I’ve missed this. It’s been a while since I have posted and I am looking forward to writing and sharing some things here! Finding time to keep up with blogging is difficult, but I recently had a surgery that has forced me to rest. So, silver lining, folks!
In March we enjoyed lots of celebrations:
A beach birthday party for one of our favorite 12 year olds
Started two very different, but very good novels: Landline and The Nightingale
Went to dinner and a Jose Gonzales concert with one of our favorite couples ever
Celebrated 5 years of marriage with my sweet, handsome, enthusiastic, funny, strong, kind husband
Spent a weekend away in Las Vegas on the lake, enjoyed a Gordon Ramsey burger, and the best breakfast I’ve ever had at Bouchon Bakery
Bret treated me to some shopping and I ravaged the Anthropologie sale rack
Date day at VGs, Zumbar, SD Zoo, and El Indio
Celebrated EASTER SUNDAY at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad
Celebrated my husband turning 30 years old! Whoa…good thing he has the best baby face I’ve ever seen.
In April we enjoyed:
Co-Birthday 30th Birthday Party for Bret and Steve
Beach walks and runs
2 Fountain Valley girlfriend dates
Fun celebration work dinner
Guy and Girl hang outs with our Jr. High kids
Candle making class at Mr. B’s Necessities shop
A beach birthday party for one of our favorite sweet 16 year olds
Broke my pinky toe playing beach soccer
Spanish themed Cooking Club – I made olive tapenade toast and mushrooms sautéed in garlic and white wine
Spike ball Sunday
My mom came to visit from Idaho! We had a beach day, watercolor night, Community Group, and dinner together at Benihana (her first time hehe).
In May we enjoyed:
Bret traveled with one of our Pastors to Reno for an Acts 29 Conference
Primos tacos and gelato with our Community Group
Date Night at Target and The Flying Pig
Mother’s Day dinner at my oldest and best girlfriend’s house
Book Club meeting for The Nightingale with the best french food spread ever
Said goodbye to the palm tree outside our front door…I loved that thing
8th Grade Graduation party with our Jr. High kids – SO fun!
Lofty Coffee with Jocey
In home massages (late Christmas present for Bret)
Memorial Day appreciation and BBQ with friends
Something else that happened in March and is just now beginning to wrap up is an unexpected health update. My GP looked at my neck back in March and she thought my thyroid gland looked enlarged. She ordered an ultrasound which revealed that my thyroid was normal size but they could see there was a mass growing on the right side. I was then sent to a specialist. He did a biopsy and recommended I get it removed due to its large size. The biopsy came back a few weeks later as negative – PRAISE THE LORD! But I still had to consider surgery. I felt the most peace with moving forward with surgery and I am sure glad God directed me that way. Just this last week, they removed the mass and the Doctors laughed to each other when my husband asked how big it was. They said, “That thing was impressive!” So the mass is gone, it’s not cancerous, and I still have most of my thyroid intact. Recovery isn’t fun, but I am so grateful for God putting good doctors around me and for helping me to get healthy. I’m also so grateful for all the people who have prayed for me – God heard all of those prayers. And for those who have brought me flowers and food and cards and blessed me with your company. THANK YOU SO MUCH. My body is in pain but my heart is full.
Until next month…I hope you enjoyed hearing about “our full life” over the last few months.
And if you’re last minute with your pumpkins too, don’t even worry! Uber now has a service that will bring you pumpkins, a carving kit, and treats from your local Pumpkin Patch on demand. Check it out!
Then host a Pumpkin Carving Contest and Chili Cook-off. I give you permission to use my Turkey Chili recipe. 😉
I have a feeling Bret would LOVE the Zombie Crawl! If haunted houses scare you, maybe something with zombies is better…or maybe it’s worse, haha! Surprisingly, I love the show The Walking Dead, so zombie stuff just doesn’t get to me. Anyway, this will be the one “scary” thing I’ll insert into this Happy Halloween List.
Okay, wait, I lied. One more scary thing…but for kiddos! How cool is this Worm Ice? I know I would have thought this was super creepy and fun when I was a kid.
The list this week is a little selfish, but for a fun reason! In a little less than one month, I will be turning 25! A quarter of a century…whoa. That being said, I am making a list of all the possible ways I could celebrate the day!
I would love to hear your suggestions about how to celebrate, where to go, what to do, what to eat, anything! Basically, what should I experience as a 25 year old? I know Joy the Baker has an awesome list of what to do when you are Turning Twentyone and I’d love to compile a list of my own! But as far as celebrating, here’s my list of possibilities:
Visit Coronado. Wear a pretty dress, ride bikes, eat at Island Pasta.
Have a dinner party. Serve bratwurst and beer. Make soft pretzels and have lots of Sprinkles Cupcakes…red velvet, of course.
So….in light of discussing birthdays, I think presents are in order: I am hosting a sweet giveaway! Please post a comment below to be entered to win some of my favorite treats from Trader Joe’s. I would love to hear your perspective. In your comment, please answer one or more of the following: what did you do for your 25th Birthday? From the list above, what is your vote on how I should celebrate my birthday this year? Or, give me your own awesome idea!
NOTE: Giveaway will end on January 24th at 12:00pm. Winner will be selected at random. Winner will be notified via email and I will post their win in the comment thread. Let the commenting begin! Restrictions: Winner must live within the continental United States.