Sunday, July 26, 2009

Give away and Happy Birthday to...


Today is Andy's birthday! Today is my birthday! This picture was taken on my 20th and his 23rd. We had been married 4 months. That was 36 years ago! You do the math. The kids asked why Andy looked so mad. He said he was trying to look tough. I think he succeeded..I wouldn't want to run into him in a dark alley!
Here we are today! I know what you're thinking...we haven't changed a bit! Right?

We have a few more people to celebrate with us!

3 daughters and 2 daughters-in -law. That's 5 daughters (minus our missionary daughter)

3 sons and 2 sons-in-law! That's 5 sons (minus our missionary son) (Andy's included in this group, I know, he looks so young it's hard to tell he's the father! :-) The reason their hands are up is for Jacob's protection. The poor kid was getting a wedgie from both older brothers!

That doesn't count our 9 grandchildren and Andy's parents who were with us today! What a fun day for me!

I decided to have a giveaway for my birthday. Nothing spectacular - just a few things to show my gratitude to my friends and family...and you're all my friends!

Here is my size 11 shoe box filled with apricots! That was my first choice to give and I think I have enough apricots for each and every one of you but I realized by the time you got them, they'd already be jam so that's not a good idea.

So here's the first thing. I know you all want to know what keeps me looking like I'm 20 years old! (tee-hee) Here you go...MaryKay cleanser and moisturizer with sunscreen! These two products together are anti-aging and so am I! Heck, who wants to grow old! Not me..woops, too late! You 20 something friends of mine, this will prevent you from looking like me when you're old!

Another item up for grabs. This beautiful wrap around bracelet is made from crushed seashells. My friend, Joan, has been going to China for the past 4 years and buys beautiful jewelry. She brings it back and sells it at boutiques. This is one of my favorite bracelets. If you wear a bracelet, the focus is on your wrist and not the wrinkles on your face. See...another anti-aging product! (click on the picture to see the details)

Who can do without a pair of good tweezers! Not only eyebrows need tweezing but chin, upper lip, you name it...there's probably a stray hair on it!
A little dark brown eyeliner helps to define and shape the eyes.
An emery board is a good way to keep nails shaped.
Hand soap with soothing aloe vera not only keeps our hands clean but keeps them soft.
I also have some hand cream that goes along with this but I don't have a picture of it.
Remember, hands tell our age too so let's keep them looking nice.
Last, but certainly not least - 2 jars of apricot jam. Nutrients in apricots can help protect the heart and eyes, as well as provide the disease-fighting effects of fiber.
Apricots are so good for you especially when they're surrounded by tons of sugar!
Like I said, I need to get rid of these apricots any way I can!

One more added favorite candy, peanut M&M's Each winner will get 2 pkgs of these delicious, colorful, candies! Yum!

Have I convinced you that you want to win?
So as you can see there will be 4 winners!
Here's what you have to do.
Leave a comment. How easy is that?
If you want a 2nd chance, you can follow me.
For a 3rd chance to win, you can blog about this fantastic giveaway! :-)
Since July is my birthday month, all comments through July 31st at 11:59 pm will be accepted!
Good luck!


Yvonne said...

First of all--Happy Birthday. How fun to have a birthday with your hubby.

You have such a wonderful family--and soon you'll all be together.

What a great give-away. I'll do all three so I can have three chances to win. By following you, I guess that's more than the google reader. When I do my next post, I'll write about the giveaway. Since I'm older than you, I could sure use the anti-aging products (although it may be too late for me ; )

gigi said...

I follow, follow you, already :)

gigi said...

How cool is that? You abd hubby sharing the same birthday! And you won't believe this but yesterday was also my sweetheart's birthday. He was 56. We celebrated Saturday night with all the kids and some close friends. We had a Low Country boil. Thats, corn, red potatoes, sausage and fresh shrimp. And of course CAKE! Glad to see that yall had a fun celebration too. You've got a a good looking family. Happy late birthday!

musingwoman said...

What a beautiful family you have! Happy Birthday to you both! :)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Oh, Happy Birthday, Cutie! And you are a CUTIE PIE!:) You have such a beautiful family- love the pics! Lori

mysteryhistorymom said...

I'm a follower, Sweets!:) Lori

wendy said...

