over two months ago….

i’m not usually a fan of “going backwards” here on the blog, but sometimes it’s necessary (especially when i’ve taken a long hiatus on posting/sharing). so as we try to stay current here, we’ll also move backwards in no particular order.

so back in january, i hit a major milestone that i don’t really like admitting but i face everyday i go to the gym (i enter my age AND weight on the machine i’m using to get a more accurate “count” on calories burned)… i turned 40.

yep.

over the hill.

the big 4-0.

the “my-life-is-over-because-i’m-so-old” birthday.

my family and friends were kind.

there was NOTHING black anywhere.

no cards.

no toilet paper.

no paper plates.

no snarky napkins.

ahhhhhh.

but that doesn’t change the reality that i AM 40!

ugh.

but i digress.

my ACTUAL birthday was spent with my immediate family and dave’s parents who were in town for a visit.

we went to the zoo (along with every other person in the east valley because it was also a Monday holiday – martin luther king day). we had already enjoyed my “requested” birthday meal a few days earlier b/c i wanted dave to smoke some meat so for my birthday meal we enjoyed thai food (made by dave) and a cake (made by betty crocker and me) and some freddy’s frozen custard.

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my son spent his allowance for the rest of his life to get me a $5,000 gift card to Walmart:

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my in-laws gave me some money (which i spent on new shirts for spring/summer before they even left town!) and my mom sent me a two-toned garnet (my birthstone) necklace that she picked up in Burma (yes, the country) last spring/summer.

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Dave and the Munchkins gave me Wonder Woman earrings and a long board:

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(yes, there were many, MANY visions of broken arms and legs for a few weeks…. so Dave agreed that I could return the thoughtful¬†present since he had forgotten that my actual “gift” was a weekend away with some of my arizona-besties!)

speaking of “besties,” my best friend went out of her way to spoil me:

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that’s a card for a “good read” at amazon, a card for a “good feed” at chipotle, a card for a “fun feat” at michaels and a card for a “styling’ treat” at H&M.

THAT, ladies and gentleman (i know for sure that my husband and my father-in-law read my blog on an infrequent basis, which would be the “gentleman” to whom i’m referring), is a friend who knows me well. VERY well.

and the best gift of all?

yes.

she and her family (husband + four kiddos) are COMING TO VISIT US IN ARIZONA.

FOR A WHOLE ENTIRE WEEK.

this will be the FIRST time since we moved here (over 3 years ago) that they get to come and visit. her husband and my husband were friends before carrilee and i were friends (the guys are actually the reason we’re friends). the boys had (have) a side business together. they used to work for the same employer – TWICE (meaning they worked for two different employers together). and our kiddos are are very close/similar in age.

I AM SO EXCITED.

i honestly didn’t even need the gift cards.

and then if you fast forward 3 weeks…. THIS HAPPENED:

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these two AMAZING friends went to california with me.

casey even agreed to drive.

because she’s an amazing rock star friend.

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when we’re all together, nothing sounds better than mexican (including margaritas):
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(i couldn’t help it – single servings of boxed wine for sale at target?!)

this was our hotel room view (thanks, Jenni!):IMG_1979 IMG_1981 IMG_1982

what?

the Rose Bowl in Pasadena?

YES!

well, more accurately, the ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET!

seriously!

THIS was the ENTIRE purpose of the trip.

a flea market.

that’s how i wanted to celebrate my 40th with my friends.

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(see that?! ^^^^   JULIE joined us, too!

she didn’t drive.

she flew.

then again, it’s a long drive from washington state!)

we had a fantastic weekend of shopping in the sunshine at the flea market (where i bought the least amount of stuff!!!), eating yummy food, finding a fun and cheap clothing store (i may have made 3 separate purchases there – jenni may have made two!), talking with friends without being interrupted by adorable children….

we even drove by my brother’s alma mater:
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(yeah, he’s ridiculously smart.)

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julie wasn’t with us the whole trip, but she was able to spend a little bit of time with family before she met up with us and after she left us, so it was a winner of a trip for her, too.

in an attempt to make the most of our experience at the hotel, we hit the hot tub one night:

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the hotel bar for drinks and my birthday dessert:

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and even the gym:

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i couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with some of my best friends in the world.

THANK YOU for celebrating with me!

(and thanks, to everyone, for keeping their snarky “you’re 40!!!!” exclamations to yourself…. i might revert to being 27 again)!

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