Monday, November 1, 2021

What a weekend! I am linking up with Heather and more here!

How was your weekend? I hope it was great!

First off, the jeans I wore to school Friday were loose and getting looser and annoying as the day went on. I decided to get on my Target app and order the $15 Universal Thread in the next size down via drive up and they fit! So, that made me feel amazing! I know the sizing isn’t always consistent, but just left me have this victory! Ha!

I followed that up with a CFA grilled nugget with my homemade fries and pickles meal. Nothing motivates me to keep going like that kind of success, you know? This is very low points for me which I needed because I had indulged in a – gasp – 11 point pumpkin spice latte that day. Balance, right?

Tom and I watched tv and crashed pretty early.

The next day was a big day because I was throwing a 50th birthday party for myself! Ha! Tom asked what I wanted and I said I just wanted a casual backyard party. So, Tom put in a lot of work for me and I really appreciated it!

I bought an inviation design off of Etsy for $5 and simply texted it out. I wanted to keep the party small so that my backyard situation could handle it.

My sweet sister in law offered to take care of the cake and did she ever! That is a real bottle of Patron in the cake.

Look how close to the invite design it is!

It rained all morning and part of the day so I was a bit nervous. Tom had the idea to put up this giant tail gate tent we have.

Jack and Mason came home to help set up. Tom also bought more lights to hang under the tent like the ones we have on the patio.

I will just let the photos speak for themselves. I made several apps and we ordered a taco bar from a local restaurant. My sister in law also made a giant salmon and roasted veggies. She outdid herself and it was so appreciated!

We had 24 people and only 2 couldn’t make it. I am so mad that I didn’t get a photo of everyone and with everyone!

I will show you my thoughtful gifts in another post, but one of them is this candle that says the scent is “Basic Bitch Acceptance” and that it smells like “pumpkin spice everything”. That was from my co-worker Erica. I just invited Erica and Elizabeth from school and their significant others.

Sunday was a true day of rest. I only left the house for a walk and to run to the store. I spent most of the day cleaning up from the party and reading on the patio. I just started this and it is so good!

Last in the afternoon, I made the traditional chili and opened a fabulous wine I had bought for the party.

It kind of has a chai latte spices feel to it. Highly recommend and I will buy this again!

And, I just have to leave you with the perfect card Beth found for me.

My actual birthday is tomorrow and I took a personal day! Remember that post awhile ago here? I think everyone should have their birthday off to do whatever they want to do! I am a lucky gal!

Thanks for visiting me!


27 thoughts on “Hello Monday

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY!!!!! I wish you all the best! You deserve a fantastic year, ’cause you’re a fantastic person!
    (yes! I was the first to congratulate, thank you time difference :-D)
    What a great party! The cake!!!!
    Have a lovely birthday off work! <3<3<3

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  2. What a birthday bash!I love it & love the commitment to theme 😉 everything looks fabulous! You deserve to be celebrated! Happy birthday tomorrow (& yay for a personal day!)


  3. I love your Dios de los muertos theme and the cake was amazing! And was that your husband with a big smile on his face?! What a fantastic win that you’ve gone down another pant size, your hard work is really paying off. I hope you have a relaxing day tomorrow!


    1. Thank you, Nancy! Yes, it was and I ate too much! That is his real smile that he gives us live! I am not sure what type of camera trauma he experienced as a child! It felt great! It is slow and steady but worth it. Thank you so much!


  4. Happy Birthday! Your party looked like a lot of fun. I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the hard work with your health journey. You look great!!


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