the park...
The penny drops

Just a note to say...

Imagine, if you will, that you're here with me. I'm sitting at the computer, the house is in semi-darkness. Tre has already sneaked up the stairs to scare me and tell us goodnight. Clay is puttering about, doing his before bed things (Sudoku, phone messages, trying to lure me away from the computer with flirtatious comments), the dog is asleep on the rug, gently emitting noxious gasses.

Peace reigns.

I am bone-tired and about to submit to the siren call of the bathtub. But before I go, I wanted to offer you all the opportunity to wish me a happy birthday! Because I know you want to.

Remember last year, when I was all freaked out because I was turning 35? Wah, wah, wah, I'm so ooold! Well, this year there will be none of that. 36 sounds like a rockin' age to be. That's 6 squared. I won't be another squared number for 13 years. Can you tell Tre is studying factors? Oi, the brain strain I've suffered, trying to keep up with that child.

Anyhow! The point is! March 20 - first day of spring (no matter what it says on the calendar) - I am turning 36, and you're all invited to the virtual party. Grab a slice of cake, pull up, and tell me how happy you are that I'm alive! Or, if you prefer, give me some advice to carry me through the next 36 years. Whatever helps you be happy along with me. Because, my dears, it's my birthday. And I intend to be very, very happy.



Have a great big happy birthday!!!


Linda Sherwood

Happy Birthday, Kira! I hope you have a great day. I turn 6 squared in August. :0)

Salome Ellen

Happy Birthday Kira!
(from somebody who's more than 7 squared but (thank God!) less than 8 squared)


Many Happy Returns!


I'm turning a square this year too, the one just previous to yours. I like it; there's some sort of happy number order to it.

My advice to you for getting the most out of the next 36 years: blog more! (If you point out that I'm bad at taking my own advice I will totally give you the stink-eye.)

I hope this birthday is wonderful, and that this year is your best year yet, Kira! And I'm so glad it sounds like it has a good chance of being so.

Mit Moi

The cake is delish - thanks for inviting me.

Happy, happy birthday, Kira. No advice - you seem to know all the good stuff, ie: treasure your family, tell them you love them, be good to yourself.


Never thought of it as six sqaured. Or cubed or whatever. I am not the math person. DH is the math person.

Anyway, happy BDAy. I remember when it was Club 32, and here we are at Club 36. Good Lord has it really been four years? Yikes!


Happy Birthday! I don't get to turn any sort of squared number this year, I just get to be 5 times as old as my 6 year old.

Hope you have a great, great birthday! Have as much fun as 6 6-year-olds. Just don't tie a bedsheet around your shoulders and try to fly from the top of the garage.


I'll be 6 squared this year too. Funny, I never thought of it that way. My advice? Eat more chocolate! Happy Birthday!


Look at you! Such a young 6 squared! Happy Birthday.


Happiest of birthdays dearie.


Wow, this must be an important birthday, because JOSS LEFT YOU A COMMENT. (I also like how she signed it, just in case you did not know it was her.) I called you! You did not answer! I hope you're out doing something wonderful, darling.


Happy Birthday Kira!!!!


Wow, the square root of 6 - I never thought about that! I guess that fits my description for the past 10 months! hee I will enjoy the last 2 months of being 36 =) My, how time flies when you're having a ball!

Happy Birthday, Kira! I love your writings. And 36 is definitely a ROCKING age to be! If you've already figured the square root of 6, that's double the wisdom for you! Whoot!

Advice? Only that you be good to yourself!



I too am celebrating my birthday today but, unfortunately, I am almost 7 squared. However, I remember 6 squared and it was wonderful. I wish you best year.

I love being part of your family via your blog. Keep it up.

Laura GF

Happy birthday! I read you through Bloglines and you're always one of my first clicks of the day. I love hearing about you and your wonderful family -- there's a warmth and friendliness in the way that you write that makes me a little happier every time I read a new entry. I hope you have an amazing day.


Happy birthday!

My dad told me about your blog, and I've so enjoyed reading about you and your family. I love the way you are able to capture the small, mundane things in life and pull out the sweet and beautiful aspects of humanity.

aka Steve Hardison's daughter


May your day be filled with as much prettiness as you give to us everyday.

Where's the cake?

studly steele

- I'm sure I'd be able to think of something if I wasn't distracted by the open permission to freely eat cake. Cumpleanos Feliz!

studly steele

[Insert something witty here] - I'm sure I'd be able to think of something if I wasn't distracted by the open permission to freely eat cake. Cumpleanos Feliz!

Angela Giles Klocke

Hope you're having a beautiful day! Happy Birthday!


May you have a wonderful birthday today and many more to come my friend. Six squared was not a fun birthday for me. I haven't yet reached 7 squared but have hopes of joy - mostly becuase I'm so far beyond 6 squared! Enjoy the rest of the year, too!


Squared, indeed. Happy Birthday!


Happy 6 squared!!!

Hope the boys all treat you like the Queen you are!!!


Happy birthday Kira! I'm 3 months into 36 and so far so good. Isn't it funny how the number doesn't bother you when you are where you want to be?

Here's wishing you every good thing in the coming year.


Do all the things you love this Birthday week! Happy Birthday! May your day be as beautiful as you are!
It comforts me to know that your blog is just a click away. It is often where I end up in the middle of the night if I cannot sleep. You bring laughter to me as you share your adventures of Motherhood, family, and love in your wonderful Kira way. You give me a gift each time I read it. Thank you!


Hope your birthday rocks!


So young. So much living left to do. I hope you have the best year of your life.

Happy Birthday.


Mary Jo

Happy Birthday Sweetie! Ah I love the sound of spring, thanks for bringing it with you. I hope your next 36 are spent just as happily as this past year has been for you. Happiness suites you.


May you have an anti-aging, calorie free-best tasting cake and ice cream kind of Birthday today!!

Antique Mommy

Yay for you for celebrating your birthday. There's nothing more worth celebrating than the gift of making it through another year of life. May you be blessed with seven squared more.


Happy Birthday!


Happy happy Kira!


Happy Birthday, Kira!

I AM glad you're alive. Reading your blog has become a wonderful time of my regular day! :)


Oohhh, I was late to this, thanks to the amazing puking child! I'm comment #35, which is soooo close to your age. I hope you had an amazingly special day!


And six squared IS 36 - 36 comments would be rather fitting.

Celebrate your special day for the rest of the week. I ORDER it.


Akk! I'm late! Happy, Happy Birthday, dear Kira. I hope you ate lots of cake and icecream. One should always avail one's self of the finer things in life, you know, especially if it involves a potential for consuming chocolate.

Btw, I shall be 49 later this year -- the aforementioned next square. I think I'll stay there and start the "and counting" thing. ;-)

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