Thursday, April 23, 2009

Birthday and Earth Day

Seriously......39? How did that happen??? Why is it that time seems to go so much faster as you get older??? Here I am at 38, the day before I turned 39.


Here I am on April 22, the next day, and now 39. I don't look any different and I sure don't feel any different. I wonder, how will I look and feel next year at the big 40?

Don't get me wrong, I don't think of 39 as old by any means, especially when my Great Aunt Curt is 99 years old! Wow, that's 60 years older than 39! Every trip to Virginia includes a visit to see this spunky lady. She still lives in her own home by herself, she is quite independent and a little bit stubborn (sorry Granny if the "little bit stubborn" is written too lightly). Actually, she was planting flowers yesterday and pruning shrubs in her yard. I am always in awe of her (and my 80 something year old grandparents as well). Age really fascinates me; Curt and my grandparents are true examples of the saying, "You are only as old as you feel."

That's enough age pondering for me. I had a wonderful birthday! We spent 10 hours on the road from NW Virginia through beautiful West Virginia then on-ward to Ohio. The weather was weird...we experienced snow, rain and sun. While on the road, we stopped to antique and admire the beauty of West Virginia. How can you not have a wonderful birthday with such lovely travel companions, Robin (little sis), Fauna and Araina?


We stopped at The New River Gorge Visitor Center where the dogwood trees were in full bloom.


And these gorgeous ferns were everywhere!


Inside the visitor center they have a watershed exhibit. One wall is covered from ceiling to floor with gallon water jugs. We learned that an individual person uses, on average, 100-120 gallons of water on a daily basis. Wow, that is A LOT of water and was the perfect thing to learn on Earth Day!


My lovely family did not forget the cupcakes on this road trip. Robin had them stashed under the passenger car seat. I had no idea and was quite surprised!


I hope everyone had as wonderful of an Earth Day as I had!

43 comments:

Melanie said...

have a very Happy Birthday. Many Happy returns for the day!

Jane said...

Happy birthday! Glad it's been a good one. I don't think my kids would be such great travel companions on a 10 hour trip-that's great that yours travel so well. I'm also turning 39 this year(in November). . .life just keeps getting better and better! Hope this next year brings you many blessings!

Mariah said...

Happy Birthday! May your year be filled with love and light...

Shona said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you!!
(I'm singing)

Sam said...

Happy birthday! Welcome to 39, it's not that bad.

dongdong said...

Oh, Lisa, Happy Birthday! *hugs* May all your wishes come true! You are sweet and wonderful. I'm glad you had a wonderful trip.

Tammy said...

Happy, happy birthday! I'm also 39, but turning 40 in June. YIKES! lol :)

Such Lovely Freckles said...

Happy Birthday toooo youuuuuuuuuuu.... Happy Birthday toooo youuuuuuuuuu... and so on. You get the point. Hope you had a fabulous day.

nettlejuice said...

Happy Birthday!
I want to be in my yard pruning when I'm 99 too.

Maria said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful day!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Earth Day! So wonderful that your aunt is still out there gardening and doing so well..and your grandparents!

sunnymama said...

Happy Birthday! :) What a wonderful set of birthday pictures!

TheOrganicSister said...

Happy birthday!! You look positively radiant. :)

~Tara

Erin said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Sounds like you had a really nice day. Here's to many happy returns ...
Peace.

jumbleberryjam said...

Happy belated birthday!! You're so beautiful. 39 suits you well :-) I'm right behind you - October for me. Rock on, Auntie! And may we all be as healthy and happy as she at 99. Glad you've had a lovely trip!

Joy said...

Happy birthday & Earth Day to you, Lisa! It sounds like you had a fantastic trip. Speaking of WV, have you ever stopped at Tamarack right off I77? Very cool to watch all the craftsmen. :)

Lisa said...

Thank you all for the happy birtdays and well wishes! I love you all!

Tammy, Sam, Jane and Jumbles....39 rocks and I so agree with you Jane that life gets better and better!

Joy, we stop at the Tamarack everytime we go down to VA. We love it! They had a wonderful folksy family band playing on Sunday. It was beautiful!

Sherry said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa! :)

Sofia said...

Happy Birthday!


love sofia

Stephanie said...

Yay!!
Happy Happy Birthday.

I'm glad you're home safe and sound, and happy.

On another note... Yup. I turned 40 in October. I'm still alive to tell the tale.
;)

Starry Nites said...

Happy Birthday!

I haven't been on blogger in a long time, but just happened to look on your day. Hope it was great! (Btw, I have a few years on you!)

Do let me know if we can help you join our group on a Wed. sometime by giving you a ride, etc.

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday Lisa!!!

Anet said...

Happy Birthday Lisa! Your sister is so sweet:)

The Magic Onions said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa... looks like you had a lovely day. Age IS fascinating! I don't feel much different to when I was in my 20's and then I thought 36 was well over the hill. My Great Gran lived to be 103... and completely 'with-it' as the saying goes in my family. The highlight of her life was getting a birthday card from Queen Elizabeth on her 100th Birthday. She had it framed and it hung over her bed... too sweet. It is now a family treasure as it meant so much to her.

Adrienne said...

What a super Birthday and Earth Day you had! Congratulations!

Amanda said...

You wouldn't happen to be related to a Claudia who lives in Michigan, would you? You and your sis look just like an old girlfriend of mine. Wait, she's not old, we're old friends....oh, heck...you know what I mean!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa! You are truly blessed with such a loving, thoughtful family! I love the photo of you and the cupcake!!!

Leanne said...

Oh happy birthday to you Lisa!! Forty is becoming exciting for me the closer it looms...not like turning 30 at all which I did not do so gracefully....I'm enjoying aging.
Looks like you had a very happy day...much love to you

Siayla said...

I have to sing it all....

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Lisa.... Happy Birthday to you!

39 years young! May you have another 61 or more to go! Enjoy life, live long, laugh and don't forget LOVE!

jane said...

Happy happy happy birthday! Sending you lots of hugs! -Jane

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip!! A very happy birthday to you....sorry you missed Abby's.

Tara said...

Wishing you every happiness this year! 39.. you're just getting warmed up!!

het lieveheersbeestje said...

Happy Birthday to you!
And, 39 is still young you know..(my age is 43 and I also feel young!). My dad ones told us, while he looked at an picture of himself as a four years old, that he still felt the same little boy, haha!
Love the cupcakes too...
Greetings from the Netherlands.

Becky said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!!!!
I also turned 39 this year, so we'll have to help each other next year, I'm not overly paranoid about age, but 40 seems like a milestone to me! :D

Annie said...

Happy Birthday Lisa!

Muah Muah Muah!

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday! I loved seeing the photos of you....so nice to put a face with your name. Your trip sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday.

Artistmama said...

Happy, happy Birthday!!!!

skymring said...

Happy belated birthday! What a wonderful day to be born :)

Mon said...

HAPPY DAY of BIRTH!!

Hey, I'll be 40 with ya next year too. I'm totally up for it! lol

Lauren said...

Happy Birthday :)

Erin said...

Sorry I am so late to comment! Hope I look as lovely as you when I'm 39. :) Happy to hear you had a wonderful birthday! Love the last photo with your sister holding the cupcake.. so sweet.

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad you had a lovely one!

kristin said...

a warm and happy belated birthday wish to you dear. i'm sure at forty you will look just as beautiful, yet be all the wiser. and i wish i had the answer to why time seems to FLY as the years pass. i feel myself keep trying to slow them down...if you learn of a way, i'd love to know your secret :) hope it was a blessed day :)