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happy birthday lxy in melbourne <3<3<3/xoxoxo/top notch/!!!!

estela, Saturday, 3 October 2009 01:09 (fourteen years ago) link

happy birthday dear lxy, happy birthday to you

spite n ease (harbl), Saturday, 3 October 2009 01:46 (fourteen years ago) link

looked at cake marked 'happy birthday!' in safeway and thought of u.

happy birthday.

xpost to cake thread: i want a cake now.

te,he (tehresa), Saturday, 3 October 2009 02:33 (fourteen years ago) link

the happiest of birthdays my dear friend

jergins, Saturday, 3 October 2009 04:58 (fourteen years ago) link

<3 everyone, i am very happy!!!

lxy, Saturday, 3 October 2009 05:05 (fourteen years ago) link

aw is it really your birthday?? happy birthday lxy!!! <3 <3 <3

smoove operator, Saturday, 3 October 2009 05:56 (fourteen years ago) link

happy birthday!!!

show the sandbox pictures of stfu mad (unregistered), Saturday, 3 October 2009 13:18 (fourteen years ago) link

happy birthday again<3<3<3

estela, Saturday, 3 October 2009 21:27 (fourteen years ago) link


lxy, Saturday, 3 October 2009 23:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Happy spinning-opposite and upside-down birthday lxy!

jaq, Sunday, 4 October 2009 00:14 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

happy birthday dear lxy<3<3<3

estela, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:46 (eleven years ago) link


estela, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:53 (eleven years ago) link


u know my homes' methods, plies them (p much resigned to deems), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 23:23 (eleven years ago) link

Happy birthday!

jaq, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 23:25 (eleven years ago) link

Part 1

It was early morning on April 12th, and five out of six Partridges were already up and moving. It took a long time to decorate for a party; after all, it was Keith's eighteenth birthday and things had to be just right. Laurie and Shirley hung a huge banner that read "Happy 18th, Keith" in the living room. Chris and Tracy blew up several dozen balloons and Danny tied them off, attaching them to everything he could think of. There were streamers and confetti…making Shirley's once neat living room look like a tickertape parade had just been by.

"Think he suspects anything?" Laurie stood on her tiptoes on the stepladder.

"I don't think so. He was pretty adamant about not having a party and I think we did a good enough acting job to make him think we listened. Personally, I think he would be hurt if we didn't come through with something. I mean, how many times do you turn eighteen?" Shirley smiled.

"Yeah. I can hardly wait 'til he sees the motorcycle!" Chris grinned.

"Me, too," Danny agreed. "I can't believe you actually gave in, Mom."

"Well, he's earned it. He's never once gotten a ticket in the car; he's been very responsible. I will tell you that I'm not thrilled with the idea of my son careening around town on a motorcycle, but I know I can trust him." Shirley and Laurie climbed down off their pedestals, stepping back to look at their work.

"Is it hanging straight, gang?" Laurie wanted to know.

"Perfect!" Danny nodded.

"Good. Let's go get the birthday boy up."
Everyone headed for the kitchen, where Shirley had prepared an elaborate breakfast in bed for him. The tray was loaded with buttered toast, strawberry waffles - with whipped cream, thank you very much -, and a tall glass of orange juice.

Shirley picked up the tray, leading the rest of them up the stairs.


Keith was on his stomach in the bed, the covers helter-skelter around his legs as the Partridges entered quietly. He faced the window, his head down on the mattress. The pillows were pushed to one side and he looked dead to the world.

Laurie crept around the bed, doing her best not to giggle. "Aw, he looks so cute…it's a shame to wake him up," she whispered.

"Yeah…let's do it." Danny's voice was more mischievous than usual.

Laurie raised her arms like a bandleader.


The song, loud, screeching and deliberately off-key rang through the room.

Keith opened one eye, seemingly unimpressed. "Mmmph," he grunted.

Laurie reached down, shaking his shoulder. "Come on, birthday boy…time to get up!"

He lifted his head, looking at her through blurry eyes. "What time is it?"

"Like I said, time to get up. Or would you rather do this the hard way? The kids are just aching to bounce you up."

Rolling over, he managed to get up on his elbows. "I'm up, I'm up…" His voice still reflected about four hours of lost sleep.

Laurie pulled the pillows over, placing them under his back. "Here's your breakfast."

Shirley leaned down, carefully placing the tray over his lap. "Happy Birthday, honey."

"Thanks, Mom," he murmured, running his fingers through his hair.

"It's your favorite," Danny pointed out. "Want me to feed it to you?"

