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Why A January 1st Birthday is the BEST.

I cannot tell a lie ... I think I have the coolest birthday ever.

As do most folks who check my ID {thank goodness I still get ID'ed from time to time} -- my date of birth almost always gets a comment.

Here's my thought process:

Champagne is always part of my birthday celebration.
When do I officially turn a year older?  Midnight on New Years Eve.  What do I always had in hand, after turning 21 of course, at the moment of this age change?  Champagne!  Or, as Ian has recently started calling it, CHAMPERS.  Yes, stolen Real Housewife terminology, and he even says it in a prissy tone with his wrist flicked.  It's the most hilarious thing.


I celebrate with my favorites.
It's not always possible to spend a birthday with the people you love most ... sometimes, life just gets in the way.  Your birthday falls on a workday, you work a full day, you come home exhausted, and you may not have a celebration planned until the weekend.  In my case, I've always been able to spend it with people I love ... not always at the same time, but in the past I've spent it with sisters, parents, girlfriends, my husband, our friends.  Our NYE parties become a birthday celebration of sorts as the ball drops.

Never having to work on birthday.
January 1st is a holiday ... I've never had to work or go to school on my birthday!  Booyah!

January 1 birthday = easy excuse to dress up with rhinestones.
I love wearing rhinestones, and I have a great excuse to get dressed up each birthday night ... New Years Eve parties!

Source: rstyle.me via April on Pinterest

An excuse to be lazy all birthday day.
I may party big on New Years Eve as I turn a year older, but you can bet that I don't ask for a lot of celebration on the 1st.  We typically have a very casual day of taking it easy.  Last year we strolled around the Battery in Charleston, SC.  That was about as active as I've ever been on my birthday.  After a big night out and a few glasses of champagne (I mean, champers?), I'm content with just relaxing on the 1st.

Source: tumblr.com via April on Pinterest

First baby born = perks.
I get a lot of questions about whether I was the first baby born in the year 1982.  In the country?  No.  But in my county?  Yes!  I was born at almost 5pm in the afternoon but I was the first one born in Richland County.  My parents and I had our picture in The State, SC's newspaper, and they got all sorts of fun perks ... a small oriental rug (in my laundry room now), cloth diapering service, free dry cleaning, et cetera.  And I earned bragging rights for a lifetime!

So, there's my logic.  I think it's pretty solid.

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I truly did have a perfect birthday this year.  We started out by sleeping in until 9:30 ... hallelujah for being able to turn my weekday alarm off.

The morning consisted of coffee, couch snuggling, and Dexter on Netflix.  We're absolutely addicted to this show and are about to wrap up season three.

Ian took me out for a nice birthday lunch at Village Tavern.  We sat at the bar, ordered a drink, and had big sandwiches and fries for lunch.


We tried to be slightly productive that day by going to Home Depot and TJ Maxx and then we quickly ended up right back in pajama pants at home.

For dinner, we cooked filet, lobster tails, and black eyed peas.  I know, I KNOW, no collard greens.  I told Ian that in 2013 we would not be rich but we would be lucky.  I think that's definitely better than rich and unlucky.



Oh, and we sat at the dining room table!  This is such an underused table, unfortunately ... but it's nice that we save it for special occasions.

Drake was so cute the whole dinner.  He loves seafood, and his cute head kept popping up with the hopes of getting some lobster.


Ian had a present on the table for me to open, and I got this cute camera strap cover for my new DSLR!  I was happy that he stuck with our plan of the camera being a joint Christmas and birthday gift for me.


Or so I thought.

The sweet man spoils me rotten.

Right as we were about to start cleaning up from the meal, he asked me to do something with the chair at the end of the table which he said was broken or messed up.  I scooted it out from the table to take a look, and there, sitting on the chair, was a small wrapped box.  A jewelry box.  That crazy guy bought me diamond stud earrings ... my first pair ever. 

I'm still swooning. 

34 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, April! It does sound like a great day to have a birthday on!

