Monday, December 19, 2011

30th Birthdays and Early Christmases

What a weekend! It's been such a good past couple of days and despite a trip to the mall, my holiday spirit is still in tact. Friday we headed down to my parents' to spend time with family, get our Christmas shopping completed, celebrate our friend Jeffs' 30th birthday, and have an early holiday on Sunday with my Aunt Pat and Uncle Bob. Needless to say the last two days have been busy, but definitely in a good way.

Friday night we headed down south and spent some quality time hanging out with my parents' before heading to bed early. My Mom has converted the two upstairs bedrooms into guest rooms, so Henry sleeps in what used to be my sisters' bedroom and Hank and I sleep in my old room. It's a far cry from what it used to look like in junior high and high school (I had pictures and posters plastered in every corner of the room), but it's still fun to sleep up there- I'm always flooded with so many memories. If I'm feeling especially nostalgic, my big closet is filled with boxes and boxes of photos, notes from friends, and various treasures from back in the day. There have been so many nights I've gotten lost in those boxes, and it's incredibly fun (and usually embarrassing) to sift through all of it.

Saturday morning Hank and I headed out on a little daytime date. We first stopped by Green for lunch then spent the afternoon Christmas shopping. This year I tried to do most of our shopping in town, but there were a few items we had to pick up while down in the valley.  It was such a fun day though, and I most enjoyed just walking around and spending time with Hank...and ending our day with frozen yogurt.  I need to talk about this frozen yogurt trip for a minute too because it was probably the best combination I've ever had- Yogurtland's Madagascar Vanilla Bean with their Kona Coffee flavor. Delicious!

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After shopping we came home and got ready for Jeff's 30th birthday party, whose wife Erin is a good friend of mine.  I've written about her many times before, but Erin and I met my freshman year of college at NAU when we both lived in Sechrist (one of the freshman dorms). We instantly clicked, and both ended up rushing, pledging, and joining Pi Phi. We spent all of college side by side, and have had some great times together. Since we all graduated from NAU back in 2004 our group of friends has stayed in tact, and it's pretty neat to go through so many of life's milestones together. Erin and I even had our sons just months apart. This past weekend her husband Jeff turned 30, and Erin threw him a Mad Men-themed party. It was a ton of fun, and all of the little details she put together were awesome. I'm not a big drinker and Hank doesn't drink at all, but it was still so fun to see all of the signature cocktails being made. Hank even got in on the action with one of the fake cigarettes pictured below and a Shirley Temple. :) It was a great night spent with really great people.

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Then today we had an early Christmas with my Aunt and Uncle since we won't be seeing them next weekend. We ate a big dinner then had fun watching Henry open his presents. I know I've probably already said this 100x, but celebrating holidays with Henry is the best. He makes everything so much more fun. My favorite part of today though would definitely have to have been sitting around the dining room table with my Grandma, Mom, Aunt and sister girl-talking about everything and anything under the sun. We probably scared Lauren from ever wanting to have babies (birth story overload) but it was just so much fun talking for so long.

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So, that was our weekend! I hope you had a great one too. xoxo

21 comments:

  1. WOW, such a jam packed weekend but it looked like so much fun! Henry looked so adorable opening up his presents. The Mad Men themed birthday party looked like lots of fun and all those cocktails! All the food looked so delicious as well!

    Can't wait to see more photos of Henry opening up his presents!!

    Marja <3

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  2. How lovely, I also spent the weekend with my grandpa and uncle who just moved 4 house up our street! It was so much fun but by the looks of it, you guys had a lot more fun. Besides, I am always amaze at the parties you and hank attend, it is almost like the movies! I am use to holiday parties/birthday parties in the ghetto but now I am getting too personal! anywho, I just wish to finish my career soon enough and get to spend times like yours with my future family. Thanks for sharing your weekend.

    Much love,
    Mary from ♥ meowwzie.blogspot.com ♥

    P.s How adorable is Henry's hair!

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  3. What a great weekend you had!

    My teenage self's room was plastered with posters from top to bottom too!

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  4. Henry is such a sweet little doll. His wild hair makes me smile every time I see a picture!
    Our weekend was a busy one as well, it really does make the Holidays feel extra special that way.
    Merry Christmas to you & your fam.

    kay

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  5. What a fun weekend! I always enjoy heading back to my parents' for the holidays.
    I love your white dress, care if I ask where it is from?

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  6. a Mad Men themed party sounds fab! And oh my gosh Henry's cute little baby hair.

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  7. I am loving that cute little dog all snuggled in on the sofa hahaha!

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  8. That party sounds fabulous. And you and Hank looked so adorable! I just linked to it on my blog: http://oliveobserver.blogspot.com/2011/12/mondaymust-my-must-visit-daily-blog.html

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  9. This looks wonderful! Merry Christmas!

    xo L.

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  10. the picture of her knitting...magic. happy monday sweet friend.

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  11. sounds busy, but lovely. happy holidays!

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  12. That party looks like so much fun! I'm sure having a baby makes the holidays so much more exciting. I can't wait :)

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  13. That black and white striped dress is AWESOME. I would kill for it haha. Also your son has the most adorable fluffy hair :)

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  14. i LOVE that black and white shirt!

    looks like a wonderful weekend with family! I simply adore reading posts on big gatherings with grandparents etc.... My mother and both grandparents have passed and I always imagine how it'd be if they were here....

    <3

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  15. love your white dotted dress!

    rachaellambanderson.com

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  16. Your little babe always has the cutest, fluffiest little boy hair. Mad Men parties are always so fun to see pictures of. You all look beautiful! Your dress is so elegant, and glasses really suit your husband :)

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  17. looks like an awesome weekend! love the pictures of the holiday party! :)

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  18. Great post! looks like a nice weekend. I gotta ask where'd you get your purse? Love it :)
    Happy Holidays!

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  19. oolala! that looks like so super fun!

    xoxo

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  20. wow!! what a weekend ;) i love the madmen party!!

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