Sunday, January 22, 2017

The last year of my twenties begins!

Last week was my birthday and what a birthday it was!  I must say, I have the best family and friends anyone could ever ask for - seriously!  Let me just do a bit of a recap for you!  :)

Saturday was the second annual birthday bowling bash at Kelley's Bowl.  We had thirty people there to kick off my 29th year and to spend the afternoon bowling.  It was a complete blast.  So much fun!  And naturally my mom had to join us for a bit to get a group pic:

The gang at Kelley's Bowl.

Afterwards a good portion of us went to Coach's for dinner, and then a few more of us got drinks at Silver Beach Pizza following that.  It was so much fun.  My good friend from college, Beth, spent the night so we had a fun girls' night and then church the next morning!

Sunday was my mom's birthday so we got to see her for a bit which was nice.  Monday we had the day off for MLK.  I went up to GR to spend my LUSH gift card from Beth and get a face mask and bath bomb.  Then I grabbed THE best macaroni and cheese with Christina from The Electric Cheetah (I am seriously not exaggerating when I say it is the best...).  Sadly, we forgot to grab a pic.  Then hurried home to SJ for trivia and the Bachelor.  Which, I am SO glad I did because A Shot of Patronus totally got first place in trivia at The Buck last week.  Here is our victory picture!

A Shot of Patronus after winning first place by a landslide!

Tuesday was my actual birthday (the 17th) which I took off of work just for fun.  Naturally I woke up at 7 am and couldn't fall back asleep.  So I took a bath with my new LUSH bath bomb and tried my new face mask.  Then my mom took me to The Mason Jar for lunch.  I did some grocery shopping and other things on my to do list in the afternoon and just kind of relaxed.  It was glorious.  In the evening, Mike and Ashley joined me at my parents' house for a wonderful homemade dinner and chocolate peanut butter pie.  

Wonderful birthday conglomeration pic!

I also got to Skype with Ben, Kristen, and Ayla.  Ayla read me some books and said "Happy Birthday Emily."  She is such a doll.  I love that little girl.  The lights in the bottom right corner spell out Happy Birthday - Ashley who gets the awesome roommate award - had those for me in the bathroom.  All in all, it was a fabulous birthday, which was made EVEN MORE fabulous by the arrival of my birthday present from Mike and Ashley the following day:

YES GRYFFINDOR!

My OH-SO-AWESOME GRYFFINDOR ROBE!  I cannot even believe it!  John got me the wand for Christmas and now with the robe and tie, I am all set for John and my trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in February!  I am beyond excited.

All in all, words cannot describe how wonderful this birthday was.  Marvelous, extraordinary, stupendous!  Haha.  It was great.  Thank you all for making it so fun and special.  I love you all and can't wait for another grand year.