Oh happy happy birthday!! how fun that your birthdays are on the same day. YOU GUYS HAVE AGED WONDERFULLY. I love your grey hair!! and your hubby has morfed from a tough guy look to one who you'd like to pinch his cheeks.
I have missed reading your blog with my move transition and all. I probably won't be able to check in with you until September with the move, and needing HIGH SPEED. crap. I will surely miss my blogger friends.
so until then, take care

Tanielle said...

Happy, happy Birthday!!!! How wonderful to share it with your hubs!!!

I am so glad you stopped by my blog, YAY Utah!!!( Although I am actually from Idaho.) You have a gorgeous family.

I am also a new follower, and can't wait to get to know you better!

Have a wonderful Monday!:-) Pick me, pick me!! I'd love to win!

Brea Marie said...

Happy Birthday to both of you! I think that's cool that you share your birthday. My parents birthdays are three years and three days apart. They usually get a joint party. Plus, it's at the end of May, so you also have Mother's and Father's day all within about a month. Then, they decided to get married June 14th. Yeah, that's one expensive month for gifts. Just thought I would share. I hope both yours and Andy's birthday was a great one, but surrounded by that much family, how could it not be? Thanks for everything you both have done for my family. Again, Happy Birthday!!!

Small House said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! AND I'm already a follower!!!!

Love the giveaway. Pretty bracelet!
Have a great day.

Tanielle said...

I'm posting about your giveaway right now!!!:-)

The Main Ladybug said...

Happy happy birthday to both of you! You look the very same except your hair has lightened up! Hubby looks younger too, must be the lighter look on his face!

I'd love to win this Giveaway!

Come visit, we're of the same generation & would understand each other!

ModernMom said...

Happy Birthday to you! You have a beautiful family:)

MiMi said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! You are way too cute and so is your beautiful family! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Camille said...

I know I'm not eligible for your giveaway but just wanted to say "Happy Birthday"! I hope I was blessed with your anti-aging genes! :) We love you!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday to the teo of you! Go for the jam it was yummy, I had some!

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

Happy birthday...I'm a new follower and will post about your giveaway.

Good looking family and cake!

candice said...

Happy Birthday Mom and Dad! Thanks for the fun party!

debbi said...

Hangen' with the grandkids...Wow!! 36 great..We've got 32 but not so many children...I'm sad. It's so good to look at everyone I checked daily to see if there's any news. Happy Belated Birthday and "slap my knee" how'd I forget?? It looks like a wonderful day and it's been great to get in touch with you again. I do have to share with your whole family...'cause I KNOW you want this info...someone finally!! mowed the lawn at your Roy house. Not much improvement but at least you can see the front of the house now!! We miss you guys and all of the Ames' family hopes you had the bestest' birthdays ever. Can't wait to hear about the missionaries coming's getting very close I know. Lovely family and fantastic friends..I was reflecting on Andy and Alan's trip to Sna Diego I believe to take a care down for the twins...those two silly guys!!! Love 'em. Happy Birthday and darling pictures.....Debbi

Teresa said...

Birthdays are great, aren't they?! Anything for cake! Glad yours was happy!

Valerie said...

Of course, I'm in! :)
As always, I love the pictures. And your witty humor! A shoebox full of apricots? Andy looking tough? Priceless!
I can't believe you are 29 already! (Hey, I have never been good with math!)

I'm already a follower...
And of course I'll blog about it (act surprised when you read it, okay?)

Kimmie said...

"Happy belated birthday"!! FUN that you and your hubby have birthdays on the same day! My husband and my birthdays are only 2 days apart and so we always celebrate them together.

What a FUN and adorable family you have!!

It's fun to see your likes. (You don't have to enter me in your getaway...I just enjoy commenting to comment).

Although, it looks like lots of FUN things!

I just wish I could "teleport" myself to your place and get that size 9 box of apricots! My family and I LOVE any kind of fruit or veggie and apricots are on the top of the list!!

Have a great day and I'm so glad you and your hubby had a great birthday!

Kazzy said...

I don't care about your giveaway (well, I do a little), but I do care about you! Happy birthday to my friend. Your are the bestest. XOXO

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Connie, Happy Birthday!! I am wanting to win many of your things, but I definitely am eyeing your homemade apricot jam...Yummy! Oh...and the M&Ms they are my downfall. lol. You know I follow and am also stopping by to say how much I enjoy your visits! You always leave a little sunshine my way and I am grateful for your friendship!

