Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My 30th Birthday Weekend

There was a moment this past weekend when I was sitting at my birthday dinner with all of my girlfriends, everyone lost in conversation with one another, where I took a step back and took it in. And what I saw kind of hit me all at once, and I realized that in my 30 years, I've never been so lucky. I was surrounded by women from every part of my life. My oldest friends of over ten years, girls I went to high school with, those I attended college with, girls I lived with in the dorms, in our sorority house, and after. There were a couple new friends too that I've met along the way, those special women that I just clicked with the moment I met them. And there we all were, meshing into one group, and I can't even describe what an emotional thing that was for me, to be surrounded by so much love, by all of these people who mean so much to me. Growing up I've always been blessed with great, solid friendships, but like anything, it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what both makes a good friend and how to be a good friend. There have definitely been times in my life I've spent learning and relearning both of those things, so I think I am even more grateful for the friendships closest to my heart after all this time. So on Saturday night there I was, about to turn 30, surrounded by these amazing, inspiring, positive women, who know me and accept me for everything I am, and I was just blown away by it all.

The rest of the weekend was awesome too- on Friday Andy flew in from Seattle so we (Anita, Andy and myself) went to dinner at LGO, then went back to Andy's room at the Hotel Valley Ho and ate way too many sweets. It was a late night filled with girl talking and fun, and it was the best way to kick off my birthday weekend.

The next morning I woke up and got a good workout in, then headed over to the nail salon with my sister to meet up with all the girls. We all got mani/pedis then headed over to The Phoenician.  We spent the whole day out by the pool, lounging on chairs on the lawn, enjoying summery drinks (they have a great strawberry banana smoothie) and talking for hours. It was so much fun, and especially awesome because a few of my girlfriends had yet to meet until that afternoon!  After our day in the sun we all went back to our rooms to get ready, then met up in Shirley and Alana's room for a mini-celebration before dinner. The girls gave me some of the sweetest gifts, and we enjoyed some Sprinkles cupcakes and other treats while we hung out and talked for awhile.

We did dinner at Citizen Public House and because it was Restaurant Week they had a special menu featured. I got the corn salad (delicious), chicken, and ended the meal with a "coffee and doughnuts" bread pudding. All of it was excellent. Afterward we went back to the hotel, hung out for a bit more, then went to sleep.

Sunday was full of friends and fun- Pita Jungle and Rita's with friends, a birthday celebration for our friend Danny at Thai Basil, quality time with my sweet Erin, and some great family time with my parents.

On Monday Hank and I shopped in the morning so I could pick out some birthday goodies, then came back to my parents' and celebrated with them. They of course made a huge deal (see below for the silly "Over The Hill" caution tape they made me walk through), and it was really wonderful. And then we ended our whirlwind long weekend by seeing our friends Broadway Calls play a show at Chaser's. They played so much old stuff, and I was the happiest birthday girl in the entire world to spend the last hours of my twenties seeing one of my favorite bands, enjoying Shirley Temples, and hanging out with some of my oldest and dearest friends.

I couldn't imagine a better start to a new decade. Thank you to Hank, Shirley and Autumn for planning such a wonderful weekend and all of my girlfriends for making me feel so special, whether they were there in person or sent love via flowers (Emily!) or phonecalls. I love you!

And thank YOU all so much for all of your sweet birthday wishes here on this blog, Twitter, humoring me as I over-Instagrammed the past couple of days, and always being so sweet. I feel lucky to have all of you in my life too.

Here are a million photos from the entire weekend, mainly taken with my iPhone. Enjoy!

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38 comments:

  1. Aww! Happy Birthday! It looks like you had the best time! Congrats!

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  2. Happy birthday gorgeous lady! It looks like you had the most wonderful birthday weekend - so special! xo much love!

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  3. Happy birthday! You make 30 look good!

