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.
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 toilet paper.
no paper plates.
no snarky napkins.
but that doesn’t change the reality that i AM 40!
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.
my son spent his allowance for the rest of his life to get me a $5,000 gift card to Walmart:
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.
Dave and the Munchkins gave me Wonder Woman earrings and a long board:
(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:
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?
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:
these two AMAZING friends went to california with me.
casey even agreed to drive.
because she’s an amazing rock star friend.
(i couldn’t help it – single servings of boxed wine for sale at target?!)
the Rose Bowl in Pasadena?
well, more accurately, the ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET!
THIS was the ENTIRE purpose of the trip.
a flea market.
that’s how i wanted to celebrate my 40th with my friends.
(see that?! ^^^^ JULIE joined us, too!
she didn’t drive.
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:
(yeah, he’s ridiculously smart.)
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:
the hotel bar for drinks and my birthday dessert:
and even the gym:
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)!