Sunday, March 15, 2009

The 39th Anniversary of My 21st Birthday!

In January, I hit a milestone birthday, but wasn't able to celebrate it at the time. This birthday was on a Saturday and I was going to have a party to celebrate. However, our district brought in a nationally known speaker for that weekend and we were all required to attend and bring a team of 10 or so teachers. So that kind of put the damper on plans for that weekend! Things happened and there just didn't seem to be a good time to have a party.

Judy said that she wanted to have a party for me and wanted to combine it with St. Patrick's Day. Her new home is in a gated community with limited parking access, so when it was time to make a list to invite, we were a bit limited. So we decided to have only family here in the valley (and you know how many that is), some old friends from Douglas, and some of my dear friends that I taught with previously, and a few others... The original list was way too long and it was very difficult to try to limit it. So my intention is to have ANOTHER party or two in the very near future--kind of reminiscent of 39 years ago!!!

So last night we all gathered at Judy's house. Nancy Delecki made and decorated a beautiful cake, Judy's house was decorated with signs, and there was plenty of food and drink to go around. When it was time to sing "Happy Birthday," I wanted my theme song instead. So everyone sang "Tequila Sheila." Every time we have family parties and weddings, all of the cousins join together to sing and dance to that wonderful song. It has become a very fun tradition. My limited musical talent comes when this song is played and I get to let out a few yells!! Having grown up on the border, it amazes me that there is a song like this with my name in it!!

It was so good to see the old friends who I have known for most of my life. I was so touched that my cousin, Marion, came all the way from Turlock. Teresa came up from Douglas and she wasn't even the oldest one there. Marge Littrell, who is almost 93, held that "title." Before she left, she told me she expected to be invited to my 70th birthday and that she will then by 103. I plan on taking her up on that!

This picture that is posted was the greatest gift! This is a picture of my two friends, Elise and Ann Littrell, and me. They lived across the street from us in Douglas and we loved to play "Cowboys and Indians." I always pretended to be Annie Oakley!! Elise is a retired school teacher who lives in Tucson and Ann is a Superior Court Judge who lives in Bisbee. We have been friends for as long as I can remember!

Many stories were shared over the course of the evening and much laughter was heard throughout the house and outside. It was a great evening and I thank Judy, Ken, and Kerri for putting this all together. And I look forward to the next party (ies) here at my house where I can celebrate with so many of the wonderful people I can claim as my friends!! I just need to find a date!!

6 remarks:

velvet brick said...

What a wonderful night! The picture is just too dang cute! What a wonderful memory to recieve again! Great picture, Sheila! Happy Birthday! : )

GutsyWriter said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. I'm new visiting you, hope you stop by.

Kerri and Cameron said...

I just have one question, what kind of date are you looking for??? HAHAHA. It was a great get-together and everyone enjoyed themselves and getting to know new friends.

Anonymous said...

You made my family day when you sang your theme song! Your family is so fun to be around and your friends truly are family to you. Hope you keep celebrating your birthday all year!!!

Judy said...

Ken and I had a lot of fun planning and having the party. Kerri was a tremendous amount of help. We feel like we are family to Sheila's friends. We are so lucky. Thanks to all the family that attended. You guys are the best. Nancy's cake was delicious. Ken and I are thinking of getting married again!!!--just to get Nancy to make us a cake. We had lots of fun. Lots of beer left over. Drop in everyone. Thanks again to Sheila for being so great. She's really easy to throw a party for. Love you sister.

Susie of Arabia said...

What a great photo! I identified each of you immediately!!! I'm so glad you had such a great time - wish I could have been there!