Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Several weeks ago, Nick mentioned that he thought we should meet downtown after work to celebrate my birthday. That should have been a big clue that something was amiss - Nick always rolls his eyes when I try to plan in advance. From the beginning of our relationship, he has always delighted in the anxiety I feel when I am surprised. Luckily, when I discovered that he had planned for my sister to visit over my birthday weekend, I was giddy with anticipation. Ella was a champion secret keeper - I was very impressed (Nick made the wise decision not to tell the twins). Jessica showed up at dinner on Thursday night & the partying began. We had a light dusting of snow that evening (the mountains only received 12 inches in 24 hours), so Ella's school had a 2 hour delay Friday morning. The kids thought that was hilarious.

Jessica & I spent what was left of the day exploring new neighborhoods & having fun. Day 2 of the birthday celebrations arrived when she volunteered to watch the kids while Nick & I had a date night - it felt like our first in months!
 We had a lovely dinner at while the kids baked my birthday cake under Jessica's supervision.  Greta saw me wearing my vest & wanted to wear her "life jacket" too.

Day 3 of the birthday celebrations kicked off with cake for breakfast (with Peppermint Jo Jo ice cream from Trader Joe's - kids new fave).

Then, Jessica & I headed off to Santa Fe for some big time pampering. I can't believe how much thought & time Nick put into planning such an amazing weekend for me. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!  More on the details of our adventure tomorrow . . .

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