Sunday, September 16, 2007

In The Service of Joy

A few months ago a friend asked me what I wanted to do for my fortieth birthday.

I thought for a second and said,

"You know... what I REALLY want is for my mother to fly in for the weekend and stay with my kids so that K and I can go away together."

My words must have flown on tiny wings from my mouth to her ears because a few days later she asked me if I would like it if she did just that.

K and I made plans to go to a resort in the mountains.

Grandma Seattle arrived Friday afternoon and he and I skipped to my lou all the way to the car.

At the posh resort there were luxuries beyond my wildest imagination.

I slept and slept and slept.

I ate giant bowls of blackberries and heaps of nova for breakfast.

We took long hikes in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, went on a garden and history tour, enjoyed deep tissue massages and
creme brulée.

But that was NOTHING compared to my present.

For my present, K made it happen.



Hot Ranger K


Oh, yes he did.

In all his HOTNESS, he was a Park Ranger!

I now know
National Park Ranger's secrets of love and I can tell you...

National Park Rangers keep their hats on.


BOW CHICKA BOW WOW!!

Consider me National Park Serviced.

With this kind of welcome, I'm walking right in the door of forty and making myself at home.

149 comments:

radical mama said...

Oh the joy on your face!

Happy birthday, Mrs. Park Ranger.

slouching mom said...

Could it be that I am first?

Holy sh*t!

OK. Must calm down.

K. is the sweetest husband EVER.

And -- that picture of you with The Hat is the cutest picture EVER.

I'm just so glad that the OTJ family did your fortieth up with Park Ranger style.

slouching mom said...

Well, second's not bad, either.

mimikatemom said...

Yay YOU!

That is all.

;)

Fairly Odd Mother said...

OMG, that is just the best. See? 40 can be fun! Happy Birthday!!

A Whole Lot of Nothing said...

I
am
so
jealous!

My Bday is tomorrow (big-3-1), but I'm getting a day that's just the same as today. As far as I know. I did get a new blog design (present to myself) at http://awholelotofnothing.net

Happy Bday!

Mamma said...

That is effing awesome!!!

I love the picture of you in the hat. Please let me have a smile like that on my 40th birthday. Please.

Happy Birthday babe!!

Karly said...

Holy crap. I certainly wasn't expecting that last picture! You're a lucky woman! And happy belated birthday!

PunditMom said...

Oh, MAN, you are one lucky woman. That last pic is the BEST! You go, ranger girl!

ALM said...

Whoooh Hoo! Happy Birthday! Welcome to the club!

Marmite Breath said...

Oh, Jess! Your wildest dream! It came true! Very very happy for you. Could you arrange for a Colin Firth costume to be sent to my husband, please? You have six months to prepare.

Smooches.

dawn224 said...

bow chicka wow wow INDEED! Scout heard me laughing and I had to explain... he's totally impressed.

Your smile says it ALL. It's a wonderful photo :)

Happy birthday!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

You are NEVER going to forget your 40th my dear.

K is awesome. Ya'll both look so happy and you, especially, look very, um, content.

See? You turn 40 and your biggest fantasy comes true! ;)

flutter said...

Happy Birthday...Your man is the freakin' BEST.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Damn! Is it getting hot in here or is it your husband?

You're one lucky lady.

acumamakiki said...

you both look so happy. that is the best present i've seen. happy birthday to you!

Omaha Mama said...

Oh my. I'm so happy for you. But not nearly as happy as you are.

If I'm going to be as oh-so-hot at 40, I've got some major work to do.

Maybe you could make a Handbook "Hotter at 40 Than I Was at 30: The Handbook". I'm just saying. I'd buy it.

Jonathon Morgan said...

...somewhat at a loss for words. For a number of reasons.

But, that aside. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

;)

Circus Kelli said...

Hee hee! Happy 40, Baby! :)

DD said...

If my husband had any idea that something that would most certainly get both of us laid and that I would then blog about it....well, let's just say that he would either not do it, OR I just wouldn't get laid.

That is one brave man. All in the line of duty, I suppose.

Katrina said...

HA! I LOVE it! What a great guy you have! Glad it was a fabo 4-0!

metalia said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The last picture is the best ever.

Veronica Mitchell said...

Congratulations. I know that dream was a long time in coming.

Marine Wife said...

now THAT'S love! but I have to wonder...how is he going to top that?!

Erin said...

I love it!! That is so cute! I can't wait to turn 40! :-)

Cathy said...

That is freaking priceless.

The smile on your face ... well, it pretty much says it all.

Happy 40th!

ephelba said...

Well damn, Skippy!
Happy birthday!

Kyla said...

OMG! That is the perfect birthday. BEST GIFT EVER.

And the photos? Priceless.

LOVE IT!

