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Saturday, September 12, 2009

9/12/2009: It's Official ~~~

I'm old as dirt!


Wonderful daughter "Queenie" planned and executed a surprise party for her mom and Nanny (my twin sister) to celebrate the Big Five-Oh last night. Isn't the cake awesome? 

It was a fun gathering of friends, family, and a heaping pot of delicious jambalaya with fixings. Both sons were on hand to help out, and DH (that's "Dear Husband" today, instead of the normal "Deer Hunter") sweated over the jambalaya pot and provided the checkbook.  

WARNING: If you see photos on someone's FaceBook, or a grainy youtube video or any other cyber likeness of Gumbo Writer playing beer pong with teenagers, let's just say it's my identical twin Alaine. :D 

Happy weekend, and may you find yourself surrounded by the important things in life: good friends and family!

*Special thanks to sister Dee for taking my shift to care for Mom so I could attend the party; to Denise for hosting the soiree; to everyone who hauled ice chests, food, tables, the daquiri machine; to Patricia for loaning us the 70s CDs; to Stacy for the beautiful flower delivery, and everyone who was able to come celebrate the POOY (Passing of our Youth) with us!

If you're 50th is still looming, what do you dread or look forward to the most? If you've already "made it," how did you celebrate?

37 comments:

Lori said...

Hi Angie:

I just had my (passage) into the next half of my life, on August 10th and it was great. So far, so good. My best friend made me a "grab bag" so that I could pick a gift a day for 30 days and that softened the blow, as well as the fantabulous dinner I had in San Diego last weekend. I am following my dear Mom's tradition of celebrating B-days over the time period of a week or longer if needed. Have a blessed day and welcome to the 50 club! Lori

Rebecca Nazar said...

Happy Birthday, Angie. I loved turning forty, my best decade to date. Fifty will only be better.

lakeviewer said...

Fifty is an important milestone, as important as sixtyfive. Congratulations! And may you live to double that with the grace, wit and serious sense of fun you have today.

Marguerite said...

Happy 50th Birthday, Angie and Twin! I somehow knew that you had to be a Virgo, like me. Sounds like quite a party. Love the cake, the flowers, and hey, a daquiri machine, jambalaya, and friends and family. It doesn't get any better than that! Cheers!

I celebrated my fiftieth in New Orleans, in the French Quarter, with friends. We had a suite on the fifteenth floor of the Hilton and it was a party that I'll never forget.

JennyMac said...

Happy birthday to you both! 50 is still a decade plus off for me...but I hope I am celebrating it as well as you did!

Scott said...

Happy Birthday . . . a Day Late!

My sister reluctantly turned 50 this year. Very. Reluctantly. I mean, for the past few years she kept making the comment "I'm in my early forties." Now, being the sweet brother that I am, I had to point out that 'early forties, are 40 - 43, 44 - 46 are mid, and dearest sister of mine, once you hit 47 you're in your late forties . . . there's nothing early about it anymore". Ha!

Hope you had a great day!

Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday!
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Angie, happy birthday to you!

You make me feel like I can't wait to get there. Carry on, carry on!

Sugar Creek Beads said...

Happy Birthday Angie! What a wonderful time it sounds like was had by you and your naughty twin. I have one coming up on the 25th and I'm looking forward to being at the Outer Banks on the beach that day. Enjoy your day Cher!
Jeanne

Marty D said...

Happy Birthday! To Alaine, as well.

I'm just a couple months away from 51, so no sympathy from me.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

If you're older than dirt, I'm four years older than dirt.

Sounds like you had yourself a time, and you should when you turn half a century old. I was moving on my 50th birthday, and my husband was out of town, so it was a crazy day.

Happy Birthday!

Laura Eno said...

Since that was almost five years ago for me, I'm too old to remember it anymore. :)

The only birthday I didn't like was turning 31. It represented being over 30 to me. Since then, I've always looked forward and taken Jiminy Cricket's motto: I'm gonna live to be 103!

Amy Sue Nathan said...

