You know some people have a birthday and some people have a birthweek? Well I am unashamed to be one that celebrates the latter. I think people often turn the calendar over to August and realize that summer has gone way to fast and there is still so much fun to be had before the kids head back to school. When August starts people are ready to start squeezing as much fun into the last precious days of summer. AKA my birth day week…heck if I could make it a birthMONTH I would :).
This year most definitely did not disappoint. We kicked of Julie Palooza week at Table Rock Lake with the family. It was so nice to relax and soak in the sun as we boated and swam. This year we went all out and got neon family shirts. Here is the crew (minus 5). We were lucky everyone was able to join us at least for a few days.
My family has a handful of summer birthday’s so we celebrated poolside with cake every night. (Yes I am generous enough to share my birthweek with others as long as I get some cookie cake).
Here are the cousins at Luke’s birthday celebration. (Photos from mine are still “developing” AKA my mother is a little slow to the upload).
George and I cooked dinner one night. We found a bomb marinade recipe for chicken and veggie kabobs. They were a huge hit.
We also got to try the famous Heffer-itias. A twist on the usually margs.I miss seeing my family on the regular now that I am living across the state. It is so nice to spend time with them.
Because I used up a lot of my vacation time on the honeymoon, George and I had to head back to KC for work Thursday and Friday. The fun continued when my mother in law and sister in law headed into town and grabbed lunch with me and got a quick tour of my work.
We all headed to the royals game to tailgate and catch a win.
We even saw friends!
Friday after work Julia and Elisa came to town for more birthday celebrations 🙂 We had a girls night out at Power and Light on Friday.
Saturday was spent mostly shopping and prepping food for the party. Luckily we were able to work in a long run and swim. I know I needed the exercise before I stuffed my face with all the delicious food we made and people brought. I mean how could you resist this?
You see these hotdogs? Yeah I bought a huge pack of the big fatty dogs for the party and decided to get a big pack of the regular ones just incase more people than I expected came. Well my wonderful grilling husband decided that we needed all the hotdogs….. I mean look at how many we have here! I may be looking for some creative hotdog casseroles if someone doesn’t help me eat them.
It was great to hang out, eat and play games with my KC crew.
No, I did not buy my own crown for my own birthday party. But I am not going to turn it down when someone else brings me one. Now that would just be rude. PS. I love crowns 🙂
Sunday my boo thang surprised me with the sweetest gift. He had planned a nice dinner out, and when I started getting ready, he had my gift all set out: a beautifully coordinated outfit. He did some major research on my sizes and styles and picked out a dress, shoes, and accessories for our date.
Please ignore my awkward selfies/ posing. My modeling career did not take off for a reason.
Ps I was trying to by sneaky and cover up the athletic tape on my knee/leg…I do not usually stand like this, and no, I do not have to pee.
How cute are these little lady bug earrings? Get it? They used to call me Julie bug.
Matching shoes and bracelet.
Thanks for all the sweet birthday wishes. Its been a great year. Here’s to 23!