7 Quick Takes ~ 31st Birthday Edition

by | Jan 19, 2009 | Happy Birthday, My Siblings | 18 comments

(Since I want to be able to look back and remember a few of the details… For more quick takes, visit Jennifer.)


Since my youngest brother was born the day before my birthday, my mom tends to combine our birthday celebrations. This year, my parents took us all out to the local Mexican restaurant for our birthdays. My mom pointed out that this year her youngest and oldest were turning 13 and 31! Interesting…


We have our alarm set to a country music station. I woke up on Friday, another year older, to this. It made me get all teary eyed… Time sure is going by fast!

Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don’t blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don’t blink


My hubby and boys gave me a yummy tuna sandwich, flowers, and beautiful cards. (Plus a couple more awesome gifts after we had cake!)


Hubby even gave me ANOTHER birthday cake!! This one was a healthy carrot cake, but it tasted just as good as the Chocolate one, believe it or not!

YES!! I WAS able to blow all 31 candles out BOTH times, and NO I am not going to show you the pictures!!


My Aunt always notices what is broken around here… The last time she babysat she noticed that our toaster was no longer working on one side, and so she gave me a super fancy new toaster for my birthday. Not only that, she spent the night so that hubby and I could go out to dinner, a movie, and ice cream!! She spoils us!! Thank you Auntie B!


I love, love, LOVE, Red Robin’s Garlic Fries!! Have you ever had them? Yummm!!! I don’t even want to know how many calories are in them though…

After dinner we went to see Valkyrie, and then headed to Cold Stone for a bowl of Germanchokolatekake… It’s what I usually order there, but it was especially fitting this time! 😉 (OH! They were both really good!!!)


I love my family. I’ve been so blessed!


  1. Heather

    And what a beautiful family you have. Happy Birthday and may you be blessed all year long. Heather

  2. Christine

    Happy Birthday to you…and you are right, you are blessed. Beautiful family.

    You are one young beautiful mother!

  3. Jamie Jo

    So glad you had such a wonderful birthday!!!

    Love the cake catastraphe story!!! So cool that you had pictures to go with her story!!!

  4. Our Catholic Family

    Happy Birthday!

    Looks like you had a blast! I turned 31 on the 8th, isn`t crazy? I can hardly believe how the years have flown…

    I celebrated with my younger brother as well. We`re 10 years and one week apart :))

  5. Margaret

    That last picture is my FAVorite! Happy Birthday Cousin!

  6. A

    Yeah! I am so glad you had a great birthday!! And where are those pictures of you using you other birthday present???

  7. Therese

    Happy Birthday from me too.

  8. Angela

    Lovin the sombrero! What a fun day you must have had!

  9. Allison

    GORGEOUS! You..the family….

    Happy Birthday!

  10. Erin

    Sounds like a wonderful night and day!! Cakes sound yummy…and we loved that movie..did you like?

  11. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks Everyone!!

    Amy ~ Didn’t get any pictures of that… Except for the one where it was telling me that I am “80” years old. I don’t know if I like it anymore! 😉

    Our Catholic Family ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU too!

    Erin ~ YES!! We both LOVED the movie. I was really skeptical before going, and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to see it. I’m glad we did!

  12. Kirsten

    Happy Birthday Jessica!! I was thinking of you on Friday, and hoping I would have this baby then but the baby is still tucked inside!! Looks like you had a wonderful day. God Bless You and your beautiful family!!

  13. Ruth

    Happy birthday, dear Jessica!

  14. Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Sweet Jessica!

    God bless you and your dear family…

  15. Mimi

    Happy Birthday! Many Years!

  16. Mary Machado

    Happy Belated Birthday, Jessica. You look great in a sombrero!


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