Tuesday, June 7, 2011

It's Birthday Time

Yup, its the truth, I am officially old. On June 1st I had my birthday, and this was not just any birthday, it was a milestone birthday and it was my first birthday as a married lady. It was birthday number 25!

Now I know that 25 is not in fact old, but it sure does feel old sometimes! Anyways I had quite the 25th, my husband makes fun because he thinks I had 4 birthdays, and honestly.... I did, and thats just the way I like it!

So on Memorial day weekend I celebrated my birthday with my husbands family, we helped his brother and sister in law paint their new house, then we spent time with the in laws and had a great time. They spoiled me with gifts and lots of love and it was great!

On Wednesday (my actual Birthday) 2 of my coworkers treated me to lunch at Thai (my fave and our birthday tradition), and after work my husband surprised me with reservations at a nice restaraunt in town. I got home and husband was all dressed up for a night on the town! He also gave me such a great gift! A Kindle!!!! For anyone who doesn't know what a kindle is you should go to amazon and read about it, it is basically an ereader but it is so freaking fabulous, the one he gave me is my second one because my other one is older and is big and bulky for carrying in my purse and my new one is cute and compact. I guess for most people this wouldnt be the most exciting gift, but I am a major reader (my hubby calls me a nerd, but whatever!) and I have been wanting this for a long time, so it was a great gift!

After dinner we went and had my favorite dessert- Frozen Yogurt, yummm!!!! We have a new yogurt place in town so I had been dying to try it, its all natural, fat free, freshly made everyday from fresh ingredients, and it was soooooooo good! Now I can't wait to go back!

My biggest birthday celebration didn't come until Friday and that was the party my hubby planned for me (it wasn't a surprise because he knows how I feel about big surprises, and it is not good!) but it was very sweet! He knew I wanted to revel in my youth so he planned my party at our local skating rink! It was such a great idea and so fun! So pre skating all our friends came over and my husband bbq'd then we prepared ourselves for some fun and silliness and made our way to the skating rink and then strapped on our skates! First I should say we were all a bit terrified, none of us had skated in YEARS and lets be honest, I am like the farthest thing from coordinated- and last time I roller skated I broke my wrist, oh boy!

I don't know about your skating rink, but ours has not changed one bit! The skates are even the same from when I was a kid! Fortunately we had a great time, no one fell, and we had no injuries!

My husband even booked the party room for us, complete with decorated walls, soda, cake and candles, it was pretty great!

This is a terrible picture, but you get the idea, and yup thats my husband in the background.

The next day we had dinner celebrations with my family, great food, great company, excellent party.

All in all it was a great birthday season, I was very spoiled and I loved every second of it!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

When one door closes.....

...another one opens. But really one door got taken off and disposed of, and another one got installed and now opens and closes beautifully!

For a wedding gift my grandmother (shown below- isn't she beautiful!) bought my husband and I a new front door.
Its a pretty awesome gift considering our old front door was funky, hollow (bad for keeping the elements outside and our central heat or air inside), and not closing very well (we had to lock it from the outside for it to actually close), and had like 3 windows very low that were not clouded so we had minimal privacy! Unfortunately I don't have a good picture of the old front door so you'll just have to imagine it, but I promise it was not pretty!

When choosing our new front door we wanted something pretty that didn't look just like everyone elses front door, but wasn't too fancy or pretentous for our older, not extraordinary, with a small entery way house. We also didn't want to break bank since it was a gift. And in case you didn't already know this, front doors are mighty expensive! Esspecially if you want a fiber glass door, which is what we got since they don't conduct heat or cold, and they don't dent or  wear easily. Plus if you have an older home (I don't know about a newer home since I don't have one...) its a pain to install, I'm very glad my grandma also included in her gift having a professional install it, because the prehung door we bought was a standard size, our our older homes door area was a not so standard size, it was a good 3 or 4 inches shorter and an inch narrower than the new door! So they had to cut a new hole and do a bunch of other tweaking to make the new door fit perfectly, look pretty, and open and close easily. Just so you get an idea of what a big project it was (since I had no clue) the installer came at 10:15 am on Monday and we had to leave for some pre made plans at 4:45 pm and he was still there working away! I think he left around 5:30pm, so this was a BIG project. So even though it was not cheap and was a lot of work, I think it made a huge improvement in the appearance of our house! Here is a picture after it was installed, we still need to touch up the paint around the trim, re paint the trim, and paint the door but you get the idea of the door we chose and how pretty it looks!

I really want to paint the door like an aubergine color- a purplish red, sort of wine colored. and the trim the same off whitish color as the rest of the trim, however my husband just wants to paint the door the same color as the trim.... So I guess we'll just have to wait and see who wins, I have a feeling that this time my husbands going to win simply because he's the one who will be doing the painting.... and I suppose he should get his way sometimes!