June 30, 2005

Yeah, Right

Okay, so it's my freakin' thirty-eighth birthday.

How did I spend the day?

What did I decide to do?

Did the girls (or anyone else) awaken me with breakfast in bed?

Did I check into the local spa for the full beauty treatment and gourmet lunch?

Was there a romantic evening planned with the man of my dreams?


First off, the girls and I headed to Wee One's penultimate swimming lesson.

Oh, joy! (sarcasm)

She's still sinking, but she has learned to do so with a smile. While I have made it to the third step into the pool to fish her out (and gotten the edge of my shorts wet), I still have not yet had to dive in after her, despite the presence of trained instructors and two other life guards.

There's always tomorrow, I guess.

Sweet One being the dear child she is, decided to help me this morning and packed the beach bag with towels, sunscreen, Wee One's paraphernalia, and all sorts of crapola we need for a day at the water park.

Oh, yes, you read it correctly, I spent my birthday at the ever-lovin' water park with thousands of others.

Have I mentioned I'm not too keen on crowds, particularly when I'm barely dressed?

The plan was to leave swimming lessons and go straight over to the water park for a day of fun in the sun, at least for the girls.

Swimming lessons are early morning. Because I do not want sunscreen all over the leather seats in my new car, I usually sit in the shade and goop up Wee One with sunscreen after we arrive at the pool.

This morning was no different, except, Sweet One packed the beach bag instead of moi.

What does that mean?

Well, there is sunscreen and there is sunscreen.

I prefer the 50 SPF in the non-oily cream that looks like nothing more than lotion once applied.

Wee One prefers the colored stuff that goes on very bright blue and fades over time. I have to admit, because she is quite fair skinned, I prefer to use it on her so I can ensure we have not missed any spots. Better safe, than sorry as they say.

Well, Sweet One packed the bright blue stuff and not my sunscreen.

So, sporting my brand new red swimsuit with grommets up most of the front replete with ties so I can bare or not what natural attributes the good lord has blessed me, I was forced to burn or use the bright blue crap.

Decisions, decisions...

What to do?

Suffice it to say, for a good half hour after the park opened, there were reports of a giant blue smurf in a red bathing suit lurking the grounds.

While my children and most everyone we encountered who dared to ask were quite amused, I was not.

One would think I would learn. Last year it was bright purple.

No one can argue I don't love my children.

We are home taking a break and will head back to the park in a little while with our all day passes.

So tell me, how was your day?

Posted by Christina at June 30, 2005 12:46 PM


It,s 89 degrees, 69% humidity, I'm working outside, staining, fixin' sprinklers etc. and sweatin' to the...Oldies!

Alright! 38 birthday "spankings" and a pinch to grow an inch!(Phin, I may need your help with this one!)

Posted by: The Wizard at June 30, 2005 01:01 PM

Aww bless ya darlin. Hopefully the husband will make up for your feeling blue ;)

Love ya heaps dear and happy birthdee xxxxx

Posted by: silk at June 30, 2005 01:02 PM

Too funny, Silk..."feeling blue," indeed!

; )

Wizard, take it on good authority, no one spanks me unless I want to be spanked. Thus, it will take more than just you and Phin...

Much appreciated, though.

Posted by: Chrissy at June 30, 2005 01:06 PM

Happy Birthday! I volunteer for the Royal Spanking Party!

Bare butt, of course. No sunscreen. The red will be au naturale.

Posted by: Mark at June 30, 2005 01:13 PM

Happy birthday, Christina! Alas, I offer no spankings, but a Pinch for an Inch and a whole load of my very best regards. Enjoy the evening!

Posted by: Kelley at June 30, 2005 02:01 PM

Happy Birthday, you young thang!

Ah, the Water Park. Run awaaaaaaaay!!!!!

In our household, the Missus has trained the Llama-ettes to be sunscreen nazis - every time we go to a beach or a pool, I have a running fight with all of them over whether I'm going to put the nasty stuff on or not. (We HATES sunscreen. Usually, I just don't take my shirt off.)

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at June 30, 2005 02:28 PM

It could be worse.
Sorry your birthday wasn't how you planned. Hope the rest of the day goes better.

Posted by: Melissa at June 30, 2005 02:31 PM

Let's get Tater with your young'n and they can smile as they sink together. Swimming lessons are not fun for the watchers. ;-)

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: vw bug at June 30, 2005 02:32 PM

Happy 9th anniversary of your 29th birthday!

Posted by: John at June 30, 2005 02:40 PM

Happy Day!!! That water park is fun... kind of... I mean, they do sell adult beverages, so it can't be all that bad, right?

Posted by: Beth at June 30, 2005 02:44 PM


But really, it could have been worse. Instead of the waterpark it could have been Disney World or some such: lines, heat, paying $5 for a bottle of water. Looking stupid seems like a nice alternative to that nightmare.

Take tomorrow off, just for you.

Posted by: Phoenix at June 30, 2005 03:07 PM

Heh. Leave it to Beth;-)

Happy Birthday, Miss Feisty. You certainly don't look thirty-eight years old. Asian blood is good to us that way, no?

Posted by: sadie at June 30, 2005 03:13 PM

Happy Happy, Christina! Have a great time!

Posted by: annika at June 30, 2005 03:32 PM

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!

