Sunday, November 9, 2008

birthday love

Thanks to all my friends and family who helped make the big 3-0 memorable, with cards, calls, blog and Facebook messages, and gifts. I must share that my hubby pulled out all the stops to make this memorable, too, and I was totally surprised. On the morning of (Friday) he gave me some wonderful new shirts, and left me some cards, hidden throughout the house, with loving messages on them. He came home early from work that day and we just hung out, then went to Barnes and Noble, something I wanted to do. He was not feeling well, and told me he had planned dinner for that night, but we might have to postpone. I said no big deal, I'd rather sit at home and watch a movie anyway (which was true). Then, last night, he took me out to dinner and had me close my eyes on the drive and I eventually had no idea where we were. Once we pulled up, we were at BJs, one of my all-time favorite places to eat (it reminds me so much of SoCal, so I guess it reminds me of "home;" plus, the food is amazing). I was thrilled! When we walked up, there was a long wait, so a bunch of people were outside and it took me a minute to realize that one group was made up of a bunch of my good friends! I was totally surprised! Aron planned it all about a week ago, so he was totally on top of it. What an enjoyable evening with good food and friends to celebrate with--and, I even ate an entire pizzokie (a warm-cookie-with-ice-cream-on-top dessert) All.By.Myself. I'm not sure I've ever done that before! Thanks to all of you who turned up to help me celebrate in style. When we arrived home, a Kitchen Aid mixer was sitting on the dining room table, something I've been wanting for a quite some time now. Another surprise! My husband amazes me. Thank you, Love!

And I just used my mixer to make the best-ever cheesecake, courtesy of Tina: chocolate chunk cheesecake. It's to-die-for.

Thanks again for all the love and warm wishes.


  1. Yay for the mixer!!!! And for sweet hubby's.

    Dinner was awesome, the conversation was even better - I hope you loved your birthday!

  2. we were just talking about you wanting this! way to go A!! how fun, he's so sneaky...was he really "not feeling well"? i'm so happy that your entered a new decade so loved :)

  3. So glad you had a great time. I wish we could have made it. I can't wait to try some of your amazing creations from your new mixer.

  4. after we talked on sat, i was thinking "hmmm, i wonder if there'll be a little friend gathering at that restaurant". brilliant job A!!! i'm SO happy that you were surprised suz! weren't you suspecting anything? and a kitchenaid mixer!!! yippeee!!! how exciting! post a pic! and you already made the cheesecake! impressive. i want a piece. i need to tell my sis how that recipe is getting around. a great one for sure. mmm.

  5. Hooray! I meant to ask you about the dinner when we talked this afternoon. Sneaky A- I would have been surprised if he hadn't had something up his sleeve. He gets MAJOR points for all his creative planning and gifts! So exciting about the mixer!!!!! And I'm jealous about that cheesecake - I'm going to make it for my fam for Christmas. Has A ever had it? He's going to die when he eats it. :)

    Love you, friend! So glad it was such a great weekend and you felt so celebrated and loved!!

  6. Sounds AWESOME!!! :) So glad your 3-0 was memorable!

    I LOVE my kitchenaid! Enjoy yours! It's one of the best most essential kitchen tools I own.


  7. Happy Birthday! The thirties are the best ever. So, are you going to post the recipe for the cheesecake?

  8. glad to see your birthday was as special as you are, suz-as cheesy as that sounds! ;) and don't you love thoughtful, sweet, creative hubbies?! i give props to A! and can't wait to see what other confections you whip up with your new mixer...hooray! miss you birthday girl! cheers to our thirties...clink!

  9. welcome to the 30's awesome, really! woo hoo for the mixer...I wish I could of seen your face since we had just talked about it.

    big birthday hug~

    ps love the 30 hairdo or should I say hair don't