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Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday Five: Las Mañanitas

Éstas son las mañanitas These are the morning verses
Que cantaba el Rey David, That King David used to sing,
A las muchachas bonitas To the beautiful young ladies,
Se las cantaba así. He would sing them like this.


(The Mexican birthday song, sometimes sung as a dawn serenade).

Youtube Mariachi version here. Piano music and eleventy-zillion more verses here.

My forty-third birthday next Wednesday will inaugurate the "Birthday Madness" season in the Grimes-Honkanen household. The next day Katie will turn five and just over two weeks later, on Feb. 3, Nicholas will be eleven. In the middle, on January 30, we celebrate the gift of Grandma Di; Nicholas and I were both due on my Mom's birthday but I was uncharacteristically early and he was little late. We will be doing a trip to Disneyland to celebrate them all in a couple weeks; in the meantime I offer this birthday-inspired Friday Five.

1. When is your birthday? Does anyone else (famous and/or in your own life) share it?

2. Do you prefer a big party or an intimate celebration for the chosen few?

3. Describe your most memorable birthday(s)--good, bad, or both.

4. What is your favorite cake and ice cream? (Bonus points if you share the cake recipe). Or would you rather have a different treat altogether?

5. Surprise parties: love 'em or hate 'em?

Bonus: Describe your ideal birthday--the sky's the limit.

As always, let us know in comments if you play. Post a direct link to your blog entry in your comment using the following formulation: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a> For a complete how-to, click here.

52 comments:

  1. Mother Laura, Our birthdays are close together, however, I am older than you by ALMOST a decade.

    I played here, but it will cost ME money if you comment - for real. Go ahead, make me go broke.

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  2. I partied here… receipts included.

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  3. Mine is next week also. (And I'm a whole year younger than you....)Happy Birthday!

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  4. It is a crazy day today, but I had a short play here.

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  5. Feliz cumpleaños, Mother Laura! I played here

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  6. I'm going to turn 50 (gulp!) in 3 months and 1 day. So I played, too.

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  7. I played. www.foraseason.blogspot.com

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  8. Happy birthday to everyone in your house. In high school Spanish class we had to learn Las Mananitas and sing it for a grade =) I got a kick out of singing along with the YouTube Mariachis =) I played here

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  9. Happy Birthday, Mother Laura!!!

    This was a fun one - I played here!

    Happy Friday, all!

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  10. Happy Birthday Mother Laura. And Lorna - I was thinking the same thing!! That's definitely a Finnish name.

    They say it's my birthday, but not 'til July!

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  11. Happy birthday, Mother Laura! I have one next week too. My birthday play is here.

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  12. I played but need more time to figure out how to link directly. Can I use the excuse that I'm new? Ha! Happy Birthday!

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  13. Morning everyone! Great play.

    Yes, Lorna, my father in law is a proud Finnish American (MIL is German). His parents came over as very young children; he grew up in the woods of Minnesota taking saunas instead of showers and didn't speak any English till he went to school. Sadly he lost most of his Finnish thereafter.

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  15. Hi again. I deleted my faulty link and am going to try again. For my birthday thoughts and a recipe, go here.

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  16. Happy Birthday Mother Laura! I played here

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  17. First time player here. It was even only the 2nd post on my blog ever. Not sure how I'm going to be at keeping that up-to-date, but I hope to become regular with it. Today I'm procrasting as I'm trying to write my sermon for Sunday. My husband finally is moving up here to our new home/new town/new call tomorrow, so I want this to be done and off my plate today.

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  18. Happy Birthday to all... I was going to post but realized that because there are some relational "sticky wickets" involved, I think I'll just visit and read other's instead.

    :)
    deb

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  19. My little bit of mischief can be found right here.

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  20. Parties are always fun, come to mine here.

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  21. I played on the right day! :)

    My post is here.

    Mother Laura, I will be 43 on my next birthday, too!

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  22. Just got home after a long day. Ever feel like you are in some sort of church inspired TWILIGHT ZONE and just need to get out and back to the real world??

    So no play from me today, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mother Laura!

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  23. Oh dear, I played on the actual real genuine Friday for once, - and then forgot to link till this morning.
    Birthday greetings all round, nonetheless :-)

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  24. Here is my play, a day late and perhaps even that dollar short!

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  25. Happy Birthday Laura! Here are Lindsay's Birthday dreams.

    As ever, thanks for the awesome inspiration!

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