Happy Birthday Jeanine (AKA Neaners, and what I've called her for decades, JayBabe)! We are excited to celebrate our beautiful, thougtful, outspoken, caring and loving sister, cousin, niece, and aunt on her 44th birthday. J, we hope the following list of things about you brings some smiles and not too many embarassments...
When I asked for help from people about doing this post, everyone immediately said that Jeanine is someone who makes and keeps friends FOREVER! Here is a picture of Jeanine with her best friend from high school, D'Anna, who she still sees and talks to often. And D'Anna's just one of many lifelong friends who know they will always have a loving ear and generous soul to share things with in Jeanine.
One of the ways Jeanine stays close to people is through cards and letters. Many of us mentioned her beautiful handwriting, but in the end it was George who noted the most important fact: even if everyone else were to forget a birthday, there would for sure still be a card in the mailbox from Jeanine. I know every one of us can attest to that. What a wonderful thing she does. Thank you, J!
Another way she stays in touch (and also just plain goes on adventures) it is through travel! The girl has been so many fun places--Greece, Italy, the British Isles, Hawaii, all over the U.S., and more. (We're all pretty jealous of this.)
Jeanine's best friend. Currently "her man". Frodo!
Another cool thing about Jeanine is that she always wanted to be a nurse, and so she became one. And she's great at it. She is now in her eighth year as a pediatric nurse at the children's hospital attached to Stanford. One of the ways she brightens the lives of sick kids is through the colorful scrubs she likes to wear.
When she's home, it's often reality t.v., especially American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. She also loves a lot of television dramas...
...but her most steady "must see t.v." is General Hospital, which she's watched since she was a teenager.
She lists The Sound of Music and Ladyhawke (grrrr Michelle Pfeiffer!) as a couple of her favorite movies. And in general, she's a "chick flick" girl.
As the winner of TKWAW blog's Most Embarrassing iPod Playlist contest for having the oh-so-syrupy Muskrat Love and a few other, um . . . classics there, I'm happy to report that she does like a lot of 70s (the one and only true musical decade) music, including things by the Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Cat Stevens.
She belongs on this blog and part of this family (am I the only one who hasn't read them?) as a fan of the Twilight series...
Jeanine loves playing board games, and she's especially good at "wordy" ones like Boggle and Scrabble (she and I have a very close match going online right now)
A kind of unusual thing is that Jeanine doesn't like the taste of regular water, so her drinks of choice for her healthy lifestyle are Vitamin Water and Propel
Jeanine is really very spiritual with her temperament running toward the "New Agey"
We're all excited about the amazing physical transformation Jeanine has undergone these past three years. It's fitting that she loves butterflies (even having a tattoo of one on her shoulder).
She not only loves butterflies, she's tried flying herself! NOT a surprise to any of us who know what a lover of life this girl is.
We love you, J! Have a great, great day! You deserve every happiness as we know there is nothing but love and beauty in your heart. We've all been very blessed to have you in our lives.
Love you!!! Kisses!!!