Woohoo! On Saturday, I turned 33 :). I don’t know what happened…but somehow, my birthday kind of became a really special event this year. Maybe because it fell on a Saturday? Maybe because my mom had extra time on her hands this week? Maybe because they need a really big favor from me? Who knows? Who cares? I had a fabulous day :). Grab a cup of coffee and maybe a little snack…somehow, I took approximately 5,568 pictures of my silly birthday.
My morning started with jumbo sized cards from the kids (a big thanks to their daddy for helping them). Kensington drew a picture of us at my birthday party with balloons and presents. Smith drew a picture of us at the circus and a clown is throwing pies in our faces…boys.
We had an 8:00 a.m. appointment with our photographer (and bestie!)…the fabulous Narci…for our annual holiday cards! I figured the only way I could get my family up, dressed and motivated for picture taking that early in the morning was to say “it’s my birthday, you have to”. It worked :).
We were back home by 8:40 and the kids wanted to watch a movie in their sleeping bags and eat popcorn. Why not?
At 11:00, we headed off to lunch at our neighborhood sports bar/restaurant to watch the K-State game and eat a bite.
My peeps played some intense games of tic tac toe. When I play games with my kids, I usually let them win…but Andrew Shull plays to win…so things got rowdy.
After Andrew won a game, Kensington drew this picture of her crying. Even her eyelashes are sad!
And then she scribbled out his winning round. This is a Shull thing…Lowes are not competitive during game playing!
I totally indulged and ate a Fried Pickle Cheese Burger for lunch. Yes.
Kensington had been working on a dance to celebrate my birthday. Andrew said she had been practicing often :). After lunch, she performed for me, and she danced to Pharrell’s Happy.
Kensington also told Andrew that I love pumpkins and gourds, so she picked out a pretty looking gourd for me. I love that she got me a gourd for my birthday. That is totally something I will remember forever :).
I had made some bars the day before and we needed to frost them…Kensington helped me whip up Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting :).
After that, the boys were watching football, so the girls headed to Starbucks and then Hobby Lobby.
We walked next door to Bath and Body Works…
…and she insisted on posing like a VonTrapp child.
And we walked through the pet store on the way back to the car. She told me she was asking Santa for a cat for Christmas. I said he wasn’t going to bring her a cat (because he is not!) and she said he would. I have two months to get her mind on something else…something not alive.
Around 5:00, the four Shulls loaded up and headed over to my parents’ house for dinner.
And holy cow! My mom has apparently been busy this week! This year my birthday fell with a record high heat, so we were able to celebrate outdoors. Did she do a fantastic job????
Everything was so special!!
Yummy appetizers 🙂
Me and the two Cs…Casey and Catherine :).
On a side note, Casey is about to have baby girl #2 and they can not come up with a name for her. They already have a Paisley and they want another P name (he likes Peyton, she likes Piper and they’ve agreed to not use either because they can’t agree). We welcome P name suggestions in the comments below :).
My Grandmother and Aunt Pam…such amazing ladies!
Me and my little brother and my little cousin…both of whom are not so little any more.
A selfie with my dad. Somehow, I didn’t get a picture with my mom…she must have been too busy working her tail off!
My sweet cousin Brooke.
My girl and me.
These are my people.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes for me :).
I opened a few gifts…
…and the night was really wonderful.
Sean and I both posted this last picture on Instagram and there were a gazillion comments about how we look like the Braverman family off of Parenthood. Just to be clear…we’re very much like them… we’re normal, loving and full of problems just like them. This cozy little group has been through divorces, death, cancer, hard times, sad times, happy times, and in-between times. Just like almost all families, we’re a hot mess some days too…but we sure do love each other.
Call me silly (or morbid) but every year after my birthday and usually on Christmas day night too, I think about the day and who was there and what we did…and I pray for the next 365 days. On October 25, 2015…who knows what things will look like. Will we all still be here? Will we have our health? Who knows what the next year holds? Will 33 be a year I remember as fabulous or one of the worst? Who knows? I am thankful and grateful for my wonderful birthday and very hopeful and prayerful about the year ahead, however, I don’t take any of it for granted. I chose each and every day to celebrate and make the most of…because you never know what the next day holds.
Thank you for all of the birthday wishes on FB and Instagram! It meant the world to me.