OH! What a fab cake for a fab 50! Many hugs to you on your special day.

The best is yet to come!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Congrats and best wishes to you and Sis! What an awesome celebration you had! And love the cake!

I did the 50 and the 60 passage and still not growing old gracefully, whatever that is! Couple of more years and it's the big 65...ugh! I'm still in rebellion! LOL!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday!! I have a friend who says you're not old 'till you get wrinkles in your soul.

I passed that number, and I just ignored it. :0

Nannette said...

So, you've finally arrived Ang. I didn't know we were both Virgos. My b'day is Monday. I'm hitting the big 56.

Hilary said...

Happy birthday to you.. you young pup!

Travis Erwin said...

Happy birthday.

t i m said...

you 50? no way! i'd say more like 48, lol

happy birthday! ;)

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Happy Birthday Angie! 50 is the new 30, don't you know that?! ;-)

Sandra Leigh said...

Aw, honey, you're just a baby! When my older sister turned fifty, she called me and said "OMG, I'm turning the F word!" That was nearly twenty years ago, and she is still going strong, beating the suitors off with a stick - though that's getting easier, because the guys are kinda old. ;>) Happy birthday, Angie.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Happy, happy birthday to you AND your sister, Angie!

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!! ♥♥♥
Believe me when I tell you ... you are young!
;-)
Boomer Baby Bliss

Strange Fiction said...

Happy Birthday to you (and to your sister of course!) I'll be caught up to ya in less than two years! Can't say that I either dread it or look forward to it.. It's not really all in the numbers--it's what you take from the days and years that count. Here's to the best of everything that life has to offer! :)

King of New York Hacks said...

Happy B-Day !! Just think , beer pong at 50 probably means a Tijuana Tequila bender when
you turn 60 !! Ole !!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Congrats on reaching 50, Angie. Is that a way to put aside the 50 image? Has taken me a while to get over it, and now I think it is very okay. Invisibility offers opportunity. Enjoy the ride.

The Writer said...

Happy Birthday, sweet lady! I wish you the best. And you look fabulous. ^_^

Stacy Post said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Angie Ledbetter said...

THANK Y'ALL FOR ALL THE GREAT WISHES AND WORDS! I ENJOYED MY DAY JUST TAKING IT EASY AND RELAXING. :D

jinksy said...

Congratulations on your half century! (Bet you haven't though of it in those terms - I only did, when it was my turn, thanks to my little Bro!)

B.J. Anderson said...

Congrats on your birthday and what a cute cake! I always say you're not old until you're 80. Then you can say you're old. :D

Char said...

Celebrate? Are you kidding? I turned 50 fifteen years ago and I was so depressed I couldn't stand it. Now, I wish I was 50 again!

Happy Birthday

Dorothy said...

Happy Birthday, Angie (and your twin)
The 50's is the greatest decade to be alive.
I loved the 50's. I had much more freedom.
Now I'm soon to be 66 and wondered what happened.

Glad you had a nice surprise party.

Terri Tiffany said...

I'm late!! HAPPPPPPPPPYYYYY 5oth BIRTHDAY!!!!! YAY to you and your sis! I love the way the cake is decorated! You family is so great to have done that for you!

Lady Glamis said...

Happy BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

I'm far from 50... about 20 more years to go. But I write characters who are 50, so I try really hard to think of what it will be like at that age. And guess what? It's pretty much like 30 except you're wiser and even more beautiful! Live it up, Angie!

Janna Qualman said...

I missed it! I was gone for the weekend, and I'm sorry I couldn't send happy wishes on your special day. But it sounds like you had a great time. Many blessings and lots of love!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Hey Cuz! I don't even remember my 50th but glad yours was a great time!! :)

Amie said...

Happy Belated, and what a pretty cake! For the record, my mom said her 50th was her BEST birthday (her 60th is looming, and she is fully expecting that birthday to blow the 50th out of the water . . . she's been dropping hints for months now). As for me, I look forward to any event that makes people want to give me presents--even if it means I have to keep getting older!

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