Happy birthday, OTJ.

jeanie said...

Woo hoo!!! Do you get to keep the uniform?

I am glad you had a wonderful day.

NotAMeanGirl said...

OMG... do you like... rent K out... to yanno... give LESSONS to other hubby's ??? lol Awesome! Happy 40th girl!

Fran said...

NO. WAY.

I love him.

Kisses, sis.

Sue at nobaddays said...

Wow! Giving my husband something to measure up to and me something to look forward to when I turn for-tay next Feb.

SUEB0B said...

Wow. You look like you really got the Grand Park Tour.

CamiKaos said...

that is way beyond awesome....

deb said...

From the look on your face, it looks like Park Rangers have it going on. Your husband is a sweetheart to dress up for his wife, although he looked pretty happy about the whole thing too.

Glad you had such a good time. And welcome to middle age, it rocks.

painted maypole said...

you look like one happy camper! :)

Adventures in Baby Fat said...

Ooohh la la! Oh the joy on your face! Thanks for the giggle! Your face says it all! Go, K!!

Scribbit said...

Oh you are TOO FUNNY! My husband wanted to know what I was chuckling at. Great hat, btw.

Queen Karana said...

Congratulations! It's wonderful when dreams come true.

carrie said...

I am sooooo happy for you!

That is true love!

Magpie said...

Happy birthday! That sounds like it was fun!!

Veronica said...

What a present!

YAY Happy 40th!

Blog Antagonist said...

That is the smile of a truly satisfied woman. Whatta guy!!

Did you go to Grove Park Inn or Biltmore Estates?? I am dying to go there.

Shannon said...

That smile on your face says it all.

I think it's so cute he did that for you.

You've started off your 40th with a bang. That's for sure, LOL.

Jenifer said...

Sweet! What a good husband and the picture of you with the hat says it all. Pure Joy.

Happy 40th!

My name is Rima. said...

I guess it's too late to say, "May all your birthday wishes come true."

Wow! What a guy.

Sayre said...

OMG - I totally get it now!!! Of course Park Rangers are HOT! And K is definitely smokin' in that uniform!

Happy birthday, OTJ - what a great way to usher in a new decade!

temporarily me (sam) said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 That is PRICELESS! I can't believe it!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Joy!!

And K is AWESOME!

Annie said...

OMG - that is hilarious. And your smile says it was a very happy birthday indeed :)

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

He gets hubby points till the end of time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And looking at him now, there is NO WAY he would have fit in the size 5 I got him.

Glad you finally got serviced.

Super B's Mom said...

HYSTERICAL!!

K is freakin awesome!!!!!!!!

And the hat looks GOOD on you. ;)

Karen Forest said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. It is about time he made that fantasy come true!

Dory said...

Can we (you, K, me, Hunkster) get in the Wayback Machine and then let me borrow your life for a weekend? I'll give it right back, I promise. :)

Kim said...

woohoo...that's awesome!

...now that's a birthday to remember ;)

PT-LawMom said...

Woo-hoo! Way to do 40 up right!

Bon said...

oh my gentle jeebus, i am not supposed to laugh this hard at work.

love love love that look on your face, oh Joyful Jess.

glad it was a fabulous bday.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

40 is treating you well.

SouthernBell said...

You look like you're high on rager lovin' in that last pic!

Audubon Ron said...

I’m just a Ranger Rover babie
I’m gonna rove all over you
I’m just a ranger rover baby
I’m gonna rove all over you
I’m gonna inject your soul with some sweet rock ’n roll
And shoot you full of rhythm and blues

Look out for the bears on the right and the pa-umas on the left

GRAWL!!!!

tulipmom said...

Great photos! Talk about a birthday to remember!

mcewen said...

Golly, what a blast. Dare I ask what 'nova' is?
Cheers

JayJenny said...

Happy Birthday! And thank you for sharing the photos you are a hot couple!!

Leeanthro said...

You. Kill. Me.

I always get a chuckle from you. What a hottie! Hmmm, I wonder what my husband could dress up as...

Julie Pippert said...

This was THE BEST.

Your husband wins the prize, no wait, you win the prize, no wait, something about ringing bells...

How awesome was that birthday, and this post.

All the joy for all, I guess. :)

Julie
Using My Words

Craze said...

Yayay!! That is aweseome!

Kristin said...

SHUT UP!!!!

Oh, K. you GO!

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

That is SO cool!

cinnamon gurl said...

Crap! I can't see the pics 'cause I'm at work. But I will be sure to check them out at home.

That has got to be the world's BEST present ever... good job, K!

urban-urchin said...

Happy Birthday J! K really went above and beyond on this one huh?

Mrs. Chicken said...

I feel so dirty!

LOL

Lori at Spinning Yellow said...