Keith eyed him suspiciously. "I can eat it myself, thank you." He yawned, looking down at the tray. He seemed still half-asleep as he fumbled for the utensils and the napkin. Danny pressed closer.

"Are you sure?"

Keith glared. "Go away."

"Come on, kids, let's let him eat. We'll see you downstairs, honey."

Shirley did her best to gather them up and herd them out, smiling down at her very sleepy son.

He waved at her and as she closed the door, he dropped his hands, lying back against the pillow, the tray still over him. 'Just five more minutes,' he thought. After all, it was Sunday…

The door opened, startling him. It was Shirley. "Eat!" she commanded, and he forced himself to look as awake as he could get.

"I'm eating, I'm eating…" he muttered, taking the fork in his hand.


A good hour passed before they saw Keith again. This time, he was dressed and alert as he came down the stairs. Seeing the party trimmings in the living room, he stopped. "Hey!" he cried.

"Like it?" Shirley pushed a balloon out of her way.

He shook his head, coming down the rest of the stairs. "I said, no party!"

"Don't worry about it. We had the party without you. Everybody just left," Danny said smugly.

"Why don't you go with them?" Keith shot back. "Mom, really, I just wanted to spend a quiet day at home. No fuss, no muss." He sank down onto the couch arm.

"I know you did, honey, but, well, eighteen…" She crinkled her nose at him. "It's special."

He smiled one of his shy smiles. "Yeah, I guess so. So when does this get together…get together?"

"One o'clock. Everybody who's anybody from school will be there," Laurie said perkily.

"Dina Firmly?" Keith raised his eyebrows along with his hopes.

"No." Laurie's smile faded. "She had to leave town. Something about the witness protection program." To his speechlessness, Laurie laughed, poking him in the shoulder. "I'm kidding. She practically begged me to invite her."

Keith looked relieved as Chris got his mother's attention. "Can we give it to him, now?"

The other four looked at her eagerly as well, causing Keith to back up warily. "Give me what?"

"A wedgie, what do you think?" Danny bemoaned. "Your present, you dip!"

Keith smiled sheepishly. "Oh."

"Yeah, Mom, can we?" Tracy tugged on Shirley's arm.

Shirley sighed. "I suppose. Close your eyes, Keith."

He obeyed and was surprised to find himself being propelled forward. Laurie put her hands over his eyes as a precaution. "No peeking."

They took him out the door. He knew that, because it was suddenly cool and he heard the door close behind him. Then it was down the steps and another five feet before he was released.

"Happy Birthday!" they chorused around him and he opened his eyes.

There, like a dream in front of him, stood a brand new shiny motorcycle. A huge bow was tied to the handlebars and at first he swore he was seeing things, then reality hit.

His jaw dropped. "No way!" he said as he and the bike were surrounded. He looked at Shirley, saw the hint of tears in her eyes and knew right then it was for real. "Mom?"

She stepped forward, hugging him. "Happy Birthday."

"But you…I…you never…"

"Like I said, eighteen is special," she stroked his hair. "I just want you to promise me that you'll be careful, that you'll obey all traffic rules and show up for dinner once in a while."

He grinned, kissing her cheek. "I promise," he said, touching her nose with his. "Thanks."

"Let's go for a ride, Keith!" Danny's hands ran along the leather seat of the bike.

Keith looked at his mother.

"And no passengers!" Shirley added sternly.

"Sorry, pal," Keith shook his head. "Uh…what about a helmet?"

Laurie stepped forward, a big box in her hand. "This is from us kids," she said, grinning as she handed it to him.

He opened the box and withdrew a metallic blue helmet. His grin got bigger. "This is so cool…thanks, you guys! I'll think of you every time I put it on."

"Which will be anytime you get within 10 feet of this…monstrosity," Shirley said, and she wasn't kidding.

"Okay, okay," Keith laughed. "You have my solemn word."

"Take it for a trial run," Danny urged.

"Yeah, Keith. Dina's really going to flip when she sees you on this. Maybe you could just drive by her house," Laurie said.

Keith looked at Shirley. "Would you mind?"

"Yes, but I have a feeling that you're going to ignore that, so…" Shirley answered.

He leaned over, kissing her cheek and strapped on the helmet.

As he straddled the bike, Shirley began calling out her instructions. "Remember, just to Dina's and back. Don't speed, and no fancy maneuvers. And please be careful. You aren't officially eighteen until 3:46 this afternoon! I want to see you make it!"

