Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy 30th Birthday to me!

So it's been a week since the big day, but I wanted to wait until I got all the pictures back from the people who were thinking for me and took tons of pictures throughout the night! (Thank you Brooke & Lesley!)

Okay, so... My day started off just like any other day...
I had no major plans... But I was told to be ready to leave my house at 12:30 and drive to Fredericksburg.

At 12:20 Nick calls me and tells me an address to go to.  AND... he was running late getting home from work so I would have to take Addison and Tyler with me and just wait outside in the parking lot until he got there to swap vehicles and take the kids back home with him.

Addison saw him pull into the parking lot shortly after we parked and as he got closer, I noticed there was someone in the passenger seat with him!

Not thinking too much of it, you can imagine my reaction when he pulled right up beside me in the next parking stall and there sat... my friend from back home, KELLY!!!!

My reaction has been described by Kelly and Nick as a puppy in a window, frantically pawing at the window and screaming OH MY GOSH!!!!!

Still in shock, Kelly and I then walked into a nearby day spa and enjoyed the following:

Here we are post massage, completely relaxed, enjoying our pedicures before moving on to our manicures...
We enjoyed catching up over those wonderful 3+ hours of pampering.

When we got home, the 3 of us decided to go out to eat that night down in Fredericksburg 'for a boring dinner'.  Nick made reservations for 7pm. Running a little late (my fault, as usual, due to me being indecisive on what to wear AND crazy slow traffic) we finally made it to our restaurant about 10 after 7.

"Reservations for Turner"... Nick let ladies go first as we followed our host to the stairwell where he directed me to go down the stairs.... odd, but whatever... I guess we were going to just find our own table... little did I know...

The basement was filled with all our friends from ALL OVER!
Julie Svatek drove over from California, MD (Pax River)

The Mastermind (my wonderful husband) and his sneaky assistant (Kelly)!

Apparently we were laughing at something...or possible crying? Or... maybe that was the moment I realized our bedroom flatscreen TV was sitting on one of the tables there (which I questioned Nick earlier in the evening about its whereabouts... which was just one of many lies he told me over the last 2 months)

Nick fired up the TV and started a wonderful video full of birthday wishes from friends and family from ALL OVER THE COUNTRY from those who couldn't make it to my big birthday bash!
Everyone enjoying the video...
which had me in tears, or as Oprah calls it (the ugly cry)

 Then it was time for cake! Thank you to the Minaldi's for the beautiful and DELICIOUS cake! For those of you who mentioned and asked... no, I didn't make my own cake!

After cake, there was lots of laughing, talking, eating and drinking!  And we couldn't call it a night without a big group pictures with the girls!

Take 1:
(Sorry, Lesley, the look on your face made me laugh out loud)

Take 2:

This is better.... aren't we a bunch of good lookin' ladies!

And it wouldn't be fair if we didn't get the gentlemen...

Julie & Kelly

Lesley & Kelly

Sara & Brooke

Julie & Lesley

Heidi & Aubrey

The Friestmans

 After we had our fill at the restaurant, some of us walked up the block to a bar that had a live band... and a Foosball table!

Us girls teamed up and went to town on this thing!

What good sports we are... slapping the hands of the team who WE WHOOPED ON!

The faces of CHAMPIONS

This is determination, folks!
 I don't mean to brag, but Heidi and I are awesome.. so much so that 2 young college guys approached us and wanted to play for $500.  But being the proper ladies that we are, played them, LET THEM WIN, and then told them, oh, now, you really didn't think we'd pay you $500 would you? If you do, you can go over to the bar there and take it up with our Marine husbands.... and that was that!

Thank you to everyone who helped make my surprise 30th birthday party such a wonderful success! I have the best friends and the best family! I love you all!

I think Nick is exhausted from having to tell me so many lies these past several weeks! He told me how awful he felt some days for the lies he had to tell... isn't he the best?!?!!


Anonymous said...

What a fun night! Can't believe it has been a week already. Hope Lesley gets the rest of the pics to you soon!

Julie S.

Anonymous said...

It looks like a wonderful night! Nick did a great job surprsing you. Happy Birthday to you!

Ladners'Latest said...

So much fun. I cried watching the video (except when I was on there...I hate watching myself). I wish I could've been there so badly! I'm so proud of Nick for putting together such a special night for you!

Anonymous said...

The pictures are great! I wish the video of the kids would have been a little shorter it was pretty funny! Just picture two rug-rats fighting over who gets to sing happy birthday first, then us all singing it together:)Way to go nick for putting it together and keeping those secrets! Wish I could have been there! Here's to your thirties!
Love ya, Sara

Anthony said...

What an amazing video presentation! I cried myself and I have never met you!! I just know you through Alaina! You are a wonderful person, I wish you all the best in your 30th year! It really is not bad! You have a beautiful family! The pictures of you as a baby are Addison made over! How gorgeous! What an amazing job your husband did! He earned some brownie points for sure!! Happy Happy Birthday KIM!!

Erin Ogle
from Alabama

Melissa said...


Looks like you had such a blast! And wow, what a keeper Nick is to plan such a wonderful party!

Cheers!! :D