Momma’s Birthday

Another year has passed. I’m one year older, and even though I’m creeping towards the hill I don’t feel as old as 37 sounds (to me).

This year I started my birthday off with yoga, then scheduled a massage for later in the day and got coffee from my local favorite, Coffee &  Tea Collective. Later that evening I had plans with my ladies to celebrate at some new(ish) places in my neighborhood, North Park.

Well, my massage wasn’t as wonderful as I remembered…I had no idea that after a kid your body could reject a massage and feel like you were splitting in two at your lower back. I found out it’s typical for new moms and I’m thinking that I’m lucky I don’t feel bad all the time. Maybe the fix is more massages? Yes, that’s totally it, right Gil? The rest of the day was pretty awesome, especially the Facebook frenzy and a few surprise emails. I never remember how amazing it feels to have so many people reach out to wish you well and say they love you. One of the highlights was hearing from the guy who ran my college internship. He said, “you are taking life by the horns and making the most of it, as usual!” and that he’s proud of me. It warmed my heart and I was on cloud nine the rest of the day.

Later that night, some of my girlfriends met me at Seven Grand, a new whiskey bar I’ve been wanting to try since it opened. Actually Gil and I had stalked it for several months waiting for it to open after he read an article about it opening in our hood. It was pretty special since all of those girls made me feel outstanding. AND the bar reminded me of a place Gil and I found on our honeymoon. Another great memory made from a previous cherished memory. We ended the night with dinner at Wang’s, another place I’d been wanting to try for a while. I was even able to score some leftovers to share with the hubs!

Then I had to wait another 2 days to go to Big Bear, but it was worth it. Since 2007 I have planned a snowboarding trip for my birthday. Last year was a bi-year (is that even a word?) ’cause I was very pregnant. This year was year 7 and I couldn’t have been more excited to get back on the mountain! We had an amazing group of people with so-so conditions, but no one seemed to care. We hit the slopes during the day for many, many runs. Then made dinner, played games and enjoyed ourselves. The kids had fun and I have to say a huge thanks to my sweet husband, Gil, who watched L.L. both days so I could snowboard. He’s pretty much the bomb (boy am I showing my age) and no one can compare.

All in all I feel pretty special. Got to reconnect with friends we don’t see very often, meet some new ‘goodies’, and hang out with my family. I want to thank everyone for making me feel so special and making my birthday such a fun one. I appreciate you all taking the time, especially everyone who joined us on the mountain. My highlights were definitely getting on the mountain and finally making it to Seven Grand! Muah to you all – and see you, next year, on the mountain!

The ladies at Seven Grand
The ladies at Seven Grand
More ladies at Wang's!
More ladies at Wang’s!
Flowers with the sweetest card – EVER!
Flowers with the sweetest card – EVER!
Birthday Messages I was lucky enough to come home to that night.
Birthday messages I was lucky enough to come home to that night.
Super Duper Birthday Gifts! Thanks to Yoga Rachel, Kathie, Amanda, Keri and the Hubs!
Super Duper Birthday Gifts! Thanks to Yoga Rachel, Kathie, Amanda, Keri and the Hubs!
Keri traveled all the way from Philly! I'm a lucky girl.
Keri traveled all the way from Philly! I’m a lucky girl.
First lift on Friday - Bear Mountain
First lift on Friday – Bear Mountain
overcast, but still beautiful and loads of fun
Overcast, but still beautiful and loads of fun
Karl's a genius! How did I not know or figure out they were bracelets, too!?
Karl’s a genius! How did I not know or figure out they were bracelets, too!?
Karl-with-a-K in action!
Karl-with-a-K in action!
Last run of the day.
Last run of the day.
New Goodies
New Goodies
Sleepy Baby Girl with Daddy
Sleepy Baby Girl with Daddy
Soda Sister in da house!
Soda Sister in da house!
My Little Family
My Little Family
Father and Son (who doesn't like climbing up and down stairs over and over and over...?)
Father and Son (who doesn’t like climbing up and down stairs over and over and over…?)
When Jenga tells you to switch shirts with the person to your right...
When Jenga tells you to switch shirts with the person to your right…
YOU switch shirts...doesn't he wear that blouse well?
YOU switch shirts…doesn’t he wear that blouse well?
Fun times.
Fun times.
First run, day two (right half of the lift)
First run, day two (right half of the lift)
Now for the other side (left of the lift)
Now for the other side of the lift!
SMILE, your on the mountain!
SMILE, your on the mountain!
After 8 years of talking about snowboarding we finally get on the mountain at the same time!
After 8 years of talking about snowboarding we finally get on the mountain at the same time!
Lovely
Lovely
Whoa!
Whoa!
Saturday's Group on Summit Mountain
Saturday’s Group on Summit Mountain
Last lift ride
Last lift ride
Solo run is always best as the last run.
Solo run is always best as the last run.
end of the day
End of the day
Night time on Summit Mtn
Night time on Summit Mtn
Mother and Son
Mother and Son
Earlier in the day at the cabin
Earlier in the day at the cabin. Who can resist an iPad?
Dinner Bread
Dinner Bread
Yummy Salad
Yummy Salad
More and more AND MORE pasta!
More and more AND MORE pasta!
A Birthday Cake for ME! I was so surprised.
A Birthday Cake for ME! I was so surprised.
It was very thoughtful and only the second time since I started planning these trips!
It was very thoughtful and only the second time since I started planning these trips! L.O.V.E.
All hail the birthday girl! Bahaha!
All hail the birthday girl! Bahaha!
Switch to the right, again...he looks so good in teal!
Switch to the right, again…he looks so good in teal!
Changing up the game is always cause for some laughs.
Changing up the game is always cause for some laughs.
Do the Chicken Dance each time you have to drink.
Do the Chicken Dance Social.
Wait, you touched it! Now you have to pull it.
Wait, you touched it! Now you have to pull it.
But it's the middle of a row with a side piece gone...can't put my finger on how this is gonna play out.
But it’s the middle of a row with a side piece gone…can’t put my finger on how this is gonna play out.

9 thoughts on “Momma’s Birthday”

  1. Looks like you had an awesome b’day 🙂 great pictures!!! Happy Birthday again, Gwendle … I love that! Very creative, Richie! 😀

    1. We will have to chat about this when we meet up. It’s definitely something I should look into.

    1. Ha, it’s NEW! I have been saying we needed something like it so we will see how well it works for us. We had to forego one of the concert posters, tho…

  2. Much fun with some cool peeps.. Even though Ileft my ski bag on the shuttle bus going ziplining was fun. Next time ill make the slopes. Tx for the memories and Good Times!!!

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