This winter has been very hard for me. I've always joked that I'm not a winter person, but really I think it is becoming a serious matter. This last 4 months have been some of the most challenging months of my life. A lot of gray skies in the literal and not so literal sense have hovered over my home. I've learned a lot, cried a lot, and leaned a lot on those who love me most. And here I am. I have survived. My tulips are blooming and the sun has shown it's lovely face in the last few days. Spring is in the air and I think no one is more happy than I am. (well maybe my sisters, brothers, and Brett-for my sake:)
Last weekend amidst the gray, I had made up my mind to pull out of the funk if just for a moment to celebrate my wonderful husband's birthday. He is such a great person (believe me I KNOW!!!) He is patient with me. He truly loves me and his children. He wants what's best for us and he tries with all his might to bring joy to our family. He always looks on the bright side of things which is something that is difficult for me. He is such a great example to me.
We started the weekend off with a "late over" with the kids and Haley (Jane's best friend). We got in our jammies, grabbed our blankets and popcorn and watched Ramona and Beezus.
The next morning was Brett's actual birthday. Jane had made him a card with some coupons in it. (free back scratch, an hour of uninterrupted reading, a bike ride with Jane, a Saturday afternoon watching sports, etc. ) She couldn't wait to give it to him.
We then made him breakfast. Well the kids and I. Tobe kept telling him the night before that he was to stay in his bed until breakfast was ready. So the secret was out and Brett knew just what to do. He did wonder why it was taking so long:)
And voila!! There you have it....
Brett felt very loved. The kids picked out a green work shirt (green being Brett's favorite color) and Tobe even made him his own card with the words "Hape Brthda" on it.
I got him the new Thomas S. Monson book. But his real present was coming later.....
We had planned to go out for his birthday. He chose the restaurant using our restaurant.com coupons. It was a very fancy restaurant (esp for what we were doing after-which was still a surprise to him). We sat by a fireplace and enjoyed a quiet, relaxing, yummy dinner and then....
Went ROLLER SKATING!!!!!
Yep!! You read that right. I had found a Groupon for 2 admissions, 2 roller skate rentals, and 2 sodas for $12. You can't beat that. A night of absolute throwback fun, holding hands, skating to the loudest music I have ever heard with the man of my dreams. It was a blast. It's been a while since we've done something FUN and we so needed it.
I think he had a great birthday. He is very loved!!
We now have many fun things to look forward to. A few visitors are heading this way (visitors are a lonely girl's best friend--just so ya'll know--hint hint:), we have a few trips (one being our early 10th Anniversary celebration, but Brett's in charge of that), my trip to Colorado and Utah for the summer, and this next winter Brett and I have a plan of attack. Jane's baptism, Nauvoo for Thanksgiving, and maybe even a trip to DisneyWorld in the awful month of January:)
Aww!! The sun is beginning to shine:)