12.05.2011

Birthday Weekend Re-cap


Hey girls! Hope all of y'all had a great December weekend!

Saturday I celebrated my 27th birthday...woohoo! This one was super special because it was my first b-day as a married lady : )

Little did I know, Stephen had planned out TWO days worth of celebrations for me : )

On Friday morning, Stephen surprised me by telling me that he had taken off work for the entire day to take me to Eureka Springs (a little town with great shopping and Christmas decor that's about an hour away) for the day! He brought me my fav Pumpkin Spice latte, had flowers delivered to our house after breakfast and then gave me my b-day present from him (a brand new Canon camera) before we left for Eureka!




We started our day out in downtown Eureka Springs shopping and looking at the gorgeous Christmas decorations. We lucked out because Friday was the day that all of the local stores had "live windows" - tableaus featuring real people in each of their store windows! We LOVED this 40's pin-up girl inspired window at a cute little lingerie shop : )









After shopping, we went to one of our favorite haunts, the Crescent Hotel for a drink at Dr. Baker's Lounge, a bar on top of the hotel that overlooks the entire citiscape - gorgeous!





We finished the perfect day with dinner at our favorite E.S. restaurant, Ermilio's. I had the Shrimp Scampi over Linguini and it was AH-MA-ZING!


HEAVENS, y'all! Oh-so-good!

Saturday was my actual birthday and we spent the day being low key and watching the Georgia/LSU game! That night we dined at our favorite Bentonville restaurant, Fred's Hickory Inn. I'm a southern girl to my CORE, so of course I wanted brisket, barbeque and sweet tea for my birthday meal, haha!

This was honestly the best birthday ever. Not because it was super exciting, but because I've never been at a happier or more peaceful place in my life. No one's life is perfect, including mine. We all have our ups and downs and trust me, I've had mine. Right now is an "up". Who knows what tomorrow brings.

But oh girls, sitting on a park bench holding hands with Stephen as we laughed and cut-up and looked at Christmas decorations - that trumps any wild night in a club or huge birthday bash, (I've had those, too.)

There was a moment on Saturday afternoon; we were perched on the couch devouring our Chick-Fil-A and watching SEC football (that's our Saturday ritual). All of a sudden, we burst into some random rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", right there in the middle of the living room, full out Glee-style, hand movements and cheesy faces and all.

Sitting there, laughing and singing like a couple of loons, I was reminded that this marriage is a gift.

This marriage is THE gift, the most precious I've ever been given.

And frankly, what 27 year old woman could possibly wish for anything more?

Be blessed, lovelies-

35 comments:

  1. PRECIOUS. You two are so cute!

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  2. Sounds like a PERFECT birthday...it's so funny that as we get older, it's more about what's important - family and friends - than about getting as drunk as possible and staying up late! Ha :) My birthday is this weekend, and since I am pregnant, we will be going to dinner and bowling with friends and family...and I've never been more excited :)

    So glad you enjoyed your birthday!! I hope you have a great week :)

    xo
    Jess

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  3. So precious and special!! Yall are so adorable :)

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  4. happy {belated} birthday! your 27th definitely looks like a good one :)

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  5. What a perfect way to ring in your 27th year on this earth! It sounds and looks like an amazing time :)

    And seriously, if you can act like a loon with your husband, who can you act like that with?!

    Happy late birthday pretty girl!

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  6. I would want to celebrate my birthday the same exact way...I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

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  7. Happy Belated Birthday! I must say, my birthday this year was extra special as well, as it was my first one as a married woman! I was greeted with breakfast in bed, then a shopping spree, and dinner on a harbor cruise! Married life with your best friend is the BEST :)

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  8. I love that little town! I went there when I was in 8th grade and remember thinking of how I wanted to come back one day when I was grown with my husband. I have never made it back with my husband but still hope that one day I can. So glad you had such a wonderful time and Happy Birthday!

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  9. Sounds absolutely perfect! Shopping, lights, food and drinks....doesn't sound like it could have gotten any better! Happy birthday to one of my favorite bloggers!

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  10. I adore your jacket and bangle!! You're always looking so stylish :)

    xo

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  11. The end of your post brought tears to my eyes. You are SO fortunate not only to have such a wonderful husband and a beautiful marriage thus far, but to know to cherish it. THAT will get you so far in your relationship. Thank you for sharing. Happy Birthday!!

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  12. That sounds like my perfect way of celebrating too! Your hubby did a great job!

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  13. ...sounds like your birthday was perfect and fun! Glad you had a nice weekend!! :)

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  14. Love this! Y'all are the cutest couple! Gives me such hope! Enjoy your Monday!

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  15. Happy belated birthday! Looks like you had a very fun and festive weekend!

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  16. Happy Birthday Lady! I felt the same way on my birthday last week. It's been amazing the last two years to wake up a wife on my birthday. I pray everyone finds love like this :)

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  17. I'm a softie and this post made me tear up! What a perfect birthday. Simple, relaxing, fun & with the one you love. A girl couldn't ask for more. So happy for you! I love the pictures in the city - adorable!

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  18. Happy Birthday Leslie! I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday. I agree with you completely, marriage is such a wonderful gift.

    Would you mind telling me what kind of jeans you were wearing on Friday? I loved the cut/wash.

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  19. What a cute little town and looks like a great B Day weekend. It's really the little things that matter most.

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  20. Wow! So glad you had a great birthday weekend! You are so lucky to have a sweet guy who plans things for you! :) New follower. I am just loving your blog! xoxo

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  21. What a wonderful birthday! It sounds fabulous. Our Saturday football ritual also includes Chick-fil-a:) There is no better way to spend a SEC Saturday.

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  22. Geez, way to make me tear up! Sweetest thing ever. I love this post, because I can really tell how happy you are. And you, my sweet friend, deserve all of that happiness and more. I am so happy for you :)

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  23. So precious! It sounds like you had a perfect birthday with your hubby!

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  24. Happy birthday!
    We love Eureka and are taking our annual girls trip this weekend, as we do every year. You went to all our favorite places, I cannot wait to go.
    You really make a lovely couple!

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  25. Looks like you had a fabulous birthday! Cheers to a great year. And the town where you went shopping just looks adorable. So fun!

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  26. Happy belated my sweet friend!

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  27. I am your newest follower, I love your blog, what a fun bday!
    I would love a follow back
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  28. Sounds like an amazing weekend!! Happy Birthday!! You share it with my niece, who turned 13! Hope your week continues to be just as great!!

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  29. That IS the most perfect birthday!!!
    What a great job Stephen did planning the perfect first married-girl birthday :)
    I am so happy that YOU are so happy... makes my heart happy for you!! xo

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  30. This whole post made me smile! SO glad you had a wonderful birthday - it sounds like a *perfect* birthday weekend! I just wanted to let you know what a treat your blog is - I love your perspective on life! I always look forward to reading your posts! Have a great day!

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  31. What a perfect birthday!! I love your Glee-style day!! You are so great together! Can't wait to see the pictures you taking with your new camera!

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  32. i just love the end of this post. :) so happy for you!

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  33. Nice photos and really cool outfit, you look great, I love your jeans, what a great color and that jacket is so nice, the perfect touch to the outfit also you are really beautiful and those pastas look incredible! Your have an awesome blog by the way and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!
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