Sunday, August 3, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday to Me

I turned 29 on July 26th. I now feel as though I'm slowly marching to Da Dum Da Da, Da Da Da Da Da Dum Da. No not the wedding march-geesh, the DEATH march. I just can't believe that this is my last birthday to be "20 something". There's a country song, Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter, with this line in it "I still remember, when 30 was old". Well guess what people?! I still think 30 is old!! How can this be?! I don't feel 29 or almost 30. I certainly hope I don't LOOK like I'm 29 or almost 30. Those of you who know what's good for you and still wish to remain on my friend list will confirm these hopes or be stricken from it! lol, sigh

Well, my birthday wasn't all that bad. My mom took care of the kids in the morning so I could sleep in-I am a night person, so sleeping in is a HUGH deal for me. Then I opened presents from the kids and mom and dad. The kids got me a beautiful necklace and earring set and my parents got me an underwater camera to take fun pool pictures with. Then mom took the kids out for the morning and to lunch with Janece and Preslee. This left me with the house all to myself for about an hour. Then Kelly arrived and we started getting ready for Janece's shower.

Right after the shower was over three of my friends, Jen, Jill and Amy took me out for some birthday surprises! All I had been told was that Jen wanted to do something with me for my birthday. Our original plan was to plan something together since her birthday is just two days after mine, she's a year younger though. Blast! she still gets another "20 something" birthday. So Jen and I headed off in her car toward the freeway. We stopped in the parking lot of a restaurant and picked up Amy and Jill, much to my surprise.

Then we headed to Nashville. On the way to pick up Jill and Amy, Jen gave me her present...a Twilight Calendar-yum and a very yummy birthday card...ahem. Not to mention the whole rest of the night was also a gift. Jill and Amy had me open their gifts on the way in to stop #1. Amy got me a really cute necklace that matched what I was wearing so I put it on-loved it! Jill got me a supper comfy beach towel. I pretty much live outside in the pool when I can, so this was great too!
Stop #1-Kobe Steak House. YUMMY! That's all I can say about that! The food was sooo good and the portions were ridiculously huge. I hadn't brought my camera in because until we walked in the door I had no idea where we were going. Jill had brought her's though and graciously let us take pictures with it. The chef was fun and we all ended up with Chicken, Steak and the best Shrimp I've ever eaten on our plates. Along with loads of vegetables, the mushroom and onions were my favorite! That's right people I ate EVERYTHING with chopsticks-even my sherbet!

Stop #2-The Crag. This is a wall climbing facility. I had never done that before and it was so much fun! When we first got there they were having a climbing competition and the place was closed to the public. Jen worked her magic and the guy at the counter agreed to let us use the cave since no one was in there anyway and the competition was almost over. Someone must have said something to him about my birthday because while we were getting our harnesses on he made a comment about it. I laughed and told him since it was my birthday he had to get us the hottest instructor there. He blushed a little and said OK. A few minutes later we were ready to learn and climb! As it was the blushing boy behind the counter WAS our instructor! We had a good laugh behind his back over my comment. When we left that night we all said thanks and at the end I added "thanks for getting me a hot instructor-he was great!" He blushed again and laughed. The kid was maybe 17-poor thing being harassed by a nearly 30 year old woman! LOL *totally joking* Jen and I were the only ones of our little group to do this, so for an hour Amy and Jill watched us and took photos. We really had a good time with it and I'm sure gave others a good laugh at our fun. We laughed at everything but still managed to get in a few good climbs. In case you're wondering I AM wearing a different shirt in the climbing photos-Jill's shirt. Mine was not suitable for this and when she said she wasn't climbing she graciously swapped with me. At the end of the climbing we did NOT switch back. I really didn't think she'd want to trade a dry non stinky shirt for a wet smelly one. We both said we'd wash and swap back another time-lol! Next stop was home....but then we all realized how close to a Coldstone Ice Cream shop we were, soo....

