of birthdays, besties, bikes, roofs & races

16 Feb

my big girls are 8. that’s half-way to 16.


we had a fabulous, surprise-filled birthday weekend starting with our airport pick-up on friday afternoon. i’d been telling the girls we had to pick up one of daddy’s friends & they were completely shocked when we found my best friend & her 8 year old, rose, standing on the curb. so shocked, in fact, that they didn’t even talk for a good 10 minutes. once they started, however, they were hard to stop.

i made homemade pizza friday night & the girls requested dirt cake. i had originally planned to make texas chocolate sheet cake, as well, but we went out to eat on their birthday & had pizzookie, so we ended up with just one mommy-made birthday dessert.

we woke up on the girls’ birthday morning with the good news that some home owner’s accepted our offer on their house!! yay! now to get through the inspection period & bank approval. since it’s a short sale we have to get approval to buy at the low low price we offered. AND i’ll be in the same exact neighborhood as my friend, sarah! yippee!!!

family room
here’s the family room. more photos on flickr.

the girls wanted donuts for their birthday. if i’m not eating lamar’s donuts, i don’t want ’em, so daddyjay picked up english muffins from la grande orange and the “best bacon in the world” as quoted by jillianne from aj’s and we made eggs benedict. yum.

the girls opened presents on skype with my mom & daddyjay’s parents in the morning, had fun all day with miss rose, riding scooters (that they just got from bubbe & zeyda,) riding bikes, playing spa, trying on new clothes, playing rose’s dsi. they had a blast. they finished opening presents that afternoon, including the big ones from me & their daddy.

****small rant****
although i had plans to give all 4 kids their quilting bee-made quilts for christmas, it just didn’t happen. two people didn’t even return my squares to me or the material, and i was hoping that they would. this is the one fault i can find in a virtual quilting bee and i’m not sure how to fix it. i ended up making 7 of the 15 squares on jilly’s quilt and 4 on scout’s i was planning on the 4, but not, the extra 3 for jilly’s. and the bee for jamison’s quilt is missing 2 squares from one person. to say i’m upset is an understatement. in truth, these 2 ladies have stolen material from me & there is nothing i can do about it.
****rant over****

in these pictures, scout’s quilt has been washed and jilly’s has not. you can see the difference a washing makes in the way the quilts crinkle. i love the crinkly effect.

looking north
on both beds

jilly's back
jilly’s back

scout's back
scout’s back

that afternoon, i got my own present from daddyjay. a new bike! i haven’t had a bike since middle school & he surprised me with a nirve cruiser.

my new baby
isn’t she pretty?

for dinner, that night, we went to their favorite restaurant, oregano’s. i even got dressed up. of course, i have no pictures since i didn’t take any, but the best friend does & i’ll have her send them too me tout suite!

here’s this one of the outfit, sans makeup, that i took earlier in the week. i was much cuter saturday night.

sunday morning brought the 10k race that the bestie and i signed up to race. we ran it in 1:03:05. not too shabby for my first time ever running that far. we only walked for about 100 yds. at mile 5. i was pretty proud. of course, the guy who won the marathon portion ran 20 more miles than me in 2:27:29. i think it’s crazy that people can do that. we were totally cute in our sparkly skirts sent to us by carrie of this is me and this mama makes stuff. she an the surf city marathon last week in them and we were super excited to be part of team sparkle. we took the bestie’s camera with us, but left the battery at home, so i only have iphone photos of our adventure. better than nothing, right?


all in all, we had a fantastic weekend. the girls had a great 8th birthday and the rest was icing on their (dirt) cake.

and i can’t wait for the bestie to come back with rose. i miss them more than they know.


7 Responses to “of birthdays, besties, bikes, roofs & races”

  1. amylouwho February 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    I love those two quilts! I’m so sorry that you never got your other blocks back 😦 Hopefully this year will be better.

    Way to go on the 5K! I’m planning on getting back into running after I have this baby.

  2. tara February 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Chock full post.
    Here is what you do about the unfinished quilts. Send me the fabric and info and I will make as many as you need done. For real. Please let me help.
    Sweet bike.
    I didnt get 2 squares back either but I am still doing the bee again this year

  3. Kim February 17, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    The quilts are fabulous. Our Lamar’s (Olive and Brentwood locations) are, alas, no more 😦 They have been sold to “Ray’s” and we haven’t been back… Best of luck on the house!

  4. sonrie February 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Oh my goodness — love the quilts and the supercute bike! and your chic sparkly outfit! Those legs 😉

  5. Sarah ::greenclogs February 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Apparently there’s a Lamar’s on the west side – just FYI. Not that I would drive over there, but if you must have them, they are there.

    I’m also crossing my fingers about that house. You need to be down the street. We can make doughnuts.

  6. nectarine February 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    This post makes me miss you guys so much! Did you hear that Lamar’s is now “Ray’s” but apparently the doughnuts are the same. I LOVE the quilts, and I love your blue tights w/ gold shoes!! Let’s convince Alice to move to PHX 🙂

  7. Amanda Elizabeth February 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I’m so jealous of your running skills!!!!!!! I totally can’t run at ALL. Also, the quilts are *gorgeous!*

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