Birthday Girl

March 6, 2013

Birthday gifts come and go but lasting memories are made in special moments shared with those you love.

This was one such birthday.

The day started with SNOW and a note in the mailbox inviting me on a little adventure…

First stop.

I was told to wait in the car, close my eyes, and not peek.  Ok, so maybe I peeked just a smidgen. Looking through the side mirror, I had no idea where we were. Soon enough Ryan came back and escorted me inside. Look what awaited me! Cutest little charmer I ever did see!

We made a few other stops along the way (visiting the first place we lived, my old school where I taught) before heading to the hospital where the boys were born. On the way, I was told to read notes they had written for me. Best birthday gift. Ever.

Once at the hospital, we went to the nursery to show the boys the babies.

Have to admit, I might’ve heard my uterus growl (baby hungry?).  Birthday girl or not, Husby said, that’s not happening… yet.

Speaking of hungry, the next note read, “I love you more than french fries.” He told me I could choose our lunch spot. I know he was secretly hoping for burgers; but I chose pasta for sentimental reasons. Somehow we find ourselves at this place celebrating life’s benchmarks.

Afterwards, the next note said we were to go shopping; but everyone was spent (yes, turning down shopping is a first for me). Not to worry, I asked for a raincheck.

The boys pulled this whole thing off without a glitch.  Thank you for your kind birthday wishes and those who gave Husby sweet nudges in the right direction! You guys are the best!

It’ll be a birthday I’ll never forget!



  • Reply Linsey March 6, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Happy Birthday! wow! you truely have an amazing relationship! I would probably die of shock if my hubby pulled something like this off (he is about as unromantic as it gets.. but thats ok.. i knew that when i picked him)! You are very blessed and so lucky! Im glad u had a wonderful day!! :)

  • Reply Jennifer March 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

    You and your family are just to cute for words. I enjoy reading about all of y’alls adventures and love seeing pics that are taken throughout those adventures! It’s easy to see you all live in the moment and enjoy each others company! PS~ my hubby needs to take notes :)

  • Reply Tanja March 6, 2013 at 10:10 am

    WOW – what a gorgeous post!
    You have such a special family – you guys are truly an inspiration!

    Glad you got spoilt xxx

  • Reply Laura M March 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

    As we grow older it’s not the gifts they buy us but what comes from the heart and the memories made that mean the most. Happy Birthday!!:)

  • Reply Rachel March 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Looks like the birthday girl and family had tons of fun. Happy Birthday, and many more sweet days ahead.
    xo Rachel

  • Reply Miss Democh March 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Sounds lika a lovely birthday!!!

    Happy Birthday to you from Sweden <3

  • Reply Rozetta March 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    happy birthday missy! what an amazing gift of love from your favorite men :) this is so sweet

  • Reply Diana March 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Happy birthday! I am absolutely dying over that little grey zip up sweater…in fact the whole ensemble! What a little gentleman!

  • Reply Laura at Brunch with Laura March 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    How perfect is this?! I love the whole thing!! Happy Birthday.


  • Reply Carla March 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! Wow, what great men you have in your life. I can’t think of a better way to spend a birthday. I am still teary eyed. So sweet!!!!

  • Reply Lilly March 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Happy Birthday Missy!! How sweet can your hubby & boys be..You are truely Blessed!!! Hes a keeper.. he needs to start a blog to inspire other Hubbys who dont have a clue…;)Hint Hint…
    U 2 are so much fun!!
    Hope u had a wonderful day & Cheers to many more!!
    Thanks for all that you do:)

  • Reply dani fiori March 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    So SWEET! Glad you had such a great birthday! All good things! Xo

  • Reply Su March 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful mom :)
    This was definetly a wonderfull surprise, I’m sure you loved it – I know I would !
    I hope you get for a present what you were wishing :)
    Big kiss

  • Reply KatieRose March 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your family is amazing and you are one lucky girl to have three gentlemen escort you throughout the day. Enjoy the rest of your birthday week 😉

  • Reply Leigh March 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    This is just the sweetest surprise ever! This sounds like such a wonderful birthday! Happy belated birthday!!! (And I laughed at the hungry uterus part lol)

  • Reply Dyana March 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    So cute! Hope you had a great birthday! Mine is tomorrow! =)

  • Reply lydia March 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Happy birthday!! I just found your blog and i love it.
    i’ll surely come back to your blog

  • Reply Gaby March 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Maggiano’s! I love that place. It looks like you had a wonderful day! What a lucky gal to have that all done just for you! Happy belated birthday!

  • Reply Megan March 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Such a sweet post! You have a very beautiful family!

  • Reply jaclyn @ March 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Aww what a great day!! Happy Birthday!!! xoxo

  • Reply Jessica March 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    WOW!! What a sweet and wonderful birthday suprise and celebration you had with your boys! They did a fantastic job and everything was so thoughtful!!

  • Reply Shellye March 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Missy! You are a very lucky girl to have such wonderful boys in your life!

  • Reply Supreet kour March 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Such a lovely post, Wish You A very Happy Birthday!!

  • Reply Anna @ Your Healthy Place March 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    That’s a really sweet birthday – I was hoping he’d go with the treasure hunt idea. Gage is sooo adorable with those flowers! And I love the idea of taking you to old haunts that mean something to you – your school, house, hospital, favourite restaurant…love it!

  • Reply Kelly at Turned up to Eleven! March 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    SO sweet and SO fun! Happy Birthday lovely lady!

  • Reply Bayleigh March 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I just recently discovered your site through a friend’s pin on my pinterest and have been hooked for hours! I can’t get enough of all your posts, photos, recipes and what not, I too am obsessed with always finding new things to make or cook. Hope you and your gorgeous family have a good day and Happy Birthday girl, you rock!

  • Reply Sandy March 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Happy Birthday Sweet Missy! Your little family is so precious and the boys are beautiful. Hoping you have many more days like today!!

  • Reply jessica March 7, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Wowww happy bday and amazing post! I still dont know how you do it all, you always look fab and so do the kids !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am amazed again

  • Reply susanna March 7, 2013 at 3:10 am

    happy birthday! I am always excited to read your latest post. you have the best ideas and seem to be such a humble, loving person. I am newly married and we joke that I want to be pinkpistachio when I “grow up” :) you are the best!

  • Reply jill March 7, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Happy Birthday! What a perfect way to celebrate…making more wonderful memories! <3

  • Reply Sandi Fields March 7, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday! Looks like it was a fabulous day!

  • Reply Linsey March 7, 2013 at 5:37 am

    where did u get those boots! they are so adorable!

  • Reply Sherrie March 7, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Happy Birthday Missy…Thanks for sharing…You truly are blessed!

  • Reply Sandi Fields March 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Missy, where did you find those great, leopard boots? Love them!

    • Reply missy March 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Gotta love Target clearance!!

    • Reply Sandi Fields March 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Shoot….just checked online with Target, I don’t see them. Wish my Target wasn’t two hours away…:(

  • Reply julie March 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    You look adorable and this post is so cute !!! happy birthday girl! love you and miss you!! :) xoxo

  • Reply Nichol March 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I just Love this Family!!! You make it feel like my birthday everyday reading your blog! I am always in suspense wondering what you are going to share each day! Thanks for the entertainment everyday! And a Super Happy Birthday To you!

  • Reply Ashley March 8, 2013 at 12:00 am

    This was so cute.. Happy Birthday!!

    xo Ash,

  • Reply Tracy March 8, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Super cute, happy birthday!

  • Reply kylie March 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm


    best birthday ever.

    HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL? i’m serious! haha

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