By the time I got home from work, I was more than ready to start the weekend. Sarah, Ryan and I had pumpkins to carve from our farm visit so we set up outside on the patio to enjoy the nice weather and create our masterpieces. Ta da!
|My pumpkin's transformation!|
I decided to wake up early to get my long run in. There was a 5k going on in my neighborhood that morning and while it would have been fun to run, I didn't really want to pay $30 to run on roads I do every day. I got treated with this lovely view for half of my 7 miles and it made me so so thankful to be able to run. It wasn't because my time or distance but because the weather was perfect, the leaves were sparkling red/orange/gold and I got to simply enjoy something I love.
|I'm great at matching...|
|Sarah, me and Chrissy!|
|Bouquet made by Peter's mom!|
We got home around 8:30 and I promptly changed into pjs. Since I had started opening gifts, I decided to open up the package from my favorite Minnesotan Erin!She knows me SO well :)
Sunday - Birthday Eve
I thought I would sleep in but by 8AM I had already gotten 10 hours of sleep so I woke up wide awake. I decided to get to Trader Joe's early before the crowds picked over all the good stuff. I had to stop by another grocery store because I needed some spices and it just so happened that my favorite bagel place was in the same shopping center. I got my favorite combo - everything bagel with cream cheese. Perfect birthday eve breakfast.
In the afternoon I made my lunch for the week. If you like sweet potatoes, quinoa and chili, you need to make this! It was super easy and didn't take long, about an hour all together with prep and cook time. With the cooler temperatures weather this week, I've been looking forward to it each day. Yum!
Around 7 that night, I finally called Peter so I could open his birthday presents to me! I was gone for most of my birthday (coming below) and I wanted to make sure he was at least there via voice while I opened them. He's been getting me gifts for 7 years now and he always does a GREAT job. His thoughtfulness still blows my mind sometimes. He's never gotten me a gift just to check off the occasion. I so so wish he could have been there in person but it will just make next birthday when he is that much better!
He got me this amazingly cute dress and a WeWood watch. He told me that a lot of the german people he works with wear one and he thought it was cool and different and now I'll fit right in when we go to Germany. I loved it! It's a little big so I just need to go to the mall to get a link or two taken out and then I'll wear it all the time. He also got me a small Berlin tote bag and sent back a book for me to read. I have the best guy!
Monday - Birthday!
I woke up and went to work. I didn't really think about taking the day off mainly because I want to save my leave for when Peter is home and trips to see him. A few of my close work friends remembered that it was my birthday and wished me a happy birthday. There are about 60 people on our team and I got a card signed by most of them. I wasn't expecting everyone to remember and I usually didn't bring it up.
Once I got off work, it was time for the true birthday celebration. I went to see the US Women's Soccer team play one of their world cup qualifying games that night! I've been dying to see them for many years now but their games and my schedule never seemed to link up. When they came to my hometown ON my birthday, luckily Julie knew we couldn't pass up that kind of opportunity and got us tickets. Our friend Ellie and Cassy also came and we had a great time! I had stadium food and our seats were only a few rows from the field. USA beat Haiti 6 to 0 and have moved on to the semi-finals. I miss playing soccer and watching games always make me miss it more.
|Celebrating a goal!|
The birthday celebrations aren't quite over yet! Today I'm going out to lunch with my boss and our smaller team to celebrate. On Thursday my co-worker/friend is taking me to my favorite Thai place. Finally, on Saturday my mom and step-dad are taking my twin and I out to dinner. I'm lucky to have a lot of people who want to feed me and help me celebrate my birthday :)
Thank you for all the wonderful comments and birthday wishes on Monday!! I really appreciated it and it made me feel extra extra special :) Shout out to Kayla who wished me a happy birthday at least 5 different ways - text, snap chat, email etc!