Monday, January 28, 2008

The long awaited birthday details

Okay, so it's only been a day, and I'm probably the only one who really cares (sob sob) but here it is, in all it's wonderful glory. MY BIRTHDAY!!

It all began one cold Saturday morning, 2 days ago. I woke up refreshed a ready to go after a long night of kicking my husband out of bed whenever one of our children had a need. I showered, and made sure I looked as lovely as possible for my big day. I headed off to Heidi's house to practice the song that I would be auditioning with for the LDS Performers Concert. I didn't actually decide on which song until 5 minutes before we left for the audition. We headed out on icy roads to the Stake Center that would hold the fate of my future singing career. Okay, that's a huge exaggeration, but it's what came to mind. The audition went great, well, I guess we'll see in a few days when I find out if I made it or not, despite mine and Heidi's freezing hands. Oh, and the song choice was Defying Gravity from Wicked. Tough piano piece and Heidi nailed it. After the audition we headed to Chili's for some pre-birthday lunch. It was fabulous and I got the chocolate lava cake for my birthday treat! 1 (I am going to be numbering the times I eat chocolate cake so you can see how fully I enjoyed my birthday)
Where was I? Oh yes, lunch. The party included myself, my two children, Jake, Heidi, Heather, and Janene! And yes Janene! You are for sure an honorary sister! We then made our way to an ice skating rink where the real party began! When I was a youngster, I would go ice skating for my birthday party every other year. I have very fond memories of ice skating. When I was discussing with Jake what I should do for my birthday this year, he made the suggestion, and I was thrilled! Thanks to my family for coming along! I have to admit, trying to help Jaxon around the rink was tough on my back, but it ended up being a blast. Special thanks to Jake for sitting out to watch the babies! What a hunk of a hubby! After ice skating I was exhausted. We headed home and cleaned up, got the kids in bed and headed out again for more festivities. This time it was just Jake and I. Don't worry, we didn't just leave the kiddos. Heidi and Heather came over to watch. (It's a good thing I have sisters, or my social life would be SHOT!)

Jake and I had a fantastic date. I feel like it's been ages since just the two of us hung out. He was so kind as to come shopping with me and we found a super cute skirt on sale! Yeah for deals! (skirt pictured above, and yes, I spread it out all pretty like)


After our awesome deal finding, we went to Macaroni Grill and split a full 3 course meal. It was great. I got chocolate cake for my birthday treat. 2 We finished just in time to make it to our movie, Cloverfield, which was actually really good. I enjoyed it. The whole way home we just laughed and talked about how we felt like we were being chased by some huge monster. We pulled up to the house just at the car clock turned to midnight, and it made me feel like a high schooler getting home right in time for curfew. It's good to feel like a high schooler every once and awhile. We should have parked for awhile and made out. Dangit, I just thought of that. Maybe next time Jake! : ) Heather was asleep on the couch when we got home and ended up having a sleepover. She's great. END SATURDAY!! Whew, are you still with me? We haven't even made it to my birthday yet.



Sunday began with a bash. Okay, not really. I slept in until 9:00, which is huge. Heather had decorated with signs around the house, one of which is still haunting me, "Late 2o's here I come." Late twenties. Yikes, for as much as I love birthdays, I'm not so sure about this getting older business. Heidi and Abbie came over with a stack of pancakes with a candle in it for breakfast. Delicious! Heidi make the best wheat pancakes. They are so good. They sang to me, and Jaxon helped blow out the candle (of course) and then proceeded to lick the bottom of it. You know, like you do when there's frosting on it. It doesn't work so well when it came out of pancakes. It was funny. I went to choir wearing my new cute skirt, and Mahina was the first to wish me happy birthday! 10 gold stars to you!!!! Church was great, although my kids were wild! After church we made our way to Heidi's house for the much anticipated Fondue dinner. The house was decorated in balloons, streamers and a gorgeous sign decorating my my awesome nieces and nephew. You guys ROCK! You know what I love about fondue? Everything. I love the taste, the fact that it's something new and different, I love the bread and cheese combo, I love my dad making a mess and enjoying it too much to talk, I love Heather eating 20 asparagus spears, because weight watchers does not allow fondue. I love Jake not knowing whether of not he had eaten enough, therefore throwing another sausage on his plate. I love the cool tomato and hot cheese, I love the sicks, the mess, the variety. I love it all. After dinner Heather cleaned up (remember she's the clean up crew) and.......... out came the chocolate cake!!!!! 3 Now this is not just any chocolate cake. This is the one you see at Costco every time you go and just wish you had some excuse to buy it! 7 pounds of pure chocolate goodness. Let me tell you, that thing should be illegal. Everyone in the house was on a sugar high the rest of the night. Especially my dad. I'll never forget those magic fingers! (sorry, you just had to be there) This next picture is priceless. It couldn't have been staged more perfect. This is during the singing of happy birthday when Jaxon was just itching to blow out the candles. The picture says the rest.

