Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What a birthday!

For a long time...I really didn't like birthdays. Here's a little birthday history:

High school sucked. So all my birthdays were lame and depressing.

In fact, the first birthday that I spent with Ryan...the day's prior I remember him saying "What do you want to do for your birthday??!! Are you excited? It's coming up." And I remember responding saying, "I will spending digging in a cadaver in anatomy lab. It'll be a good reminder that I'm one year closer to death. Birthdays are over-rated."

Yep! That was me! He changed my negativity towards birthday's though, and the past 3 years have been pretty good ones!

And last Saturday, February 27, I had a wonderful birthday! Here's how it went:

  • Thursday it began: I had 2 final tests. Ryan took me out to dinner to celebrate at my favorite Brewery. I got to have my favorite Rasberry Blonde.
  • Friday evening we went to Ryan's Dad & Step-Mom's house for dinner. His sister is in town for the weekend! So it was a double bonus. They served a meal of my favorite foods: crab legs, shrimp, mussels, scallops, potatoes, asparagus, and edamame! Dessert was Strawberry shortcake ice cream and chocolate-covered strawberries!
  • Saturday morning we "slept in" .....woke up at the usual 6:30 a.m.
    • Ryan wouldn't let me leave the bedroom, and said "I'll tell you when you can come out"
    • So I sat in the room for a few seconds, and within seconds had the chlorox wipes out and was scrubbing the sinks in our bathroom.
    • Yep. I have a problem!
  • When I came out of the room on the kitchen island was:
    • My present
    • 12 pack of Diet Mountain Dew
    • Crystal Light Immunity & Energy packets
    • Ice Breakers Sours
    • He always know the way to my heart!
  • I then opened presents where I got:
    • A Sportline Heart Rate Monitor from Ryan (Please excuse how scary I looked...I just woke up, okay?!)

    • From my Mom and Dad: I got a plethora of goodness-filled kitchen tools! Including a Cuisinart coffee bean grinder and Caribou beans! Mmmmmmmm!!! Also a Kohl's gift card!
  • I then headed out for a nice run -- my birthday present to myself! Seven miles through the pecan fields on a cool, foggy morning = heavenly!
  • I received phone calls from all my siblings -- who I miss dearly! I got to talk to my nephews -- (I am having nephew-withdrawals! I miss those little guys so much!!) Even my Dad, who was fishing out in the ice house, gave me a call. What a guy! :)
  • We then got ready and took a little road trip up to Phoenix to see Lisa!
  • The WHOLE 1 1/2 hour drive.....Ryan let me listen to whatever type of music I wanted! And he put up with my singing the whole drive.
  • Upon arrival, I was gifted from Lisa a new Anthropologie apron, "The Sunflower (amazing book), and some Regina Specktor cds! Thank you Lisa!
  • We were hosted by Lisa's friends Heidi & Chris. And being the wonderful hosts they are - we had a champagne toast to my birthday!
  • Dinner was at a wonderful mexican restaurant in Chandler, AZ! Great margaritas and wonderful food!
  • After dinner, we played a game called "Loaded Questions". Very fun! Highly recommended it!
  • The evening was full of good conversation, wonderful food, and tons of laughter! When Lisa & I get together, we are able to recall almost-forgotten stories of our past that bring up roaring laughter! Laughter is so good for the soul!
  •  Here are some pictures from the evening! Thank you to all who made it so great!


B and B said...

You are a most fortunate young woman, Abby! Looks like you had a great weekend! Love the picture of you and Ryan, too.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I'm so glad we got to celebrate your birthday together. Do you remember the year I came home from college and surprised you on your birthday? It must have been my freshman or sophomore year?

I had so much fun with you! Glad you had a great birthday. The story telling was def my fave part of the night. I am still smiling thinking about the stories we told! :)

Mama Nastase said...

So glad you had a wonderful birthday! We were happy to be a part of it.

Don't forget to look at your calendar and let me know when I can give you your gift! Looking forward to it.

Marlys said...

I wonder what some of those stories were about - Hmmmm???? I can only imagine! Glad you had such a super day!

Marlys said...

But weren't your memories of Birthdays past quite amuzing when you remember that Dad & I would wake you up singing Happy Birthday every year and when you turned 16 we played that special "Sweet 16" song on the sound system to wake you up?