Last year when I turned 30 my friends tried to throw me a surprise party, but they enlisted the help of my husband, who is awful at keeping secrets. Long story short, I pretty much helped plan my supposed surprise party. It was a great party, don't get me wrong. It's just that the element of surprise was ruined. This year my friend wanted to try it again, but on a smaller scale. She had to let me in on the fact that there was a surprise because she needed my help planning a day that worked with my schedule, but she was very tight-lipped on what the actual surprise was. She was a sealed tight vault that wouldn't divulge even the smallest of clues, and she didn't trust anyone (especially Dave) with the secret just in case it leaked out and ruined the surprise. The big surprise was Saturday. She told me to wear shorts, which completely stumped me. My first thought was thrown out the window because I didn't think there was a dress code at a spa. Then I thought maybe we were going to stomp grapes at a vineyard to make our own wine and she didn't want me to stain my pants. (I have a vivid imagination.)
Turns out my initial thought was right, Ann took me to a spa! She tricked me into shaving my legs by telling me to wear shorts because she knows I tend to slack on my shaving duties. We spent a luxurious morning and afternoon being pampered. We got massages and facials first. Then Dave stopped by to bring us lunch and allow me the opportunity to nurse Ashton. We finished our spa day with manicures and pedicures. Saturday night Ann's family came to our house for Walking Tacos and a fire to end my birthday celebrations.
I am so grateful to have such a wonderful friend in my life who not only took the time to make my birthday special, but also knew me well enough to know I would need to be tricked into shaving my legs and also considered the needs of my nursing baby and worked out a plan for me to feed him halfway through the day. I can't express how much this means to me. Thank you so much, Ann!! You made my 31st birthday a day I'll definitely remember forever!
|Briella had a loooong day.|
We also celebrated my birthday last weekend with Ann and her husband, Chris. We dropped off our kids to have an adults only night and went to Winona's version of the Dancing with the Stars show. It was a great night out!
|Waiting for the train.|
|Looking out the window on the train.|
|Holding on for dear life on the train.|
|Showing off our matching Mauer shirts. (I couldn't wear my Liriano jersey since he was traded!)|
|Burning energy before the game.|
|Eating a big pretzel.|
|Train ride back to the Park 'n Ride.|
|They played with the sand in the water table in the morning.|
|Mmm, edible sand!|
|Then they played with it at the table in the afternoon.|
|Ewww, this sand isn't so tasty!|
|Tracking sand throughout my house.|
|We put paint on the rubberbands and then snapped them to make our splatter paint pictures.|
Wednesday was Spencer's three year well check-up. I psyched him up during the week so he wouldn't be scared at the appointment. He said the doctor was looking for Thomas the Train in his ears and that she had to listen to his heart go thump, thump, thump. My little peanut only weighs 27 pounds (10 percentile) and is 37 inches tall (50 percentile).
This week also marked the end of swim lessons.
|Waiting for lessons to start.|
|Hotdog lunch at the concert.|
|My little monkey man climbed up onto Jackson's train table when I looked away for a single second!|
|A glimpse into my minivan future.|
|Ash just wants to play with the big kids!|
|Time to eat.|
This week I also decided to do another photoshoot with Ashton to mark his 9 month birthday. Here is the latest installment of Mommy Photography. (Today I took some maternity pictures for my photographer friend, Tara, who does all of our professional pictures. I'm excited to put into practice the techniques she taught me using the manual settings on my SLR camera.)
More random pictures from the week:
|Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa Smith. I bought this semi with the Target gift card you gave me for my birthday!|
|Going on a ride in a diaper box.|
|Trying out new helmet.|
|Then not wanting to take it off.|