Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great weekend. Mine has been fantastic. I’ve had two days of birthday celebrations. I may just be celebrated out by the time my actual birthday rolls around tomorrow
My mom, step-dad, sister, and brother-in-law rolled in around 9:00 Friday, and we all stayed up late chatting and catching up. That didn’t stop us from getting up and around Saturday to start birthday weekend! We headed out the door for a day of hiking. Before we made it to our final destination, we stopped in Van Buren, AR. Van Buren is a neat historic town that John and I had visited once before. It was on our way so I thought it would be fun to stop and show the family. We’re all history buffs and love poking around old towns.
Isn’t this a beautiful old building?
Caite figured out the timer on my camera, and we were able to get a quick group shot!
After spending about an hour there, we left Van Buren and headed to Devil’s Den State Park. Arkansas has amazing state parks. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but the state does an excellent job of maintaining them. Devil’s Den is no exception. We had a quick picnic lunch, and then we were ready to hit the trail. But not before Caite and I had a thirty second dance party (<–any Grey’s fans out there?) !
We spent the rest of the afternoon hiking and we had a great time. Here are a few shots of our day!
We finished up the day with a trip to my favorite Italian restaurant and some frozen yogurt. Unfortunately, I was starving, and I wolfed down the food before I got any pictures! Rest assured that it was more than satisfying.
Before everyone left today, my mom had to help me put the new ribbon on my brand new tree. Mom’s a genius with the ribbon, and I’m pretty happy with the way the tree turned out. John had the honor of putting the new topper on, and, yes, I was worried about him breaking the coffee table!
I opened up my birthday presents, and, as always, my family out did themselves. I got a beautiful new dress, a cool retro carry-on bag, and my new daughter Christmas ornament. I also got one more thing that I’ve purposely saved until the end to show you all.
How awesome is this?! My sister is an incredibly talented graphic artist, and she designed this for me. I am thrilled, and I can’t wait to wear it. Between my presents and all the celebrating, can you guys tell why birthdays are pretty cool in my family?
I’m tuckered out, and I plan to spend the rest of the evening in front of the TV with a good movie. Since my birthday is tomorrow, maybe John will let me pick the movie. See you guys tomorrow!
How was your weekend? Tell me what you did!