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  4. Happy 30th!!! Looks like it was terrific:)

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  5. Looks and sounds like an amazing weekend. Happy Birthday! x

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  6. Those look like some really lovely ladies!
    You look so happy! :D I love the pics!

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  7. Oh so glad you had such an amazing birthday day weekend!!
    I adore every single one of your dresses your are wearing! You look great!
    Amy xo

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  8. Oh too gorgeous!! What a divine special birthday weekend.. so much fun! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.. I love your blog.. it's the only one I look forward to reading each day. Lots of love from South Africa x

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  9. Beautiful pictures and post. Happy birthday :)

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  10. Gorgeous. Amazing. Perfect.
    Thank you so much for sharing your 30th birthday weekend pics, it lookes like the most fun ever. You are so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people. Happy Birthday!

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  11. First of all, it sounds like your birthday weekend was perfect. Second, I am jealous that you own SO many adorable dresses. Third, my brother is in a band called The Menzingers and they've played with Broadway Calls many times! Have you ever heard of them?

    xo, Sarah

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  12. You, my friend, know how to party!! Happy 30th!

    xo

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  13. You look fabulous! Glad your celebration was everything you hoped for.

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  14. Happy Birthday!! It looks like you had an amazing birthday weekend! I absolutely love the dress you wore to your birthday dinner :)

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  15. That looks like such a fun birthday weekend :) I've been following along via instagram!!! I'd love to get away with all my girlfriends on my 30th. Such a great idea! I'd love to be laying out by that pool right now ;) ♥Lindsay

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  16. what a beautiful weekend! looks perfect, all of you ladies look amazing! happy birthday danielle :)

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  18. What a fun weekend!!! I have to say, I am pretty jealous, I have wanted to stay at the Valley Ho for years! :-)

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  19. Happy birthday lady! Love your blog! And I wish you a lot of happiness in the years to come!

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  20. yay! Happy Birthday! Love that stripey white dress

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  21. Happy birthday! I'm a recent new follower of your blog, and I have to say that all of your lovely posts never fail to make me smile. It looks like you had an amazing birthday weekend, and you and all of your friends look absolutely gorgeous! (Also I love that pink dress! Where is it from?)

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  22. Now THIS is how you spend a birthday!!! It sounds like it was full of happiness and love. :)

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  23. Looks like you had a great birthday filled with everything necessary! Happy (late) Birthday! :)

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  24. Wow, 30?! You don't look it. It looks like you had an awesome birthday. Happy late birthday! :)

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  25. Looks like a fantastic birthday weekend, Danielle! Your pictures are beautiful :)

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  26. Wow. You are one loved lady.

    Kacie

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  27. I loved seeing your instagram photos of the weekend and love these. It looks like you had a blast! Happy belated birthday!

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  28. happy birthday! such a fun weekend : ) beautiful photos !

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  29. gahhh this looks like it was the perfect birthday weekend ever! Happy Birthday! I love that scalloped dress and omg you are making me want thigh tattoos. There is no way they would half as good on me though lol.

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  30. Happy birthday Danielle! Looks like a fantastic weekend. Makes me think I should start planning my own 30th in November!!

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  31. LOVE this post!!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIELLE!!!

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  32. Happy Birthday, Danielle! Your celebrating looks like so much fun. I love all of your outfits too!

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  33. Where did you get your coral scalloped dress and the striped shift?! They're adorable!

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  34. It seem you had a great day. Love those photos and it feels like I'm part of it. Belated!

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  35. Oh my gosh that blue/white dress is SO CUTE!! Where did you get it? You're definitely going to have to start labeling your flickr photos with the info :D

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  36. Glad you had an awesome weekend!!! The pictures are great. Oh. And ice cream cake was an awesome option.

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  37. I don't think I ever really got to say Happy birthday!! I've had this idea for a gift forever and I'm sending it out this weekend. 30 is a big deal! You had a beautiful celebration and i can't wait to see how fabulous 30 is!

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