and no I won't be giving my age away, suffice to say I'm on the downhill slope to the big 4*0.

The great thing about living in America is that although it was technically my birthday yesterday, with the time difference between Australia and here I got a day of reprieve and was able to spend another 24 hours being a year younger.

*the gorgeous sunflowers to the right were given to me by a friend's little boy. Aren't they just divine?

I had a fabulous day. I slept in this morning and was woken by hubby and the kids bringing me breakfast in bed. Hubby made his 'world famous' breakfast burritos, fresh coffee and mimosa's. There were presents (3 books Certain Girls: A Novel, Remember Me? and Shopaholic & Baby from my wishlist), cards, a bottle of champagne on ice, a little cake with a candle (that the babies helped me blow out) and 3 chick flicks (Devil Wears Prada, Sleepless in Seattle and Failure to Launch) to enjoy.

So I lay in bed from 8:30 until 2pm watching chick flicks, knitting, eating, sipping champagne and checking messages on my Blackberry. Oh and paging hubby on the intercom whenever I needed my glass topped off or made a few spills that needed to be cleaned … like when I accidentally stood in the ice bucket getting out of bed to switch movies ha ha. It was a wonderfully relaxing day.

They ordered me some other gifts too, but they are coming snail mail so I may be waiting a little bit longer … which just means I get to continue celebrating. I'm the luckiest mummy and wife in the world.

Tonight Ran asked what I would like for dinner. I did consider going out but really I couldn't be bothered getting dressed up, I just wanted to relax at home. So I sent him off to the store for steak, corn and pre-made salad and he cooked me the yummiest dinner ever. Tonight once the babies are in bed I will be enjoying a box of Dibs and a glass of Bailey's. Yummy. What a perfect end to a perfect day … oh and the husband doesn't know this yet but I think I'll be asking for a back and foot rub too ha ha.

you may notice in the pics below that I didn't get out of my pj's all day 🙂

Thank you so much to my wonderful friend Christy who also sent me books from my wishlist – The Undomestic Goddess, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan and Shopaholic & Sister. I'm so excited to have so many books to read.

My friend Jane sent me this tidbit of news that she'd read in USA Today: Apparently June 20th, 2008 had been declared the 'happiest day of the year'. Oh and she's so sweet that she posted an 'Ode to me' on her blog. Thanks Jane. Love ya hon.

I'd like to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has tweeted, emailed, phoned, posted cards, given me gifts, sent e-cards, posted messages on Facebook and MySpace and left comments on my blog already. I really appreciate it so so much, you've all helped to make this big day as wonderful as it has been.

I'd also like to send out a great big hug and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Erin who celebrated her birthday today too. Hope you had a fabulous day!



These are the final 6 preemie hats being sent to Robyn at Craft & Found today. I hope I've helped in warming the heads of 14 itty bitty babies.

Don't forget, if you are entering her contest you have only a few more days to get hats in the mail if they have any chance of making it there by July 1.

I have finished reading The Gatecrasher. It was a fabulous book. Definitely not your average chick-lit. The story centers around Fleur – a mother, a sophisticated woman, and a widow snaring gold digger who frequents funerals preying on the wealthy husbands of the deceased to fund her lavish lifestyle. Does her latest conquest really have money? Will something from her past turn her world upside down? You'll have to read the book to find out.


CONGRATULATIONS TO MY HUBBY who received his Gray Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and his 2nd Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal today. Well done, we are very proud of you.


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will play for food June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Glorious! Now that’s my kind of birthday.And a big Yea! For! Randy!

The Mom June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

What a glorious day…i’m asking for that next year!

Tati's Momma June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

OMG, how lucky are you?!?!? Such a fabulous birthday!!! I am planning everything you did for mine next year!!!What a wonderful man you have to be so sweet…Happy Happy Birthday Girlfriend!!!xoxoKarie

Jaime June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday!! and wow, what a perfect day it looks like you had!

Jaime June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday to you! Sounds like it was fantastic!

Lisa amp; Gerald June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!Best wishes to you on your birthday!Glad to hear that you enjoyed your birthday!