Lucky you, what a birthday! I knew 40 would look good on you (and that husband sure helps)!

WorksForMom said...

You could've JUST posted those photos and we would have the whole story by the smirks on your faces!

mamatulip said...

Oh my GOD!!

I LOVE IT! Best present EVER!

Amanda said...

For those of us still learning the ways of joy, do tell, is that twinkly-eyed man K?

Happy birthday, you look radiant, bedding becomes you.

crazymumma said...

Now this darling.

This brought a smile to my face.

Happy Birthday.

What a man. What a man. What a man. What a might mighty fine man. What a mighty mighty good man.
(lyrics - salt n peppa)

Whymommy said...

You did it, you did it, you did it!

Now, tell us HOW he got his hands on one of those! How fab!

Happy Birthday, OTJ! 40 looks AWESOME on you!

Nancy said...

Perfect!

Mr. PR couldn't have found a more perfect 40th present for Mrs. PR.

Happy Birthday !

(now WHERE did he get it?)

Jennifer said...

Oh. The. Joys. Indeed!!

That is the smile of one HAPPY birthday girl. Wheee!

Paige said...

Hallelujah thank you Jesus!

What a gift!

P

Mel said...

Girl, you crack my shit up.
And that last shot - very fetching!

Mommahbear. said...

OMG! ROFLMAO! Your husband is the best. And, you are hilarious and BEAUTIFUL Mrs Afterglow in the Hat! LOL!! Love it!

Hetha said...

K's coolness (and hotness) borders on radical! How did he do it??

You make 40 look pretty effin' cool Otj!

Happy B-Day!

Amy said...

That. Is. Awesome!

QT said...

BEST POST EVAH!!!

Jackie said...

Wow! K is the awesomest! You go ranger mama!

pinks & blues said...

MEEE-OWWW! What a fabulous way to ring in decade #4!

And what a guy you have there. :)

Jane, Pinks & Blues

Lisa said...

Well, Happy, Happy Birthday to YOU!

My guess is it was better than getting jewelery? heehee

Lawyer Mama said...

Dude! K so ROCKS! (Literally and figuratively.)

You look so happy!

Aliki2006 said...

Wow.

I never imagined Park Rangers could be so hot!

You look deliriously happy--the both of you! Congrats on your wonderful weekend away.

Serina Hope said...

I love it!!
He does make a pretty cute Ranger, and by the look on your face, you liked it just as much as you thought you would. Now that is a birthday present to remember.

Miscellaneous-Mum said...

Thanks for a belly laugh on a morning when I really need it :)

Domestic Chicky said...

You make 40 ROCK mama!!!

Welcome to the new "20"!

Kami said...

All I can say...way to rock the national park service mama!

Oh, and Happy Birthday too!

Hol&J said...

K is awesome! (You two are so cute in your pictures.)

Stepping Over the Junk said...

This is priceless, as I have been following your attempts at getting a ranger uniform for him...HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU LUCKY DUCK!

Lisa Milton said...

That has got to be the best picture ever. Oh the freakin' joys.

{Mr. Joy did good}

SquidgesMum said...

read this out loud to other 1/2- laughed our a$$e$ off. You look very happy, what a way to start a new decade.

Tim G said...

hahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaaaaaaa!

i know that's obnoxious, but damn you're funny.

angela said...

(posting as my husband again...dmanit)

jakelliesmom said...

Hilarious.

Are you sure this was your birthday and not your honeymoon????

Man, oh man. We should all be so clear with our desires, because I've never seen so much Joy on a face.

I hope it's not on loan, and that K might continue to surprise you with the ensemble.

Love it.

Cakabaker said...

Wow, and I would have settled for the trip alone. The Park Ranger service was frsoting on the cake!
Glad you had a fantastic birthday, see 40 isn't so bad :) I have a couple years on you.

amyerj said...

Yogi and Boo Boo had to leave the forest. They saw something no bear should ever see.

Good for you!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

LOVE THAT UNIFORM! I even love it more that he let you post a picture of him wearing it!

You hot sexy 40 year old you!

Happy birthday!

Erin said...

If that's what 40 is like...niiiiiccccceeee!

moosh in indy. said...

OH. THE. JOYS.
Happy birthday my lovely, thanks for letting all of us in on K porn.

jen said...

OH MY GOD.

you two look so blissful. it makes me so happy.

Mom of Grown Daughters said...

I read your whole blog on Saturday and enjoyed it so much! I couldn't "put it down". My children are grown, but I still remember "Oh, The Joy" I really laughed at your portrayal of the Rooster as a teenager, giving you the finger as she goes out the door. I think your blog could be published as a book.

KC said...

Um...AWESOME. How do you freaking top that present?

Kami said...

OH. MAH. GAH.

