Monday, February 6, 2017

Looking Forward: Birthday Edition

Good morning and happy Monday!  It's an especially happy Monday for me as today is my birthday - I turn 36!  The last year was an awesome one, but I know the year to come is going to be even better.  Instead of reflecting back on the last year, today I am going to share some things I'm excited about in the coming year!

Today I am looking forward to a quiet birthday celebration with my favorite person. I'll start the evening off with a session with my personal trainer and then Phil and I will order in Indian food (because I don't want to cook on my birthday and I don't feel like eating out on a Monday!). I've requested macarons from my favorite bakery for my birthday dessert.

This week I'm looking forward to a weekend away in San Diego. The weather forecast looks wonderful (low- to mid-70s!). I can't wait to spend 4 full days with Phil. I'm especially looking forward to running along the ocean, going for walks on the beach, soaking up some vitamin D, hiking at the Torry Pines State Preserve and exploring a new city!

This month I'm looking forward to my wedding dress coming in!  I'm so in love with the dress I've selected!  I can't wait to try it on!

In March I'm looking forward to a DIY wedding project weekend with my mom and sisters-in-law!  With 4 of us working on projects, I'm hopeful we'll be able to get lots done!

In April I'm looking forward to attending my 2 wedding showers. My local college friends are hosting one in Minneapolis and my family is hosting one over Easter weekend.  I feel fortunate that friends and family are putting so much time and effort into planning some special celebrations for us!  I'm also looking forward to celebrating Easter with both of our families as Phil's mom is coming with us to the lake for the shower and will celebrate Easter with my family.

In May I'm looking forward to my "Girls Gone Mild" bachelorette party (that theme is soooo me), but I'm especially looking forward to our wedding and honeymoon!!  I still feel like I'm living a dream.  I can't wait to say "I do" to my best friend, surrounded by family and friends, and to jet away to Maui for 9 full days of relaxation and exploration!!

This summer I'm looking forward to weekends at the lake with family. My sister that lives in AZ will be in North Dakota this summer as her husband needs to be in Fargo to log some flying hours through the Air Force. They'll be at the lake every weekend so my goal is to get there more often than we usually do so we can get extra time with them!

This fall I'm looking forward to my girls trip with my mom, sisters, and sisters-in-law. We go somewhere every other year and this year I think we are going to San Diego!  I'm totally ok with going to a warm, sunny, and fun place twice in one year.  ;)  I'm so glad that we established this tradition 4 years ago!

What are some things that you are looking forward to this year?

18 comments:

Erin said...

Happy Birthday, my sweet friend!!!' I have some mini macarons in my freezer. I'm sure they aren't as good as your bakery ones, but the next time I indulge in one I'll think of you!!!!

Your birthday plans sound perfect to me :) A good meal with the person you love = nothing better!

My looking forwards to include:

Today: Getting this work day in. I'm already tired! Welles woke up with bad dreams so I am up super early. I hope an early bed time is in store tonight.

This weekend: Meeting up with two of my best friends from college. We haven't been together (all at the same time) for a few years. It is a much overdue reunion!

This month: Valentine's Day! My niece's boyfriend works as a chef as a part time job and he is going to cook for us on the 14th. He is really excited about this secret menu and we love that we get to eat a 5 star meal prepared in our home!!!

This Spring: Attending YOUR wedding!!!! I am excited to be there to celebrate with you! I am thrilled to get to meet so many other friends I've been communicating with for years! And I'm proud of myself for how far I've come. The idea of leaving Welles for those couple of days doesn't even bother me. This is HUGE progress for me! I'm glad I got to a point in motherhood where I can do something like book a weekend getaway without feeling guilt!!!!

Again-- Happy Birthday!!!! I'll tell you in a manner that isn't the blog when it's a decent hour!!!!!!!

Charbelle4 said...

Such an amazing year ahead!!! Happy Birthday!!! Your birthday plans sound perfect!!! I literally laughed out loud at your bachelorette theme ;)

Marlys Dotzenrod said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa! I can feel the excitement in your words even though I can't hear them in person! It sounds like a perfect birthday celebration and look forward to chatting with you later today!
Have a great trip to San Diego!

Abby said...

Happy birthday, Lisa!! Sounds like a perfect evening plan. Mmm Indian food sounds perfect. And you have so many amazing things on your plate this year! Yay! So fun!

I am looking forward to a lot as well -- NYC next week, my marathon weekend/girls weekend in February, Ryan's homecoming, moving home, your shower/Girls Gone Mild and WEDDING, and just a great summer all around!!

Nicole said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! I hope you have an amazing day. It certainly sounds like you have a fabulous year ahead of you. Wishing you all the best.

Carolina John said...

Happy birthday! You're going to really enjoy San Diego. Can't wait to see what you end up doing there both trips.

Amber said...

Ahhh you have such a great year ahead of you!! I actually have some exciting things coming up as well so I should do a post like this soon. In March I'm looking forward to getting our new house! In April I'm excited to head off to England and Iceland and in May I'm soooo excited to come to your wedding! Then in the summer we will celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary which I'm also looking forward to and we have tentatively made plans to hike the West Coast Trail in September depending on what life looks like at that point for us :-)

Leigh said...

Happy birthday Lisa! I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous year ahead!

Jeanie said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa! Wow -- it looks like you are in for a spectacular year, not that I didn't know that already. But it will be filled with fun, joy, family, friends, travel and did I mention love? Happiest of Birthdays ever, my friend!

katielookingforward said...

Happy Birthday!!! I am off to mexico with my family on Saturday. I cannot wait for a week of sun, walks, and no work!! (but hopefully some job dreaming).

Gracie said...

Happy birthday! I hope it was a wonderful, relaxing day!

Stephany said...

I didn't get to wish you happy birthday on your actual birthday, but sending belated birthday wishes your way! I hope age 36 is everything you hope it will be, but since you're starting off with a trip to San Diego and will be marrying your best friend and honeymooning in Hawaii... I think it'll be an alright year. ;)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

You have a big year ahead! Lots of fun and excitement!

Sandra Bond said...

Happy belated birthday (again).... it sounded like you had a great day and those are wonderful things to look forward to. So many great things on the horizon. I can't wait to see your wedding dress ;)

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

Girls Gone Mild is an amazing theme! Props to your friends who came up with it. And, being mild feels better the next day too. ;)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Happy belated birthday Lisa!! You have SO much to look forward to this year! I absolutely love the "Girls Gone Mild" theme - that is perfect. I am catching up on posts, so I am looking forward to reading about your trip :-)

Linda said...

Happy belated Lisa! I loveeee the Girls Gone Mild theme.


I'm looking forward to my first media trip (Lake Charles in Louisiana) next weekend! I don't know what to expect!

suki said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm looking forward to a weekend trip to Arizona coming up for Giants Spring Training. Never been! :)