My birthday is today! I am 28! A lot has changed in my life in a year! I went from working part time at the VA in Memphis, TN....to finally getting a full time job in Conway, Arkansas. I had been waiting and praying for a job in Arkansas to open up, and NOTHING was budging. I was afraid that I would get married and be a part time wife living the week in Memphis and weekends in Arkansas.
Our prayers were answered and I am in Arkansas all the time now!!
In the past year I have lived in Memphis, Beebe (on the weekends), Little Rock, and Maumelle! A lot of moving and I am not sure where half of my clothes and things are...but I am so blessed. It will all find me again one day!
I am also 28 now! I dont feel much different, except this year I am happy and content. Last year, when I turned 27...i looked at my life and panicked. I had gone to school for 4 extra years to earn my doctorate but was only working part time, I was away from my famiily and friends and I was unmarried....I had an emotional breakdown.
This year....I am a year older and wiser. I have a full time job now, I am comfortable in my life in Arkansas and I have the most amazing husband ever!!! I have learned a lot about relationships over the past year...and even though they were hard lessons to learn, I grew as a person and became a better friend!
This past weekend I officially kicked off my birthmonth celebration.
Friday night I went to dinner at Bosco's with a big group of friends. I love love love Bosco's....i love the Palermo pizza and I love that my favorite wine (Pinot Grigio) is one of the House Wines there....VERY rare to me!!!
We got there around 6:30 pm....and then were informed that they were closing the restaurant at 8 for a cast party for Wicked....and that last call was around 7:30. Brad was annoyed because they didnt tell us that on the phone! Oh well. It all worked out!!
So many great friends came to my birthday dinner...and some brought their precious babies who I adore!!! Dinner was fun! I got to finally be with friends, enjoy our time together and relax b/c I didnt have to worry about making bouquets, ordering flowers, addressing envelopes...etc etc.
After dinner...Brad and I, Alicia and Brian and Jessie all went to By The Glass for one more glass of wine. It was fun to just sit there, laugh, chat, crack jokes and drink wine. RELAXATION!!
Then I got to go home and put on my jammies and go to bed!!
Brad had drill this past weekend...so I was glad to have plan on Saturday!! The plan was to meet SaraJane and her mom for lunch at Larry's Pizza and then go down to Holiday House for some fun shopping!
That isnt quite how the plan ended up. Around 11 I got a call from my friend Stephanie. Her husband was supposed to be bringing their son, Landen, down to Holiday House so she could feed him (He is only 5 months old). The problem was that Rachel (Steph's cake partner) had parked her car right behind Jordan's truck and had ridden with Steph to Holiday House and had taken her keys. Jordan had no way to get out!
I was the only solution! I was going to need to pick Jordan up, take him downtown to HH and then go to lunch with SJ and her mom. I swung by, got SJ and her mom and headed to Jordan's to get he and Landen. They got Landen loaded in the car and realized the garage door was still open. I offered to close it. I had to push the button from the back of the garage, run toward the closing door, and hurdle across the sensor that is in place to keep the door from closing on something and someone. It was interesting!
We were off. We were only a few minutes down the road when Jordan realized he had left the stroller in his truck. We turned around, retrieved the stroller and then we were really on our way!! Conversation in the car was GREAT! Jordan is so wonderful with new people, and we all just chatted away about having siblings (well, I listened, i dont have much to say on this) and how mean they all were to their siblings when they were young!
I dropped Jordan off and then we were headed back to West Little Rock to eat at Larry's Pizza. SO FABULOUS! If you havent eaten there, I encourage you to do so! It is a huge buffet of pizza and they have almost every kind you can think of. My favorite is the Loaded Baked Potato and the Grandma's Bannana Pudding!!! Not together...those are two different kinds!
After lunch, we headed back downtown to do some shopping at Holiday House. It took us FOREVER to find a spot because not only was it Holiday House...Wicked was showing that afternoon too!!! It was crazy busy! We walked in to Holiday House and the shopping began.
I got some good gifts for Brad's mom, grandma and sister! Our Christmas shopping is almost complete and I have already wrapped 7 or 8 presents and have them under our tree!!! I also bought some of that netting stuff to decorate with. I have never used it before, so I decided to try my hand at it. I think I did a pretty good job!
|I used the netting around our mirror. Sorry the picture is dark!|
Holiday house was an exhausting success....as it always is!!! Larry's and Holiday House is how SaraJane and I celebrated our birthmonth last year, so it only made sense to do it this year...and we will continue to do it! I love tradition....
That night the Hogs were playing (that is why I did birthday dinner on Friday and not Saturday). We went to our friend's Chuck and Sherri's house to watch the game and I got to snuggle their newest princess, Olivia Grace. She is so sweet and adorable and such a good baby!!!
The Hogs won...PTL!!! So all in all it was a GREAT day!!!!
Sunday I got up, lounged around the house...finished the mirror and rearranged our storage unit so the christmas storage boxes could fit and they wouldnt be in the middle of our living room floor! I wrapped some more presents and then went over to SaraJane's sister's apartment to do some wine glass painting! I have a new love for painting! I am not good enough to make any money from it...but I love doing it!
I also did some laundry, watched some Real Housewives of Atlanta and ate Pringles....rough life!!
Brad got home from drill and it was time to meet my daddy for my birthday dinner!! He stopped by the apartment so he could see it all decorated for Christmas and to give me my birthday present!!
We headed to Senor Tequilas (my favorite mexican place) for a yummy dinner of Chicken Fajitas (my dad and I split...its tradition) and just to spend time together!!! We had told the waiter it was my birthday! I knew they were going to sing to me and probably bring me a big bowl of ice cream like they did for my mom the previous Monday when we took her there for her birthday!
Here they came..."Happy Birthday to you...woo woo woo" and they put a MEXICAN FLAG SHOT in front of me. This particular shot is a red, white and green layered shot that they give me a straw for and they light the top on fire!!! HILARIOUS!!! I had to chug down this shot (with the straw) in front of my dad and all of the singing waiters staring at me! PRESSURE!!! The shot was pretty good. Burned at first but ended up tasting like cherry cough syrup. I would like to know what was in that!!!
I may take SaraJane there for her birthday on the 12th and get her a shot like that!!! LOL
All in all, my birthday month is off to a GREAT start!!! I am so blessed with an amazing husband, family and friends!!!!
Thank you Jesus!!!