You lucky girl.

Ally said...

Whoa. He is a hotty in that uniform! What a gift! And the weekend away without the kids-- amazing! Happy 4-0!

Tabba said...

I'm sitting here all ecstatic, gushy, and grinning like a drunk idiot for you!

Yippie kay yeah for you!

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Biddy said...

i'm laughing so hard i'm crying...that is fan-freakin-tastic!!! he will never top this...never

Jen M. said...

Happy birthday! You do NOT look 40 - even though it's the new 20.

My husband turns 40 on the 21st and he asked for the very same thing. Not the park ranger part - the night alone with no kids part. :)

creative-type dad said...

You crack me up!
Great, now I'm broken.

King Isepik said...

Yay!!! She got chicken from a park ranger!!! :)

DrowseyMonkey said...

If I turn 40 again can I get a gift like that?

mel from freak parade said...

That is so awesome! I don't recall ever being so happy at the thought of someone else's...um...marital relations...but I am so happy for you. Way to go, K! Way to go, Jessica!

Happy Birthday.

Shannon said...

Yea!! Vacation AND park ranger, woohoo! Happy Birthday!

Lotta said...

He didn't! Wow, what a man! And that picture of you is fantastic.

Major Bedhead said...

Hehehehehehe.

What's next? RCMP?

Julie said...

Bow Chicka Bow Bow!!!!!!

Yes...you have a look of joy on your face...and what a sweetie to dress up for you.

Happy Birthday!!!!!

imhelendt said...

LOL! We're going away for our anniversary for the first time EVER. And then I'm going to Europe with him ALONE. This made me REALLY look forward to it.

Amy said...

Great, jealously-inducing post! I turned 40 in March while on maternity leave, which made me feel still-young. Glad you had a great one!

Mrs. Flinger said...

Happy Birthday! You are truly adorable. And you're glowing. You make growing another year older totally sexy. (In a not weird blogger-to-blogger love kind of way)

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Happy Birthday!!! That is a terrific gift!

kittenpie said...

Oh my. do I smell a Hot & Bothered guest spot?

nikki said...

The hat looks awesome on you. Best. Birthday. Present. Ever. Lucky gal you.

Ruth Dynamite said...

Dreams DO come true, Cinderella!

You'll be glowing all year long.

Jhianna said...

Happy, happy birthday! He done good (and I agree with the others, the picture of you in The Hat is fantastic!)

Meegan said...

You have quite a glow about you in that picture, Mrs. Forest Ranger! A verrrry contented glow.

mostlyi'm tired said...

WOWZA!!!!! What a fun birthday. Congrats on finally bagging the ranger. :)

Staci Schoff said...

Happy Birthday! Being serviced by the park ranger becomes you...

pendlerpiken said...

whoa! congratulations :D

Heather said...

Happy Birthday. Glad all your dreams came true!

NotSoSage said...

Oh. My. God. I can't believe I missed this!

This rocks! I love the shot of you.

All my sweat over 30. You're making 40 look soooo good.

And, um, happy belated birthday!

~JJ! said...

The Hottest park ranger eva!

Good for you lady!

Damselfly said...

!!! Fantasy indulged! What a good sport K is. This post just makes my day.

Alpha DogMa said...

Well, did the poly-cotton blend uniform breathe? Do you even care? You two have great post-coital smiley faces!

My husband swears that sweat actually cleans polyester and makes it impervious to the elements. And detergent.

Regardless - happy birthday. You old coot.

Y said...

Oh, The Nasty!

Motherhood Uncensored said...

OMG. He got you a park ranger stripper?

*wink*

canape said...

Happy happy birthday. That K is a good man, but you already know that

karrie said...

That is a damn fine present!

Good job, K!

megachick said...

i'm so happy you finally got your fondest desire satisfied. wait, surely you're not satisfied already?

Kelly said...

I am so behind in my reading, but I just wanted to say...now that's my kind of man! Congrats and happy belated b-day!

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

I am SO behind on my blogging. SO sorry for the late birthday wishes. And your gift. That ROCKS! (As much as I'm sure YOU and K did! ha ha)

Mandaroo said...

Oh, I don't know how I missed this, but I saw the photo in your Flickr and had to look for the post. That is soooo awesome that he found it. Good for you. Sounds like you had a great 40th!!!

hausfrau said...

Looks like y'all put the OOOOh in 4-0.

Happy birthday...

Deb said...

OMG -- I never saw this post before!! I'm DYING!!

debbie said...

Wooooh baby, and a GOOD TIME was had by all ! I can tell by that BIG SMILE!! VERY NICE of K to agree that a Ranger doing a stellar job while wearing his hat was a quick way to add a little seXy SPICE into the mix. Did K get to watch? lol wink-wink