Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby…

Today my sweetheart celebrated his 44th birthday. It’s been a long time since the first birthday I celebrated with him – his twentieth. Where have the years gone?

Todd chose to have stacked enchiladas tonight instead of going out dinner. So Katie and I made his favorite meal. I feel almost like I cheated because it’s so dang easy to make! But he requested it so I suppose it still counts.

After clean up was the fun part. Gifts!! I’ve been dying for weeks to give him his presents. The first thing was something he’d asked for and I think he pretty much knew he was getting. It was fun to give him because he’s wanted this for so long and he finally got it.

An official and personalized Flyers jersey with his lucky number “9” (because he was born on 9-9, weighed 9 pounds and lived in apartment 9) and a “C” for Captain on the front. Last Christmas he gave me a women’s Flyers jersey with “Jenster” on the back and an “A” for Assistant on the front.

A few weeks ago while he was on a business trip I went to an antique store and bought this chair. I was so excited because it was exactly what I was looking for. I took it to a local park along with Todd’s almost greatest love – his Martin guitar, Arwyn – and took pictures.

I took some of these photos and a few others, framed them and wrapped them up.

And I was finally able to explain to him why I bought the old chair (which I happen to love in my entry way!)

After that was a family session on Rock Band, but we only got to play two songs because Sookie was unhappy. I guess because all the parts were taken and there was nothing for her to do.

Finally it was time for cake!! Katie loves to watch Ace of Cakes and other baking shows so she wanted to do the cake. She thought we should do tiers, but the closest we could do was a 9 inch round and an 8 inch round. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out quite how we both had imagined.

I looks a little bit like a fresh cow patty. But you can’t judge a book by it’s cover OR a cake by it’s look. It had a yum factor of about 9.9.

And last, but most definitely not least, our neighbors gave him a super soft and snuggly Flyers blanket. I had already downloaded my photos so I don’t have a picture of it.

All in all it was a good birthday celebration for him. Next year we’ll have to do something big for him because his birthday will fall on 9/9/09 AND he’ll be 45, which when you add the two numbers together makes 9!


  1. Monnik on September 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I love the guitar pictures SO MUCH. How amazingly creative are you!??!Happy Birthday to your sweetie.And now I want cake.

  2. Cheryl Wray on September 9, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    The guitar pictures are SUCH a great idea for a gift. Just inspired!!!!!Mmmm….the enchilada stack looks delicious (and the cake too! 🙂

  3. Rosie on September 10, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Lucky guy. Your photo idea is awesome and looked wonderful.I have an enchilada casserole I make that looks a lot like your stacked enchiladas. It’s pretty dang easy but I don’t let on…let ’em think I sweat is my motto.

  4. Lori on September 10, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Happy birthday to Todd. I’m eyeing your photos of the guitar and thinking hard….. hmmm….. what a fabulouso idea!

  5. Becky on September 10, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Okay, so SOMEONE has been holding out on us…I knew you were fabulous at a lot of things…but those guitar pics ROCK! Seriously…professional quality.Happy birthday to your man.

  6. Girl on September 10, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Um that is the best birthday ever. Love the photos and that chair? Paint me a little jealous, hee hee hee.

  7. Lainey-Paney on September 10, 2008 at 9:39 am

    the pictures rock.you are sooooo creative!

  8. Angry Woman on September 10, 2008 at 10:16 am

    A big happy b-day to the hubby. Those stacked enchiladas are drool worthy :).

  9. The Daily "B" on September 10, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Happy late birthday to your hubby! Those guitar pictures are incredible, I especially love the sepia collage. Beautiful!That cake does look yummy, cow patty look alike cakes taste the best! lol

  10. Travis Erwin on September 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Nice jersey of if it is a Flyers one. Looks like he had a great day thanks to you and your kids.

  11. Lynilu on September 10, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Happy Birthday, Todd! Jen, the pictures are wonderful, and what a thoughtful and personal gift!!And I love the thing about the 9’s!!

  12. God's Guitar Girl on September 10, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Luuurrrve those guitar pics!

  13. Anonymous on September 10, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you to all for the “Happy Birthday’s!!”.I have been blessed with a very loving and thoughtful family, as you can see from my beautiful wifey’s post!!!It was AWESOME!!! The pictures are one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. The jersey is wicked SWEET!!! “9” is my number….always has been….tried to make it my kids favorite number when they were playing sports, but it did not take.I was very much humbled that my friends/neighbors got me a present, and a wonderful one at that!!!! I can honestly say that I, along with my family, have truly been blessed with the with the people in our neighborhood….especially those that have become such close friends.Love to All – Todd

  14. Gretchen on September 11, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I happen to lurve that he named his g-tar “Arwen”. So cool. :)Cake looks great to me!!!!!

  15. Shauna on September 12, 2008 at 1:27 am

    Your pictures of the guitar turned out FABULOUS! You’re so talented. It sounds like you gave him a wonderful birthday. My hubby’s been wanting a jersey, too, but it MUST BE an Oilers one. 😉

  16. MotoMom on September 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I love,love,love the guitar photos. You have inspired me to make a calendar for my husband for Christmas of all his guitars – including the new one I’ll be getting him.

  17. Suzanne on September 13, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Makes me think of the Beatles song..number 9…number 9…number 9..I love the photo idea and they look great!!

  18. Samara Leigh on September 15, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Gosh those enchiladas look yummy and the photos are gorgeous. It’s very cool that you’ve celebrated so many birthdays together.

  19. His Girl on September 16, 2008 at 11:53 am

    oh my friend, I have fallen so far behind. I have neglected you so…..and you have now made me hungry for enchiladas. happy birthday to your man 🙂

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