My birthday actually fell on a Thursday, which is typically my husband's day off from clinic, so once he finished his hospital work we decided to go shopping and just spend some time together as a family. We went out to eat at Cheddar's (my fave!) for my birthday dinner and he got me the camera I had so desperately been wanting, and I absolutely love it (still). I thought the day was perfect.
On Friday morning, he said he wanted to go out to dinner again that night to celebrate my birthday. I told him it wasn't necessary since we'd already done so the night before, but he said we had to live it up since I only turn 30 once. :) So I don't hear from him the rest of the day, and tried to call him around 6 to see what time he thought he'd be done...but I never got to talk to him. He finally called around 8 and said he was on his way home, and that we wouldn't be able to do dinner since it was so late. I was fine with that, and said we'd just watch a movie at home. Well he walks in, and told me to pack my bag because one of his patient's had offered to let us stay in his cabin down at Beaver's Bend, which is a popular outdoorsy type place a few hours from us. He later told me he waited until the last minute to tell me because he knew I'd ask a million questions and he didn't want to have to try to have to come up with a story longer than he had to already.
We finally get to the cabin, and it was pretty late by this point. We walked in, and there was a banner that said "Happy Birthday Sarah!" and some balloons. I was trying to process how he had that set up, when out came my mom, dad, sister Rachael, and her family! They all yelled surprise and I just stood there speechless. Patrick is N-E-V-E-R able to surprise me, and I had no clue about this. Turns out he had rented the cabin and asked my family to come so we could celebrate my 30th. And he had actually taken the afternoon off work to get things ready for the weekend, and met my parents to give them stuff to take to the cabin so I wouldn't be suspicious and things could be set up before we got there. Sneaky, sneaky!
It was a nice cabin in the woods with lots of fun stuff to do....ping pong, pool table, horseshoes, and a hot tub! There was also a fire pit outside so of course we made smores. The weather was yucky that weekend so we were glad to have lots of things to do inside, and just enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend.
On Saturday, I ran to the store to get some stuff and when I came back even more of my family was there - my 2 older sisters and their kids! I was so surprised that they came too. I was thrilled to get to spend my birthday celebrating with some of the most special people in my life! :)
That afternoon, us girls stopped in at a little place called Girls Gone Wine. It was a cute place and lots of fun!
Since I had just gotten my new camera, I spent a lot of the weekend taking pictures - though I had NO clue what I was doing, it was fun! I made this collage of Manny several months ago when I first intended to blog about this, and looking at it now makes me realize how much he's grown! He was still such a baby on my birthday. :)
We celebrated that night with a cake with LOTS of candles - all 30 in fact! My sweet family gave me an adorable Jo Totes camera bag, a *Shey*[B] camera strap cover (except mine was lined with red velvet) and some clothes.