Sunday, June 28, 2009

Feed me!

Drake had his first solid food (rice cereal) on Friday his five month birthday. I think he enjoyed chewing on the spoon more than the food but as you can see we had a good time. He is growing up way too fast!

Best 30th Birthday Ever, a Total Surprise!

Turning 30 was not a pleasant thought for me. After having a baby I am still 10 pounds too heavy so that is not a good place to start at 30. My health insurance company informed me that my premiums were to go up $100 a month because of my advanced age. My husband also asked me, "What happened to my young bride?" I know we should grow old with grace and dignity but I just wasn't feeling it. Besides all that, I hadn't heard of any big plans for the big day and less than a week before my birthday Sam asks me if I want to have a few friends over from our ward (of which we have only attended for a few months and don't have a ton of friends). I politely declined. I was feeling a little blue being away from my family and thought my birthday would be a total flop.
Sam traditionally does a "birthday week" celebration and kicked it off on Sunday night (Thursday being my actually birthday) by giving me a pair of cool earrings. I was pleased and thought perhaps I would get a little gift every day leading up to my birthday.
The next evening I got a card from Sam and inside it said, "Wicked June 9". I was a little shocked as it was 10pm at night and I had to work the next day. He had made plans to see the show the next night and then told me we would spend the night in the city. He told me that my brother-in-law's girlfriend would be watching Drake overnight. This was all a bit overwelming to me. First of all, I was ready to go to bed and finally get some sleep and now I had to pack and get everything ready for the next day and night for not only myself but for Drake. I would also have to rush home after work, pick up Drake, drop him off with the sitter (of which I was not feeling fully comfortable with) and rush into San Francisco to see the show. I had a little break down but Sam reassured me that all would be well and if I did not feel comfortable then we could come home after the show.
The next day I started to feel better about the whole thing and decided to go with the flow. I picked up Drake that night and when I dropped him off at home my sister was in my house! She had flown in to hang out for the week and watch Drake for the night. I was so happy and surprised and rushed off to see Wicked with Sam. We ate sandwiches at the show as we did not have time to eat dinner but it was a great show. We stayed the night at this rock star hotel in the city. I got some sleep (finally), we swam in the pool and ate soul food in the Tenderloin. I then came back home to hang out with my sister.
Thursday was then my actual birthday. I worked that day and my sister watched Drake. She met me for lunch and had a great time with Drake all day. That night we went to sushi for dinner. When we arrived at the restaurant both my mom and my BFF Jessi were there waiting for us. I was in tears at this point! It was too much. We went to the movies that night after putting Drake to bed and saw The Ghost of Girlfriends Past which I had been wanting to see but did not have any "chicks" to go see it with.
Friday: Jessi and Gentry and I all went and got pedicures while my mom watched Drake. We ate lunch and headed into the city to meet up with Sam. He took Drake and the girls all headed up to Santa Rosa to go to The Harmony Festival to see the band Cake. The GPS routed us through wine country (which ended up being a fun detour!) and we arrived at festival. It was full of hippies, organic/vegan food and a thick haze of smoke and we had a great time! We spent the night up in Santa Rosa. We visited my great aunt and went to Golden Spoon (I loved that there is one that still exists!)
They all left on Sunday after a wonderful birthday week that was more than I could have imagined. I have to thank Sam for orchestrating the whole surprise and thank my mom, sister and Jessi for the time, money and love they shared with me on my special day (no,week!). Maybe growing old isn't so bad after all.