Yesterday I had one of the BEST Birthdays I can remember in a long time. It was perfect and I felt incredibly loved by my husband, family, and friends. I still can’t believe I am another year older. The day started much like any other with my morning coffee and cat feeding rituals, but watching the morning news as I usually do was not like any other day. The local NBC affiliate does a daily segment called “Sunrise Birthdays” where viewers can submit a photo and message for an on-air shout out. Unbeknownst to me, Justin submitted a photo of me (circa age 4) and a happy birthday message that took me by surprise. Not even 7am and the birthday celebration is already in full swing!
I then proceeded to get on the trainer to get my exercise for the day out of the way. I am actually partaking in an exercise study at the college (details to come) that requires me not to exercise for 24 hours prior to participating, so the morning was the only time I could train and get in a solid 25 mile ride.
While cooling down on my ride, I decided to catch up on reading blogs and email on my iPad. As I was scrolling through I came across a blog post from my friend Teresa at Where The *Bleep* Is Our Stork giving me a very heartfelt and thoughtful Happy Birthday shout out. I seriously teared up when I saw this because it took so much time and effort. Teresa is a beautiful soul and I have learned so much from her about finding strength and courage during difficult times.
Later that morning I met up with my mom, who was so wonderful and treated me to coffee at Strictly Organic and a matinee movie. Because the weather was windy and rainy, we opted for a cozy theater. We watched Son of God, which was really good and emotional. I felt lifted walking out of the theater.
When I returned home I was welcomed with a HUGE surprise from my husband – roses, a balloon, cupcake, card, champagne, and present in the form of a tri-bike! It wasn’t an actual tri-bike, but a picture of three to decide from when we head up to Portland for the weekend! Which one will I choose!!!???
Soon after receiving my surprise, my husband arrived home from work and we enjoyed a relaxing evening together. Justin is an amazing cook and prepared for me one of my favorite dishes – scallops, brussels sprouts, and bacon. I felt incredibly spoiled.
And of course, no Birthday that falls on a Monday is complete without a little “Women Tell All” on the Bachelor. I enjoyed a yummy glass of wine and salted caramel cupcake from Ida’s while my husband rubbed my feet. Can you say Heaven?
What an amazing day. SO thankful to my husband, family, friends, and all of those who made it a little extra special.