The Adventure Starts Here: My 32nd Birthday Recap

Monday, March 7, 2016

My 32nd Birthday Recap

So last Thursday was my birthday... I am now officially 32!  Isn't it funny how when you get older, your birthday isn't as big of a deal and life just kind of goes on.  Don't get me wrong, my family and friends spoiled me and made me feel super special on my birthday (and the entire week)!    But on my actual birthday, Chris had work and Noah had school... it was business as usual in many ways.  One of Noah's classmates also had a birthday that day, and when I'd ask Noah who's birthday it was, he'd always say me... and Eli!  Chris called us on FaceTime while walking to work and wanted to sing Happy Birthday to me... Noah reminded him that we had to sing for Eli as well ;)  

After getting over having to share my spotlight with a 3 year old (just joking) , I was pleasantly surprised to come downstairs and find that Chris left me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a balloon and card from Noah.  I also tried to persuade Noah to take a birthday selfie with me.  He negotiated and offered me a birthday kiss instead :)  I guess my negotiation skills are still better than his though, because I ended up getting my selfie with him too ;)

Nothing too exciting happened while Noah was at school.  Just relaxing and watching Pretty Little Liars was enough for me!  I was blown away by all the texts and FB messages I received wishing me happy birthday... I spent most of the morning (and rest of the day) reading them all.  I also have a few amazing and generous friends who sent me birthday gifts... totally unexpected!  After I picked Noah up at school, we went out to lunch with my mom at Houlihans.  We had planned to get my favorite dessert there (caramel nut crunch pie), but we were so stuffed after lunch that we decided against it.  It was probably for the best, especially since I knew Chris had picked up some cupcakes for when he got home.

As I had hoped, Noah fell asleep on the way home.  Usually I'm not a fan of Noah napping, but I figured it would help given the circumstances.  I got a nice relaxing afternoon and Noah was awake and happy when Chris got home.  My boys sang to me, we ate cupcakes (Ninja Turtle ones), and I was showered with gifts... let's just say it helps to publish a birthday wish list ;).   I am one lucky lady!  

^^^ funny story about this selfie.  When we were taking it with the selfie stick, the 3 and 2 were showing up reversed.  So we turned them around so they looked right on the screen.  We forgot that iPhones now self correct these sort of things... MAJOR FAIL!

^^^ don't Ninja Turtle cupcakes just scream "32"!?!

^^^ the shirt Noah got me :)

^^^ Chris (and Noah) did great and basically got me everything off my wish list!  

Last night, I had one last birthday celebration.  We went out to dinner with my parents and then went back to their house for ice cream cake and more presents.  Not only did my parents finish off my wish list (they got me the runner I asked for as well as a new utility vest and sweatshirt I had been eyeing), but my mom also surprised me by throwing me a Strawberry Shortcake "party".  On my actual birthday, my mom posted a picture on FB of me from my 2nd birthday.  It was of me blowing out my candles on my Strawberry Shortcake cake.  Not only is it one of my (and Chris') favorite photos, but many of my friends also commented on how they had a Strawberry Shortcake party as a kid too and how classic it was!  Needless to say, I was shocked and in love, when I saw my mom set up a Strawberry Shortcake themed "party" for after dinner cake and presents!  

 ^^^ family dinner at Cheesecake Factory... and I'm wearing the shirt Noah gave me :)

^^^ Noah was such a great helper opening my gifts :)

^^^ Noah being a bossy pants (which I secretly love)!  After singing me happy birthday, he told me I wasn't allowed to blow out my own candles, that he wanted to do it all by himself.  At least he saved me one last candle to blow out myself, right?!?

^^^ 30 years later and I got another Strawberry Shortcake party!  

Ninja Turtles and Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday celebrations... are we sure it's 2016 and not the 1980s!?!  I absolutely loved the blast from the past to help celebrate my 32nd birthday!  Not sure how they are gonna top it next year... maybe a Care Bears party?!?


  1. Awww...what a great week of celebrations! That's so special. I love the pictures with mr bossy pants. Ha ha

  2. So sweet! I'm glad you had such a fun celebration!

  3. I hope you had the best of birthdays! I love that you were totally spoiled and had many celebrations. And yes, I can totally relate how your birthday is not that big of a deal as you get older. I beg Nate’s family to not make a big deal of it each year, but they still totally spoil me. Haha – SCORE on the kiss and the selfie! Too precious. Okay friend, I was obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake when I was little. I wanted that theme for a birthday party every single year. Looks like such a great weekend! I love the pictures.

  4. What a fun birthday! I love that your boys just spoiled you! And I did not know the iPhone corrected such things! Crazy!

  5. That Strawberry Shortcake throwback is the best! It looks like you had an AMAZING time celebrating and I am so glad that you got most of your list!

  6. Happy birthday! That selfie birthday card is so amazing. I need to make that for my friends on their birthdays! And I just LOVE that your mom recreated your second birthday. So fun!

  7. So freaking adorable you had another Strawberry Shortcake party!!! So many happy feels! Glad you had a wonderful time celebrating you! And score on the gifts front ;)

  8. I love that you had ninja turtle cupcakes for you birthday! So cute. I bet I know who picked them out ;) Sounds like a fabulous day though! And I'm with you, getting older, I still like to celebrate, but the celebration is much more laid back, and should my birthday fall on a weekday, like you said, it's business as usual! Super score on the gifts too - somebody must read your blog :)
    ps happy belated birthday!!! Hope you're having an AMAZING vacation!

  9. hahaha that's so fun that you had ninja cupcakes and a strawberry shortcake cake =) Love the throwback. I can't remember any birthday themes like that. But maybe I always got a cookie cake, it's my favorite now and I can't remember getting real cake.


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