Tuesday, April 12, 2011

my birthday & other things

  Other things:

The husband left again. I had forgotten how nice it is to have someone else around to help out. I was enjoying being in the kitchen again- no more having to referee while cooking and cleaning in another room. Bedtime was no longer stressful- because the husband did it. I was able to sleep in!
And then he left and I had a break down.  It happened around dinner time.  The kids asked the dreaded question and then complained when I said "spaghetti".  That's when I lost it.  I screamed and yelled and maybe threw toys up the stairs, grounded them from the Wii for life and other things I'm not proud of. And then I told them that I quit and that they'd have to make their own dinner, then I marched myself up to my room and gave myself a time out. Of course I did remind them of the kitchen rules; no knives, no stove or oven. So they made cereal. Then they sent me a note saying they were sorry.  I felt bad but, it got my point through and the rest of the night they were angels (sort of).  I'm not sure what to take from this, other than I finally realized that sometimes my life is hard and breaks are needed.

my Birthday: 

I had another birthday.  I've never been a fan of it. Expectations get to be too high and then the let down is too much.  This year I had no expectations. The night before my younger sis, Nic, took me out to dinner at Pizzaria 712- why am I not documenting?  We always have a good time together. Then we ran down to the Bijou market, lots of cute stuff I didn't buy. 
 The morning of, I woke up to a snow storm. On the one hand- ugh, on the other- cancelled early morning soccer games (yea! & sleeping in). I slept in way too long.  Then headed down to my parents so they could take me out for my birthday dinner.  My younger brothers came along too.  We went to my restaurant of choice- La Jolla Groves at Riverwoods.  I have been craving their grilled salmon for months.  It did not disappoint- I should have taken a photo.  Then I got a birthday dessert- the lemon cake. Normally I choose chocolate, but this was to die for.  So so good.  They just so happened to be having a music thing going on at Riverwoods that day, right outside the restaurant.  When we finished eating we hung out- in the freezing cold- and watched Megan Joy perform. I really love her voice.  Later that night Jimmer was supposed to come and show off one of his major awards, then Sugar Ray was going to perform.  But not until 9:30.  And it was coooold and I had to get back and pay the babysitter.  So my brother Shawn and I returned to my parents house where my mom had instructed the babysitter that while we were gone, to help my kids decorate a cake.  It was so cute, with my name spelled wrong in purple frosting.  So my brother and my kids and I sang 'happy birthday' and I blew out my candles.  All in all it was a GREAT birthday.  
Better than expected.

This is a friend of my brother Gordon. His name is Sam and owns Sammy's. He helped getting the entertainment for the day. I've read about his shop on others blogs but have never gone. How great is THIS reception catered by his shop? I told him how I had heard about how great his food is from the blogging world. Then he proceeded to make a dig about middle aged mommy bloggers, and then asked my age- it was awkward.  But he's super nice so I won't hold it against him.

ps. all you young ladies- these fabulous good looking brothers of mine are single...