Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's My Day--It's My Time a.k.a. the Birthday Extravaganza


I had to channel my inner Michelle for a minute. I've never said "It's my day" on my birthday but I do believe in planning my own birthday celebration and spoiling myself and I'm never disappointed! I've probably never said "It's my day" because I believe the birthday festivities should last an entire week!

This year, my birthday fell on a Friday and I told Sam, I didn't want gifts. I just wanted him to do some kind of blog post for me and I wanted to have Saturday off. Ashley was coming into town for the day and we made plans. Here is how I celebrated my 34th birthWEEK!

Monday night was the Bachelor party. This kicked off the binge-fest that was also lasted the whole week (post on Club-Phat still coming...)

Tuesday night, I went to dinner with my neighborhood friends. I love these girls. Three of us have birthdays in March and we hit Rumbi's for some good post-Bachelor discussion:


Thursday, my friend Heidi came over for lunch and somehow, I didn't get a picture. We had Hagermans and she made me the world's cutest wreath. I've been coveting her's for over a year. I am soooo happy with it.


Friday was the actual b-day and I got a massage in the afternoon. Javier did not disappoint. I always go to Sanctuary and I think it might have been my favorite massage ever.


Friday evening, Sam and I went to Market Street for dinner. I didn't order the Lobster this time. The funniest thing happened though. After dinner, I went to use the women's restroom. As I walked in, I notice that the W and the O was burned out on the Women's sign so it just said "men's" if you weren't really looking at it. When I was in the stall, I looked down and noticed the feet in the stall next to me. They were huge and wearing gnarly man shoes. Then I noticed they were facing the toilet and the person was peeing. It hit me IT WAS A MAN!

I walked out of my stall to wash my hands. The guy was peeing with the door open!! I waited for him to turn around and see me. He looked surprised. I said "Dude, you are in the women's restroom." He looked totally embarrassed and got the heck out of there (didn't wash his hands.) As I was walking back to my table, I passed his booth and gave him a little finger point. He was embarrassed. Funny stuff.


Saturday, I woke up and went on a run. I listened to the Beatles. Did you all know The Beatles are now on i tunes? It brought back major memories of high school. Back then, I always listened to the Beatles greatest hits in my car on the way to school.


I met Ashley and my mom for lunch at Food for Thought. I have decided it is my all-time favorite place to eat...yummy soups, salads, sandwiches, mint brownies, lemon bars and big diet cokes...all in a little house in Draper. I'm telling you--it is the BEST! We were the only ones in the restaurant.


Ashley's darling Bennett came too:


Then my mom took Bennett home and Ashley and went for pedicures--I was the one in the nasty foam flip flops:


Then it was off to Nordstrom Rack where we both bought cardigans and jewelry and tried on tons of dresses that were all too short.

Then we went to Old Navy and Ashley spent the next 20 minutes telling me how much she hates Old Navy clothing while I shopped. Notice the matching handbags:


Then we went to South Town Mall, Tai Pan, Fashion Place Mall--Macy's, Gap, White House Black Market and Nordstrom. Someone better ban me from WHBM. I don't need any more black and white church clothes. I love that store---don't ever let me go in again. At Nordstrom, Ashley began her holy grail search for high waisted jeans. She is tired of showing crack every time she bends over.

Ashley don't hate me for this but after trying on the high-waisted Joe's and Citizen's she moved to the old lady dept. She blew through the Davin Kahns and went to the ultimate mom jeans--Not Your Daughter's Jeans!!!! She doesn't even have a daughter. She loved them. But decided they were too formal so she is still hunting for the perfect high waisted jeans...any ideas out there?


We were starving at that point so we headed to Mrs. Fields for huge diet cokes and a brownie for me and then we headed to Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta for dinner with my parents and sister in law Katie.

Sunday, I busted out the Easter clothes because they are long sleeved this year and Easter is really late in April. I want my kids to get there wear out of them. It did my heart good to go to church in coordinating clothes.


Sam left on a plane for Dallas and we headed up to my parents house for a special dinner.


Buster and Bennett finally got to spend some quality time together:


I got to eat my mom's delicious chocolate cake and open presents from my parents and kids. I look at this picture with my kids around me and I realize I don't need to wish for anything! I am one lucky girl--how cheesy is that!


It was a great birthday! If anyone is still reading this...come back in a day or two. I am doing my first-ever give-away. I recently bought the world's BEST swimsuit. So I approached the company and they agreed to let me do a give-away for my blog readers. I'm not kidding these swimsuits will change your life (think underwire!!)--See you soon!

28 comments:

Ashley said...

I was hoping this would be up so I could relive the weekend! It was so so so wonderful to shop without kids and to just try on everything in all those stores. I hope someone has a good high-waist pant to recommend. I love the pic of Bennett and Buster but my favorite one of all is the first one of you with your kids and Buster is the little doll in the high chair. Thanks for cashing in your birthday goodwill in order to spend the whole day with me! Avoid Old Navy!

Elizabeth said...

Oh your Bday celebrations sound and look so great! What could be more fun than shopping and eating out with your sis. You look so gorgeous and happy in all the pics (and I love love love the green cardi). All the pics are darling but I really love the ones of you and the kids. The toilet story is funny except fr the part where he didn't wash his hands... shudder.

LKC said...

What a fun birthday. I would kill for a good salad and a diet coke right now.

Ashley, Did you try the high waisted Paige jeans? I bought two over Christmas (skinny and boot cut) and they are my favs.

alexandra said...

