Monday, August 12, 2013

This is what 30 looks like

Last week, yours truly turned the big 3-0. Thirty has definitely lived up to the hype! 

Here's a little recap:

Wednesday, August 7 (my actual birthday). I decided to take my birthday off of work because I wanted to hang with these goofballs

Poor Bailey - so sweet and innocent and surrounded by some crazies

We hit up the MN Zoo since we got a membership in June and hadn't been back since. It was a gorgeous day out and perfect for zoo fun!
I think the guy is much more interested in Bailey than the cow (I can't blame him)

I developed a severe case of baby (monkey) fever. I think Chris has actually banned this portion of the zoo from here on out. They were so.dang.cute. I told Chris that I want to go to school to be a monkey trainer so I can hang out with them all day - I was slightly obsessed


After the zoo, we headed north to Edina so we could get our free lunch. It was over-due and absolutely delicious!

After lunch, we continued further north to Lake Calhoun. I don't know what my obsession is with going to Calhoun for my birthday, but I request it pretty much every year. I love the atmosphere there and we never venture up that way. We walked all the way around and made a pitstop for Bailey to swing and splash her toes in the lake :)


Next we headed back home to freshen up and gather some toys for Bailey to bring to Nana's house. I got a random thought in my head on our way home to get a shooter of a fun flavored vodka and make a little birthday drink for myself before heading to dinner. I've never tried sprinkles on the rim, but it's so easy and fun! I just dipped the glass into a bowl of honey and then into a bowl of sprinkles and left them upside down on a plate for a couple minutes. Pour in the drink and voila - instant birthday drink! They were so fun and the drink was tasty too :)

I'm so lucky to have this guy as my hubby and daddy to Bailey - love him to pieces!
We headed to Nana's house so she could watch Bailey while we went out for a little dinner. We went to Chianti Grill in Burnsville. It was a perfect night for dinner on the patio. I got a birthday drink (something tropical that was delish) and we each got an entree to share. They brought me complimentary creme brulee with a little candle in it :)

The night finished off with a relaxing evening at home with the fam. We walked over 5 miles that day and it was so much fun to spend it with my hubby and Bailey. I'm so happy I took the day off!

Friday, August 9
I was presented with 2 of these awards at work. Each is worth $25 and you get to pick out a gift card from a bunch of different retailers. Still not sure what I'm going to do with mine yet, but it felt like a belated birthday gift!

After work, I headed down to Elko to pick Bailey up from daycare and then went straight back to Edina to meet my parents for dinner. We met at Ruby Tuesday and then got some ice cream in the mall afterwards. My parents brought a long a special gift that my grandma left for me when she passed away 14 years ago. It was very emotional looking at them and thinking back on the days that she was here, but very special to know she wanted me to have these. Not gonna lie, the chances were pretty good considering I'm the only granddaughter on that side ;)

They're so pretty! I wish I didn't have sausage fingers and could actually wear some of them. I may be visiting the jeweler in the near future
On Saturday, we had plans to meet up with some friends for dinner to celebrate my birthday again (geez, get over yourself already). We were meeting them at Carbone's in Lakeville at 5:30. We started getting Bailey in her car seat around 5:05 and while Chris was strapping her in, I went to the driver's side of the car to look for something in her diaper  bag. I was about to go back to the passenger side to get in when I see (what looked like) Chris's mom's car pull up by some trees in our front yard. I see her peaking her head around and then she quickly backed up. I ask Chris if that was his mom's car and he just kind of shrugged so I asked again and ask if something's going on. He goes out in the driveway and waves his mom in. Some friends and family were all pulling up to surprise me. We were supposed to leave and then Chris was going to say he forgot his license and come back to our house, have me run inside to get it for him and everyone would be inside to surprise me. I guess a car just like ours had gone out of the neighborhood so they thought we had left and were coming over to set-up. Chris was pretty bummed the whole thing didn't go as planned, but to be honest I know I would've been super annoyed if we turned around to get his license, which would've made us late to dinner (or so I thought).

The party was so much fun! I hardly took any pics since I didn't even touch my phone pretty much the whole night. Millie brought so much food and wine, which I apparently thought would go bad if I didn't drink all of it - oof!
Me with some of the ladies - really wish I would've taken pics earlier, oops!

My s-i-l made an amazing cake that I want to devour the remainder of that is still in our freezer.

We played my new favorite game that I apparently become very good at when I drink enough :) I was kicking some serious booty that night!

Bailey and Jack were have a blast hanging out in our friends Karl and Amanda's Jeep


Then came Sunday, August 11

Yikes...this was a rough day for me! I spent the first half of it in bed trying to recover from Saturday night's shenanigans. Chris came to check on me around noon (I had been up and moved around a few times before this, but not much) and I told him how I'd been craving a 7-up/Sprite/Sierra Mist so badly but knew I couldn't drive to get one (still puking). He so kindly offered to run to the gas station to get me a soda. Seriously, husband of the year over here! After I got the pop and munched on a few super healthy chips, I was feeling so much better!

The afternoon was spent outside letting Bailey splash around in her little pool. She LOVES the water so much, it's so cute watching her splash around. 

Post-swim baby

Well, that's my little long recap of my birthday. I feel so blessed and loved by my friends and family. It really meant so much to have people come over to celebrate with me! My hubby way out-did himself with everything and surprised me with an amazing gift and a party. The best gift of all is that little peanut up there. I had no clue what an amazing experience being a mother is. I get it now - it is the best feeling in the world. Thank you Bailey Rose for bringing the most joy to my life!


  1. Happy belated birthday! It looks like you had an amazing few days! A good way to ring in 30!

  2. What a great birthday weekend! Looks like you had a great time surrounded by family and friends! Bummer about the surprise party though! Happy birthday again, lady!

  3. We have the same middle name!! Happy 30th, Becky Jean. :)

  4. Sounds like the perfect birthday! I love going to Lake Calhoun but yea don't know why haha, pretty I guess :) The zoo is always a good time. And sounds like you had a lot of delicious food. Glad you had such a fun 30th birthday.

  5. Sounds like a perfect birthday celebration! Not sure it gets any better than that. Hey... and my middle name was Jean, too. Until I got married and kept my maiden name as my middle name.

  6. What a great great bday week/wknd! Sounds like you had such a great time, a full half day in bed to follow... oyeee haha! Happy belated bday chica!

  7. Awesome birthday week!! Well, minus getting sick (are you sure you didn't turn 21?) haha!!!

  8. Exactly how a birthday should be celebrated...ALL WEEK LONG!!! Haha! Glad you had a great birthday week and welcome to the DIRTY THIRTY club!!

  9. What a fabulous birthday long weekend!!! Glad you fit all that in because it sounds like all the things you love!!! Happy 30th again!!!