Birthday Celebrations

Monday night after work, Tyler and I headed to one of my favorite local spots, Rolando’s, for my birthday dinner with him.  I wore a cute new dress that I got several weeks ago in Hot Springs.
Rolando’s is downtown.  It is a tiny little place, but its soooo good.  We had a bowl of yummy guacamole and I had my favorite- shrimp quesadillas.  They top their food with all kinds of yummy sauces.  They also have these pickled red onions that I love (which is why I get an extra bowl of them!)
We had a great time eating and talking and laughing.
Fat and happy after eating our delicious dinner.
Tuesday, I had a GREAT birthday!  As soon as I got to work, my sweet coworker Christina gave me these earrings in a sweet card!
Then another coworker, Leanna, made these two DELICIOUS cheesecakes for me!  Mocha and strawberry.  I may or may not have had three delicious pieces. I’ll never tell. 😉  Good thing calories don’t count!
This was the surprise of the century.  In 4.5 years of being together, I have NEVER gotten flowers from Tyler.  He claims they are impractical and stupid and expensive.  Well, when these showed up at work, I thought they were from my MIL (who has sent flowers a couple times), but they were from TYLER!  They are so beautiful and make my cubicle smell of sweet roses.  I am one lucky lady!
Also, at work, they send out mass emails to the 100+ people in our company about your birthday…so all day I got happy birthday messages (along with countless Facebook and Twitter posts!
My birthday happened to fall on a Zumba night.  So we turned regular Zumba into an 80s Zumba party!  It was so fun!  And my sweet, sweet students decorated the room for me! 🙂
Some folks got in on the 80s action!
Let’s get physical! ha!
After Zumba, we showered and got ready then went to dinner.  We tried Bravo, an Italian place in town.  The food was soooo good!  The atmosphere was a little funny because its an old Pizza Inn, so while the food felt like a fancy place, you would look around and expect to see a pizza buffet! ha!
Me and cousin Caitlyn who came to town to Zumba with me!
A Zumba student, Alicia, got me this adorable cookie cake!
Momma.  She came to Zumba and celebrate with me.
My MIL Nancy.  She went all out like it was Christmas and got me several gifts.  I got a really neat Emeril 8-in-1 cooker that does rice, sautees, steams, slow cooks and more!  I can’t wait to play with it!
My sweet little family. 🙂
When we got home, a great song was on the radio so Tyler and I danced in the driveway.

It was a great day.  I felt so loved from work, to Zumba to the outpouring of love and well wishes from friends and family.  I am so blessed.  If the rest of the year is any indication of how yesterday went, I am in for a great 25.


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Weekend Recap

We had a great weekend!  Mom and Gram came up Friday evening.  We ate tacos and laughed and talked.  
Saturday, we were up bright and early to head to Fayetteville.  We did a little shopping (which Gram was THRILLED about!), ate lunch at HuHot (which Gram was THRILLED about!), and then we saw the Million Dollar Quartet!  It was a musical about Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.  It was all music from Gram’s youth and she LOVED every second of it!  Since her fall, she has been having a hard time getting around and uses a wheelchair a lot.  But at the show, she stood up and boogied when Elvis sang at the end!  She loved it!
Saturday night, we came back to Fort Smith to eat dinner at R. Landry’s Cajun Cafe with Ty and Nancy. (excuse my shiny/day old makeup face….we came straight from Fayetteville…so my look was still “fresh” from early that morning!)
Me and my Gram
Ty and me
The moms.  Nancy (my MIL) and my momma
Empty dessert plates.  The food was sooooo good!  We all had yummy cajun fare and then split two desserts for the table!
Three generations.
Sunday, I woke up really early…so I finally finished this project!  It was super easy!  I bought this window at a thrift store for $9, sanded it, cleaned it, touched up the paint, glued a picture to the back, attached some hangers…and voila!  Awesome wall art!  (You can get photos printed any size from largeformatposters.com  I needed mine to be an odd shape (like 22.5 inches by 35.5 inches…) and they were able to print it exactly the right size and the photo quality is GREAT!)
After church (an AWESOME sermon on fear and faith that I will blog about later), we had lunch at Geno’s and then mom and Gram left to head home.  Tyler headed to the RC car track to drive his car…so I was home alone.
  I put together my sewing table!  (the pic is really dark…for some reason my phone’s flash wasn’t working).   
The table was quite a beast to assemble.  It had 168 pieces!  But I LOVE it!  I bought it from Walmart.com (it was only $109.  These are the tiny thumbnails from the website.   It is all contained with a shelving unit on the right…and then you open the two left doors and this leaf plops on top and you have a huge sewing surface and storage bins!  I LOVE it!
 This was the mess from all that assembly (which I want to note I did by myself, with the exception of one piece that Tyler came to hold while I screwed it in…and then he screwed in those two screws because I was taking too long! ha!
When I was all done, I sat on the couch, and ended up falling asleep.  I really wanted to go to a talk at church last night, but I slept through when I needed to leave.  So instead, when I woke up, I sat on the porch and watched the sunset.  Beautiful!  I LOVE having a sunrise and sunset view from our house!
Hope you had a great weekend!  We did!