Sunday, January 8, 2012

Autumn's 30th Surprise Birthday Party

Autumn's birthday happens to fall on Christmas Eve, so celebrating her special day often gets unintentionally pushed to the side due to a million Christmas and New Year's obligations. Not this year though!  It was Autumn's big 3-0, so her husband Jason decided to throw her a huge surprise celebration. Shirley and Jason combined their forces to create day of wine tasting all around Northern Arizona...on a huge bus!  It was a great time.  We all met at Autumn and Jason's in the morning, then headed up north (close by to where we live actually) to visit some of the vineyards along the way. We stopped at Alcantara, which is right along the Verde River, then continued over to Arizona Stronghold and walked around downtown Cottonwood checking out some other adorable spots. We ended the day eating delicious bruschetta at the Pillsbury Wine Company

I'm not much of a drinker so I stayed sober, but I still had the best time eating way too much cheese (it's the very best part of wine tasting in my opinion!), getting super hydrated with my 100 bottles of water and having intense conversations with my fabulously drunken friends. I love them. Our bus turned into a party bus on the two hour ride back to Scottsdale, and I think my cheeks still hurt from all the laughing and smiling I did. It was a great time, and most importantly the birthday girl had a great time! This is the 12th birthday we've celebrated together and every year it just gets better and better!  We've had our crazy ones (hello 21st birthdays while attending NAU!), we've had our calm ones, but this one was right in the middle, and a pretty perfect way to usher in a new decade. Happiest birthday, Autumn Skye.


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16 comments:

  1. Looked like the perfect birthday party! I love wine tasting!

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  2. that looks like an amazing birthday! what a great surprise! i want that wine o'clock sign lol

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  3. Wow! That sounds like a fantastic birthday! And I noticed Caduceus Cellars on a sign in a photo above... I definitely would have stopped there. Only because I'm in love with the music the owner makes (including a song about the Verde River!) :)

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  4. I know nothing about Arizona wine, but this looks fun!

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  5. I've always wanted to go on a party bus!

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  6. Looks like a brilliant day! Have you always been not much of a drinker, or only since you had your boy?

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  7. Sometimes I wish I lived in America, you guys always look like you have so much fun! and you always put lots of detail and planning into events.
    Them cakes look delicious!!
    Wine tasting would definitely not be for me though, one glass and I'm drunk!
    Cheese however, yum yum yum.

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  8. How fun! What a great surprise! xxx

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  9. Sometimes I attempt to read your blog via phone but your ads on the right are always pushed over onto your content. Any way of fixing this? Also looks like you had a fun time!

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  10. Aw, how fun! Happy birthday to her :)

    Your comment about cheese reminded me of the character Jerem in 30 Rock, when he says "That's not THAT much cheese!" haha

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  11. Or, to add to Caitlin's cheese comment, that part on 30 Rock where Liz Lemon is singing "Workin' on my night cheese" hahahaha

    Good times. I am turning thirty this year, hope someone takes me around in a bus to drink wine and eat cheese. That sounds like the best birthday EVER.

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  12. What a fun birthday surprise! My moms bday is new years eve and I know she always feels like she misses out on a true bday celebration. What a great hubby your friend has to plan the party!

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  13. Looks like a great day! The weather looked perfect.

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  14. sounds like my kind of birthday party !

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