Notice the 2 hands coming out of nowhere to stop him. Hilarious.




During the cake eating we heard the news of the passing of our Prophet. That left a somber feeling about the room. Although the more we talked about it, the more at peace I felt. I just couldn't stop thinking about how we shared my birth and his death on the same day. It just put things in perspective.

It was then time to open the presents and I got EXACTLY what I wanted. If you've followed my blog at all, you know that I love to shop. Well, now I can shop for free! I got lot's and lot's of gift cards. It was perfect. Although, I have yet to get Jake's gift (still in the mail) so I'll update on that. Also, my dad got me photoshop! I can't wait to start figuring that out. Brenda stopped by and gave me movie tickets too! Thanks again! We pawned some of our chocolate cake off on her. The thing is monstrous! Then came the game playing. We LOVE to play games in my family. We played farkle, Ticket to Ride, and Quiddler. All the kids were in bed by this time, and Jake had reverted to studying for a big test he has coming up.



Finally around midnight I dragged myself away from the party and into a winder wonderland. What a perfect end to a perfect birthday.

Now I hope you can see why I love my birthday's so much. Thanks to all who made it so much fun!

22 comments:

hedrad said...

We sure know how to celebrate. Does life get any better?

Mrs.Misses said...

Sounds like my kind of birthday! I wish I could hear you sing and Heidi play and Heather laugh...I miss you guys. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Darilyn said...

I love that your family makes such a big deal out of your birthday and celebrates it in a big way. I love birthdays too and January is just the best month isn't it? The fondue sounds so good and I do love that Costco chocolate cake. I'm glad you had such a great day, or days : )

Bridget said...

What a fun birthday weekend! Don't tell me late 20's is old though!!

Heidi said...

You forgot to mention who won almost every single game. Aside from farkle I conquered! Try not to leave out the important details next time.

Stephanie said...

No, I did not forget to mention that. It was very intentionally left out.

Danielle said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic birthday with lots of fun activities, food, and people.

Laura said...

I'm glad you had such a great weekend! I think I love your birthday too!

Lindz said...

Hey, this is Lindsay Noble, now Rosequist I found your blog on Allison's. Your family is so cute. Happy Birthday too. It sounds like you had a blast. I hope my birthday is that good.

Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday, Stephanie! Glad you had such fun. Lester saw that Costco cake, too, and wanted it for his birthday, which was January 3rd. But we decided to go for Betty Crocker instead. :-)

Merilee said...

Happy late birthday! What an awesome way to celebrate. 3 chocolate cakes? Does it get any better?

Sorry, I think my husband was contributing to the crazy kids on Sunday deal.

ericandjanine said...

You should have thrown in a few scriptures and I could have counted that for my daily scripture study! I'm spent! Glad you had a fun time and I got to be a part of it. I have a renewed resolution to get better at ice skating so we'll have to do it again for a date or something!

Mahina said...

aww, wow! i'm honored that i was the first one to wish you happy birthday on your special day! sounds like your birthday WAS everything you had hoped it to be! you deserve it!

Laura said...

I just remembered - I made a molten lava cake for Stuart's cousin's birthday. They stuck candles in it for him to blow them out. By the time they've been stuck in, lit, blown out and pulled out the cake the bottoms had melted off into the lava... yeah. Crunchy goodness.

Scott and Stacia said...

So glad your birthday was so much fun! I love the picture of Jaxon trying to blow out the candles.

Lisa said...

I totally remembered on Saturday that it was your birthday on Sunday. I get to church, see you, and completely forget! I am lame and you are beautiful in that new adorable skirt! Nothing beats shopping, especially free shopping!!! Happy Birthday. Wow! You're just around the corner from 30. heehee

JackieSue said...

Holy crap~!! I thought I was an avid blog reader of yours but apparently 15!!!!! people beat me to it. Goodness. I've been blogging for 2 years and never get that kind of response. ;-) Anyhow.. your birthday was awesome. Your family is so great to do so much! I was checking and checking to see what the birthday entailed. I started thinking that maybe you just didn't do anything fun? But I was wrong... and I found an excuse to buy my last triple decker chocolate cake... pregnancy!!! Twas delightful!!

Laura said...

(Psssst! Do you see Sarah and Jon Jackson's blog on my list?)

Laura said...

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mirm said...

I'm positive that all 3 cakes were weight watcher approved right? How did you do on your try out? Oh yeah Happy B-lated birthday!!!!!

Bouncing Balls said...

You looked like you had a fun time. I noticed you played Ticket to Ride and we have that game too and to my entire family it is addicting and they have to play any time we get together, so if you guys ever want to play we have it too and would love to play with someone else who knows how to. HaPpY bIrThDaY!

hedrad said...

Holy 21 comments. This makes 22. Let's see if we can get it up to 50.