The weekend following VBS was my birthday weekend!! Whoohoo!! My girlfriends and I floated the guadalupe with sangria and beer. By the time I got out I was waaaayyyy more drunk than I realized sitting in my tube. One happy time! I spent the next two days recovering at home with Brando and the boys, who made me cupcakes for my birthday. We had bbq ribs, asian salad, and s'mores for my birthday dinner. Yummmm.
My birthday continued into the week with Brando being home for three days straight. I hadn't realized he was going to be off so I didn't plan any vacations. So we actually had some good at home family time. We did bike ride Town Lake on Tuesday and took Justinbustin's little friend. Other than that it was just good old hanging out at home and by the pool time. Oh and I forgot to mention I woke up on my birthday to ten different people wishing me happy birthday on my facebook via comments and messages. Talk about warm fuzzies!! I think birthday wishes from multiple people may be one of my favoritest gifts ever.
My girlfriend took me out to dinner at Maudie's Tuesday night for my birthday after I made a stop at a lakehouse for the Shawner's school get together for us who live in north Austin. Talk about a gorgeous house. I was kind of glad I didn't have to save face by keeping a big old grin on my face and talking about all our fabulous summer vacations while they tell me how they went to Hawaii for three weeks, and Colorado for two, and oh my how the rest of summer has been filled with expensive camp after expensive camp for their precious kiddos. You can shove it where the sun don't shine. By the way have you offered a scholarship to a kid in a less fortunate (or younger hehe) family? I think I may make a resolution to do that when I get to that point.
Any who *whistle as I look off into the sky* my girlfriend stole me away from all that and treated me at a new and fun restaurant. Her birthday gift to me, besides dinner, was beautiful earrings from my favorite store Francesca's. They are a single gold line in the shape of a paisley, if that makes any sense, and twisted at the point on the bottom to go back up. They are gorgeous, huge (which I love), and so so classy.
Speaking of those earrings I wore them to Allison's wedding in Vegas!! Whoohoo!! A friend of hers (now a friend of mine - I swear she has the sweetest friends in the world and it can only be because she is such a true friend herself) hooked me up with a plane ticket and we shared a hotel room. We both had to work on Saturday so we flew in Thursday morning and left Friday morning, but we sure did make the most of it while we were there. We even gambled at the airport on the way out - hehe.
Allison's wedding was at 4pm on Thursday and we got to watch Marc cry his eyes out waiting for her and all during the ceremony. Okay, really he was pale and had tears in his eyes the whole time. She was beautiful, gorgeous, with feathers in her hair reminding me of Carrie in the Sex and the City movie. Afterwards we ate at one of the famous Las Vegas buffets and gorged ourselves on all kinds of culinary fare with creme brulee, ice cream, tiramisu, and tiny cupcakes to top it off. After dinner we went up to their gorgeous, ginormous suite on the 26th level and enjoyed a birds eye view of Las Vegas with champagne toasts, and lots of conversation and pictures. After the crowd filtered out the bride passed out after we waited way too darn long for some guys to join us before we headed to the club, so most of the girls minus the bride went out for a good time. I was thoroughly shocked by Vegas, mainly the fact that pr*stitution is LEGAL. Genie asked me to bring her back some cards from the girls on the streets, but when I saw the girls dancing in the club and handing out cards I was too scared I would be arrested if I went up and asked for one... until one of the girls I was with told me it was legal in Vegas. Oh!! We danced the night away and turned in not too late (although it was 4am my time and I'd been up since 5am my time). Good thing, because I was up at seven packing up for the airport. We enjoyed a last breakfast with the girls and took off on our shuttle. My view of the Strip, the Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, mini Paris, was all from that shuttle and boy did I look touristy trying to capture it all. Besides seeing Allison and travelling with M, seeing all the places I've seen in the movies has to be my favorite part of being there. Next time M we are so having that mint julep in front of the Bellagio! Although I might make mine a mojito.
I got back last night and went straight to pick up the boys where I showered them with plane handouts and gave my sis a box of See's for watching my boys overnight. I woke up this morning and went straight to work, grateful that Brando was not in fact working today like I thought he was so I didn't have to scramble around for a last minute babysitter.
We barbequed fajita chicken, fresh handmade tortillas, and grilled onion by the pool this evening and now I am about to upload pictures and look at ones we took on July fourth for the first time!!!