Monday, April 10, 2017

Birthday Girl

I'm referring to myself, of course. Because everyone knows how much I love birthdays and how much I absolutely love to be the birthday girl. Even my friend Tory knows me that well, so when she sent me a package in the mail she wrote my name and then inserted "Birthday Girl" between my first and last name. My birthday is all about me. And I love it!

My birthday was last Friday, April 7th, and it turned out to be quite a fabulous day. I was a little concerned, seeing as I came down with a cold earlier in the week and was feeling pretty wretched on Thursday. But I took some cold medication and ate some pre-birthday cupcakes while watching tv and that seemed to rest me up enough for my actual birthday. Thank goodness.

Pre-birthday cupcake
I'm so glad I was organized enough to make myself cupcakes on the Wednesday before I started feeling too bad. Because a birthday without cake would have been sad.

I woke up all cheery on Friday morning (who couldn't wake up cheery on their birthday) until Dan told me to look outside. To give you some background, the past week had been feeling like spring and all the snow had melted and life was good and I was hoping for warm weather on my actual birthday. No such luck. I looked out my bedroom window to this view.

Snow everywhere. It was like a winter wonderland out there! I pouted and stomped and felt quite sad that the snow had come back. But upon further investigation into the upcoming weather, I discovered it would melt over the next few days so I decided to just suck it up and pretend it wasn't there. I climbed back into bed and waited patiently for my breakfast in bed.

Dan made me pancakes with strawberries and raspberries on top. Delicious! Growing up, we always got breakfast in bed on our birthday and so I have convinced forced Dan to continue the tradition. He loves it. :::sarcasm::: 

Moving on. Once I ate my breakfast, I opened my first present from my friend Tory. She sent me a package with five presents that had little notes on them specifying the time I could open them. The first one was at 7am and so I tore into it quickly (since it was now past 7am) and was delighted to get some birthday tea!

At this point, Dan and I cuddled back down under the covers and fell back asleep for a bit, until certain family members called and woke us up for the second time (I'm looking at you Jackie). It was for the best, since we didn't really want to sleep the day away. After Jackie's second birthday call, Cora and I video chatted and giggled quite a bit over the different features we could add to our faces over Facebook. Who knew so many fun hats and decorations existed!

Before getting up and facing our day, I called my mom and we looked through my baby photo album together. Another fun tradition we have.

Dan took the day off work because he loves me that much. Isn't he the best? He just knows me so well and knew I would love to be spoiled all day.

We had some errands to run in town and then Dan was taking me out for lunch, but before we left I did some research on dance shoes and found which ones I'm going to order with my birthday money from my mom. And then I opened my 10am present from Tory.

Yay for cute dance shoes and new mystery books!

We ran our errands, none of which were overly exciting, and then we hit up my favourite little cafe for lunch. Seriously, this place is the best ever. It's small and adorable and the owners are super sweet and remember me and I can actually eat some of their food! I can always have their soup and they can make most of their drinks with coconut milk and they recently added some banana bread I can have. Like I said, BEST PLACE EVER!!

After our tasty lunch we headed home to put up my birthday shelves. But first, I had to open my 2pm present in the car. How fun to have designated presents to open at certain times!

Now about these birthday shelves. Ever since we redecorated our last bedroom (like 3 years ago), I've been wanting some floating shelves. I put the dream on hold for a bit when we decided to sell and then when we had higher priorities in this place. Dan insisted he was going to make them and so I asked him for them for Christmas. But once again, higher priorities. Like our kitchen. So Christmas didn't happen. But my birthday did! Dan super lovingly made my floating shelves for our bedroom that matched our bedroom set and bathroom door and he put them up on my birthday. There was quite a bit of grief involved, seeing as floating shelves aren't that easy to make, but they are up and they are beautiful and I love them. Here are the before and after shots of the wall we put them on.

This view is taken from the bed, looking towards the hallway and bathroom. I'm still working on choosing the right frames and knickknacks to put on them, but they look fabulous. Wouldn't you agree?

