Nathan’s Secret to Bowling + Amazon Winner

Last night, on my Birthday Eve (you know like, Christmas Eve, the night before the big day), I told Scott that in the morning, all I wanted for my birthday was to sleep in. There are only two occasions each year where I don’t feel like I need to create a long-winded excuse to sleep in, and it’s my birthday and Mother’s Day.

Now don’t get me wrong…it has nothing to do with my husband NOT wanting to let me sleep in. It’s me. Yeah, that mom-guilt that happens to boss me around. I’m such a control-freak that if I’m sleeping in and Scott gets up to tend to the boys, I’m lying in bed, intently listening for those auditory cues that my boys are getting a good, nutritious breakfast (cereal nuggets hitting bowl, not the rriiiippp of the Pop Tarts package), brush their teeth (whhhiiiiirrrrrr of the electric toothbrush for longer than 30 seconds) and wearing something appropriate for school (NOT hearing the phrase, “Daddy can I wear my Buzz Lightyear costume to school?”)

I can’t help it and I might as well just wake up because by this time, I’m working so hard, straining to hear down the hall that I’ve lost any interest in more sleep.

So this morning, Scott’s alarm went off at 7:00am, he got up immediately and walked out of the room. I could hear his heavy, half-asleep feet tumble up the stairs and then little feet jump out of bed (oh loud! did they fall? did they hurt themselves?), “flupflupflupflupflup” as they slide on their butts and back down the stairs (ouch! boys! carpet burn!)

I know they’re coming, so I pretend I’m asleep but I’m such a bad pretender! They knew I was awake, ran in, jumped on my bed and snuggled under the blankets with me. They sang Happy Birthday – one kid on each side of me – and gave me this MASSIVE card the size of a record (yeah a RECORD. remember pre- 8-track, CD and DVDs?)


And then I open it…


The card played the Star Wars theme song!

SHIT! “A long, long time ago…You were born”!?!? I’m just only again for the ninth yr in row –28 years old! That wasn’t so long ago. Really.

The boys wanted to go bowling to celebrate my birthday, and it was the best idea ever. It was our first time ever bowling with the boys. We have Wii bowling, so they were experts already. Of course, the bowling ball was bigger than them!


Andrew quickly learned that real bowling isn’t as easy as Wii bowling.


I think I heard him mutter, “awwww SHIT!” after this roll.


But Nathan learned the secret to bowling…cheering on your ball as it rolls down the lane!


Great thing about this bowling alley was that the guardrails automatically came up when it was either Andrew or Nathan’s turn. I shoulda used those damn guardrails. Because I really suck at bowling! We had a blast….little brother Nathan won the game, beating out Dad by 1 point.


Best birthday ever.




Winner of $100 Amazon Gift Card

I put out on Twitter a call for help…asking for someone to go to Random Number Generator and have that site run a random number to get a winner for the $100 Gift Card that I’m giving away.

Luckily, minutes later, @Tomas_ScionLife replied with


So the winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card is:

Susan who said,

asian pear is the best!

Congrats Susan! My gift to you….

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Comments 39

  1. courtney

    I LOVE that birthday card. I see it everywhere and want to buy it for everyone on every birthday. It’s that good. Epic.

  2. Woo

    Love that card! Too bad the ONE person I want to send it to will have to wait 11 months a few days. πŸ™
    Anyway, happy 28th birthday…you don’t look a day over 21! My bff says she’s started counting backward last year. I just won’t tell anyone how old I am.
    Love the last photo!

  3. Mary

    I know exactly what you mean about laying in bed straining to listen for signs that Mom is needed!!! So hard to relax when you are a control freak (me, not you). Fortunately my days of toddlers and young-uns is done except for the grandmotherly types of things, which granted are SO much easier.

    Those boys are adorable!!

    Oh yeah, and congrats to Susan, the winner!

  4. Chris

    Wow, Jaden, the hips on the hands photo is phenomenal, almost timeless. What a fantastic shot. I hope you frame that one.

    Funny about the audible cues we hear. I’m that way all day. I swear even upstairs, I can pretty much tell who just walked in the kitchen door (from the garage) just from the sound.

  5. acs

    A belated Happy Birthday! The pictures are precious. Those are clearly two boys who adore their mama. πŸ™‚

  6. Spencer

    That’s a great card. I need to find it for my wife’s next birthday. πŸ™‚

    I love the last picture, the one where all three of you are on the ground. If it weren’t for the blue shirt, I would have thought the picture was taken using the camera’s sepia setting.

  7. Kristina

    I’m laughing because we got the same card for my husband’s best friend. His response “Thanks a lot smartasses!” πŸ˜€

    It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday Jaden! You deserved it and I wish you many more happy 28th birthdays to come!

  8. [email protected]

    Happy Birthday! Many more πŸ™‚

  9. Kim

    Happy Birthday! I got that exact same card for my younger brother when he turned 40 a couple months ago.

  10. joey

    Aw! Can’t think of a better way to spend a birthday πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday!!!

    (yes…cheering the ball really does help ;))

  11. Lizzie Longenecker

    Happy belated birthday! Those pics of you and the boys on the bowling lane are so adorable and priceless!!!

  12. Irene Lim

    Hello Jaden!!!
    Happy Belated Birthday Darling. You rock!!! Oh no.. You Steam Girl πŸ™‚
    Your cooking bad’a#&*$) sista roomie from the West Coast.
    Cheers.. clink, clink

  13. susan

    WOhOOO!!! I won! Time to celebrate with some asian pear sake!!! Thank goodness its the weekend!!!!

    Thanks Jaden!!!

  14. chunky

    belated happy, happy 28th birthday ms. steamy! i like the part when you think you heard andrew uttered ‘awww, shit!”…hahaha! where do you think he learned that? seriously, just want to say more power and i think your blog rocks! big time!

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