This Is Thirty-Six

Well, today I celebrated the 20th anniversary of my 16th birthday. For those who don’t feel like doing math, I turned 36.

I did what any good future ranch-owning cowgirl does on her birthday. I stood in the freezing cold rain and helped put up fencing. Thankfully Mike and my Daddy were there – not gonna lie, I got too cold by noon and had to call it quits. I began to think about what people who freeze to death on Everest feel like.

I decided to make myself useful and get the gang Taco Bell. Then my Mama and I headed out to look at furniture.

We finished the day off with a great big family dinner at Strings – nothing but the best pan fried raviolis for this girl! I spent the rest of the evening reading through the wonderful Facebook messages, text messages, and emails I got from my friends and family. You guys really know how to make a girl feel loved!

I wouldn’t have had this day any other way! Here’s to another amazing year on this planet!

A Most Excellent Day

Today is my 34th birthday… I can’t believe how quickly time goes by! Wow, how old does that make me sound?!

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned how important spending time with the people I love is… and that’s what my whole day was about. I spent the morning with my awesome hubby getting our old truck sold, then headed out to go riding with my niece Katie. Her birthday was a while back and we’ve been waiting for good weather to go riding (that was our gift). Today was the big day… and it was a blast!

Katie & Missy
Katie & Missy
Katie & I Riding
Katie & I Riding

Finally, I ended the night with my CERT friends… the coordinator team met up for an end of year dinner at Chevy’s. They surprised me with the whole sombrero/singing thing (honestly surprised… the waiter slapped it on my head from behind and scared the crap out of me!) and it was great to just share a meal together.

Tomorrow the festivities continue (I always seem to have more of a birthday week!) with a pizza oven extravaganza, after I ride with my sister (because it’s not a good day if I don’t get to ride!). Life is pretty darned good… here’s to enjoying every minute between now and 35!

40!!!

Last night I threw Mike a 40th birthday party. It was supposed to be a poker party, but we did not end up playing a single hand of poker. What we did do was eat a ton of food, drink a lot of booze, and just have an overall really fun time.

The Birthday Boy
The Birthday Boy

The singing of “Happy Birthday” and blowing out of candles was preceded by a shot. I asked someone to take pictures as I had what seemed like a brilliant idea…

Cake Face!
Cake Face!

Needless to say, the favor was returned:

True Love
True Love

The party was seriously a good time… it was great to have so many people come out and celebrate Mike!

The Gang
The Gang

Both Ends Of The Spectrum

I had the coolest weekend – I got to celebrate two ends of the age spectrum – a first birthday and a 90th birthday.¬†Yesterday I went to Brigitte and Dan’s house to celebrate Aspen’s first birthday. First of all, I honestly can’t believe it’s already been a year… it seems like just yesterday that we were at our Easter brunch and I was getting the call from Brigitte! Secondly, I can’t believe how cute that little girl has gotten! She had the time of her life… at first she didn’t know what to do with her cake, but as you can see from the picture below, she figured it out pretty quickly!

Aspen's First Birthday
Aspen’s First Birthday

Today we celebrated Grandma Jeanette’s 90th birthday (Mike’s grandma). She had an open house style party and a lot of people came by to visit and wish her well! I hope that by the time I’m 90 years old I have as many friends as she does and that I’m as energetic as she is! It was a great time and the weather was absolutely beautiful!

Grandma's 90th Birthday
Grandma’s 90th Birthday

I got to hang out with my awesome nieces today too… I’ve missed seeing them lately! Aren’t they adorable?!

Katie, Skyler and I
Katie, Skyler and I

 

Happy Birthday To Me!

I have the best husband ever. Period. Yes, better than yours. I woke up today (my birthday) to two envelopes on my counter – one said to Anna from Mike and the other said to Mommy from Shadow. I was told to open Mike’s first. In it was this:

Birthday Horse!
Birthday Horse!

Yup, he got me my horse. He said I could pick the color and everything. And it gets to stay in the house. On the refrigerator. Isn’t he great? Shadow, on the other hand, got me tickets to see Rock of Ages in January and Les Mis√©rables in June. He’s the best dog! I can’t wait!