She didn't know if he heard any of it. He started up the motor and pulled away from the house. Just the sight of it made Shirley's blood run cold.


estela, Thursday, 4 October 2012 01:19 (eleven years ago) link

oh hahahaaaa thank you friends!!! hearts and flowers to you all, i love youuuuu!!!!!

lxy, Thursday, 4 October 2012 02:55 (eleven years ago) link

i had a special delivery of jaffas today!

lxy, Thursday, 4 October 2012 02:57 (eleven years ago) link


tehresa, Thursday, 4 October 2012 11:11 (eleven years ago) link

happy birthday 2 u!

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 4 October 2012 13:23 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

happy birthday for yesterday lxy in tokyo (sorry i was mixed up about what date it was)<3

estela, Friday, 4 October 2013 07:56 (ten years ago) link

thank you darling! i am claiming both japan 3rd and us 3rd, so it's a timely wish!

and here it is already the 4th, so warm regards to f. he can claim both too!

lxy, Friday, 4 October 2013 08:01 (ten years ago) link

f. says thank you and happy birthdays to you too!

estela, Friday, 4 October 2013 08:18 (ten years ago) link

f. said, 'i have two every year really.'

estela, Friday, 4 October 2013 08:19 (ten years ago) link

he said it matter of factly, not smugly.

estela, Friday, 4 October 2013 08:20 (ten years ago) link

happy japanbirthday!

spite n ease (harbl), Friday, 4 October 2013 11:14 (ten years ago) link

happy bday lxy! <3

smoove operator, Friday, 4 October 2013 17:35 (ten years ago) link

thank you, dear friends. much love to you from the far east.

lxy, Friday, 4 October 2013 21:55 (ten years ago) link

hb lxy! psst i'm gonna apply for a job at udub

mookieproof, Friday, 4 October 2013 23:38 (ten years ago) link

happy dear lxy <3!!!

tehresa, Saturday, 5 October 2013 00:57 (ten years ago) link

i should also apply for a job at udub. let's all work at udub.

tehresa, Saturday, 5 October 2013 00:58 (ten years ago) link

oh yay that is wonderful, good luck mookirproof! tehersa too!!

lxy, Saturday, 5 October 2013 02:39 (ten years ago) link

and thanks!

lxy, Saturday, 5 October 2013 02:39 (ten years ago) link

Happy belated wisjes!

jaq, Saturday, 5 October 2013 13:52 (ten years ago) link

i want to work there too. let's just start our own college and work there.

spite n ease (harbl), Saturday, 5 October 2013 14:57 (ten years ago) link

what a wonderful idea! we can rent a space in the neighborhood, and call our college The Other Georgetown in the Other Washington.

lxy, Saturday, 5 October 2013 22:39 (ten years ago) link

So much better than the Georgetown in the Washington!! I'm in!

tehresa, Sunday, 6 October 2013 01:19 (ten years ago) link

belated obvs

esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Monday, 7 October 2013 23:23 (ten years ago) link

happy ongoing birthday week<3

estela, Tuesday, 8 October 2013 19:15 (ten years ago) link

<3 infinity

lxy, Wednesday, 9 October 2013 03:17 (ten years ago) link

eleven months pass...

happiest birthday, dearest lxyest<3

estela, Saturday, 4 October 2014 00:52 (nine years ago) link

Wisjing you a wonderful birthday!

jaq, Saturday, 4 October 2014 00:57 (nine years ago) link

libras, ugh

j/k happy birthday <3 <3 <3

mookieproof, Saturday, 4 October 2014 01:01 (nine years ago) link

i promise i will not crunch out a wordless rendition of 'happy birthday' using corn nuts and open-mouthed chewing.

estela, Saturday, 4 October 2014 01:04 (nine years ago) link

Happiest day to you, dear lxy!

tehresa, Saturday, 4 October 2014 02:45 (nine years ago) link

thank you, lovies!

lxy, Saturday, 4 October 2014 03:54 (nine years ago) link

estela, i read your post to jergïns and he said, "thank her for me, jeez."

lxy, Saturday, 4 October 2014 03:56 (nine years ago) link

happy birthday! october best month for a birthday

spite n ease (harbl), Saturday, 4 October 2014 12:55 (nine years ago) link


lxy, Monday, 6 October 2014 02:57 (nine years ago) link

o hai

esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Monday, 6 October 2014 22:11 (nine years ago) link


lxy, Tuesday, 7 October 2014 20:33 (nine years ago) link

hand on heart, i have never knowingly eaten a corn nut in my life.

estela, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 09:09 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

happy birthday dear one<3

estela, Monday, 3 October 2016 19:23 (seven years ago) link

wisjes lxy

esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Monday, 3 October 2016 21:59 (seven years ago) link

happy!!! enjoy your very exciting game evening :D

toadstool might (tehresa), Monday, 3 October 2016 22:09 (seven years ago) link

I did not write game! Stupid phone! Did not mean to imply you'd spend your b-day having game night.