    And I love your new strap cover! I've been looking at a few as well. And dimond earrings?! Lucky! :)

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  2. Sounds like the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! Happy happy birthday and New Year ahead beautiful! xxo

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  3. Woo hoo congrats on the stud earrings - from a studly husband no less!!!

    As an ALMOST birthday twin, I personally love January 5th as a birthday -- the New Years hoopla has died down a bit and riiiiight when I start feeling post holiday blues, it's my big day :) Also, since people are heading back to work and/or returning from travels, it's sometimes hard to celebrate on the actual day -- so I get to celebrate throughout the month :)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  4. happy belated birthday! sounds like you had a truly magical day :)

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  5. happy belated birthday! sounds like you had a truly magical day :)

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  6. LOVE IT! AND love how he gave you the diamonds! :-) Obsessed!

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  7. LOVE IT! AND love how he gave you the diamonds! :-) Obsessed!

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  8. Happy Birthday April! You look great!

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  9. What a sweet husband! I think Jan 1st birthdays are the coolest for all of the reasons that you listed and goodness gracious, you are just stunning! Happy birthday again :-)

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  10. Happy Birthday! Your logic is sound - I think you've convinced me that a January 1st birthday is PERFECT! :)

    Question for you - where is your camera strap cover from? I'm looking to get one for my new Nikon camera. Hoping to find a cute case too!

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  11. Aww, so sweet! I love your birthday gifts that Ian got you. I'm glad you had such a wonderful birthday and that's so neat that you were the first baby born in your county!

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  12. What a sweet man! Happy Birthday! I knew I liked you, fellow Capricorn :)

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  13. Happy belated birthday! That's awesome about the diamond earrings. :)

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  14. I love this post. It sounds like you had the most Perfect birthday. Diamond Studs should always come from a special guy (my first pair of grown up ones were from my Dad!). Hope you're having a great week. oxo

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  15. I would say that was one AMAZING birthday present...love it and that was so thoughtful of him!!!

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  16. This post was such a fun read! Love it & your New Year's birthday!

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  17. What an awesome birthday! That's too cool that you were the first baby born in Richland County! Beautiful girl :)

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  18. I'm jealous of your birthdate!! And let's see those diamond studs! ...BTW, what mascara are you wearing in the pic w/ the hat? Love it!

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  19. What a great birthday! And I always wondered if the first baby of the year really gets perks!

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  20. Happy Birthday! I love your rationale for your birth date - so clever and cute. Sounds like it is a great celebration!

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  21. Now I am a little envious and wish my birthday was on January 1st! My husband's is on July 4th so he gets the never having to work on his birthday thing, too! Jealous!

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  22. Happy Birthday!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day :)

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  23. While my birthday is January 10th, I almost ALWAYS have school/work on that day. However, it gives me something to look forward to after the Christmas excitement is over.
    Your birthday is your birthday...it's all you ever know, so you can say that yours is the best!

    Happy Birthday!

    Kristin :)

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  24. happy birthday! what a fantastic surprise gift!

    love the pic w Drake popping up!

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  25. Happy Birthday and New year wishes.

    Kids Games

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  26. Happy birthday!! Looked like you had a great one! Your hubby is so sweet to get you some diamond studs! :)

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  27. happy belated birthday!!! Looks like you had a wonderful birthday and so sweet of your man to get you the diamond earrings!

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  28. That is so sweet!! We're going to need a pic (at least instagram) of those beauties!

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  29. What a fun birthday! I also have a January birthday. It is like a gift do-over if you didn't get what you wanted for Christmas.

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  30. Omg Drake and the hubby are SO good to you! I love it!!

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  31. Looks like a fab day! Happy Birthday!


    =) Brooke

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  32. Happy Birthday! I found you through MCW and your blog is adorable. Totally going to try the elf stuff now. And your hubby sounds like a keeper! I remember when my hubby bought me diamond studs...it was our second Christmas as a married couple, and we had been married just over a year. I was newly pregnant and feeling AWFUL. They brightened that time so much. I have not worn them in a LONG time but I am going to go find them today and put them on!

    LOVE champagne too!!!

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  33. What a perfect birthday, and I can't wait to see the new sparklers! ;)

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