This weekend I will turn 34. Wow! I remember when that was reeeeally old! I was 15 when my mom was 34. I have a 10 year old and an almost 8 year old. And a -23 week old! Birthdays used to thrill me beyond belief. I think the fact that my birthday is an usual "special" day, further contributed to my enthusiasm. Now birthdays are more of a calm reflection of what has gone on in my life and how far I have come. Especially in the last 3 years. My life has done a 180 and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I am so proud of the family that I have created, and am still creating! I am proud of my health habits (although I did have an entire creme brulee at pappadeaux by myself last night in lieu of birthday cake). My husband gave me a beautiful flower arrangement yesterday woke me up this morning by snuggling up behind me and whispering "happy birthday" in my ear then rubbed my blossoming belly sweetly and kissed my cheek. I am going today to pick out a new fancy watch to go with my new career that I started last week. What better birthday present than the gift of time?! I have a bright new year ahead of me with a new addition to our family, watching my girls grow, making beautiful improvements to our home together and a new job that allows me to be more present with my family both in body and spirit. And while I haven't graced the doors of an actual church building in several months, I can actually feel God's grace and presence more at this time in my life than ever before. I hear his voice more and more every day and know that he has placed all the right people in my path for all the right reasons. My life is truly a charmed one.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Valentine's weekend started out a little dismal with about 9 inches of snow falling all day Thursday until after midnight into Friday morning. I didn't have to go to work and we took advantage of having the day together as a family and did some Valentine's day shopping. I got a new comforter/bedding for our bedroom which is very romantic and I LOVE it! I picked out new decorations to go with it on Saturday, which topped it off. Then we all went to dinner at Luna Azul, which was fabulous, except that Chase said the margaritas were really good and I couldn't partake. We saw the movie Valentine's Day and while it wasn't my favorite movie, it did succeed in getting me in the mood for V-Day.
Saturday Chase had to work so the girls and I had a girlie day complete with mani-pedi's, new clothes for all of us and baked a red velvet cake with chocolate cream cheese icing died the perfect shade of chocolatey-pink.
Today the love of my life came home with the most perfect card and made all of us girls pink heart-shaped pancakes with the topping of our choice (mine had blackberries) with a side of bacon (that was for Eli/Avery). We spent the day cozy at home with the kiddos until our sitter came and we went to a very romantic Italian dinner where I got to basically wet my lips with a tiny taste of some very good wine and ate lots of very, very good pasta. We sat right next to each other and cuddled and talked and not once did we have to argue with anyone about whether or not they could order chicken strips...AGAIN...for dinner or tell anyone to sit still on their bottom or not to fight with their sister. It was relaxing and perfect.