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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Francesca Day

Today, friends, is not only Glenn Close’s and Bruce Willis’ birthday, but also our dear, dear friend, Francesca’s. (I’m kicking myself that I do not have any of my yearbooks or photos to share...payback, friend!)

To say Francesca loves her birthday is an understatement. If she could, I’m pretty sure she would try and have it made into a national holiday, like Maritime Day. In high school, a month before her birthday, she would bring us little booklets known as the “countdown calendars.” These were to be used as a reminder that her birthday was approaching. A week or so before her birthday, notes like “Have you purchased Francesca a gift yet?” would appear on every page until her birthday arrived.

No, I’m not kidding.

Francesca and I go waaaay back. To be honest, I don’t think we got along when we first met in Brownies, but I tolerated her painfully similar attributes. For Christmas, Fran was appointed my secret Santa. This was the turning point in our relationship, at least for me. Even though I hated the owl bank she gave me, I felt it was a peace offering. We have been good friends ever since.

We all know that Francesca dreams of being a back-up dancer for Britney. This could very well stem from her early acting and dance career. Francesca always played the lead in many of our community plays. She was Clara in The Nutcracker, while I was a Russian dancer. She was a princess in The Nights of Scheherazade, and I was a rock, who later turned into a servant or townsperson. (Again, I’m not joking.) I suppose Frannie has always had that “IT” factor they talk about.

My wish for Francesca this year is for her to take it easy and live out her back-up dancer dream. Perhaps I’ll write a compelling letter to Oprah and, with some luck, maybe this will be her year to be, as Oprah says, “Your best you.”

You’re the best, Frannie. Happy, Happy Birthday and Congratulations on getting your MBA!!! Woo-Hoo!

-Kacey

Update: Please check out Keri's post today. She was able to get the high school photos I so desperately wanted!
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99 comments:

xoxo s said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANCESCA!! I hope you enjoy your day and make the best of it!!

forever folding laundry said...

Happy Birthday Friend!!!

My gift to you is the lovely old school photos I've got posted of you today.

Come see!

http://foreverfoldinglaundry.blogspot.com

~Keri

wenbren explains it all said...

Happy Birthday Fran!! Have a wonderful, lovely day!

The Blonde Duck said...

What did you get your MBA in? I'm thinking about getting mine...


Happy Birthday! How wonderful! I hope you have a fabulous celebration!

Jeannie said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!

Kathy B! said...

Happy Birthday, my friend :)

Call me and we'll get out Britney moves on (the real ones -- not the KathyB! version)!!

MELISSA said...

Many Happy Wishes on your birthday Francesca!

MELISSA said...

Many Happy Wishes on your birthday Francesca!

Megryansmom said...

Happy Birthday Francesca. Your gift is in the mail! Hope you love it.

Lolli said...

Happy Birthday, Francesca!!!! You have been a great friend, and I look forward to another year of getting to know you better. :) Congrats on such a huge achievement!!

Bee and Rose said...

Happy Birthday Francesca! May all of your Britney Back-up dancer dreams come true!

Lori said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Francesca!!!!!

How exciting! I hope you celebrate in pure Fran style, which would surely include loud music, great girlfriends, expensive wine, and a shopping trip to Paris. Have a fabulous day!

(Now I'm going over to Bruce Willis' fan page to write him the exact same birthday message) :)

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Happy Birthday Daaaaaling! May all your wishes be fulfilled.

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

Happy Birthday, Miss Francesca! Wishing you a FABULOUS day of YOU!!

Tia said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!

Kameron said...

Happy Birthday! Oh, and I love the updated photos of the kiddos! I was wondering when you were going to do that. :o)

amanda said...

happy happy birthday!! or rather happy francesca day!! :0)

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday, Francesca! I hope it's the best one yet!

pam said...

Wishing you a wonderful, relaxing birthday, Francesca!!

Happy Birthday To You!

dede said...

happy happy birthday - I hope your day is special!!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day!

MEGAN said...

Get out! Your birthday is the day after mine. Eat cake, jump on the bed, buy something frivolous, paint your nails red, and sing on the top of your lungs. :)

Happy Birthday!!!

BlogBaby said...

Dearest Francesca,

Birthday's are wicked awesome and indeed yours should be a national holiday, after all their is no denying your deep and lasting impact on the world around you....and even those of us way up here in CANADA!

Rock another year sista!

BlogBaby

Jo said...

Happy Birthday Francesca! What a nice birthday post.

Shalee- Be Speechless said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!!!

susannah said...

ah, yes- to francesca's backup dancing dreams....this year just may be the year! :) francesca- from uc davis days to oaktown- you are truly one of the most thoughtful people that i know. have a great day!!!

