A New Decade

Last month I ushered in a new decade and celebrated the big 3-0 in style.  We did so much fun stuff!!  I got several days worth of celebrating (just the way I like it).

The weekend before my birthday we all went up to Georgetown.  My dad fried up some catfish and Colleen made fried veggies and an awesome sparkling blueberry lemonade (one for the adults and one for Claire).  Anytime an alcoholic beverage is served, Claire asks for a “special juice.”  I think she just likes the pretty colors of our drinks and wants one too!!  She gets so excited about it though!!




Grandma and her favorite little girls!!


The night before my birthday, Colleen made AH-MAZING crab cakes, remoulade, and pea and pancetta risotto.  It was to die for!!!  Have I mentioned that Colleen is a gourmet chef and makes mouthwatering meals like this for us several times a week?!  (No, you can’t have her!!)  I am going to do a food post soon with some of her recipes because they are too good to not document.  I’ll add the recipe for this dish at that time.  We also opened up one of our special Sonoma wines that we bought when we were out there for our anniversary.  So fun!!


Now the day of my actual birthday arrived.  Colleen was off work so we ran a couple errands and went to lunch at Hacienda Colorado with the girls.  That was quite an experience.  It was one of the first times we had taken Amelia to a restaurant.  During lunch, she decided she was hungry so I whipped out the new “hooter hider,” aka nursing cover, and she went to town.  Well, she always needs a diaper change after she eats.  I was being lazy and did not want to take her into the bathroom because I didn’t want to get up and I think those changing tables are disgusting.  I had her car seat so I thought I would just change her in that because it would hide her from the other patrons who probably didn’t want to see a diaper change during their lunch.  Her bottom was straight up in the air, just prime position for getting some gas out, when she explodes with poo.  All over the birthday girl.  I am trying to wipe everything up when explosion number two (of more number two) occurs.  Colleen was laughing hysterically and you can imagine what a mess I was.  I walked out of the restaurant with my head down as fast as I could.  We did get our lunch for free though so that was great.  Not because they felt sorry for the poop stained birthday girl but because they forgot our order and it took over 45 minutes to get our food.  Oh well.

After lunch, my parents came down to watch the girls and Colleen took me out for a pedicure.  That was an experience too.  We had asked for “spa pedi’s” but they didn’t hear us or something because when we reminded them they broke out in a flurry of some Asian language talking across the whole saloon.  Then one of the women, rudely, yells over to us, “you no ask for spa pedicure, we no have time!”  At this point everyone in the place is staring at us since we had apparently caused quite an uproar.  We told them it was fine since we didn’t want to make a scene and then they said, “well, we do one of you.”  Ummm, no thanks?!  We came together!  Needless to say we didn’t get our spa pedi’s but we still had a relaxing time and laughed about it the whole way home.

Drew was taking off work early that day and the plan was for him to take me out for drinks and then sushi.  I had a really upset stomach though so I just wanted to lay down for a while when I got home and not do drinks.  Little did I know I was foiling all of him and Colleen’s plans for a surprise party!!  They kept calm and didn’t let on.  I actually had no idea about it until Drew and I were driving to the restaurant.  Then there were just a string of weird things and I started to wonder.  Why was Colleen getting ready when we left?  Why was Drew taking a round about way to the restaurant?  Why did Drew “forget” his wallet and have to go home?  And then when we got home, why was Colleen’s car gone?  Why did Drew not seemed bothered that we were going to be late for our reservation?  By the time we got to the restaurant I was pretty sure Drew was up to something but I didn’t want to say anything in case I was wrong!  We pulled up and I saw Colleen’s car – now I was sure.  Then we walk in and instead of sitting us in the main area they took us downstairs and “SURPRISE” our closest friends were their waiting for us.  We had a great dinner at Sushi Sasa followed by some salted caramel ice cream from Sweet Cow.  Then we went over to the Ale House and finished off our night with some drinks on the roof top patio!  Such a fun night.  I still consider it a successful surprise because I had no idea until a few minutes before we got there.  Had I not had the upset stomach and we had gone out for drinks as planned I never would have figured it out!!


The weekend after my birthday we went up to Georgetown again for my final celebration.  My parents gift was a pontoon ride on Lake Dillon.  It was the perfect way to spend the day.  Everyone had so much fun and it was so relaxing for me.  I told my parents I think we should make it an August tradition!!  It was cold and rainy off and on that day but the weather didn’t stop us.  We just bundled up and took in the amazing views!



Sitting on Dad’s lap driving the boat – I’ll always be his little girl 🙂

We stopped on the way up at Whole Foods and got sandwich fixings and had lunch on board.  My aunt got me a birthday cake from my FAVORITE bakery.  Cake in Georgetown.  I thought she made the best cakes before I went Gluten Free.  She also does GF cakes and cupcakes and they are incredibly delicious too.  I thoroughly enjoyed my white on white cake with raspberry!!


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The mountains surrounded us on all sides.  It was beautiful:

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Annie puts up with so much harassment.  She really is the best dog:

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LOVE this picture of my mom and me:

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After the ride we came back to Georgetown to let Claire have a nap.  While she napped, the rest of us goofed around in my parents yard:


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We never get sick of the beauty of the creeks in my parents yard.  I could sit out there all day with a book if my girls would let me!

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When Claire woke up from her nap it was time for me to feed Amelia so Drew, my mom, and Claire walked downtown to be surprised with a festival going on.  You can imagine Claire’s excitement when she saw the bounce house!!

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I had the best time ushering in my next decade thanks to my wonderful family.  You guys really know how to make this “ol’ gal” feel special!!

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  1. Linda maughan
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    You 30Th was a wonderful reason for a very special week of celebration!

  2. Posted September 20, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    What an amazing birthday!!! I’m glad you had a great one!

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