A Birthday Celebration

Welcome to the celebration of the 11th anniversary of my 29th birthday!

I cannot, cannot, believe I am 40!

It seems like yesterday I was 22. Where did the last 18 years go?

Do not worry, this isn’t going to be a pity party. I am happy to be turning 40 because, well, the alternative isn’t exactly what I want either.

I am healthy, I have four healthy children, a loving husband and two amazing sisters and lots of wonderful friends. I am thankful to be having another birthday.

I thought for this little party I’d first provide some trivia(l) facts about myself, which you might not find interesting.

  • My family was like the book North and South: my mom from Michigan and my dad from South Carolina (the families did NOT mix well)
  • My birth place was Kalamazoo, Michigan (many do not realize that it is a real place)
  • My mom went into labor on the night of her due date, but had me the next morning and I did the EXACT same thing with my first baby, isn’t that neat?
  • Before I turned five I had lived in four different places (Michigan, Georgia, Germany and South Carolina)
  • I grew up as Mandy, and actually didn’t switch to Amanda until after I graduated from college

Throughout my childhood, my mother took wonderful pictures of our family with her Pentax SLR and I always thought “one day I’ll learn to take pictures like her.” She died when I was 21, then my dad died when I was 37, and I decided I couldn’t wait any longer to fulfill that dream. I am glad I didn’t wait any longer.

Okay, enough reminiscing and on to the celebration!!! (Have to add this – I spelled reminiscing correctly the first time – I impressed myself!)

Today is 11/11/11, so we are celebrating that unique 40th birthday date by having six prizes, to reflect the six ones.

There will be SIX winners – one prize for each winner!
To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me who was president when you were born. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
  • One entry per person
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, November 13th at 11 PM EST CLOSED
  • Winners have 7 days to respond, after which the prize will be given to another entry
  • Winners will be chosen via Random.org

Giveaway was closed at 11:00 PM EST. Entries made after that were not included (sorry I have to follow my own rules). The comment numbers chosen via Random.org were:

102 203 115 417 51 158

  • Pretty Presets gift goes to comment #102 made by Jayne
  • Fototale Designs gift goes to comment #203 made by Dena
  • The Modern Knot gift goes to comment #115 made by Shirley LaMay
  • Isabelle LaFrance gift goes to comment #417 made by Courtney
  • My Funky Camera gift goes to comment #51 made by Dawn
  • Everyday Elements gift goes to comment #158 made by Ellie (who’s bday is TODAY!!)

I want to thank Pretty Presets, Fotatale Designs, The Modern Knot, Isabelle LaFrance and My Funky Camera for being so generous with their prizes and helping me celebrate my birthday like this! Please take time to go to each of their sites and look around, they are all talented and provide wonderful products!

I am down with a bad cold right now, so I may choose to celebrate again when I’m feeling better, so watch out for an email from me and keep on eye on the Facebook page. I have some fun things in mind.

THE BIRTHDAY PRIZES ARE…..

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Pretty Presets

A $50 gift card to Pretty Presets

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Fototale Designs

$50 gift card to Fototale Designs

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The Modern Knot

$25 gift card toΒ  The Modern Knot

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Isabelle LaFrance Photography

A $50 product bundle from Isabelle LaFrance

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My Funky Camera

$25 gift certificate for a wrist strap from My Funky Camera

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Everyday Elements

$50 gift card for anything at Everyday Elements

 

About Amanda

I am passionate about helping others learn how to use their DSLR cameras and editing programs. More information about me can be found at my About page, or by visiting my personal blog.

Comments

  1. Hillary O'Dell says:

    Happy Birthday!! Ronald Reagan was President in the year of my birth.

  2. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a fabulous day! Jimmy Carter was the president when i was born πŸ™‚

  3. Happy bday — you’ll love your 40s — they’re awesome!!!!!
    John F Kennedy was president when I was born

  4. Sara Cecchini says:

    Happy Birthday to you. The president when I was born was Gerald Ford.

  5. Nancy McPeak says:

    Happy birthday! This should make you feel younger – Dwight Eisenhower was president when I was born! Hope he is lucky for me!! πŸ™‚

  6. Happy Birthday and I hate to say it out loud but Gerald Ford was in office the year I was born! Ugh! Hope you enjoyed your special day!

  7. Hippo Birdie Day 2 Ewe! Dwight D Eisenhower was president when I was born… yep, I’m old LOL!

  8. Happy Happy Birthday!!! Ronald Reagan was the president when I was born..!

  9. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    Eisenhower was president when I was born!

  10. Happy Birthday! Reagan was president when I was born!

  11. John F. Kennedy was president when I was born. Soooo just a titch over half a century is how long I’ve been around. Yikes!

  12. Welcome to the 40 club!…Lyndon B. Johnson was president when I was born!!!

  13. Happy Birthday! Ronald Reagan was president when I was born.

  14. laura gustafson says:

    Lyndon B Johnson was president when I was born! Yikes that was forever ago!

  15. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I am actually happy you asked the question you did. I never knew who was president, so I looked it up and the president when I was born, was Ronald Reagan.

  16. Cynthia Dawson says:

    Happy Birthday to you!! What a great giveaway to celebrate! Ronald Regean was president when I was born πŸ™‚

  17. Stephanie Nixdorf says:

    Happy Birthday! Nixon was president when I was born!

  18. Happy Birthday…Gerald Ford for me….

  19. Happy Birthday!
    Richard Nixon was president when I was born.

  20. Happy B-day and wish you 10 fold more ~ Sorta dont want to say who was pres when I was born…ouch . . . Dwight D. Eisenhower

  21. Denise Contreras says:

    It was Gerald Ford when I was born. Happy B-day!!!

  22. Ronald Regan was president when I was born!!

  23. Jenna Trandem says:

    Happy Happy Birthday!! Ronald Reagan was president when I was born.

  24. Michele Wingo says:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Richard Nixon was president the year I was born.

  25. Happy Anniversary-slash-Birthday! πŸ™‚

    Mr. Richard “I am not a crook” Nixon was our country’s president when I was born.

  26. Ronald Reagan was president the year I was born

  27. Cheyenn Isom says:

    Ronald Reagan was president when I was born!

  28. Happy Birthday! Reagan was president when I was born!

  29. Gerald R. Ford

  30. Nelina England says:

    Ronald Reagan was the President when I was born. Happy Birthday!!! :o)

  31. Happiest 40th Birthday to you! I’m glad to hear someone embrace the day!!! Nixon was the pres when I was born…

  32. LeeAnna Bustamante says:

    Happy Birthday! George H.W. Bush was president when I was born.

  33. Krista Stark says:

    Happy (late) Birthday!!! And welcome to the 40’s club πŸ™‚
    Richard Nixon was president the year I was born. I hope that doesn’t disqualify me…lol

  34. Happy Birthday! Gerald Ford was president when I was born.

  35. Happy 4-0!! Hope it was a great one! President Nixon was in office when I was born.

  36. Happy Birthday, Amanda!! John F. Kennedy was president when I was born. I am 50 and love life! (I *love* that you added the part about spelling reminiscing correctly the first time πŸ˜€ )

  37. Paula Brown says:

    Happy Birthday to you!! Who was president when I was born?? That would be Harry S. Truman – now I am really dating myself!

  38. Lyndon B. Johnson was President when I was born. Yikes!

  39. Happy Birthday :),,I think I lost track after I turn 30 lol, but anyways JFK was president when i was born, have a great day!

  40. Happy Birthday. Sadly, I had to google it, but Richard Nixon was president when I was born.

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