Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Big 5-0

How can I possibly be 50?  It just sounds So. Darn. Old.  Luckily my memory isn't fading yet, but just in case, my phone reminded me that my birthday was quickly approaching.


My day was filled with fun texts, calls, and cards - including an AARP membership card!  I was treated to a special lunch with Missy and my birthday twin, JVG.




Here's one of the presents I was hoping for: construction!  The permit is up in the window, the signs are up, and the deck got demolished.





I was spoiled at night by B and JT.  First, an amazing dinner at one of the hot new restaurants, Sfoglina, then my favorite lemon buttercream cake from Heidelberg Bakery at home.






Then an intriguing present from Brent:




And my heart went BOOM! (please tell me you know that's a lyric from Hamilton?  Isn't the entire world as obsessed as we are?!?)  I don't even want to know what Brent had to do to get orchestra seats for Hamilton in NYC, but hey, I only turn 50 once!  And look at this adorable card from Joseph!



And look at all my gorgeous birthday flowers!  Roses from the Deubert's, and 50 tulips from my BFF Lance.


So this is me at 50.
I may be older, but luckily I haven't matured much since the 90's.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Valley Forge

Given our current obsession with Hamilton and that Joseph is studying all about Colonial America and the Revolutionary War in 4th grade, we visited Valley Forge, PA, on the way home from my parents' house in NJ.  It's where George Washington wintered his troops outside of Philadelphia in 1777.  We love our National Parks!






















Sunday, March 12, 2017

Nifty

It's no secret that (gasp!) I turned 50 last week, and things got off to a nifty start as we visited my family in NJ the weekend before.  Road trips can't be bad with the Hamilton soundtrack and a cross-stitch project to go.


Joseph was most excited to see my sister's dog, Manny, again, but he also got to indoctrinate his grandparents into the phenomenon that is flip tricks.






My parents set up a lovely family dinner for me at a great restaurant, and it was especially wonderful to spend time my aunt and uncle again, who I haven't seen in far too long.




No trip home would be complete without a trip to the Ewing Diner on a Sunday morning.  What a great way to kick off my 50th celebration!