I turned 32 a few weeks ago. I celebrated with a few fun activities. Jim was out of town, so it was up to myself and the kid-os to make it special. Before Jim left for his business trip, he took me out to eat, and then surprised me by taking me to a running store to pick out a new pair of running shoes. I love them, and I love him for thinking of it!
The night before my 32nd day of birth, I made my favorite soup -- Gypsy Soup from Moosewood's cookbook -- served with beer bread. It was one of my best batches, and the beer bread was the perfect compliment to the soup.
|This page of the cookbook is lovingly stained|
|My little helper|
|I like to get all the ingredients ready, so I can just dump them in at every step, like I'm on a cooking show.|
|Beer bread!! YUM!|
|This tasted so good!|
The morning of my birthday my children requested that I stay in bed. I listened with a grin on my face as I heard things like, "Do you think she'll want this kind of cereal?" and "She likes apples!" coming from the kitchen. A few minutes later Tralee and Hunter walked into my bedroom with my birthday breakfast and birthday card in tow. Cereal never tasted so good!
|I loved this!|
Later that afternoon I went to my friend's/cousin-in-law's house and worked on a project with her while our kids ran around and played. We also ate a delicious pie to celebrate my 32 years of life.
|Cary and I spent the day working on this shelf|
Some of my favorite birthday gifts are pictured below. I finally got a Blendtec! HOORAY! It was a gift from my mom and dad. Thanks guys, you're awesome! Also, fellow Blentec users, send me your favorite recipes!
My brother and sister-in-law sent me a Beastie. If you're wondering what a Beastie is, read about it here. I love IT!
After I put my kids to bed, I watched this. I've been watching 16 Candles on my birthday every year for the past several years. It started the first time Jim was out-of-town on my day, and as it just so happens that he's always gone when I turn a year older, it's become my tradition. I suppose if I can't blow out candles with my husband close by, watching Jake Ryan tell Samantha to "make a wish" is a pretty great consolation.
Lastly, on the Saturday after my birthday, I attended my first witches' hobble with some of Jim's family members. We all gave ourselves witchy names -- I chose Badmorda -- ate disgusting looking, yet delicious tasting food, played games, and practiced our cackles. It was a great party!
Turning 32 was wonderful! It was simple and spent with loved ones. Exactly how I like it.
I know it's going to be an amazing year!!