High Five to Year 35!

I love Birthday’s.  And, no, I am ABSOLUTELY NOT that girl who says I am 29 and holding.  Gross.   Embrace age.   Life just gets better year after year.  I have straight up loved my life in my thirties.

Bring on 35!

The Hubs wins again with flowers delivered on Monday for my “Birthday Week”.   His mama taught him right, I’d say.  What a sweetheart.

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My Thursday AM Insanity class surprised me with balloons and a card, thanks to Alice’s sneaky ways. 🙂  And we had a packed house (24) so we had crazy energy circulating that room on Thursday.  I’ll take that as a birthday present for SURE!

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Friday I took a half day off and indulged in a spa appointment with my fave girl Becky at Victor Victoria, followed by Sushi with Tyree and Tracy and then a lash appointment at Living Beautifully.

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Friday night we enjoyed dinner with Clint’s brother J and wife Shelby.  Always a treat with those two.  We only live about 15 miles apart, but yet we tend to only see each other when we all travel to Clarinda for parties and holidays.  #lifehappens

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Can’t tell they’re related at all…

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Saturday morning started with a Starbucks and a card from my witty husband before we made our way to good ol’ town of Clarinda.   We have had so much going on the month of August that I just wanted to get away.  So, we did!

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10:30 hair appointment with the amazing Kayla followed by a mini BBQ at my mom’s house with Gabe, mom, Gr’ma and Clint.  It was a perfect lunch date.

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Bottom right hand corner is Ms. Chloey, my “niece”.  😉 She tracked me down later that evening to give me the coolest gift I’ve ever received.   How CUTE is she?

Saturday afternoon we attended the funeral for the father of one of my classmates.  It was the most beautifully done ceremony out on their family farm.  Very touching.

We ended the late afternoon at my Aunt and Uncle’s house for a few beers and conversation before we ended the evening at J Bruner’s restaurant.   They opened the new location a few months ago and I am SO impressed with how beautiful it is.   Nice work Emily and Joe!

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We ended the evening with a road-trip back to Emerson to drop off Troy and Sara (entertainment from the backseat, yo) before Clint and I finally rolled into home around 2:30am.  Sunday I basically slept, watched TV and ventured out only ONCE for new shoes.   Surprisingly the only stop I made in the mall was the shoe store.   I clearly was on a mission to get in, get out and get back in my pj’s. HA

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The PERFECT ending to a weekend that was spent exactly how I had hoped to.

Cheers!

Birthday Celebrations

Turning 34 was just as great as I thought it would be.  A full weekend of friends, good food, booze, football, Harley riding… so much activity that I am going to have to split my weekend re-cap into two posts.

Friday:

Considering the cards and the giant bottle of Vodka I received from co-workers, it is very apparent that I’ve shared my love of Vodka a little too often. Maybe this is a sign I need to tone down the Vodka talk.  I swear I don’t drink but on the weekends or if out for Wednesday Night Bike Night.

But, let’s be honest.  A little Vodka never hurt anyone.  Clearly the fish agrees with me:

 

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Rewinding a little to let you know that Clint actually sent me these flowers to work on Monday.   Celebrating the Birthday Week, of course.

For 8 years he’s been sending me Harley Birthday Roses.  What a good man.

 

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For the record:  black spray-painted roses STINK!

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I took half day vacation on Friday and was able to meet up with my Mom and Grandma for lunch at the Olive Garden.   Wine, girl talk and good food with two ladies I just adore.

 

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Parking lot selfie in the glaring sunlight.  Could we squint a little more? 🙂

After lunch I treated myself to some girlie pampering before meeting up with a group of friends at Kona Grill for sushi and drinks.  I opted for the private room in order to be able to chat with everyone equally.  Thanks to our awesome waitress for taking a group photo for us!

It may or may not have taken multiple takes to get a decent shot. Boys tend to misbehave when the camera comes out.

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Lot’s of sushi, calamari, martini’s, vodka <— ya, that was me, and laughs were had.

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Poor Luke.  The victim of Jade’s great ideas.   “I’ll buy you a beer if you eat this Wasabi with no water… for a solid minute”

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For the record:  He did it.

After Kona we went up to the 21st Saloon to close out the night low-key.

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Top left/clockwise:  Kayla and I -> when boys take selfies -> me, Trena and Linds -> Clint and Jade storytime.

It was a perfect ending to a great Birthday.

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Cheers!

Stay Tuned for Saturday and Sunday recaps coming soon!

Gonna Party Like It’s My Birthday

Fist Bump

 

Fist Bump, y’all!  

Today’s my Birthday!

 

Clearly, I knew what was up even back then.

 

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Thirty Four

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I don’t care how you say it or how you write it.  I freaking LOVE the thirties.   Life is good here.

Life.  Is.  Good.

Birthday’s have always been a big deal.   Ya, sure… it might be a little self absorbed, conceited and maybe a little self-loving of me to post about my own Birthday…

But hey!

It’s My Birthday.  I love Birthday’s.

And, if you gave me a crown – I’d probably wear it.

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My life began on August 29th, 1980.

 

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How gorgeous is my mom?  I mean come on!  She just gave birth!

 

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And my dad.

Thanks, mom and dad!   Happy Birthday to you, too!   Today marks a pretty significant day in your lives as well. 🙂

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I always remember my birthday’s being a pretty big display.

 

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And I loved all of it, of course.

 

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I was spoiled rotten.

 

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But, loved by many.

 

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I found quite a few Birthday pics from my childhood and teens and oh my.

The teenage years?  Oy.  The hair.  The clothing.  The glasses.

Ya, I’ll be saving those for a more significant milestone.  Like 40.   Or 50.  Or maybe never.

Until then, I am going to say:

CHEERS to 34!

 

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Can’t wait to see what it has in store.

 

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Making Him Feel Special on his Birthday!

Yesterday was Clint’s 39th Birthday!  One more year until I get to throw a kick-ass 40th.  I am going to start planning now!

Until then, let me recap his 39th.

Present Time!  Why yes, I used leftover Christmas wrapping paper.  It’s called being resourceful, people!

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Following up the opening with a cheese-tastic grin!

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I ordered him a Samsung Chromebook.  Pretty awesome!   He has broken two laptops in the last few years… fingers crossed this one lasts a little while.  The Chromebook fits his needs perfectly.  The three main staples my friends: YouTube, Craigslist and Facebook. Super high-tech he is.

Next up, dinner at Brother Sebastian’s.  

 

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Brother Sebastian’s was gorgeous in architecture and ambiance.  The restaurant is divided into multiple dining rooms.  Our room had 6 booths and a fireplace in the middle.  Cozy, comfortable and relaxing.

 

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Each room had the below window’s allowing you to see what people were up to on the other side.  We caught a pretty spectacular comb-over but thought it to be mildly inappropriate to take his picture.  So the window is all you get. 

 

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Clint ordered a Ribeye accompanied by rice and green beans.  He was very excited.  Can’t you tell? 

 

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Clint’s expert culinary review:  “Steak was damn good. Nice flavor, very tender, could have used a little more fat.  I like fat on my steak”

Oh boy….

 

I had the Chicken Oskar – chicken, crab, asparagus and hollandaise sauce with a baked potato and green beans. 

 

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My expert culinary review: “Delicious.  Just delicious”

 

I don’t think we are going to be asked to do any important restaurant reviews anytime soon, however, I HIGHLY recommend Brother Sebastian’s in Omaha, NE.

 

Happy 39th Birthday, Clint!

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