Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birthday Fun

September is one of my favorite months for several reasons. Beautiful weather as Summer fades into Fall, the leaves are changing, and most of all my birthday!

I have always loved my birthday. Not because of presents (while those do help!), but because it's an excuse to see friends and family, have a party, take a day off work and MrHoppy is especially sweet the week of my birthday. Which I love!

I wasn't expecting much this year. We're running a tight ship budget-wise but still planned to have a gathering at our house with our best friends.

I was surprised that I was so spoiled this year! I'll tell you all about the weekend and the awesome gifts I received. One great thing about a Fall birthday is new clothes!

Friday night we had dinner with my in-laws. She made an awesome Mexican (my favorite!) feast so we ate until we could barely move. And I was SOOO excited when I opened their gift, something I have been lusting after for over a year! Love it!
Saturday we slept in a little bit and cleaned the house after breakfast. Must have a clean house to entertain our friends!
Then we headed out after a shower to use my free birthday appetizer coupon at Rock Bottom. It had been a long time since we were there and it was fun. We had a beer with our appetizer of course.
We stopped in at Pac Sun next door and I found a cute casual striped top and a grey bag on sale. MrHoppy bought them both for me. The top is different than anything I own. It has a twist/knot thing in the back which is a little pop of sexy. I wore a black bra under it for some color Saturday night.

After a stop at the liquor store and Target we headed home. I was SOOOO excited when the garage door opened to reveal another surprise! MrHoppy bought me this little cruiser I have been wanting for awhile now. I rode it around all night! It is so cute and fun. We want to do a little bar crawl downtown before the weather gets too cold on our bikes. If we make it I promise to take pictures!

Cutie bike!
The party Saturday ended up being so much fun. Friends stopped by throughout the night to celebrate with us. We set up beer pong in the garage and it ended up being a hit! I know, sometimes we act like we are still in college. Why not?

In all honesty we spent most of Sunday relaxing. Some of us over-did it Saturday night. :) Then the accident happened. We were cleaning up the garage and decided to put away all our camping gear. MrHoppy was pushing things up onto the shelf he built above our garage. I was walking around picking things up and handing them to him when a big bucket FULL of stuff fell down directly onto my head. It knocked me right out. Cold. I came to lying on the garage floor and just started crying. It was a combination on confusion, being scared and damn, it hurt! I can't remember the last time I cried like that. As if my hangover headache wasn't bad enough. He felt so terrible and spent the afternoon taking care of me. I was fine, I had a knot for about a week but it wasn't too big of a deal. Kind of ruined our afternoon though.

We met my sister, BIL, nephew and parents for dinner that night. It was so much fun even if our server was super annoying. I swear, having been in the industry for so long I think I'm tested with bad service often. Or do I notice more because I know how it should go? Regardless, it was a very fun night with my family.

I took Monday off work and my sister and I took O to the zoo. It was a fun and beautiful day! MrHoppy was disappointed he had to work. After work he had class until 8:30. So my Mom and I met at the mall where I spent most of my birthday money! I LOVE shopping. I bought things I don't normally splurge on which was fun. I was most excited about this: The Urban Decay Naked Palette! I've been waiting for this for awhile now! I love it!
I also brought home 2 pairs of skinny jeans (black and grey), leg warmers (yes, I'm doing it!), a navy v-neck sweater, a scarf, and a pair of earrings. Most everything was bought at Forever 21. I'm not hard on clothes at all so when I want to stretch my dollar I take the time to shop there. It can be frustrating to find the right sizes for an adult body but worth it if you have the time. I wanted a few more things but ran out of money!

Lastly my Mom and I went to Nordstrom's for a professional bra fitting. I heard they do the best job and I wasn't disappointed. The woman who helped me was very professional and knowledgeable. She helped me find 2 perfect bras. The first is a convertable (regular straps, halter, racer back, strapless) nude bra. I have never worn a strapless like this one. NEVER. It's amazing. The 2nd was on sale and is awesome as well. Both were pricey but SO worth the money. I was wearing the wrong size as they say MOST women are... I was measured at Victoria's Secret and have been buying the wrong size since. I must say - I'll never buy bras there again. The quality, selection and knowledge of my new bra lady can't be beat!

Let me know if you want the details on the bras. I can check at home and let you know. They are amazing, I highly recommend! The bras I was wearing were too large around and too small in the cup. Who knew?

So that was my birthday weekend. Busy, fun and I was spoiled rotten. I can't believe September is almost over...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Road Trip!

