I had a little pre-birthday celebration at work last Friday. The kids made me a special birthday card and they were so proud of it. They all tried very hard to write their names and it was adorable to look at. Each of them, made sure I noticed their name and asked if I loved it. “Of course I do”, I told them. This is the point where you have to try really hard to decipher what they think they wrote and what you actually see. ha!
My co-worker, Rebecca also had a surprise for me. She told me to open the freezer and peek inside. Inside was a cute gift bag with my name on it and inside was a yummy carton of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream…my favorite. What a great surprise! I also brought ice cream bars for the kids as my treat to them. They gobbled it up and kept pretty clean, which amazed me. It’s fun to celebrate at work as well as home.
Its always enjoyable to celebrate your birthday in our family. Everyone makes you feel special and wants you to appreciate your entire day. This past Saturday, I got the special treatment and loved it all.
I started my day with Megan & Kelly and our traditional pedicures at our local nail salon. We’ve been doing this now for four or five years, I would guess. It’s nice to get our “summer” toes and a little leg massage that we look forward to each June. A little spoiling is good for girls. We think Jazz was trying to tell us something as we took our picture. We forgot you Jazzy! ha~
While we were at the salon, Nate had gone and bought some beautiful flowers. They are so pretty on the table and add so much color. I love them!
I opened a few gifts and was surprised by them all. A pair of citronella candles for our patio, a super cute shirt with my favorite animal….giraffes, and I’m thrilled that I am going to see Mamma Mia in July!! I could listen to that music every day. Such fun presents and the homemade cards are always the top gift. The girls write such wonderful cards and I keep them all and they sure make me feel loved.
I got a couple of fun texts this year as well. Kelly made a cute picture on Snapchat and Greg & Mark sent me a birthday wish via their phones as well. Made me laugh out loud as I read their message…”Today’s all about you!” Love it!
My day wasn’t over yet. We had dinner reservations at a restaurant out in Wayzata, but we didn’t feel like waiting around until late, so we changed our reservation to a mid-afternoon time and headed out there. It was a hot day, but we were right on Lake Minnetonka and as we know from our Wisconsin visits…it’s always cooler by the lake. 🙂
We walked along the lakefront for awhile and then over to the beach area. Kelly and I decided to go put our feet in and feel the fresh water on our newly painted toes. It felt so nice and refreshing.
We’ve been to this area many times and can’t resist the over-sized beach chair. As we got closer to it, Megan says…”Mom, let’s go sit on it and take our picture.” Makes me giggle every time I see the picture.
We enjoy walking on the boardwalk, mainly because of the scenery and the sound of the water. The boats are fun to look at and dream about too. Nate would love a sailboat, but I’m not getting on one of those. I think he and the girls should rent one out and enjoy an afternoon on the water. I’m more of a pontoon girl.
We were getting hungry and headed over to our rooftop destination at a restaurant called 6Smith. It’s a beautiful place with two decks. One on the roof and one right on the lakeshore. They have prime real estate and use it wisely. We had reservations for inside, in case of rain but asked if they had a table available out on the deck. They did, so up we went to the roof. We had a beautiful view of Lake Minnetonka and all the gorgeous boats. Some docked and many out on the lake enjoying summertime.
The lunch was fantastic as expected and we left there with happy tummies. It was another fabulous birthday and I love my family so much. We are lucky to have each other, be healthy, and enjoy each other’s company. I’m thankful that my two daughters still like hanging out with their momma too! Happy Birthday to me~
Yesterday at school we celebrated the 4th with our annual Patriotic Parade through the campus. Our kids made decorations to carry around and to look festive.
The Older Preschool had cute red, white, & blue wings to go along with their headbands. I loved it! They walked across the street to our other campus to visit those folks as well.
We made many stops along the way and made the Grandma’s and Grandpa’s smile. We yelled out “Happy Fourth of July!” and they waved their flags at us. Super cute.
When we parade around the campus at each event, the grandparents are usually dressed up and decorated for the theme…I think Independence Day seems to be their favorite and I’m sure so important and memorable for them.
After our parade ended, it was treat time. The kids each got a bomb pop to enjoy as they sat on the floor and ate them. A fun and colorful way to end the morning.
Our weather here in Minnesota has been crazy hot or rainy this past June and the forecast for the 4th is calling for rain. So last night, Nate suggested we go see some fireworks on the 3rd. It was a spur-of-the-moment night out at Canterbury Park Race track in Shakopee. After dinner, we headed out and got there in time for the last three horse races. Nate did some betting on race one and his horse didn’t do as well as expected. The next race he asked me what I was feeling…I chose a horse named…”Stormy Sailor” (with that name, I had too). He started the race out strong, stayed in first place till about the last 3/4 of the track, then came in dead last! haha…Oh well…it was only a $2 bet and we have so much fun cheering on the horses whether ours wins or not.
Between races, we got to listen to some music. They have a small stage set up down near the track and a band called, “RockGodz” was performing. They played 80’s music, which we loved…but sadly, they didn’t sound all that great…but we still enjoyed it and happened to have perfect seats to watch the main singer do his “hair flips” all night long. ha!
Megan and her friend Courtney also went out there last night. They found us and sat on the steps next to us, because there were no seats left anywhere. It was fun to have them join us for fireworks.
We would highly recommend their fireworks show. It was amazing and lasted 25 minutes with great music and thousand’s of people singing “Proud To Be An American” by Lee Greewood gave you goosebumps . They ended with “Lets Go Crazy”…a small tribute to Prince. Lots of purple in the air. Super cool! Such a great night out with perfect warm, night air and no mosquitos!! So glad we ventured out.
Enjoy your day and evening as well. Happy 4th of July everyone!