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Birthday Time

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Happy Friday friends!  Well.  I turned 38 yesterday.  And despite the fact that I’m not so happy I’m getting dangerously close to 40 (YIKES!) it was a great birthday.  I really just wanted a fun day with the family this year for my birthday so I decided to surprise the kids.  Kenny and I woke them up and told them that instead of school we were headed to Disneyland for the day!  They had NO clue (we had pre-packed lunches and laid out school clothes the night before – same old routine!).  Hearing their squeals after we told them was honestly the best birthday present ever.  :)  We all got ready and hopped in the car and listened to It’s a Small World and other Disney songs the whole hour drive there.  The kids are I were just giddy and singing at the top of our lungs.  Kenny had this look on his face like this is going to be a LONG day.  Ha ha!  He was such a good sport!  Love that guy.  He would honestly do anything for us.  Including riding the Alice in Wonderland ride one too many times because Kole was fascinated with “the really mean queen.”  :)

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This was my little buddy’s first time at Disneyland and it was so much fun seeing everything through his eyes!  He is at that magical Disney age.
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He especially loved meeting Captain Hook.  :)  My girls loved showing him everything too.  I felt like he had three moms crowding around him after every ride we went on and every character we met!
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The best kind of hugs.  :)  We used to have season passes to Disneyland and went often when the girls were little but it has been a while since our last trip.  I asked the girls if they wanted to visit the princesses (their all time favorite back in the day!) and of course they weren’t interested.  Just wanted to head to the big rides.  Made me remember again how quickly they are growing up and how precious family time like this really is – so we made the most of it!  Had such a great day that I know we will always remember.
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A few days before my birthday I was spoiled by my beautiful friends!  They all took me to dinner as is our tradition.  :)  When I first looked at this picture on my computer it brought tears to my eyes.  Each one of these girls is so special to me.  What is life without girlfriends!?  And these are REAL friends.  The kind who are there for you no matter what.  They have certainly been there for me through all of the highs and lows of life.  I love each one of them so much.  Plus they are such GOOD sports to give me the gift I ask for every year.. a lovely group picture.  :)

Here is a look back.. as is also my tradition..
We have taken enough of these that the earliest pics are starting to really look dated!  I was looking through them seriously questioning past hair and outfits.  Ha!
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And 2015 one more time.  What a great year so far!  Plus my best birthday yet!!  I know I say that every year.

But this year it’s really true.


p.s.  Thank you SO much for all of the sweet birthday wishes from so many of you on Facebook and Instagram!  Your kind messages and love and support mean the world to me and helped make my day extra special.  xo

p.p.s.  Enjoy your weekend!  Back with regular house stuff next week.  As soon as I finish my birthday cake.  :)

xoxo, Erin
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37 thoughts on “Birthday Time

  1. Happy birthday a bit late. Sounds like a fabulous day and wonderful celebration with your friends. I have a feeling no matter your chronological age, you will always be young at heart and that is the best age to be! :) Have a terrific weekend. :)

  2. Happy birthday, Erin! What a wonderful way to celebrate with your family! And I love that you got to wear a birthday pin at Disneyland! :)

  3. Happy Birthday Erin! You’re such a good mom :) I always let my girls help in my birthday planning. Its all about making memories and being with family!

  4. There is no better way to put the Happy in Birthday then a day at Disneyland with your family and a night out with friends. Glad you enjoyed your special day!!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Erin!! What a wonderful way to spend your birthday, everyone in the family got a present! Even Kenny with that roaring rendition of “it’s a small world”, he really is a good sport and I bet secretly loved it! There’s nothing better than celebrating with great friends and having fun with your family! May your birthdays just keep getting better, than not only will you be excited for forty but, for fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty…

    Enjoy your cake!!

  6. Hi Erin
    Happy birthday.
    Please tell us your daily morning and evening skin care routine. I wonder how you manage to look that young.

    1. What a sweet thing to say Molly! Thank you! I actually haven’t had much of a skin care routine in the past but I’m trying some new products now so I’ll mention them on the blog if I think they are good! I have to wait to see results. :) xo

  7. Oh, doggone it, I missed your birthday! Happy Be-lated birthday, Erin! What a terrific way to spend your birthday — THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH! It brought back wonderful memories of our first trip to Disneyland when our kiddos were 5 & 7, and it was Hubby’s and my first time as well — so very much fun!

    You and your girlfriends all look so cute, pregger bellies and all! That is a wonderful tradition.

  8. Oh Erin — you all know how to make a birthday special! What a fabulous and fun day you all had at Disneyland! I am quite sure that 38 is going to be a great year for you and 38 looks good on you! :)

  9. Happy birthday Erin! Wow, it sounds like a fantastic way to spend your birthday. I’m sure it will be one that you and the kids won’t forget for a long time. I think it’s great that Kenny was able to take off and enjoy the day with you guys too. Great family picture!

  10. Hi Erin!

    Happy Birthday!!

    I have a question unrelated to this post.. we are painting our basement and want it to be a grey tone. I noticed how beautiful the grey in your house is but have searched through your blog trying to find the color it is called? I don’t know if you ever posted the color of the inside of your house anywhere? I hope you can direct me to the right direction because there are sooo many selections for greys I’m going bonkers! LOL!

    Thanks and I love your blog!

    1. Hi Donna! Oh my word – greys are SO hard! I finally found one I love but it took me weeks of trying different samples! The grey throughout most of our house is called “Seattle” by Frazee. The ceiling in that room is one shade darker on the color chart. I think it’s called Elf or something like that? One shade darker than Seattle! Hope that helps you! Good luck! Thanks for your sweet words about my blog. SO glad you like it! xo

  11. I’m commenting a bit late, but “Happy Birthday”! I’ve been reading your blog for more than a year, but I’ve never commented before. I had suspected that we might be close in age, but when I read the date of this post, I realized that we are very close! I turned 38 on March 8. I’m trying not to think too hard about approaching 40. I have 3 kids, also, and my oldest is the same age as your oldest. I really enjoy your blog. It’s so much fun and full of such good advice.

    1. Thanks Karen! Happy birthday to you too! I’m the same way – trying not to think about 40! How did that creep up so quickly!? I still can’t believe we are going to have teenagers soon too. Crazy! Thanks for your sweet words about my blog! I’m so glad you enjoy it. Take care! xo

  12. So did Kenny end up making you the cake?! I am so sad the girls are over the princesses!!! I just remember how much they LOVED it, no matter how many times you’d been, and how fun it was and how much Madi loved it when we went together! Oh sad! They are way too big! Did El still want to pick a baby stuffed animal?

    1. She DID still want a stuffed animal Josie! Ha! But I didn’t let her get one because we have them coming out of our ears! :) I know – makes me sad how big they are getting. We are going to have teenagers before we know it! Kenny ended up taking the girls camping last weekend so no cake yet! But he owes me so I’m making him do it this weekend for sure. :) xo

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