Hugs to you,

Yvonne said...

I did a link, and I follow, and I've commented TWICE : )

Kazzy said...

And you and your hubby are such a good-looking couple!

Ann Marie said...

Happy Birthday Lady!!

What is it with You and Cherie? Posting these yummy pictures of cakes. I seriously want cake now.. :)

I love the picture of the cake with the 2 pictures. So creative!

Hope your whole week is HAPPY!

linda said...

Happy Birthday to you and your hubby! Hope your day was something special!

I love the pictures with all of your "kids"! I can't wait until my kids get married and my family starts growing. The more the merrier I always say!

Thank you for the great giveaway and hey, I need all the help I can get so your giveaway prizes are much needed!

Have a wonderful week!

linda said...

P.S. I'm a follower!

Natalie said...

Hi. I found you through Yvonne and stopped by. You have a beautiful family. Happy birthday to you both.

Kamee said...

Happy Birthday too you! I hope that you had an amazing day!! I though that all your beauty was natural, but hey if you think it's all these good things you listed, I won't tell you other wise:)! You are beautiful on the inside and out! I'm thinking it might have something to do with being born on the 26th, right Karen? I still love that we all had birthdays on the 26th! Again Happy Birthday to you!!! And that jam looks so yummy, mmmmmm I can ALMOST taste it!
Love ya:)

Jill Kaufusi said...

Oooooh I have my fingers crossed for the box of apricots!

I TOTALLY blogged about this.

Aunt of 14 said...

Happy, Happy birthday to you and your dear hubby! That is so unique, a wife and her husband sharing the same birthday?! I think perhaps you two are true soul mates!

Anita said...

Hello, nice to meet you....I found you through The Polka Dot Daisy. I appreciate the opportunity for the giveaway and have also signed up as a follower....please come over and visit my blog when you have the chance.

Heffalump said...

Happy Birthday!
I love the cake in the first pic with the his and hers sides.

Rebecca said...

I'm just about to follow you! I had no idea you blogged!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

I love peanut M&Ms.

Hey, I was wondering if your still giving away some of your apricots? My sister in law and I would love to come get some. Here is my e-mail

Tara said...

Happy Birthday! What a sweet thing to do .. on your birthday! Makes me think of that old Movie with Shirley Temple "A Little Princess" How she bought all the gifts for all her friends in the orphanage on her birthday! :)

Thank you! :)

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Tara said...

I follow you now :)

cloudspassby78 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tara said...

Wooo Hoo I just blogged about your wonderful giveaway here:

Thank you :)
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cdziuba said...

You had me at the Apricot Jam! Happy Birthday!

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Kristina P. said...

Happy belated birthday! Count me in!

Candy said...

Happy birthday!! This is the most unique giveaway I have ever entered! Thanks!

(your family is gorgeous!!)

Sondra said...

You haven't changed a bit! It MUST be the Mary Kay (I use it too - it works).

A give away - how fun! I want to win something. Woo Hoo! :-D

Valerie said...

Hope you had a very happy birthday, both of you!

I followed a link on a blog to the giveaway, but looked around here a while. Congrats on running through the lavendar. I saw that they were having a marathon.

Cherie said...

I just got back into town! I have now cruised on over to your blog to find out that you just had your birthday!!
And that you are Twins with your best friend and love of your life!! How AWESOME is that!!

I hope you both had a fantastic birthday with your wonderful family around you. Your family is awesome!!

Happy Happy Day!!

BTW - Love both pictures - You make a great looking couple both young and "more mature" hee hee!!

Sell...Party Of 3 said...

Just followed you, and found out through your daughter's blog...I guess you have been trying to hide this blog??

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Happy July Birthday!! I know I'm late for your sweet "It's my birthday, but I'm gifting you" giveaway!

I am so behind in all my blog reading!, so that's what I get for being behind!

I just came across from another blogger and (I really shouldnt do this, cuz I really read every post of every follower! (I dont know if I/my derrière can stand any more hours in front of my computer), but I love this post and want to come back and read more...) ...and now I just became a new follower.

You have a lovely family.. (love your hubby's tough photo haha) you two look great in this state-of-the-art, new-and-improved, birthday photo!

Blessings & Aloha!

(I am fairly new to all this blogging...slowly learning as I go... so if ya take a peek at miine, please let me know that you were there, by leaving a comment.)