today it was both.

    Also, I just have to say…G-E-N-I-U-S idea! I may have to employ this on my blog come May when things get almost to crazy for words. We have Mother’s Day, my birthday and our wedding anniversary all in the same week.

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    • August 19, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Mandi, I did have a good birthday. And I’m glad you get something out of visiting. Yes, you absolutely should take the week off and just get other people to write your blog for you 🙂

  • December 6, 2011 Evangeline Mcguire

    What a beautiful way to look at birthdays! Shopping , whheeeee…now that’s a way to celebrate.
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