Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My 25th Birthday

I told you there would be another birthday post before the week was out. I'm like a little kid when it comes to my birthday and I count down to it for months. When it finally arrives, I glory in the fact that it is entirely my day to be spoiled and loved and I take it all in. This year, I was spoiled more than ever though and I am here to share all about my festivities.

It started out with breakfast in bed from my dear sweet hubby. I asked for waffles, strawberries, orange juice and a tiara and he totally met all the requirements.

Yes I had just woken up in the above picture. He also made a cute little smiley face out of my breakfast, but I forgot to take a picture until after I had started eating. Oops.

I immediately put the tiara on and excitedly opened my gift, which he had lovingly wrapped in grocery flyers. Oh, he also made me the cutest card ever.

We are completely addicted to Settlers of Catan lately and we only had a borrowed copy, so it was the perfect gift. Now we can continue to play dozens of times per week!

After breakfast Dan left for work and I stayed in bed for a while reading all my birthday messages on Facebook and receiving text messages and phone calls. After I had been lazy long enough, I got up and showered, shaved and painted my toe nails. I wanted to feel nice and pampered in preparation for my haircut that I had specifically scheduled for my birthday. It was going to be my nice birthday treat. And yes, I wrote was going to be because it totally got cancelled. I love my hairdresser and I totally understood the need for the cancelling (her son had the vomiting flu) but it totally put a damper on my day. I tried to pick myself up though and still headed into town for a walk around the mall and some birthday fries.

But halfway through the fries, I started feeling very sad and lonely. I was sitting in the mall food court with all the old people who go to the mall to just sit and chat with the other old people. But I was all alone, on my birthday, eating fries in a food court. I left feeling sorry for myself and slightly grumpy.

By the time I got back home, I was feeling just about ready to cry. Fortunately for me though, the mail had arrived and with it some birthday cards and birthday packages. Although one of the packages needed to be picked up at the post office. So I rushed off to get it, only to arrive there and have them tell me it was still out on route and wasn't there. I held it together long enough to make it back to my car, but then I started crying and cried all the way home. Seriously, my emotions were all over the place on Monday.

Happily though, I still had one package to open from Jeff and Tory. It included 4 packages of gummies, a gift card to Amazon and a super sweet card. So upon arriving home, I curled up on the bed to watch Gilmore Girls and eat gummies.

That cheered me up and I was ready to face the day again. I made myself a brownie cake (that was supposed to be brownie cookies) and happily continued to read more Facebook birthday messages and emails.

At 5:00pm, I headed back out to the post office to get my parcel and it was actually there this time. My friend Laura sent me a super awesome package! Although the sad part was, it was supposed to have arrived on Friday so that I could open it first thing Monday morning. She had individually wrapped 12 gifts for me to open every hour on my birthday from 9:00am to 8:00pm. But thanks to the postal system here, I didn't get it until the end of the day.

So instead of opening them throughout the day, I opened them throughout the evening. It was still a ton of fun and I loved seeing all that she had chosen for me, including cute little notes with each one.

Speaking of gifts, my friends totally outdid themselves this year. Honestly, I can't believe how spoiled I am and I was totally blown away by their love and generosity.

My friend Vicky (who I went on the girls weekend with a couple weekends ago) got me 25 things for my 25th birthday. She chose things that reminded her of me and I was amazed at how many awesome things she found! Seriously, she did good!

AND my friend Kristy also sent me an awesome birthday message on Facebook in the form of pictures. She even used signs and fun outfits to tell me how much she loved me.

Are you blown away yet? I haven't even gotten to all the cards I received with amazing messages in each one. I am blessed and oh so lucky to have such incredible friends and family.

Alright, enough gushing about how amazing everyone is and how much I appreciate their thoughtfulness. Back to my birthday evening.

Dan arrived home from work with daffodils and the borrowed movie for the night.

While I was happily opening presents, he made me spaghetti for supper, started a fire in the basement and set up the movie. I had chosen to watch Frozen but we didn't own it and it was sold out everywhere. So after asking 6-7 people if they owned it, he finally hit the jackpot in some friends from church. Thanks Kelly and Andrea for lending it to us!

We enjoyed supper, the movie and then dessert by the fire and it was a most pleasant evening. And yes, I wore my tiara for most of the night. What can I say, I'm a child at heart.

All in all, it was the perfect 25th birthday. Thank you to all who helped make it wonderful and thank you especially to Dan who always makes me feel like a princess, whether I'm wearing a tiara or not.


  1. My goodness, you are spoiled! Looks like overall it was a good day :) Kevin and I watched Frozen Monday night too. Wasn't it great?

  2. Aw your friends are so awesome! Ive sometimes got the blues on my birthday too, I think because I tend to overdo my expectations. Now I have gotten used to just relaxing and enjoying my day as another day, expect more ppl text and call me. hahaha! PS- I dont think anyone mails me cards?? But ive started mailing ppl little treats on their birthdays and I hope the tradition will come back full circle. mwahaha

  3. Jackie - I TOLD you I was spoiled! And yes, Frozen was awesome and I'm pretty sure we need to own it. Once it goes down in price of course. ;)

    Casey - I agree with you on the blue part, it's hard when things don't go exactly as you had imagined they would. But after my little cry, I was totally lifted up again by the love of all my friends and family. I get a ton of cards for my birthday because I send them out to other people. So I'm sure you'll start getting stuff on your birthday soon. :)

  4. Sounds like you had a fun day overall. I'm sorry for the sad parts, but happy that you have many friends to shower you with goodness from near and afar :)!

  5. It was our absolute joy to be part of your day, even if we couldn't be there in person! Thank goodness for video texts! :-) I LOVE some of the creative presents you received; I'll definitely be stealing them for other friends.

    Just like your 25 presents for 25 years, when my maternal grandfather (who LOVED chocolate) turned 75, my mom had me help her count 75 pieces of various kinds of chocolate into individually wrapped bags. I love that memory!

  6. Mrs Lopez - The sad parts made the good parts even better. And yes, I am very lucky to have such wonderful friends!

    Tory - It would have been so much better to have spent some of my day with you, but since that wasn't possible, the beautiful card and gift were a pretty close second. My presents were awfully creative, I've got some smart friends! That chocolate idea for your grandfather sounds brilliant and very tasty. ;)