Did you know that on this day in 1936, "Gone with the Wind" was published! The book sold 1,000,000 copies just in the first 6 months, with as many as 50,000 copies being bought on a single day.....making it one of the best selling novels of all time.

(Somehow that just seemed like a fitting tidbit of information for your birthday.)

Posted by: Dogsdontpurr at June 30, 2005 04:11 PM

happy birthday, mommy dearest! may your day be filled with joy, and may the Lord grant you many happy returns! much love, the blogdaughter.

Posted by: amelie at June 30, 2005 04:27 PM

I'm at work, still. How's that? I remembered your birthday though and told the world at my place (the world that consists of my 5 readers) :)

Happy Birthday. I am sorry that you had to spend it at a water park, but look at it this way, you got to spend the day with the one's you love while the rest of us sat at work wishing we were "blue" like you!

Love ya! Happy Birthday.

Posted by: Oddybobo at June 30, 2005 04:56 PM

Happy Birthday, Christina!!!! :)

Oddybobo, don't diss me; I saw the birthday news at YOUR site! ;)

Posted by: pam at June 30, 2005 05:00 PM

Happy Birthday Ms. Christina!!

I hope you have a wonderful evening!!

Posted by: Jenn at June 30, 2005 05:09 PM

Best wishes on your birthday! Have a cold Shiner Bock (or several). David

Posted by: David Spence at June 30, 2005 05:17 PM

Happy birthday sis! Heh...hmmmm...one year closer to the big 4-0. :)

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day!!!!

Posted by: Moogie at June 30, 2005 05:51 PM

Happy Birthday Smurfette....

just like a Mom, making your own damn cake....

for what it is worth, Happy Birthday!

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 30, 2005 06:08 PM

Happy Birthday! May you age with grace wit and charm. And remember if I had met you when I was but a dashing young Sailor you would have been all of eight years old. You have many good years ahead of you. Get one of those small bottles of bubbly stash it in the fridge for later, after the kids have gone to dream land...and have a quiet toast to the unique life lived so far, and to the wonders tomorrow may bring.

Posted by: Guy S at June 30, 2005 06:21 PM

"no one spanks me unless I want to be spanked" That is why you are one Feisty Your lady.
Happy Birthday.

Posted by: Michael at June 30, 2005 06:35 PM


Hell, I have fillings that are thirty eight.

Posted by: Da Godfaddah at June 30, 2005 06:47 PM

Happy Birthday! Now quit yer bitchin'. At least you weren't born in January... Hell, if I want to be blue in January, all I've gotta do is look out the damned winder, or go to the water park sportin' a bikini... How long you figure it'd take a 'Neck to turn blue at a water park in Ohio, in January. I'd tatoo my body blue(it's my favorite color) to have a birthday in June.

My day was ok. Thanks for askin! ;)

Do they make Chrome sun screen? I like shiney stuff.

Posted by: RecNeck at June 30, 2005 06:49 PM

Happy Birthday, Ms Feisty! Despite giving Smurfette a run for her money, I hope you had a lovely day and didn't get too sunburned.

Posted by: Lippy at June 30, 2005 07:44 PM

Happiest of birthdays, Oh Feisty One!

I raise a nice glass of Zinfandel in your honor tonight... and I owe you a cocktail when we meet.

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at June 30, 2005 07:48 PM

A belated Happy Birthday Christina - another year down da drain! ;-)

Posted by: Ruth at June 30, 2005 08:21 PM

La la la lala la!

Smurfette never looked so good! But she's always been a little... feisty?

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: epador at June 30, 2005 08:35 PM

Happy Birthday!!

Posted by: jules in beaufort nc at June 30, 2005 08:57 PM

Happy Happy Birthday! Can you send the kids to a friend for a night? Treat yourself to a bath, a good book and chocolate?

Posted by: Sissy at June 30, 2005 09:23 PM

"Thus, it will take more than just you and Phin.."
Me thinks she's holding out for puffy and the Naked Villains as well.

As Eric (SWG) said earlier today: "Don't worry, it only seems kinky the first time".

Posted by: phin at June 30, 2005 09:50 PM

Happy happy darlin'! I'm so glad we chatted today.

Posted by: Kate at June 30, 2005 09:51 PM


Welcome to 38-hood. It's even better than 37-hood!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 30, 2005 10:04 PM

Wonderful birthday wishes for the amazing Christina! Here's hoping the upcoming year is just fabulous for you. :)

Posted by: songstress7 at June 30, 2005 10:29 PM

Happy birthday, Christina! You'd like I'd have *heard* about this sooner. ;-)

Hope you enjoyed your day in spite of your blues.

Posted by: zonker at June 30, 2005 10:46 PM

Happy Birthday. And the sunscreen...should of just told everyone you were honoring the 4th of July..red, white... and blue.

Posted by: Koolaid at July 1, 2005 12:24 AM

Happy Birthday (okay it's a day late but when I checked it last post not there - that's my excuse and I'm sticking too it) hmm 38 you say, you don't look a day over 30... oh and get Sweet One back for the "blue" thing won't you... *kiss* - just the one I like life..

Posted by: Gopher at July 1, 2005 01:44 PM

LOL! Happy Late Birthday. I missed it due to travel. Big blue smurf... cracks me up.

Posted by: Bou at July 1, 2005 05:03 PM

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