We have a close friend who graduated with his doctorate last month so 5 of us road tripped it to Nebraska for his graduation weekend. 5 adults in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. We made it work. :) It was a W-I-L-D weekend! These boys all grew up together so when they all get together - watch out! It was a blast. C arranged a "Tournament of Champions" that included Texas Hold 'Em, Bowling, and Putt Putt Mini Golf. I didn't place well overall but I DID take 2nd in the poker tournament. 2nd to MrHoppy who took first! This was the best event to win as we walked away with some cash. :)

Night 1: Poker Tournament. It went so late we had to finish up Sunday afternoon. First and 2nd place baby!

MrHoppy's Uncle. Yes, we took a keg with us everywhere we went in that hotel. I'm pretty sure the staff HATED our guts.

We are so proud of him!! Our Doctor. :)

Cute boys. How does a little mountain town produce such good lookin' men?

Horrible picture. But, it shows the 4 of them together. Love it!

Night 2: Bowling! I am NOT a bowler. I think I took 2nd to last. But I have fun and I (sort of) try.
MrHoppy and M

MrHoppy didn't have the best scores either. He was sad.

What is he doing to her?! We may have been drinking a bit... :)

M and me. We had such a great weekend together!

See that score?? Ignore the 45 and look at the 198! That is M's score. She is a bowling shark!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Labor Day - Better Late than Never!

I know I keep saying it but man, we are so busy! Between MrHoppy taking classes now that school has started, me going to the gym as much as possible and work - I feel like we barely have a chance to sit down and catch up, much less blog! But I promise, I'll be better and I have lots of fun photos to share!

We had a great 3 day weekend celebrating Labor Day. And what did we do? What else? Camping! This was a fun trip though, we went with my brother in law's family. They own land in a beautiful place here in CO and we love going up there. It's so peaceful and gorgeous. I got lots of quality time with MrHoppy, my sister and of course my nephew. He's growing up so fast!

It was a weekend of family, fun, horseshoes, grilling and of course, BEER!

He was in the middle of showing his "pretty eyes". Silly kid.

Hanging out around the fire with the family.

K made awesome kbobs for our first dinner. Chicken, peppers, onion and pineapple. Grilled over an open fire, can't beat it!

Hats off to people that photograph kids - How do you get them to look at the camera?! What a cute family. It was gorgeous weather, chilly at night but warm during the day. This was dusk and we were still only wearing hoodies.

A very loved little boy. Did I mention that I think he understands there's going to be a new baby? He calls her "sis" and kisses his mama's belly. Such a sweet boy!

What a good lookin' family!

Looking at his crazy Uncle "Bubba". Anything motorcycle related and it makes him think about his Uncle

Playing on the dirt bike with Uncle

Day 2 hike. I love this hike, we do it every time we are up there.

MrHoppy looking cute as usual

Look at these views!

Taking a rest at the top. It's short but pretty steep. Giz doesn't join us on these hikes, he waits patiently back at camp for us to return!

This was a creepy situation. K's Mom found this pile of rocks, sticks and shoes. There were TONS of shoes all arranged inside the sticks and rocks. OLD shoes. We were all super creeped out, I think it was actually set up on their land! You can imagine the stories we came up with about the set up. Blair Witch Project anyone??

O wouldn't nap this day and was pretty grumpy. It made him laugh to hold him, dip him and let my hair tickle his face and then come up for kisses. Giggles and smiles until it was time for bed!

Kisses for Auntie!

The battery on our point and shoot was dead, dead, dead. Hence no photos after dusk. We put the DSLR away when the sun went down. It would be NO fun to have a broken camera!

I was sad it was the last camping trip of the year. But, I'm loving the Fall weather that has finally arrived in CO. This weekend is my birthday so we're having dinner with the in-laws tonight, a night with friends tomorrow and dinner with my family Sunday. I have Monday off, hooray for 3 day weekends! I'm looking forward to some shopping with my Mom!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Random Updates from a BAD Blogger

Where did August go? Where did 9 days of September go? My life has been so busy and chaotic!

I have loads of pictures for posts and just need to make the time to write them!

Work is crazy but good. Really good. Exciting. :)

Life is busy but good. MrHoppy is doing so well in his new job. Classes start next week which will be challenging but we'll make it work. (I sound like Tim Gunn!)

Working out is good. I'm doing it, I'm making the time.

Eating has been total crap. I'm working on improving that. I WILL do it.

My birthday is in a week. I love my birthday but funds are tight this year. We'll do something fun on the cheap!

If you are still reading my blog - thank you. I promise I'll be better and way more entertaining. There's a lot going on, I just need to make time to share it!

TGIF Everyone!