Birthday Weekend

I celebrated 31.  31!  When and how did that happen?  I can’t wrap my head around it yet.  I’m so grateful, though.  So, so grateful for 31 years.  When I was 25, I remember desperately wanting all the things that I have right now.  Being married and having babies is better than I imagined it would be.  And, given the fact that I had to wait a lot longer than most of my friends, I feel like I am all the more grateful.  I enjoyed my singleness but was more than ready to find that person God had set aside especially for me.  I’ll say it every day, a thousand times over — he was so worth the wait!

On Sunday night, we handed both babies over (for the first time) to my parents to keep overnight.  I love my babies, but it was glorious!  I am a BIG believer in taking time to date my spouse and giving our babies over to their grandparents for safekeeping for a while.  Luke and I went to dinner at one of my favorite local beach places, and we ate.  Tuna dip, “boom boom shrimp” (same as Bang Bang Shrimp), caesar salad, steak, and bacon wrapped shrimp.  We could barely move walking out of there, but we decided to enjoy ourselves since getting out is so rare these days.

We woke up to a very quiet house on Monday morning, my birthday.  Luke had taken off work for the day, and we headed back to the beach for breakfast.  We tried out The Pancakery and ate the biggest pancakes I’d ever seen in my life.  Mine was bacon-infused and super yummy!  I highly recommend this place but bring your appetite!  After our dinner the night before, we didn’t get very far with our breakfasts.

After breakfast, we went to pick up the girls.  We had talked about getting out and going somewhere for the day but decided instead to have a quiet day at home.  The girls were clearly worn out from being at their grandparents’ house and took amazing naps.  We actually got a lot of tidying up done around the house — things that we had put off for too long.  A messy house stresses me out, so it was actually a really enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.

That night, Luke went out and picked up dinner from Marco’s Pizza, a first for us.  It was delicious!  After the girls went to bed, we watched Going in Style and really enjoyed it.

Birthdays these days look very different from a few years ago.  They are celebrated at a much slower pace and with fewer people.  But, I wouldn’t trade these birthdays for the world.  I get to celebrate with my favorite people of all time!  I’m already looking forward to next year when the girls are a little more mobile. They just get more fun as they grow!

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