Hilarious and sweet! You are a lucky girl! I am glad Ashley got some nice vacation time in Utah! My favorite is Ashley and her jeans quest.

Laura B. said...

This is the PERFECT birthday week! Glad it was so great!!!

Jen (and her men) said...

What fun! You look amazing! I can't wait to hear about club-phat or whatever it's called. It obviously worked :) I'm interested in the jeans and the swimsuit tips too...who doesn't need help with that?

Em said...

I can't even tell you how funny this post is. It was totally easy sticking it out till the end because this is hilarious stuff.

I don't know which was funnier, reading about Ashley's quest for high-waisters or your calling out that man in the women's restroom. Your blog is dangerous to read at work because I burst out laughing at the thought of you standing there waiting for that fool man to turn around.

Can't wait for your giveaway! I desperately need a new suit and underwire and I have been friends for years.

Happy Birthday to you!

Denise said...

Happy birthday!!! I like the way you do things. I might have to copy your birthday style next January, if I can remember it then. I'll have to check out this swimsuit because I've been wearing underwire suits for years and love them. I recently bought one from bigger better bras.com and ADORE it. You might not need to go to the big ladies site, but for my girls it is a necessity!

Kimmie said...

ok...so i realize that since the only people who comment on my clothes are 65+ year old women (meaning: i have absolutely NO sense of style...but Ashley, I'll throw this out there for whatever it's worth!(and Jen - don't drop dead that i am actually trying to give fashion advice).

I have never succombed to the low rider thing, just cant do it. so when my "at waist" jeans stopped being made, the dreaded hunt began. I too LOVED Not your Daughters Jeans, but decided on some Silver jeans, SUKI style. It has got to be the SUKI, they are Silver's highest rise. Still not as high as i would like, but if you are used to wearing the low rise, then these should be better.

such a fun weekend, glad you saved some room for Swirl!

Heather said...

Great birthday week! I believe in celebrating for the whole month...

Let's to to Golden Spoon for your post-birthday celebration! I noticed that was not a part of your week's events and I feel it sadly lacking...

Megan said...

Happy Birthday, again! And I can totally tell that you los weight. You look great!

And don't delay on the swimsuit post. I'm in hot pursuit of one right now! I need boob endorsement, though, so keep that in mind!

Ashley said...

Kimmie--I am wearing the Suki's right now as I type (I own three pairs); even they can't provide the coverage I need. I have serious problems. Brooke can vouch. I think I will have to go for the Not Your Daughter's . . . .

Liz said...

Happy Birthday! I'm so glad you have a week-long celebration. As it should be!

Kimmie said...

too funny ashley!
(i own 3 pairs as well) let me know what you end up getting, b/c like i said, the SUKI's still aren't high enough for me!

Eddie Bauer has nice at waist jeans...i just didn't like the pockets this year. Calvin Klein had some too. dying to know what you end up getting.

Ashley said...

Just ordered 3 pairs of Not Your Daughter's so I can try them on in the privacy of my own home.

Jill said...

I love it that you know how to celebrate and are good at treating yourself right! This looks like a fantastic week filled with lots of good food. It's so great that Ashley was able to fly in for the weekend so you two could shop and get pedicures. I'm sure it was a hilarious outing, I wish I could have overheard you two in the dressing room!

brooke said...

It was a great weekend! Glad you & Ash could be together and glad that I got some baby time w/ Bennett! It's all good!

Linda said...

That last comment was Linda's (Brookie's mom) Brooke, you must have been on my computer last night, looking at your blog. . .

Jack's Mama said...

Butt crack mom is a true issue...
http://coolmom.com/2011/03/04/butt-crack-moms/

Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor said...

Happy Birthday! The market street bathroom story is killing me - so funny! I love that you pointed on your way back - men are so gross - why not close the door?

Christie said...

Happy birthday!

Please have your friend do a tutorial on the wreath. Or just make me one. I will pay! That is adorable.

Stephanie said...

Looks like you had a great birthday week! Love the wreath! So, are you sure that was the women's restroom? haha! I love that story--read it to my kids and they loved it! :)

Sam said...

According to Flight Tracker, I am currently 28,000 feet over Grand Junction, Colorado. This is my first time using in flight wi-fi...impressive technology.

I have seen my fair share of Warner-crack over the years due to low jeans. So, Ashley, if you find something that works, buy a pair for Brooke, and I will reimburse you.

The Mostess said...

Wah--I wrote on Ashley's blog that your dual posts made me miss Eriika so much! This would totally have been our birthday weekend!!

Happy birthday--you deserve it!

PS--you look great. I don't, so you better rig that contest and give me that suit!

Kristen said...

Wow! Your birthday sounded FAB! So I have a question....does your husband go all out for his own birthday or do you plan it? My husbands bday is next month and I was just curious. You guys sure know how to party!!!

brooke said...

Kristen,

Funny you should ask...I should let Sam answer that. There is a running joke in our family about how we celebrated my 30th birthday in NYC and we celebrated his 30th at Chili's.

He is not into his birthday at all and would prefer that it passes quietly with no fanfare. I am the exact opposite. Good luck with your husband's birthday next month! I think everyone should plan their own birthday so they get to celebrate it exactly how they want!

lindsey said...

I am so so so so so glad you had a good birthday week! I can't think of anyone who deserves it more! :)

marta said...

i loved hearing all about your special day. seriously you tell the best stories. glad it was a spectacular birthday.

p.s. i would've done everything you did. including those restaurant and shopping choices. no wonder i like your style so much.