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Birthday, Birthday…

What do you get when you layer fabulous hometown beer, grilled steaks, and triple chocolate mousse cake? An amazing birthday. Yesterday was my birthday, I’m inching closer to the big 4-0 and I’m actually feeling pretty good about it. It helps to have a wonderful husband who is 12 years older and has very little sympathy for me where the aging process is concerned.

Mike is going to be 50 this year and he still gets up every morning and wages a life or death struggle with his ridiculous cat. That is a man who is not going quietly into senility by any stretch. I really have very little room to complain about 40 looming out there, just two years away.

I also have to appreciate a man who will stretch my birthday into an entire weekend of celebrating. Our family is notorious for stretching out birthdays and my birthday was certainly no exception. We celebrated all weekend long and it was wonderful!!

Saturday we spent a few hours at Lengthwise Pub. We indulged in the Zeus Imperial IPA (probably the only IPA I actually enjoy) and some fabulous food. I also had a Truffle, Lengthwise Kern County Crude Porter mixed with their Raspberry Wheat. It made for a delightful, chocolate-y, coffee, raspberry, dessert beer. I’m a dark beer girl at heart so this was the ideal way to end our trip to Lengthwise.

Sunday morning we rolled out of bed and headed to a local breakfast spot, J&M’s Bar & Grill. Mike had the homemade corned beef hash and eggs with a side of biscuits and gravy. I had the eggs benedict and the girls had pancakes and french toast. The eggs benedict was really fabulous. I’m picky about my hollandaise sauce and this one fit the bill nicely. It was the ideal way to start the day of my official birthday.

We spent the day visiting some nurseries in town. Our weather has been so spring-like lately that we almost forgot it was still January. It was a great day just hanging out with family and enjoying a little sunshine and mild weather.

One of the highlights of my birthday was logging into Facebook and seeing all the sweetest, birthday wishes from friends and family. I am really blessed to know some amazing people and have some of the sweetest friends on the planet.

Sunday morning I found myself tagged on instagram with the sweetest birthday collage ever:

Birthday collage

Katie is the most thoughtful daughter a mom could ever want. Each one of these pictures is a really great memory for me. There is Katie’s first birthday up in the top right corner and the bottom slide is from a baseball game last summer. Needless to say, this was a really special and very thoughtful treat.

We ended my birthday with a fabulous dinner. Mike grilled gorgeous steaks and we had a great dinner with all the trimmings. My birthday cake this year was an amazing triple chocolate mousse cake. There really aren’t enough words to describe the decadence of that cake, it was truly a cake fit to cap off an amazing birthday weekend.

Of course, after all that weekend indulgence the girls and I were out first thing this morning for a 2 mile run. 😉

Now to figure out how to fill the next 11 months until my next birthday! 😉 We have lots of adventures planned this year so I bet it will fly by!

Shutting The Factory Down

The Doran KidsThere are days when I come across really cute baby clothes and remember the fun I had shopping for clothes for Katie and Maggie when they were babies. Not that I have any interest in having another baby around. Really… I’m done-done. Happily so. To say Maggie broke the mold is an understatement. She didn’t just break a mold, she wrecked the whole factory!

Besides, there is no way Maggie would tolerate a younger sibling. She doesn’t like sharing her parents with pets and jobs let alone another child. Her temperament really fits the age gap between the three siblings. I wouldn’t say she is spoiled, she’s just well-suited to being the baby of the family. Unlike her older siblings who pretty much liked the thought of a little brother or sister, Maggie is clearly horrified if anyone even jokes about another little Doran coming along.

Not that Maggie doesn’t like other kids or play well with them. She has younger cousins that she adores and plays very well with. Maggie becomes the Peter Pan leading the “Lost Boys” happily on whatever adventure springs to mind. But, those cousins come for visits or she visits them, I don’t think an additional full-time resident would be appreciated. Unless the new resident is the rat terrier puppy she is determined to have.

Personally, I’d rather go the puppy route than new baby route anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I love babies. From time to time I might miss having a squishy, cuddly, baby around but I definitely don’t miss the sleepless nights and teething. I just have no interest in having any more children. I think it’s safe to say you know you are totally done when the thought of grandkids (far, far down the road) actually seems appealing.

The Wild Child

I’ve been on a quest recently to redecorate Maggie’s room. Currently her room is a quiet mix of pale pink and green leaning more toward shabby chic. This doesn’t exactly fit Miss Maggs by any stretch. Maggie is our wild child, our hippy go happy grab the world by the balls child. She’s already been out and about today trying to capture butterflies to put into her mason jar!

Her first year in school has been one happy adventure after another and her personality just seems to get bigger with each passing day. It’s really hard to believe that she’s graduating from kindergarten this year! Math and History are her strong suits and she’s absolutely brilliant with geography having already memorized all 7 continents and most of their distinguishing features and she knows her cardinal directions as well! This year she has figured out that with academic success comes special rewards and she’s already made Mike promise her a puppy when she can read proficiently.

A scorpion and a puppy… did anyone imagine that Maggie’s room would be pastels and shabby chic?

Her older sister, Kate leans more toward easy going and Kate’s room suits her personality with calm blues, raspberry pink, and black and white accents. Where Kate has a bedroom vanity with a vintage looking make up case and vintage looking jewelry case… Maggie has piles of stuffed animals (mostly exotic like giraffes, tigers, lions, jaguars and polar bears) and a rug in the shape of a frog.

We’ve decided to kick Maggie’s decor up a notch. We’ll stick with the pink and green theme but amp them up to happy, bright pink tones with a wall color by Glidden called, “Lucky Shamrock” which doesn’t do it justice since it’s far from green-green. Her new bedding is actually called “Carnival” with bright patches of pinks, greens, and even some oranges and blues.

It’s a lively, loud and bright scheme… a lot like Maggie.