Enjoy your adventure!

toadstool might (tehresa), Monday, 3 October 2016 22:10 (seven years ago) link

lol i was like "what game is on that lxy cares about"


spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 3 October 2016 22:47 (seven years ago) link

lol squeeee hurray thank you all!!

lxy, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 16:55 (seven years ago) link

omg <3

mookieproof, Sunday, 9 October 2016 03:00 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

happy belated sandbox birthday, dearest lxy<3

estela, Sunday, 8 October 2017 03:43 (six years ago) link

oh! hi lxy

mookieproof, Sunday, 8 October 2017 07:36 (six years ago) link

happy lxy!

toadstool might (tehresa), Sunday, 8 October 2017 14:57 (six years ago) link

Tsking at estela for not flagging in time tbh

esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Sunday, 8 October 2017 17:03 (six years ago) link

thank you, lovelies

lxy, Monday, 9 October 2017 14:57 (six years ago) link


spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:27 (six years ago) link

eleven months pass...

happy birthday darling lxy<3

estela, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:09 (five years ago) link


toadstool might (tehresa), Thursday, 4 October 2018 03:18 (five years ago) link


mookieproof, Friday, 5 October 2018 04:28 (five years ago) link

happy birthday dear lxy

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:27 (five years ago) link

YAY thanks!@!

lxy, Friday, 12 October 2018 16:44 (five years ago) link

eleven months pass...

happy birthday, dear darling lxy<3

estela, Thursday, 3 October 2019 21:36 (four years ago) link


mookieproof, Thursday, 3 October 2019 22:57 (four years ago) link


spite n ease (harbl), Friday, 4 October 2019 00:16 (four years ago) link

happy lxy day!

toadstool might (tehresa), Friday, 4 October 2019 14:33 (four years ago) link


esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Friday, 4 October 2019 20:56 (four years ago) link

thank you, lovelies<3

lxy, Monday, 7 October 2019 18:21 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

!!! <3

mookieproof, Saturday, 3 October 2020 19:46 (three years ago) link

happy birthday, darling friend<3

estela, Sunday, 4 October 2020 01:37 (three years ago) link

a very lxy birthday to you <3

toadstool might (tehresa), Sunday, 4 October 2020 16:03 (three years ago) link

happy great australian birthday!

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 5 October 2020 00:25 (three years ago) link

thank you my lovelies

lxy, Sunday, 11 October 2020 00:13 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...


mookieproof, Sunday, 3 October 2021 09:03 (two years ago) link

happy birthday dearest one<3

estela, Sunday, 3 October 2021 22:49 (two years ago) link

happy birthday dear lxy!

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 4 October 2021 01:05 (two years ago) link

thank you, my darling friends <3

lxy, Monday, 4 October 2021 02:53 (two years ago) link


esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Monday, 4 October 2021 10:48 (two years ago) link

Happy belated lxyday.

toadstool might (tehresa), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 02:15 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

happy birthday dearest lxy ❤️

estela, Monday, 3 October 2022 00:15 (one year ago) link


mookieproof, Monday, 3 October 2022 23:58 (one year ago) link

lxy and f. are usa/australia time difference birthday twins <3

estela, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 00:08 (one year ago) link

thank you, my lovelies

lxy, Wednesday, 12 October 2022 06:03 (one year ago) link

happy belated, lxy dearest!

toadstool might (tehresa), Thursday, 13 October 2022 04:04 (one year ago) link

omg happy extremely belated birthday to lxy!

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 26 October 2022 21:37 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

<3 happiest birthday to you, dear lolly

estela, Tuesday, 3 October 2023 08:18 (four months ago) link

happy day!!!

toadstool might (tehresa), Tuesday, 3 October 2023 21:27 (four months ago) link

oh no i am late! <3 <3

ps how do you feel about drempels

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 October 2023 05:23 (four months ago) link

iirc because upon encountering them, you should 'let op'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 October 2023 02:26 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

belated thanks, all my dearies

lxy, Friday, 29 December 2023 12:20 (two months ago) link

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