Terri O'Laughlin June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Glad you enjoyed your day! Happy Birthday!

Saina June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Ahhhh… now that’s a way to spend your birthday!!! Perfect!

Kj June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

yeah for you. so glad it was pj day of tlc.enjoy your weekendk

Cecily R June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like a day of bliss!Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning!

Ann(ie) June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

That sounds like a very heavenly birthday!! I’m also on the downhill slope toward 40 and I will be suggesting this day to my hubby when my bday rolls around in Oct. 😉 Had to stop and say ‘hi’. I liked your comment on Kellan’s blog!

Sharlene June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I loved the little hats. Very adorable. They will be a very special gift for some very deserving little angels. So glad you had a great bday!

Sonya June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I am so glad you had a great day!!! How loved you are by all!!! You deserve the best!!!! Much love!

Harris Boys June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

aww tonya, HAPPY BIRTHDAY…looks like a wonderful day!! you are the luckiest mom and wife 🙂

Coralyn June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

What a spectacular day! Way to go Randy! I’m glad that he took such good care of you! Happy Birthday!

Cheryl Lage June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

HAPPPY HAPPY HAPPY Belated Birthday! What a day you had…your smile tells the tale.(OOOOhhh, I LOVE the idea of starting a day, birthday or otherwise, with champagne in bed!)Hope it was as wonderful as it appeared to be…and congrats to your husband on his achievement.(Speaking from the other side of the Big 4*0, don’t faint in disbelief, but I think it’s better on this side!;) ) Enjoy every minute of this next year! Cheers!

Kellan June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday – you got spoiled and it looks like you had a wonderful day.Congratulations to your husband too – that is fabulous!Hope you are having a good weekend – Kellan

Jane June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I think I’d like beer in bed. Happy Birthday again! And congrats to Randy!!!!

The Hausmans June 20, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Thank you for your sweet comments! I have just recently been introduced to blogging, by Erin. LOL. She told me your blog was the place to go for good tips and ideas so I added you to my page so I wouldnt forget! Hope you dont mind. Hope you had a great birthday! From the looks of everything it was great!Kristen

Barbara Manatee June 21, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday! Mmmm…Mimosas!

Mattam June 21, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I am so glad to hear that you had a fabulous birthday! Randy and the kids did a great job and I loved that you stayed in your PJ’s all day long! What a treat!

Sammi T. June 21, 2008 - 5:00 pm

You have the best of husbands. I need to send Mike down there for some spouse lessons. All day in pjs. Fanastic! Happy Birthday wishes.

Yes, my name is Arizona June 21, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Now that’s the way to spend your birthday!! Happy Birthday! I’ll be 39 in September, so I know what you mean about looking at the big 4-0 heading for you. I’m looking forward to it, actually. They say forty is FABULOUS!

Bennett/OFlaherty clan June 21, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Hi lovely, oh i forget your bday. i am sure i have remembered some years. i am glad you had such a wonderful day it sounded great. Jackie xxx

Melanie June 21, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday (belated) Tonya! You know I am the worst about remembering birthdays, right? I really need to keep a journal of friends/families b-days. I hope you forgive me :)It looks like you had a fabulous, much-deserved day and remember you have atleast 1 week to celebrate the big day so I hope you get more special treatment.

Shannon June 21, 2008 - 5:00 pm

So glad you had a (well-deserved) relaxing, wonderful birthday!

BoufMom9 June 21, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Ok, I am lame and a day late…happy belated birthday (I did send a card on time though!!)Anyhoo…glad you had a great day!!!

Mom Taxi Julie June 22, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Wow you sure are spoiled!!

cat June 22, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Hppy Birthday Tonya! Great day! Spolied rotten.

The Romero-Schroeder June 22, 2008 - 5:00 pm


Anissa June 23, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I just finished reading Shopaholic ties the knot and now I’m on Shopaholic and Sister. I find these books hilarious and hope you get a kick out of them too! Your birthday sounded awesome. I’d love to be waited on…. :)Anissa


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