The Best Birthday Gift

This year for my birthday, I got one of the best gifts of all.


The day started out wonderfully thanks to hubby waking up early to cook our current fave breakfast – eggs and a carb.


For this morning, we had a fried cage-free egg and toasted whole grain English muffin with an orange on the side. Oh, and I got flowers, too!


I painted my nails this fun hot pink color in honor of the special day.

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And as for gifts…?

The best gift of all was having my health back. After taking two months away from Zumba thanks to that back injury, I am finally back to teaching Zumba! Seriously…best gift ever. You don’t realize how many things you take for granted until they’re taken away from you. So, to have the ability to dance freely again, after two months of sometimes pain and sometimes frustration, was wonderful. I’m not 100%, but I’m almost there! 🙂

But, if that wasn’t awesome enough, a couple thoughtful class participants even gave me cards (and one gave me a gift!). And then…another fabulous thing happened to me. At the end of class, the whole class sang Happy Birthday to me! It was a total surprise and so touching.


After class, I went out with some friends (Shamecia, Sarah, Talicha, Maria, and Megan – not pictured) for a sushi birthday dinner at one of my favorite sushi places in town. Dinner was excellent, as always…as was the fun conversation with my friends.

Reader Question: What’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever received?

19 thoughts on “The Best Birthday Gift”

  1. awww, that’s great! happy belated birthday. i think my best gifts have come from my husband…just little things like him cooking for me, getting me a birthday cake, etc. he’s just really great at making me feel special on my birthday which i love because it always falls during finals week in grad school and when i was in undergrad there were always negative things that happened on my birthday (friend of friend in a car accident, acquaintance suicide attempt, etc.- real yucky stuff).

  2. Glad you had a healthy and happy birthday and that you were able to celebrate with friends and family. My best birthday gift was last year when my husband left a 2 page letter on the bed next to me telling me what I meant to him. This was a big deal because he’s the quiet macho type. It was wonderful to wake up and read that and then have him make me breakfast in bed. Happy belated Birthday!


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