Stop #3 COLDSTONE! I really think they have the best ice cream ever! Our silly moods continued in the store and they nice people working that night gave me a free ice cream since it was my birthday! They even sang to me and then let me sing to them, our family has a fun/morbid Happy Birthday song that's fun to share. They loved it! I even got a picture with them so that the whole trip of events for the afternoon/evening was captured on film. The only thing I didn't get on film was the refreshing and relaxing late night swim I took when I got home. Only it wasn't all that relaxing because for some dumb reason I started to FREEZE 10 mins into the swim! Over all the day was fun and I definitely felt loved and cared about on this very last "20 something" birthday of mine.

The celebrations continued the next day on Sunday with Dinner. Because I was out with the girls for my birthday dinner we had our family dinner and "cake" the next day. Mom made Lasagna, one of my favorite dishes. The food was delicious and it was nice to have dinner with all the family members here. My cake was the best ever! It was a tower made of strawberries dipped in chocolate with super fun candles sticking out!

Janece and Jeremy gave me a really pretty wall plaque that Janece had designed and Kelly and Levi gave me a pool float to lounge around in. It's fun to use but the kids usually end up making it a boat for them to incorporate into their silly pool games! It's fun to play with them though and I LOVE surprising them and tipping them out from underneath. :)
While I was gone climbing rocks and eating great food the kids partied at home. They watched part of the Hannah Montana 3-D concert on Disney channel!! For weeks they had been telling me they wished it was my birthday already. Thinking it was because they couldn't wait to celebrate me, their mom, and give me their present I was touched. But then the REAL reason came out when we found out Walmart was giving out free 3-D glasses at their stores for the concert on TV. MHM-that's right, they were excited about a very different Hannah! LOL
They Had a great time singing and dancing along to the songs. Emily, Sarah and Preslee couldn't keep the glasses on their faces and dance around at the same time. Quick thinking Aunt Janece had them get their Lowe's goggles (they get these when they build projects at Lowes, very cool program check out their website) and stuffed the 3-D glasses inside those. They look SO Adorable!! Sarah refused to be a part of these pictures...sometimes she just has "those" days.

I also received a few phone calls, emails, facebook messages, cards and gifts in the mail that made me feel great and reminded me how blessed I am to have so many people in my life that love and care about me. THANK YOU!!


Jed and Kera said...

I'm sooooo happy to see how fun your birthday was! I so wish I was there to celebrate with you. I MISS our Girls' Nights! I love you!!!!!

The Christensen's said...

Wow that was like the funnest mom birthday ever...what awesome friends. Happy Birthday...I know entering your 30's is less than glamarous. Oh well...can't stop it! You are looking great...hope you feel that way too!

Es said...

Looks like a great bday, Hannah...Climbing that wall looks like such fun! My 30th bday was spent staying up all night with a newborn,(my 31st will too) but Jeremy did get me roses and a cake. Your outing wins--hands down for the better party! You look so good in the pics--your a hot 29 year old--be happy for that.30 is not that bad. I only say that because once you get there, out of survival instincts, you then consider 35 to be really bad and have a few more years, which makes you feel better. Anyway, you are still very young--don't waste these years thinking your old because time flys and someday we will be old ladies. So what, we can't flirt with the missionaries anymore like we did when we were 19-20. Life is better--not older!

Hannah Johnson said...

Kera I miss our Girls' nights too! I was thinking about our fun pizza and game and craft nights there in Jackson and how much fun they were. I was so blessed with all my great friends up there!

Lynea!! You are so sweet. I love looking at your blog, your girls are so cute and you're so good at keeping up with blogging-I'm super impressed!

ESTHER!!!!! Oh how I have missed you in blogger world...sniff sniff. I am going to pray your computer is good from now on ;) I really have missed you! lol-I'm so corny, yet truthful..hee hee

Tina said...

Looks like you had an absolute wonderful time on your birthday. Really shows you how much you are loved by friends and family.

Amanda said...

Glad you had such a great birthday! It sounds like it was lots of fun!

Hannah Johnson said...

Amanda thanks again so much for the cute e-card. You are so thoughtful! Love ya!

AmShaZam said...

Hannah, you look so gorgeous in these pictures! Happy birthday to you, and please don't feel like you're getting old. Because if you're getting old, then so am I!!!