Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Summer Update

Life has been a little busy around here lately so there is lots to blog about. Here is a quick overview of what's been happening here.
Friends arriving out of the blue! A wonderful childhood friend flew all the way from Australia to surprise me for my birthday.


This was aided and abetted by all these terrific people I call neighbors AND friends . They were all so good at keeping her arrival a secret that I think they may have had some kind of CIA spy training at some point in their lives!


In the midst of all this excitement I turned 40. So far it feels a lot like 39 so I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.


And I was spoiled by some of my Aussie girlfriends who sent me some gorgeous jewelry! A beautiful necklace..( you can see on me here)...and earrings (which I am wearing too but are covered up by my low key hat).


This lingerie item that I am displaying was a gift from my ever thoughtful husband!


My friend Dana also turned 40...she is certainly aging a lot more gracefully than I am!


On the home front...the renos are nearly finished.


We won't be ready for the start of the school year...{boohoo}...but hopefully it will only take a week or 2 to finish off.


We undertook our annual pilgrimage to the local themepark where the kids spent the day enjoying the rides...


This one completely cracks me up!


And of course football season has started....


and so has soccer....


So that brings you up to date...phew!
I feel like I have a bit of a blog sweat up :-)


  1. What a great birthday celebration, and how fun that your family and friends worked to surprise you. Happy birthday!

  2. Oh my! What AWESOME photos! Happy be-lated by the way. What a wonderful, wonderful surprise! (I'm glad to see my hubby isn't the ONLY thoughtful man in the world . . . lol)

    Looks like you've had a fun, busy and exciting summer! The reno is looking great. Can't wait to finish up on our own. Reminding myself to take it one step at a time. ;) You'll be done before you know it, then you can relax and enjoy (hopefully).

  3. HOLY GUACAMOLE!!! Talk about bringing us up to date!!! NICE WORK! All in one efficient blog post. I would've dragged that out over two weeks worth of posts! ;) haha!!! Happy birthday lady... you look FAB-U-LOUS!

  4. Wish I could have been there to hear the two Aussie ladies talk in their accents. You know how I love you foreigners. :)

    Yes, you HAVE had a busy summer! I need to go look back at your "before" reno post so I can get the full idea.

    Glad you're back!

  5. Happy birthday!

    Awesome photos...as always!

  6. Oh how I can relate to the busy-ness of life! My son was married a couple of weekends ago, my mom was here for a visit, potato harvest has started and I'm trying to "dig" out of my two week vacation from work, plus client photos to work through!

    Happy belated birthday!! What a fun surprise for your birthday to have your friend come for a surprise visit. That would send me into panic mode, because my house would probably be a mess! Ha!! Love your hubby's lingerie gift. I haven't stopped laughing. =)