I turned 40 this weekend and though I wasn’t really looking forward to it, I still had a pretty great 3-day celebration.
It all started on Friday when I had both girls home with me. I had planned on taking them for manicures so Pablo gave Sophia some money so that she could “treat me” to a mani for my birthday. I loved watching my big girl count out her money to pay for all of us. Naturally, we all opted for a glittery accent nails on our ring fingers. (Mine is Sally Hansen Big Money)
On my actual birthday, I slept until 9:30 (yay!) and woke up to coffee, breakfast and homemade cards. I love that my family is getting really crafty even without my supervision. Pablo’s card is slightly terrifying (Is he practicing how to make a ransom note?) but he gets an “A” for creative effort. Plus, it included 2 tickets to Duran Duran in Atlantic City so I’ll let it slide. (Yes! A night in AC and tickets to see my favorite band of all time! Woo hoo!)
Then we went to the girls’ last gymnastics class where they received trophies. I’m not really into the whole “participation trophy thing” but when your kids are this proud of themselves, how can you not love it?
After gymnastics, we went to the mall so I could get something to wear out that night. Since finding something you want for a specific occasion is akin to stumbling upon the Holy Grail, the trip was kind of a bust. Except for a cute necklace I found at H&M for $7.95, modeled here by Lily.
After the mall, we had a late lunch/brunch at Turning Point, our favorite little in-town place. They said they weren’t seating anymore outdoor tables but a little begging (“It’s my wife’s birthday today”) got us a table. (Note to self: Remember to use this more times a year than just on June 23rd!) I was treated to a little ice cream and candles and of course, a round of “Happy Birthday”.
I spent some time in the afternoon sitting in the sun on the deck drinking Twisted Tea and reading Entertainment Weekly. I’m not sure life gets much better than that. Then the babysitter arrived (Ok. Life just got even better) and we went out with a small group of friends in Hoboken. There is nothing I like quite as much as having cocktails outdoors so the slightly divey roof deck at The Dubliner was perfect. I’d love to show you the pictures of all the debauchery but there really wasn’t much to share. I guess maybe I am getting too old for that sh*t.
I regretted the late night when our landscaper arrived at 9 am the next day to install our new plants. But I’m thrilled with the way it came out and will share lots of pics soon. In the meantime, here’s a peek:
We all liked the new front yard so much that the girls played out there all afternoon just rolling around in the grass and practicing cartwheels.
Maybe my 40s won’t be so bad after all.
Sue at Home
First image via Marcus Designs