This past Saturday was my 30th birthday. Dave let me sleep in (sleep in is a relative term... I was in bed until 7:30 at which time I could hear the boys standing at the bedroom door asking LOUDLY if Daddy knew if Mommy was awake yet. hahaha). They made me toast to eat in bed and then Dave took this picture of all three of them telling me Happy Birthday :)
After breakfast Griffin and I went to Maggie's Ballerina Birthday party and then I dropped her off while I ran to the grocery store. I got back before naptime and two of my super sweet 8th grade girls stopped by my house to wish me a Happy Birthday :)
Can you tell that Mason HATED all the attention :) hahaha
I know that sometimes people "marvel" at the fact that I CHOOSE to teach Middle School... but it's seriously the best. I have amazingly sweet and thoughtful students and although there are definitely "middle school moments", for the most part they're awesome.
The girls left and Mason and I hung out and watched a Cailou. This would have been #perfection if it we had been watching anything else. hahaha
Dave's mom also brought by a chocolate chip pie from The Pantry restaurant on the square that afternoon... I was feeling VERY loved and VERY tempted :)
Saturday night was low key and Sunday morning the sun was out and the kids were dressed and lookin' cute for brunch at the country club with my parents...
She tore that waffle UP!
My green-eyed boy...
It's so fun to go up to the club and watch Dave show off his kiddos to the members. He's been at Stonebridge FOREVER and everyone loves seeing the kids (especially Griffin!)
This pic cracks me up... Luke laughing hysterically, Mason on the move and Griffin about to fall asleep.
After lunch we came home and all took naps. That night we packed up a few toys and headed to the Country Club to have dinner with the Shulls (or so I thought!)
Shay recently sold her dining room table and so we had planned to eat dinner at their house on the floor. DAve told me earlier on in the week that he had run into Andrew and suggested that we eat in the turette room upstairs at the club. The kids could run around upstairs and we'd have a table to eat at :) We've eaten up there lots of times (Christmas small group, back to school dinner, etc.) and so I didn't think anything of it.
We got to the club and I suspected nothing. Promise. Nothing. We walked down the hall and opened the doors to the upstairs banquet room and BAM! All my best girl friends were there with their hubbies and kids!
Narci took pics before we got there... Dave did such a fantastic job!!! Erika made this AWESOME banner (which I'm hanging in my classroom!)...
Dave went through lots of photos while I was at work on Monday, backed them on paper and put them up on the wall himself! Slightly Askew designs was very proud of him :)
Dave told me there was a party on Saturday night and he had to work until after midnight. Apparently there was really no party - he was setting all this up and making heart shaped PBandJ's for the kids.
This is the moment where I'm wishing I had done something with my hair after waking up from a nap with Mason and put on some makeup. hahaha
Dave worked so hard to pull off this surprise and it was PERFECT!
I absolutely adore each and every one of these girls. We've discussed EVERYTHING together, laughed a lot, cried a lot, prayed a lot and eaten A LOT together and I treasure their friendships. I know that if I ever need anything I could call up any one of them and they'd be there for me and I'd do the same for them. It meant the world to me that they all showed up to help me celebrate!
It was a Sid Dickens block to add to my collection!!! And how awesome is it that the saying on the back says, "A friend dispels the cold and warms the soul".
Erika and I posing by the banner (Erika... how on earth am I taller than you in this pic?!?!?! I'm so confused! hahaha)
Cake time was probably my favorite part. It was so sweet to have all the kids around the table singing happy birthday. And WHEN did we have this many kids?!?!?! We counted and we'll have either 9 or 10 kids starting Kindergarten in the Fall! Ladies can we go ahead and schedule a First Day lunch for us mamas??? I'll bring the tissues :)
I still can't believe that he pulled the whole thing off flawlessly! You'd think he worked parties for a living :)
I looked at this pic and commented on how cute these girls are... DAve looked at it and immediately texted one of the housekeeping staff about windexing the Huntington windows the next morning :) hahaha
I'm not sure what's going on in this picture... but I kind of love it. Karla's face... Erika's face... Mason's face... hahaha. Perfect ending :)
It was an amazing birthday weekend and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off my thirties. If I have to turn thirty at least I get to do it with the best family and friends around :)