Birthday fun!

Monday, November 15, 2010 |
Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes. It was very kind of all of you! We had a wonderful  evening out with our friends celebrating our birthdays.

My husband surprised me with an ice cold dirty martini while I was getting ready. I don't have these often but when I do it's a real treat. My motto is the dirtier, the better and with extra olives ~ this coming from the girl that use to drink pickle juice. Oh yes I did, and loved every drop! This act appalled my mother and she would fire back that I would bloat like a dead cow if I drank that salty juice{her grand parents were farmers hence her comment}. This didn't phase me in the least. In case you're wondering, I have experimented with pickle martinis. I don't think you'll be seeing them on a menu anytime soon.


My {non} photographer husband was in charge of the camera for the evening. This is his attempt at capturing us opening our gifts. While it is lovely, it might have been just a tad more memorable if our faces were in the shot and he {and Mike} weren't talking and watching the game. At least Bozley was intrigued. I think he has added a Brie Baker to his Christmas list. He was really eyeing Marilyn's.
{Per Kevin's outfit planning I am wearing a black wrap shirt, grey skirt and I also had on my ruffle jacket and riding boots. I was very impressed with the selection! }

The photos of the restaurant did not turn out at all! It was really dark inside and we were more engrossed with our conversations than taking pictures. Kevin made reservations at a new spot. It's called Water Under the Bridge. The atmosphere is very entertaining and we all enjoyed our meals.

Along with a very sweet card, Kevin had a box all wrapped in pink. It was the sample of the granite that we picked out months ago. We have slowing been redoing our kitchen. The counters are one of the last items on our list to complete. The night before, we discussed finishing a few projects around our home and those would be our gifts to one another. Perfect gift selection! This isn't the best picture but it gives you a general idea. The bright spots are from the chandelier. The back of our home doesn't get much sunlight so I'm forever facing the challenge of brightening up the rooms.


Bright and early the next day he called up the stairs to me that round two of my birthday gifts had arrived. I didn't hear the truck come up the drive so I was a tad confused my this announcement.

Big truck means big gift ~ right?


Or it means the delivery of your two new best friends.

Is it wrong to be in love with appliances?
Well, I am and you would be too if lived in our home. For the past couple of weeks our dryer would go into a high pitched whistle/squeak noise cycle. It was unbearable! Bentley and Bozley would run under the table and put their paws over their ears. I would escape to another level of our home.


Let me just tell you that silence is golden!

I love my new besties. Their friends the pedestals will arrive next week. My husband informs me that this will make doing the laundry easier. Umm, I doubt that. Laundry would be easier if someone else did it for me.

As with everything in our lives, this simple act of buying a new washer and dryer involved a project. My husband decided we needed to strip the popcorn ceiling, remove the shelving, put up cabinets and a drying rack. I'll share those photos with you when it's completed.

My birthday celebration continues this week. I'm being treated to a mani/pedi with a friend and I'm going out to dinner with a group of girlfriends.

I'm a lucky gal!

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Melissa Miller said...

Wow! First I must say your blog looks so pretty. I love the elegant new design.

Happy Birthday to you Jo!
Your new W/D is very snazzy. What a great gift.

My hubs is on the 18th. This will be our first time in twelve years we will not be celebrating his birthday together. He will be out of town. Sigh.

Happy week! ~Melissa :)

Annie said...

Wow, that is very special that he gave you all of those thoughtful gifts. Can't believe a man picked out such a stylish outfit - you've got a good one girl! :) Happy, Happy!

Laura Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday!
I LOVE extra dirty martinis and pickle juice as well (and I STILL drink it whenever I get the chance!). I actually experimented with a pickle/olive juice martini..not so great! Haha.

LuLu said...

Sending you a bunch of birthday wishes!!!!! your martini looks yummy! and i'm loving your washer and dryer! gorgeous

JMW said...

Okay, your hubby wins Husband of the Year Award for those birthday presents. Finishing the granite AND a new washer & dryer?? And the perfect dirty martini to boot. I may need to have him give my hubby a call before the holidays. ;)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Sounds like a very happy birthday to me! Love the granite you picked out and what is it about men and not being able to take photographs? A friend of mine puts pickle juice in her Bloody Mary's ....they are good!

Queen Bee said...

Wow! Nice birthday gift! (At what age did appliances become great gifts??) I have the older front loaders and have been coveting the new ones with the drawers for a while now. They will have to get in line behind the new a/c...
Belated Happy Birthday!

Town and Country Mom said...

Enjoy your new appliances and countertops--even if the chores are easier, at least they'll be a tad more glamorous!

Hamptontoes said...

Happy Birthday to you! Also, I am totally laughing, as I loved drinking the pickle juice when I was a little girl. Great new blog design. I'm currently working on my new design and can't wait to show it off!

bevy said...

I l.o.v.e your birthday gifts! The granite is beautiful... Kind of reminds me of mine! Hee hee...

Also, great W/D combo. Always love stainless!

annechovie said...

What great gifts - so glad your birthday was fun. xo

preppyinnewengland said...

Fabulous! I need to add a few more Thanksgiving decorations for turkey day and thismight be the one! Very easy to do!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jo,

So glad that you had a wonderful birthday and that it is continuing on with a Manicure and dinner with your girlfriends.
The granite is fabulous and what a thoughtful gift, getting the appliances.

Happy rest of the week

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