Rachael said...

happy birthday francesca!

SO said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!!! I hope it's a fabulous day!!

B said...

What?! The rest of us aren't going to get count down calendars and reminder notes? Shame, I could have gotten you something better than I did. Sorry, I had no time.

Happy birthday anyways! For your last minute gift I'm going to play a game called, "pinch Frannie's fanny" since you seemed to have so much fun with it the other day. That, and we're tight like *this*

Have a good one girl!

peewee said...

UGH! I feel like I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN your birthday first! I, I, I, Thought I was SPECIAL!

oh, and BTW...I DID THE EXCT SAME THING AS A KID in regards to my B-day. ANd by "kid" I mean 37. Now I use my BLOG as the countdown forum! And with the BLOG as the forum, I can LINK to all the presents I want! Its GLORIOUS!

anyhoo, Happy Birthday I guess.

peewee said...

Mine's Nov 17. Consider yourself on notice.

peewee said...

I'm gonna go celebrate and buy myself a present in honor of your birthday! what should I get?

Sheryl said...

I guess my birthday (3/21) is in pretty good company. Happy Birthday to all.

Mama SeWELL said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!! I didn't see any blackmail worthy photos... LOL!

Kristina P. said...

Happy birthday to my Bayside Twin! Minus the whole earth-loving thing.

Amy said...

Hoping you have a great day filled with fun. I am off to check out the pictures of high school.

Happy Birthday to you.

Barbaloot said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!! I'm wondering why the blog didn't have a countdown if this is such a momentous occasion...? We could've celebrated HUGE!!

And also, sorry about the whole 'being a rock' thing. But I bet your transformation to townsperson was incredible.

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

Happy Birthday! That was hilarious!

Melissa said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANCESCA!! I think I'm going to make a cake in your honor... and then I'll eat it in your honor... and then I'll not exercise in your honor too ;)

jennykate77 said...

What a great tribute ☺

Happy Birthday, Francesca!!

funky bag freak said...

Happy birthday girl! MBA? Awesome! Congrats!

wendy said...

happy birthday francesca!!
can't believe we have made it this far!!
xooxoxox
& yeah for finishing school what a relief! now to take over the world.

rachel said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!! Hope you have a wonderful day :)

seriously? said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!!! Wish we could make the Brittany concert together but, I will settle for getting you drunk at Chevy's. :) Have fun!!!

Helene said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANCESCA!!!! I hope your birthday today is as special and as unique as you are!!!!

Grand Pooba said...

Awwwww, Happy Birthday Francesca! Why didn't I recieve a Fran's BDay Countdown book? I am so sad.

Kailey said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it's a great one!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!! I find it hilarious you would give your friends a count down to your birthday! Too funny!!

Congrats on getting your MBA too!! That's great!!

Jen

Tranquility said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Stesha said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHICK!

Hugsa and Mocha,
Stesha

SE'LAH... said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANCESCA !!! wishing you many more...

blueviolet said...

Francesca--

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

Since it's your birthday, I won't mention that your dreams for back-up dancer success are pretty futile and far-fetched. I'll save that for another day because I roll with great sensitivity.

Happy Birthday, my sweet bloggy friend!!

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!!!

Should I be offended that I didn't get a birthday countdown calendar? They're probably more necessary with adults than with kids! ;o)

Mrs Cooper said...

Happy Birthday Francesca.

Heather of the EO said...

Happy Birthday!!!

I hope you're able to celebrate in the most outrageous way you possibly can, letting the world know YOU WERE BOOORN today!

Now I'm off to take a peek at the old photos...tee hee.

Christina said...

Happy Birthday, Francesca! Hope you have a super duper day!

Kimmy said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!!! I'm just like you girlie!! My birthday is a special day, no matter how old I'm getting!! :D

LOVE the photo's from Keri's post! Makes me miss high school :O)

Counselormama said...

Happy Birthday! This was too funny!

Vodka Mom said...

HOly shit I forgot to send the gift. Okay, I've got 1/2 a bottle of vodka left- I'm coming over.

Wifey said...

Happy Birthday, Francesca! You're my kind of girl ... birthday's should be celebrated for at least one month.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

RiverPoet said...

Happy Birthday, Francesca! Many happy returns!

Peace - D

Technodoll said...

oooo! Happy Great Day, Francesca! Hope you got your cake and ate it, too!

xoxo

Deb said...

I want to wish a happy birthday to my blog-muse... you deserve a wonderful year!

Quiskaeya said...

