How a Neti Pot Made Me Cry… {Happy Birthday To ME!}

Sunday afternoon we had a joint birthday for my dad & myself, even though today is my official 26th birthday!  It was a small family party and never in my wildest dreams did I think a simple silly present from my little sister would make me cry! 

The present opening started out normal enough, I got money, candy and a pair of capris from Lucy.  Awesome gifts, but nothing exciting (or tear worthy).  Until I got to Alex’s gift … I open her card and bag …


to find a Neti Pot …


As you can see, I wasn’t overly bummed by the Neti Pot.  It has become a bit of a family joke after I realized that many members of my family had never heard of one.  I went as far as finding You-Tube videos for them to watch about it, because they didn’t believe something like this existed!  [FYI Wiki’s definition of a Neti Pot: “Are used to flush out the nasal cavities by using gravity to draw the flow of saline”.

My whole family was laughing when I opened the present because of how much giggles it had given us over the last year or so!  Little did I know this was a “filler” gift, because the real gift she got me couldn’t fit in the cute little birthday bag.

See that note taped to the bottom of the box?  That little note was worth over $1,100!  YES, my 18 year old sister spent $1,100 on a BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR ME!



The notecard taped to the box held another folded up sheet of paper.  As I opened the paper the tears began to flow …



What did that sheet of paper contain?  What had Alex spent $1,100 on?  The one thing I will tell you is it was related to my car.  Before I reveal the gift, we need to travel back in time to explain the history behind the gift.  In May, I wrote about My First Car in a Writer’s Workshop prompt.  In the post I shared photos of my first and current car, plus the story behind all its DAMAGE AND DENTS!

Excerpt from My First Car blog post
Originally Posted May 12, 2011

For starters, my middle sister Kelly, CANNOT back up to save her life. At my parents house our driveway is on a hill at an odd sharp angle. Whichever one of us got home first would park at the top of the driveway, the other would park behind. Every. Single. Time. Kelly would park up top and have to back up around me she would hit my car. Kelly backs up like she’s driving a bumper car vehicle! Very annoying!! Luckily, she only would give it "love taps" and not anything major. You can see some of the scratches on the front of my car. Oh and the “H” logo is pushed in on the hood! Thanks Kel!

When my youngest sister turned 16, she didn’t buy a car right away because my family had a plethora of cars and I was working across the street so most of the time I didn’t need a car. So I graciously allowed Alex to drive my car for about 6 months day and night. I’m a nice sister! It was during Alex’s tenure with my car that the major damage occurred. The biggest issue was when she got side swiped on the passenger side by a semi truck on the freeway. That left a MAJOR indent in the side of my car. It wasn’t her fault it happened, it just happened on her watch! She feels bad, and promises she will get it fixed. (Hopefully she doesn’t read this because she’ll be mortified and embarrassed! Oh well!)


Well, I’m sure now you’ve figured out what Alex got me for my birthday … SHE FIXED MY CAR!  She spent almost ALL the money she had earned this summer babysitting to get my car fixed.  How amazing is that??


The funniest part … okay well there are three funny parts…

  1. I probably walked by my FIXED car 10 times and NEVER ONCE noticed it had been fixed.
  2. Just hours earlier I was slamming … and I mean SLAMMING, Alex for wrecking my car.  I went as far as saying, I probably wouldn’t keep it much longer!
  3. Kelly’s comment after I saw the car … “Alex- Sadly Cori was happy with the $20 Neti Pot!  There was no need to fix her car!”

Kelly should thank Alex, because Alex paid for the damage SHE caused to my car too!


Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repair her.  Okay really I’m sad because I no longer have something to hold over her head.  Darn her!

Here’s a few more photos from my family birthday party!


Happy Birthday to ME!!

[Yes, I’m that vain!]


This post is part of Wordless Wordful Wednesday on the following blogs:
Parenting For Dummies & Seven Clown Circus
The Life of Riley….and Bryce Too!
Angelica’s Awesome Adventures
Live and Love…Out Loud
Crazy About My Baybah!
Project Alicia
Shibley Smiles


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12 Responses to How a Neti Pot Made Me Cry… {Happy Birthday To ME!}
  1. Christine
    August 24, 2011 | 5:10 AM

    Congrats on getting the car fixed and happy birthday!

    I actually have a NetiPot, for reals. It feels weird to have water running through your nose, but I haven’t had any sinus issues since I started using it. =)

  2. The Spring Mount 6 Pack
    August 24, 2011 | 7:09 AM

    Hi, following through the blog hop. Come on by and say hi.

  3. Jodi
    August 24, 2011 | 9:33 AM

    Happy Birthday Cori!!!

  4. angie
    August 24, 2011 | 1:57 PM

    HAPPY Birthday! A great month to be born in. You should have gone to BlogHer. They gave out a nasal washer thingy as swag. :)

    • cori
      Twitter: Corisbigmouth
      August 24, 2011 | 9:44 PM

      ….I always miss the good gifts :( LOL!

  5. Girl Talk
    August 24, 2011 | 8:04 PM

    Happy birthday to you! That is so sweet of your sister to do that for you!

  6. Amy J.
    August 24, 2011 | 9:44 PM

    I was happy to be there to celebrate with your family. I teared up a little when you opened Alex’s gift. I was so jealous of that neti pot. LOL

  7. Jackie
    August 25, 2011 | 11:47 AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I’m not sure how I missed it…

    That’s great that your sister fixed your car! It looks like you had a fun day with your family & friends.

  8. Mommy Bags
    August 27, 2011 | 3:17 PM

    Happy Birthday! It looked like so much fun celebrating with your family. I am a new follower from the blog hop. Hope you can come by and check out my blog!

  9. Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud
    August 27, 2011 | 8:44 PM

    How sweet of her! Happy belated birthday to you, Cori! Thanks for stopping by and linking up for WW. I’m a little late. lol I’d love for you to stop by and share your favorite summer photos in my Sweet Summer Finale and you’ll be entered to win a $200 photography prize pack. Have a great weekend.

  10. alicia
    August 28, 2011 | 8:34 AM

    Happy Belated! So funny about the neti-pot. I need to pull mine out and use it today. lol. It really does work! Thanks for joining the Summer Photo Finale! Appreciate the support.

  11. Jessica
    August 28, 2011 | 9:21 PM

    Happy late birthday to you. How awesome of your sister to fix your car.