I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much to everyone who helped make my birthday great. Thanks for just saying Happy Birthday! I found myself overwhelmed by how many people I have in my life that I love, and love me too.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
So, here is the final part. My birthday was actually on Sunday and it was a great day. Dane and I enjoyed one of my favorite breakfasts, german pancakes, with Dale and Leisa before church (or as Dane grew up calling them, "fluffy-oven-pancakes"). And then headed to my parents for dinner that afternoon. It was a very relaxed day with only a few meetings...everything that I always hope Sundays can be. My mom made curry and rice, and Emily made a pumpkin and banana-cream pie. Yum.
So, the celebration continued in the middle of the week last Wednesday. Dane had told me a few weeks ago, that I was not allowed to work this day so I arranged my schedule and appointments to be able to take this day off. I had a nice morning and was really able to relax without the mental burden of thinking I had to go to work in a few hours. It was nice. Dane surprised me with an amazing evening he had been planning for weeks. First, we met my parents at one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in Salt Lake, Shanghai Cafe.
Next, Dane surprised me with tickets to one of our favorite bands, Mae. This is a band that Dane introduced me to the day we met a few years ago. They were playing at "In the Venue". It was a great Show! We were pretty close to the front the whole time. All three of the opening bands were great, they even came out and danced with us for a lot of the show. The only thing that we would have changed, is I wish Mae would have been able to play longer. They even had a raffle at the concert where people could bring hygiene items to donate to Road Home for a ticket. They gave away things like signed albums, t-shirts, and last but not least a set list from Wed night's show signed by the whole band.
And guess who won the set list? Yours truly. It was pretty sweet.
Here's a pic of Mae's lead singer, Dave Elkins taken from my phone during the show.
This isn't the best picture, but here we are with Dave after the show. He was so nice!
Thanks for a great night, Dane! I love you.
So, I guess this is going to be a little bit of bragging time for me, but oh well. Here we go. First I have to say that I have the BEST husband in the world and that everyone should be able to celebrate their birthdays for a whole week...yeah, that's right for an entire week.
So this is how it all began:
Last weekend, Dane and I drove down to St. George with Dale to meet up with Leisa, because Dane didn't have school and we needed some time together. This is when the birthday celebration all began.
Have any of you ever heard of (or had) the American Chocolate Cake from Costco? Since Leisa had never been to Costco, it was one of our first stops in town. It was a great Costco day, lots of samples :)
Dane and I had been telling Dale and Leisa about this cake for quite sometime and picked one up to celebrate both my upcoming birthday and Dale's birthday from a few weeks ago. This cake is a-MAZE-ing!
It is everything that a four layer, chocolate cake smothered in frosting and chocolate shavings should be. Not too rich or two sweet, but tons of chocolaty goodness flavor. The label on the cake box says: Nt wt: 7 lbs.....! Yikes. It is huge. Needless to say, we ate the whole thing over the course of 4 days... with the help of some of Leisa's roommates and their friends. Thank goodness.
So, we had a nice relaxing time in St. George, and went shopping, to dinner, to church with Leisa, and of course, on a few really fun bike rides.One one ride, we road out to Santa Clara and stopped at the Jacob Hamblin house. For those of you who don't know Dane's mom, Janet's maiden name is Hamblin.
Here is a cute one of Dale and Leisa!
I am pretty sure that I have some type of Hamblins in my ancestry as well because My parents have often stopped with us there as well. We got there right before it opened and were taking these pictures when a couple of missionaries who do tours showed up to open for the day.
Here is Dane and me! Don't mind my ghetto-booty with my jacket wrapped up in my back pocket :)
It was nice to go down south to get a little sun before the real cold weather sets in.
Oh yeah, and DALE and LEISA GOT ENGAGED! Congrats!