That's right Francesca! Your birthday should be a national holiday!!! Happy Birthday and may this year bring bigger and better things than you've ever imagined!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Happy Birthday Francesca! I always get a thrill when I get a comment from you on my blog. Like I've been visited by a celebrity! ;-) Hope your day is wonderful!

Domestically Disabled Girl said...

I would totally take the day off if your birthday were a national holiday. We could eat girl scout cookies, sing Britney songs together and laugh at our children!

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Happy Birthday to you, Francesca!!!! Hope you had a great one!

Willow Tree said...

You ARE the best you! Could I love your birthday calendar any more??? Drat, I wish I had thought it up! You deserve the best of the best my friend, Happy Birthday!

Much Love, C~

rebel said...

Happy Birthday Francesca! I loved the pictures of you all growing up. I hope you had a great day. You do know that a birthday lasts all week, right?

TMI Tara said...

Fran's Birthday calendar idea deserves a roof-raise and I'm totally sendin it your way girl! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! I was able to see the flashback photos and I LOVED THEM!

rightonmom said...

Hope i'm not too late in wishing you a very happy birthday!! Hell, give yourself the rest of the month to celebrate your awesomeness!!

May all our wishes come true, :)

rightonmom said...

Such a total dork...I meant to say

May all YOUR wishes come true, :)

mommy jac said...

Happy birthday Francesca, Hope you enjoy your special day and here's my simple gift for you an award/tag http://emotemylife.blogspot.com/2009/03/friendly-blogger-award.html
hope you like it, have a nice day =)

Abra said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)♥

lov said...

oh happy birthday dear francesca!!!! how exciting!!!!!!!!!

Becky said...

Happy Birthday Francesca! Have a great day!!

Becky said...

Happy Birthday Francesca! Have a great day!!

Kelly Deneen said...

Happy Birthday, Francesca!!! I hope it is a fabulous one! :)

Breanne said...

Happy Birthday Francesca!! Nice tribute post Kacey :)

Have a wonderful day! Now I don't feel so bad for drawing attention to my own birthday last month, knowing that Francesca even did count-down calendars!

MBA? When did you finish that? That's great!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Mainly a midwife said...

Happy Belated Birthday Francesca!!! loved the old photos on Keri's blog. You guys were so young!!!!

jesse said...

Hahah, you guys are SOOOO CUTE!!!!! Happy birthday dear Francesca!! Hope you're having a day as wonderful as yourself!!

That Girl in Brazil said...

Can I get a resounding AWWWWWWWWWW?!?!?

And a happy birthday, of course.

Felicia - I Complete Me said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Happy Birthday Fran!

Kristen Andrews said...

Happy Birthday Francesca! Hope you enjoy your day, in our family we do a week long celebration.

Boy Mom said...

Happy Birthday to an amazing person!

The Rambler said...

Hau`oli la hanau Francesca!!!

sandy said...

Happy Belated Birthday! (I'm a little behind)

I hope your day was special!

Christie-A Work In Progress said...

Happy Birthday Francesca! I am so sorry I missed the actual day...way behind in the Google Reader! But I hope you had a great day!

wonder woman said...

I'm behind, too, but Happy Birthday, Francesca!! I love your posts here, and your comments on my blog make me smile everytime. You are totally a rockin' chick.

susette said...

I'm coming over from Blog Stalkers Unite, asking for your help. I am in the running for a round trip airfare paid ticket to Connecticut, to meet a friend I became acquainted with through blogging. She is a super fun person and is holding this contest. I entered a funny story titled "Grapejuice Floaties, Now Marry Me." The person whose story receives the most votes will win a trip to meet this generous lady, whom I'm hoping to meet. The voting ends tonight I believe. I am ahead for now but there is a story coming up from behind out of nowhere and I would so, so, appreciate your help. Her blog is www.becausemomsaidso.blogspot.com and the voting is on the sidebar on the right. "Grapejuice, Floaties" Just go there and cast a vote for me, please. Thanks so much-you're awesome! ♥

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY, FRANCESCA! Sorry I've been so behind on blog reading that I missed it! But I hope it was an awesome one! ;)

Stephanie said...

So better late than never..... Happy Birthday!

AndreaLeigh said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Francesca! Sorry this is a little late!

joanofalltrades said...

Happy Belated BDay Francesca and congrats on the MBA! Great tribute to your friend Kacey! She's one of the bestest bloggy buddies around!

Live.Love.Eat said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Nancy said...

I'm sorry I missed your birthday! I hope you had a fabulous day. I also LOVE my birthday and have made all 3 of my boys love theirs. It's our one special day that's all about us. :D

Megan said...

Happy belated Birthday Francesca!! I hope it was FAB!! =D