Jan 30, 2008

Finally "50" & the Giveaway Winners

"Aged to Perfection" - Photo taken by my Mom at Maggianos in Costa Mesa, California

I am officially 50! We whooped it up last night at Maggiano's in Costa Mesa, California. I was joined by my husband and 3 children; my Mom and Dad; my youngest brother, his girlfriend, and his daughter. We gathered not just to celebrate my 50th Birthday, but to recognize my husband's 55th Birthday (January 28th), and my youngest son's 8th Birthday (February 4th) as well. We enjoyed sumptuous family style Italian food and playful conversation! I reflected many times through the evening of how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family!

So, there I was, sporting a pair of funky fifty spectacles and modeling the true sense of "grin and bear it." My furry friend in the "Aged to Perfection" T-shirt was singing, "When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now" (Beatles); such comforting words!

Speaking of blessings, my Birthday Giveaway has rewarded me with so many humorous, wise and wonderful comments that I will cherish for a lifetime! All of the contributors added something special to my Birthday, and the original poetry had me doing the happy dance! I plan to read these comments at my 100th Birthday party, so be sure to mark your calendars! Also, take a moment to read the post in it's entirety as I am certain that you will be encouraged and amused.

As for the winner of my Giveaway, the results were a stroke of genius and we have to thank. It will look suspiciously like the winner was staged because of the similarity between the name and the source of the gift card. Be assured that all was above board.

Here are the results...

Congratulations! These ladies need to email me with their addresses.

And LOVE, HUGS, AND MUSH to ALL of you who have made my 50th so incredible!


  1. We loved it...a poem for us!! You made our day! Have a great one!

    kari & kijsa

  2. So glad you had a happy special birthday.
    Congrats to the winners!!
    Here is to the next 50!!

  3. LOVE the picture of you, KJ!
    Congrats to the winners!!!

  4. Happy Birthday!!! Here's to another 50, you look lik eyou had so much fun!!!

  5. My apologies for boo-booing on the first Winner's posting... The winners were listed correctly but I accidentally swapped their web sites. I was having so much trouble with glitches in Graphic Converter. After several attempts, my mental-pausal brain started to backfire!

    Hopefully, all is well now...


  6. Well am I SHOCKED or what???
    I honestly don't think I have EVER won anything in my life....HA!!!!
    And especially never on a blogsite...this is first for me and amazing.

    I am thrilled you had an GRAND birthday and such a good time last night.

    I wish you could see me SMILING!
    For you and for me. HA!
    Thank you for your kindness...and Happy Birthday once again.
    Be blessed,

  7. So glad you had a wonderful time for your Birthday Karen...Happy Birthday and wishing you many to come!! :o)

    Also a Big Congratulation to the winners! Karen you and your family have a beautiful weekend.



  8. Happy belated birthday sweet friend...I hope you had a wonderful fun filled day...

  9. Congratulations to your winners!

    Your birthday bash looked so fun. My husband and I were extremely low-key for our 50s BDs. Especially his 50th, as I was in Idaho at the time.

    I sincerely wish you have a 100th Birthday Bash!


  10. Oh NO!!! I wrote a whole note here--saying THANK YOU!!! I am so excited to be the lucky gal!!! But my post didn't appear---I don't know why??? But I am so grateful--I love shopping!
    Thank you KJ and have an incredible 50th year--I'll be joining you in just a couple of months!
    brenda bliss

  11. Happy 50th, rather belated. LOVE that photo, it's too cute! Although your blog is on my Bloglines list, I do not get updates when you post, therefore I have to remember to check in and sometimes days go by before I realize. The birthday bash sounds delightful! You rock!


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