Saturday, February 6, 2010

Friday night- birthday fun

Last night was such a great night. Two of my closest friends, Alana and Erin, celebrated their birthdays. The night began in downtown Phoenix, at the First Friday Art Walk, continued at a couple of bars- including Lost Leaf, my favorite...and ended at Hanny's, for a late night birthday dinner. The older I get, the more I appreciate birthdays. I'm not one to get sad about them at all- I think it's so awesome to have "made it" another year, and the whole idea of the celebration is fantastic! YES! Let's celebrate you and your life, and this past year, and let's toast to the next year. Birthdays are my favorite days, and this is even more so when they are the birthdays of people I love.

I've been friends with Erin since our freshman year in college, when we lived in the same dorm, and we both ended up rushing Pi Phi. We've been close ever since, spending birthdays and holiday parties, nights out, girl's trips and vacations across the country together. She's a really special person to me, so her birthday is a special day to me too, since I'm so happy she was weird as it sounds! haha. And my sweet Alana- I met her my sophomore year of college and immediately fell in friend love with her. We've been the same kind of close ever since- spending those same girl's nights, trips, etc. Alana is one of my all-time favorite people, and to know her is to love her forever. Our group of girl friends has been close for a long time, and once you get to the point where you've all been friends for close to a decade, it's really just a big family. We're all so incredibly different, and it's so neat that over the years we've remained so close. Weddings, babies, up and downs...we've all been there for one another.

Last night was no different! It was super fun, and a night to remember for sure. Here are some photos from the evening-

downtown Art Walk
downtown Phoenix- 1st Friday

the birthday girls and me
the birthday girls and me

my cute little besties and me
my best friends!

the gorgeous sisters
sister, sister!

Erin, Kyle and Jeff (this was one of the few photos I took with my D60- you can totally tell the picture quality!)
Erin, Kyle and Jeff

Erin and me
I love Erin! :)

love them

same shirt, kinda...
same shirt...kinda

Alana, Em and me- these ladies are the best.
Alana, Em and me

Pi Phis ;)
Pi Phis!

The Kolbes
The Kolbes

Shirls and Sarah
Shirls and Sarah

Leah and Alana
Leah and Alana

Shirley and Nate, aren't they the cutest couple?!
Shirl and Nate

walking downtown to Hanny's
walking to Hanny's

birthday table one!
table one!

birthday table two! (still missing a couple of people)
table two

Happy birthday Alana!
H&M <3


The Barnas...good people :)
The Barnas


Kati! I love this photo so much.
Kati 1

annnd, one of the lovely birthday girls! So pretty.
pretty birthday girl

I hope all of you had a wonderful Friday night, whatever you did! I slept in super late this morning, and now I'm off for a day at the salon with Rhonda. Have a great day. :)


  1. We went last night to our First Friday Art Walk here in Denver too! I'm glad that you had a great evening with friends!

  2. I heart you Danielle. Thanks for making my bday celebration so special.

  3. I really like the way you view birthdays, I wish more people could embrace life that way. Lovely photos, Happy Birthday to your friends!

  4. Looks like you guys had fun! Love your yellow purse? What brand is it? Xoxo

  5. looks like so much fun!! you and your friends are all SO BEAUTIFUL, by the way!

  6. Holy wow, it looks like you guys had so much fun! And I love your outfit, by the way.

  7. Beautiful pics! I love birthdays too! Nothing like have a reason to celebrate!

  8. It was so much fun:)

    Thanks for the sweet comments everyone!

  9. Hiii I love your blog (longtime reader)...and I was looking back at your Formspring Q&A and I read that you graduated high school at 17 and started teaching at 22...well, thanks for the inspiration! I will be graduating high school in 2 years and I will be 17 when I do, and I'm glad to know I can start teaching at 22! I want to be a high school English II or IV teacher! Thankyouu! It's nice to know that I can actually achieve my dream so young :)

  10. How did you do the lightning on the last three pictures?