Next up, opening another present while Dan made me supper.

We had pesto pasta with bacon and watched an episode of White Collar. Then we had cupcakes for dessert (duh) and headed out to dance! It was just a social dance at a church but we had lots of fun and showed off some of our sweet new dance moves from the workshop we attended. Because we're super cool like that.

We returned home and I quickly opened my last present before we headed to bed. It was a super sweet book that we are going to read to our baby/child one day. Thank you Tory, all the presents were fabulous.

And that was the end of my actual birthday. It was really good and was the perfect way to turn 28.

But the birthday celebrations rolled over into Saturday! Girls night! Me and some friends went out for dinner and then to the theatre to watch Beauty and the Beast in 3D. It was my first 3D movie experience and it was really fun.

I even got spoiled with more presents, I'm so lucky. Thanks to my lovely ladies for a fun night out and fun presents!

I have a feeling 28 is going to be a good year. Bring it!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

When in Doubt, Just Dance

As I mentioned in my goals post, Dan and I attended our very first dance workshop last weekend. I had added this to my goals for 2017 because I knew that if I didn't, I would totally talk myself out of it. I hate doing anything that takes me out of my comfort zone and I usually steer clear of uncomfortable situations. So attending a dance workshop with a bunch of couples who were probably better than me and having to dance with strangers? Super not my thing. But you can't get better unless you stretch yourself, right? Right. So we signed up and went. And we survived. Barely.

Back in 2015, I put on my goals list that I wanted to take a class with Dan. Any class really, I wasn't picky. Dan chose dance and that is how we got started dancing West Coast Swing. For those of you not familiar with West Coast Swing, here is a little Youtube video to clear things up.

That's basically a clip of super talented people.That is not at all what we look like. See video below to see a little more of where we're at.

Please do not feel like you have to watch the whole thing, it's just to give you an idea of what WCS is, since most non-dancing people don't know.

Moving on. We attended this workshop with three other couples from our dance class and that totally helped us feel less lonely and overwhelmed. It was nice to have people we knew there and who could encourage us when we ended up crying in the bathroom. True story. Well, true story for me. Dan didn't cry.

Basically the weekend looked a little like this:

8:00pm - Musical Sugar Pushes Workshop
9:00pm-12:00am - Dance Party

2:00pm - Music Theory for Dancers Workshop
3:15pm - Musical Movement Workshop
5:00pm - Applied Musical Movement Workshop
8:00pm - Ride or Slide Workshop
9:00pm-1:00am - Dance Party

It was a little intense for our first workshop weekend and I may have gotten super overwhelmed after the first workshop on Saturday and almost quit. I cried in the bathroom and then hid in a backroom for a bit until Dan convinced me we should go back in and see what was going on. I rallied and we joined back in and I'm so glad we did. I am super proud of myself for not giving up and I did learn quite a bit. It was just so much information!

Our teachers were awesome though and we really did learn a lot. All in all, I would probably attend another workshop and hopefully it would go better, since I know more of what I'm getting myself into. Plus, I'm now super comfortable dancing with strangers! Ha, just kidding. It still stresses me out.

My sister Cora and her husband Jeremie met us for supper and the Saturday night dance, which added a super fun element to the weekend. And helped get us through the stressful afternoon.

We had a ton of fun at the Saturday night dance (maybe because we knew it was over) and I was feeling more confident. We didn't take any pictures of the weekend, so good thing Cora snapped some and shared them with us!

It was a fun weekend away and it was also a super fun group we were part of, we even partied it up after the Friday night dance with drinks and pizza in one of the hotel rooms! Ya that's right, we can still pretend we're young! Although now I have a cold and I'm exhausted.

So there you go, Dan and I the budding dancers. Who would have thought that we would be dancing on a regular basis? But seriously, it is so much fun and I tell all our friends that they should take up dancing too. It's a great date night and gets you moving. So I dare you, take a look around your town/city and see if there are any dance classes you could take!