What do you say on your own blog on your birthday without coming off like a total Narcissistic jackrabbit? (I guess one option would be "nothing" but what fun is that?)
Here are some birthday memories of mine over the years:
Age 3 (I assume): Had a party in a park in La Jolla. Got a cool set of firetruck toys.
Age 4: First birthday in Utah. Picnic up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Got a Star Trek sleeping bag. I had no idea what Star Trek was, but it was about space so that was cool with me.
Age 6: We were on vacation at Grand Teton National Park. Got a fishing pole and some implement used for "cleaning" fish.
Age 7: Take a group of friends to a rerun of "Star Wars, Ep. 4" (known then as simply "Star Wars"). It's still as cool as I remember it being at age 4.
Age 8: School started on my birthday that year. Got baptized a week or so after my birthday. There was a HUGE hail storm right after the baptism. Good or bad omen?
Age 12: Rented the "Watcher in the Woods" and "Red Dawn." Showed the former at my party. I think I got a Levi jacket.
Age 16: Got my drivers license the day I turned 16.
Age 19: Entered the LDS Missionary Training Center to begin my two-year mission right on my birthday.
Age 21: Recently returned from my mission to Connecticut. Got a weed eater for my birthday. Welcome home.
Age 24: My "Golden birthday" spent on my honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta. Been married for a week. Anna partially blows up her face trying to bake a cake in a gas oven. The front desk has no idea what I'm saying when I frantically call saying "Fire-o. Emergency-o." Spend the day nursing her wounds with bandages and burn cream in front of the little AC unit in our room reading "Into Thin Air."
Age 25: Spent the summer trying to lose the extra 20 pounds I put on in the first year of marriage. I have my first burger and fries from Crown Burgers after a month or two of being good. Crown Burgers is the food of the gods.
Age 26: Anna takes me to Lagoon; she's never been before. She never goes back.
Age 30: Anna throws me a '80s-themed surprise party that features family, friends, co-workers, and church acquaintances. They don't laugh at the same jokes.
Age 35: Get a free shake from Iceberg Drive In; chocolate and coconut.
It's been a beautiful life so far. I'm thankful for my 36 years on this spinning rock, and hope for that many more, plus a few.