Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Weekend of Surprises

What a weekend! I am blessed so greatly by wonderful family and friends. You see, I have a birthday coming up in a few days. It's kind of a big one...to me anyways. I will be 30. So apparently this was the weekend to celebrate!

On Friday night 4 of my girlfriends surprised me with dinner at my favorite restaurant. The weather was so nice we were able to sit outside by the fire and surrounded by twinkle lights--my favorite. The atmosphere was wonderful---like a Parisian bistro. We ate and talked and talked and ate some more! It was so much fun! I felt like a real live "housewife."

A little side note about this group: We started getting together this summer to watch The Housewives of Atlanta (which we no longer watch together because some of us felt guilty...but I think we all still watch it separately and secretly. For shame. Ha!) Anyway, we dubbed ourselves the Housewives of Gunter and the acronym HOG was a quick keeper. I love my HOGs to death and look forward to many more adventures with them in the future :) MV, here we come!

Then on Saturday night came yet another surprise. My husband sent me a text from work the night before saying he had made reservations at Ruth's Chris steak house for Saturday night and the kids were going to stay with his parents. Whoo hoo! So Saturday afternoon I got all fixed up and as we were headed out the door my dad called and asked if we could stop by and help move a piece of furniture before we left. Hmmm.

As we topped the hill where you can see my parents house, all of my family and friends were standing out in the driveway waving at me. Surprise! I felt so special! I was greeted with a smashing pair of "30" glasses, necklace and tiara. We had great food, visited and just had a wonderful time.

This is Kristi--my best friend of about 29 years. I believe she was the mastermind behind the festivities. She did a wonderful job decorating, making the cupcakes and gifted me with a beautiful scrapbook documenting our life-long friendship. I always thank God for her and could not ask for a more caring, compassionate, understanding, and faithful friend.


Jonah is right in the middle of a cousin sandwich. No where else on earth he'd rather be!


Cute cupcakes made by Kristi--in the shape of a '30' :)

I was very proud of my hubby for helping keep the secret and getting me to the party. I gave him a little scare as I tried to change our plans late on Saturday. He held firm, took the advice of my mom (acted like I'd hurt his feelings when I tried to change plans) and the surprise went off without a hitch. Love my man.
Now, I'm going to enjoy the last couple days in my 20's! Next time we talk, I'll be all grown up...

16 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Keelie! You are special to so many people! Keep counting those Blessings!

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  2. Happy Birthday Gurlie!!! Have a blast... looks like you already did!!!

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  3. Happy Birthday Keelie! I thought I recognized you on Diana's blog. I didn't put two together until now. How silly of me. It sounds like you had a great time. What sweet friends and family.

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  4. I already said Happy Birthday to you, after reading Diana's post about your birthday, and thought it had already passed. When is the actual day?

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  5. Happy Birthday! 30 is doable and so much fun!

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  6. Happy Birthday, you young-un! =)

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  7. ok first... "HOGs" ??? I love it!!!!
    Second, what a great surprise birthday extravaganza!!!! I love it. Aren't hubbs the best!!! I almost gave mine a heart attack when he planned a surprise birthday party for me at a restraunt... Long story, but funny!!! I loved experiencing yours with you! (PS my husband's birthday is Tuesday)

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  8. Love you! I'm SO glad you were surprised! It was so fun making the scrapbook for you and putting the surprise together! Welcome to the 30's! I look forward to another 29 years of friendship with you! I think we'll eventually need to write a book about our friendship and adventures. It'd be a best seller. :-) Love ya!

    Oh and hey, that pic of us isn't half bad. And LOVE the one of the boys!

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  9. Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 30's...great times! I LOVE your story about HOGs. I secretly watch the housewife shows, too. They make me feel a lot better about myself - ha!

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  10. Happy Birthday!!! (I love the Housewives too-)

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  11. Fun times. 30's are great!

    Love!

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  12. Sorry I missed the party. The pictures are wonderful. I loved the 30's; and I know you will to. It is the easiest time with your children. Have a great day tomorrow.

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  13. Happy Belated Birthday! I just popped over from Tx Blogging Gals to check out your blog.

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  14. Happy belated birthday! You don't look 30 - you barely look 15.

    I remember 30....yep, good times. long long ago...but good times, none the less!

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