Let me start off with what happened yesterday (and get ready for lots details, because I don't want to forget a moment!) ...
Justin told me the Thursday night not to cook dinner on Friday because he was taking me out for something special, the night before my birthday! So at 6:15 Friday night, my parents arrived to watch the boys for the evening, and we were off! I had no idea where we were going, but we ended up in Denton at a really nice restaurant called Hannah's. It was a fancy place, and the food was so good!
|We didn't get a picture there together,|
but snapped this one on our way out!
I was thinking this was it, but Justin had more up his sleeve! We started driving south, and again, I was clueless as to what we were doing! It was around 7:45, and I had heard Justin tell my parents we'd be home around 9:30, so I wasn't sure what we would have time to really do since we drove quite a ways! Little did I know, a spectacular surprise was coming up next! We drove down to Addison (for all you non-locals, this is very close to Dallas, about 35 miles south of our house) which was very close to our first apartment when we moved here 8 1/2 years ago. I was recognizing the area, and talking about the fact that I hadn't been down there in a long time! We were driving by the small Addison airport and Justin said that we were going to go under the airport tunnel on our way so I thought that would be neat. All of a sudden, Justin takes the wrong way at a Y in the road and missed the tunnel. We end up in a office-looking area of the airport, and I think he's going to turn around. I jokingly say, "are we going to go into the Air BP? (the name on one of the signs on the building ahead of us). I think he is going to make a u-turn, but he pulls in the parking space, and says, "Let's go!"
By this time, I'm super confused, and hesitantly follow Justin inside. There is a small lobby and couches and a tv inside, and I can't figure out what we're doing! I think Justin is messing with me, but then he says to a guy, dressed in gear like he works out on the airport tarmac, "we have an appointment at 8:30". The guy tells us to have a seat on the couches and someone will be with us shortly. I still have no clue! After about 10 minutes of waiting, and a husband who wouldn't answer any of my questions, a guy walks in, introduces himself, and says we're ready to go! Justin finally tells me what we are about to do ... go on a private plane ride over downtown Dallas!!! I was just shocked! And super excited!
|Here I am, wondering what is going on!|
|Getting ready to board ... first flight in|
years where I haven't shown my ID! =)
|Trying to get a self portrait... this was the best we could|
do where both of our heads were in the pic!
|With our headphones on, wind blowing into the plane!|
(Isn't my hubby so handsome?!)
|Cool picture with lights of downtown reflecting|
on the underside of wing
A short video Justin got with his iphone ...
After we landed, one more pose in front of my birthday plane!!
A very happy (and surprised and amazed!) 30 year old ... totally in awe of what my husband pulled off!!
What a fabulous start to my birthday!
This morning, after we fed the boys, Justin went out and got us a delicious breakfast--yum! We had a relaxing morning, and Justin had another fun day planned! At 10:45, we were all ready to go to Lake Ray Roberts, a lake not too far from our house, to spend the mid-day having a Subway picnic lunch, and enjoying swimming, walking, and just hanging out as a family.
We had to take a slight detour to the urgent care when our sweet Will had a bad rash on his arms and legs. (We had already taken him to the pediatrician on Friday with a mild rash that they had given us medicine for, but it had gotten MUCH worse!) The protective (and slightly worried) mommy in me knew we needed to break from our plans to make sure he was okay. So after an amazingly quick visit, calming of our nerves by letting us know it wasn't anything too major, but just a rash in reaction to something, and a steroid shot to help the rash go away, we were back to our plans. Thankfully, he didn't have any fever or other symptoms, and was acting like his sweet little self, so we knew we could still have a fun family day. His rash is now almost completely gone, so we'll just be watching what they eat or come in contact with carefully this week to see if anything makes the rash appear again.
So after that we were off to the lake, and it was so relaxing!!
|Feeding the boys their lunch lakeside!|
|My handsome boys|
|Another view of pretty areas to come enjoy!|
|Mommy and Jack|
|Mommy and giggling Will|
|Notice their new, big boy tennis shoes!|
Then last, but not least, on this INCREDIBLE birthday, we headed over to my parent's house for a special birthday dinner! They had already given me my present--window cleaning on our house! Isn't it amazing that as you get older, presents you would have HATED when you were younger are AWESOME! I love my beautiful clean windows! Since I'm here every day, I really appreciate that thoughtful gift! Thanks guys! My mom is a great chef, and tonight she cooked us a scrumptious meal of tequila lime fish, vegetable bundles, salad, her special pilaf, and apple pie a la mode for dessert! SO good! Thank you, Mom and Dad!!! It is so nice being this close to you and getting to celebrate with you! After that delicious meal, it's no wonder all I can do is lay here on the couch and blog! =)
|Another pic with my Will!|
|My birthday balloon!|
Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life who have made my birthday special! I've gotten wonderful cards, e-cards, text messages, emails, facebook messages, and many beautiful renditions of "Happy Birthday"! I'm a lucky woman to have you in my life... thank you so much!
And Justin ... can I just say ... You Rock! Thank you for such a special, memorable, and surprising 24 hours! I love you more than anything, and I'm thankful to God each and every day to get to share my life with such an incredible man!! You're the best, my Love!