Man, I am just awful about updating this thing. I blame it partly on the fact that till Monday night our computer had to stay particularly positioned on the living room floor because the cord was broken and wouldn't charge if it was moved. Having it down there made me want to spend less time on the computer (which isn't a terrible thing).
We are staying ultra-busy these days! And it doesn't look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. That is a-okay with me! This Saturday marks 2 months down on the deployment but Monday marked 8 weeks. I don't get to hear from Justin as often as I'd like, but I know he calls as often as he can.
Now onto the purpose of this post. My birthday. A day that this year I chose not to make a big deal over. A day where I usually have a list together 2 months early. A day where I missed Justin more than ever. (oh wait, that's everyday!)
No, this birthday was no big deal. 24. I'm in my mid-twenties. Where did the time go? Just a fast 4 years ago I was just hitting 20 and learning how to be a wife. A lot has happened since then!
Growing up birthday's were a big deal. I was blessed to grow up in a town where almost all my family lived (extended and what not). We would all get together and have a fantastic time! Birthday parties are for sure a growing-up highlight for me! Many many laughs and "Megan, Megan, move, get out of the way... it's not your birthday. Megan!" I can still hear my dad now! Since we now live in California, 1,000 miles away from any family, I've learned to just appreciate being able to spend my birthday with the ones we love out here. I didn't make any plans this year. Not a single one! Oh wait, that's not true. I did have plans to watch Kelly's boys for her so she could go to the doctor! I love having them here! 3 boys all roughly the same age is for sure busy!! So aside from that I didn't plan anything. I was hoping to hear from Justin, but knew that he probably wouldn't call because it seems as though on the days you want them to call they can't. My sweet Kelly took me out to lunch. I absolutely love having a really good friend out here. Her and I have gotten very close and spend many days a week together as well as watch each other kids. I think it's so neat that God is in the most minute details. I have been praying to have a good friend since we enlisted. Now I do!
Sorry about all the babble... I told you, so many details because I don't post enough! So after she took me to lunch we came home and I put Elijah down for a nap and went to clean all our cars. (We have 3 right now because we are keeping a friends while he is deployed with Justin) My mom had bought this car scrubber thing that you attach to the hose and put soap in. It works GREAT! Anyway, after that I got ready because some new friends had asked if they could take me out to dinner. Now, by new I mean I've only ever met them 1 time. I did think it was a tad odd that they were asking to take me to dinner, but was blessed by it none-the-less. I chose to eat at Outback which is one of my most favorite restaurants ever. Probably because it makes me think of both Nicole and Justin. Nicole because when she was pregnant with Jaxon we'd order the Outback special with a baked potato and a house salad with ranch to share on a regular basis. Justin because we spent many date nights there and still to this day enjoy going there even as a family! This time it was just as fun and full of laughs and tears! You see, these girls totally rock! They bought me cute little gifts and made me wear this ridiculous happy birthday hat! I felt loved! The insisted before we eat that I open my gifts. After opening all of their gifts there was still one bag left. I was a tad confused, but thought maybe it was from all of them. Boy was I wrong! My beloved, 10,000 miles away arranged to get me a gift I had been wanting for a while. He sneakily planned for them to give me it. On the outside of this little bag it read "To my wonderful wife. Love Justin". I had no idea how that was possible since he is deployed and he is not one to plan ahead! I opened the bag and read the peice of paper that said " You're getting a..... CRICUT!" I was blown away! Tears started flowing and I kept asking "How is this possible? How did he do this?". Justin isn't the hopeless romantic type. Neither am I, though I wish I was! I love to surprise him though. I always make big deal out of his birthday and even have planned a surprise party or two for him. He's never been good at surprising me. I think I'm to blame for that because I'm nosey and I always know when he's up to something! He doesn't lie very good! After a few minutes the girls reluctantly told me how he was able to pull of such a huge surprise for me. Then the questions started flooding in about what a Cricut is! They still make fun of me for it, but little do they know just how cool it really is! I think every home in America should have one! Okay, maybe not every single one.
My birthday just happened to fall on a Wednesday. We go to church every Wednesday night. I was suppose to be in the nursery that night, but I got to church a little late. My friend Lindsay brought me home-made donuts and flowers. Does she know me or what? Another lady that I really look up to me got me a fitness journal! Then a sweet older lady whom I've gotten to know in recent weeks gave me a prayer journal! I was so overly blessed this year it's unbelieveable! My mom as well as mother in law sent beautiful flowers as well! I am a flower finatic! I would take flowers over most things. My best friend Amber sent me an Edible arrangement too! It was so so good! And I can't forget my dearest sister in law gave me her Ipod! I love it!
Well, that was my birthday in a nut shell! It was a really good day. I'm so glad that I didn't plan anything. I can't wait to spend my 25th birthday with Justin home!!
Here are some pictures of my big day!