Observing

Today is my husband’s birthday and I loved celebrating him all day and night.

I decorated the kitchen the night before and had his cards and presents ready for him when he woke up.

I made our traditional cinnamon coffee cake and while we were waiting for it to come out of the oven, I made a bacon and egg scramble with sour dough toast, sausage and fruit.  The kids came to the table and we sang, “happy birthday” all before school and work.

We met for lunch in downtown Palo Alto and went to experience Sushirito for the first time together and it was really delicious! It was so nice to have time together in the middle of the day, just the two of us.

Finally, we went to play bocce ball with his friends from work as they were having their company holiday party tonight. I loved watching him really enjoy himself, playing a fierce game of bocce ball and enjoying his wonderful life. One of his coworkers made him cheesecake and they all sang happy birthday. This was such a thoughtful gift.

My favorite part of observing his birthday tonight was watching him get out on the dance floor, dancing with his friends to live music. He never dances and seeing him free and in the moment and living it up was just awesome to watch. His beautiful soul was shining and I loved being a part of his special day.

Happy birthday, Jeff!! I adore you.

  

  

Preparing for a Celebration

 After the sun went down and we finished dinner, we got our tent out to set up in our backyard desert. California is experiencing a major drought and brown is the new green. 

Our youngest planned his own birthday celebration and has been busy for over a week already, planning and shopping and preparing decorations. He waited all day to set up the camping tent, as it was too hot this afternoon to be working in the sun.  He is a little bit excited!

He has declared this week as his birthday week and is already expecting special privileges. He says his birth week celebration begins today and ends on Sunday.  I love his enthusiasm and energy and excitement for life, even though he drives me a little crazy. I love hearing his plans and ideas, especially hearing him thinking about his friend’s dietary needs and what we should plan for dinner and dessert. I am happy that he is happy and excited.

I think this week is going to be busy and exciting for all of us! 

Happy birth week my little man. I love you!

Feel Good

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What makes you feel good? Do you know?

I love this type of art and light. It makes me smile and feels like a conversation piece. We found this wall covering at Cisco Home in Palo Alto today, as we wandered around. I had never been in this store before and felt such a draw to touch and feel all the furnishings. I loved the urban, rustic, neutral feel the store pulled together.

I felt good wandering with my family into the Tin Pot Creamery and taking our creamy home made ice cream outside and sitting on wooden benches while the sun shined on my face. This was totally unexpected and enjoyable.

I felt good finding a real bookstore and wandering from section to section touching the books and flipping through the pages and wanting to stay for hours. I enjoyed seeing what the kids found interesting too.

We ended our day spontaneously walking into the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate Juliana’s birthday dinner tonight and luckily only had a fifteen minute wait. My baby girl is growing up into a beautiful young lady both inside and out and this makes me proud.

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I feel good!

Happy New Year! I hope you feel good too!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

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Tonight we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus at our midweek church group dinner. I love this night when all the kids are gathered around and we turn out the lights and just see the lights of the candles. I love the unity and the glow and the feeling of being connected in this one moment.

I love birthday celebrations. I love mine, yours, my kids, my family’s and even Jesus’.

Last week we celebrated Jeff’s 50th. Tomorrow we celebrate Jeff’s mom’s in heaven and Jack’s and Melissa’s. Next week we celebrate Jesus’. And the following week we celebrate Juliana’s.

This is just a month of celebrating and I love it!!

I’m so glad you’re alive! Happy Birthdays Everyone!!

Puppy Love

I’ve saved this thought for awhile and today I thought I’d share a new word with you that represents a sort of puppy love.

It’s kind of embarrassing and I wasn’t sure I’d ever share it, but it makes me laugh every time I think of the term.

The word is Wuppy.

A wuppy is like a wife and puppy combined to make a wuppy.

I Am a wuppy. There. I said it. A wuppy. What a funny word.  

I Am a wife and kind of like a puppy combined.

I’ll explain. Think of a puppy. They’re so cute and loving and just so happy to see you and want to play and like to go for walks and need lots of attention. They want to kiss you and wrap their body around your legs and wag their tail to show you how happy they are. They look up to their owner like they are the best thing on the planet and are so loyal. And sometimes they bark and make mistakes and messes too. Let’s just keep it real.

This is what I feel like inside. I have all this energy and excitement and I wait for my husband to come home every day. Not exactly 100% like that, but you know what I mean. I am always busy, but I love to see his face and jump up and down and get excited like a puppy when he arrives back home again. Seriously. Not even kidding.

I probably drive him crazy. Well, I did for several years, until he realized that I just love him unconditionally and am so happy to see him every time, like it’s the first time we ever met and this is my normal. This is weird. I know. But I do. I am a lucky dog!

I am so thankful that he goes to work every day and provides for our family and allows me to live out my dream, that I just feel utterly happy, grateful and thankful. Without him, I couldn’t be who I am. He commutes in Silicon Valley traffic and works long hours every day. I don’t.

I get to be home with our kids. I get to make dinners and coach the kids and get them where they need to go, in sickness and in health. He enables me to be the best I can be and for that I am ever so thankful, every day, although I probably don’t tell him this enough. I get to build community and volunteer and exercise and keep our home running efficiently during the hours he’s gone at work, working for the good of our family. Just like him. For this, I am thankful and fulfilled. I am living my dream, thanks to my life partner.

And tonight I just want to acknowledge him as it’s his birthday. I am thankful that he was born and that he chose me to be his wife and to share kids and our life together, in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad.

Every day.

I am thankful.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

I love you Jeff. Happy Birthday. And many, many more.

Woof.

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Today is My Birthday!

I still love birthdays. Thank you for all the birthday love shared. It was the best day to be alive! Much better than the alternative, and my dad wished me another fifty years, hoping he’d be there to celebrate too! Crazy man…I love him!

My car was decorated on the inside with a Dutch banner, wishing me a happy birthday. We usually decorate our kitchen with banners and streamers on birthdays, but since we were gone, Juliana and Jeff decorated my car last night to surprise me this morning. Aren’t they cute? I should have taken a picture!!

We spent the day in Lake Tahoe again and journeyed back home in time for a surprise chocolate cake and visit with April and Steve and the girls.

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We had breakfast at The Old Post Office on the North Shore with my Aunt and Uncle, and my mom and dad. I loved being together with everyone and the breakfast was delicious! If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, in a cozy, family diner setting with friendly service, you should visit this place.

I opened my birthday cards and presents and after breakfast, we took a drive to the South Shore with my parents to walk near the water before heading home. We stopped by Camp Richardson, at the Tallac Historic Site and beach area, where we hung out 5 years ago. I loved the colored sand and calm beachfront and was so tempted to go paddle again, especially since it wasn’t windy here. We couldn’t stay long as we needed to get back home at a decent hour.

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Just having fun being dry and balanced on the water!!
We said goodbye to my parents and took off for home, listening to the USA vs Ghana World Cup game details on XM radio and loving that the USA won 2-1! We also listened to my new CDs that Juliana and Jeff picked out for me for my birthday.

I loved reading all the lovely Facebook messages and texts and emails with birthday wishes and love and memories. Thank you for sharing this day with me and making the car ride fun!

My birthday ended with my other family coming over with birthday cake to celebrate together. I received a very special gift in a jar. It had a play date coupon inside, for just me and my little friend Jessie, that was hand painted with some great ideas for our date together. I can’t wait to redeem it!!

I am the luckiest birthday princess in the world!

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I wish you love, peace, & happiness every day, that is my birth-day wish for you! Namaste.

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It’s not a party, without M&Ms!!