July 12, 2011

30.

Well I don't know how I managed to let this happen, but it has been over 8 months since I turned 30, and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it. I will say that my 30th birthday was one of the best of my life! Not only did I have the most precious blessing ever to celebrate with, but my amazing husband also planned a surprise weekend getaway for me!

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. 
I wasn't too excited about turning 30, but I have to say it hasn't been all that bad. Spending it with my family meant SO much to me and reminded me what a blessed life I've had. Thanks to all my family for making it such a memorable birthday! Love you guys!:)

22 comments:

  1. so sweet! LOVE the camera bag! :)

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  2. yippee!! Love all the pics, everything is PERFECT!!!!

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  3. What a fun 30th birthday - and wow for a hubby that put so much thought into it - what a great guy :)

    Isn't it crazy to look back at pics from a few months before and see how much our babies change????

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  4. What an awesome surprise! Funny how much your family reminds me of mine. :) Text me if you ever need a Cheddar's fix - I love it too!

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  5. This was a great time! I can't believe how much the kids have grown since these pictures were taken!

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  6. What an AWESOME birthday surprise! 30 looks fabulous on you, friend! The 30s are actually pretty great ;) xo

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  7. What a great birthday!! And he pulled off an awesome surprise! Happy (late) birthday! :)

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  8. What a fun birthday surprise! Those pictures make me really wish it was winter already! And what an amazing cabin! Also, I have that same Jo Tote's bag only it's the bronze one, and I have the same camera strap cover, only it's got green backing! :) Great minds??

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  9. 30 was my best year, too! I got pregnant (after FOREVER!) and had my first daughter! 33 is going down as the second-best. ;)

    I have that same bag in pewter...love it!

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  10. What a fun 30th birthday!! I got the same camera for my 30th! :)

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  11. I love that camera bag! would love to have one like that! for real! Awesome!

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  12. looks like you had a great 30th birthday! Guess we are pretty close in age as I just turned 30 in February and our little ones are only a few days apart! We also have that same exact camera and I love it!

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  13. What a wonderful surprise!! It looks like it was an awesome birthday!

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  14. how fun!!! so nice of your hubby!!! happy {very} belated 30th birthday! you're still a young pup! :)

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  15. How sweet! I have that same jo totes bag except in pewter. =)

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  16. This is so fun! I can't believe he surprised you! Happy belated birthday! :)

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  17. How awesome! Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!

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  18. That cabin is so fantastic. What a special and beautiful birthday you had!

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  19. What an awesome surprise!! Great job Patrick ;)

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  20. happy birthday to YOU! what a special celebration. yay for 30 :)
    <3

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