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Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Annnnnnthonyyyyy! Happy birthday to you!!!

I think I almost had as much excitement/fun planning this special guy’s birthday as he did celebrating it! My heart feels happy.


About three months ago I started scheming…his laptop was stolen during the previous school year and he somehow needed a replacement…..hm….

I looked to family and friends for help, and amazingly after a little persistence and a few obnoxious, coaxing emails/phone calls I had received enough spare change to purchase his dream computer. A huge thank you to everyone that pitched in to make this all come together! Anthony had noooo idea.

We threw him a little birthday party with lots of good friends, family, delicious food, and plenty to drink. It was marvelous.

Yummy kale salad...the kale is from the farm where we volunteer!

Yummy kale salad…the kale is from the farm where we volunteer!

More veggies from the farm

More veggies from the farm


strawberry infused vodka

strawberry infused vodka

A friend making her famous egg rolls

A friend making her famous egg rolls



After lunch we opened presents…he says it still hasn’t really sunken in yet. I wanted to share some pictures from the party and a video that I took of him opening his gift!



From one of his buddies



And no birthday is complete without some cake…or in this case ice cream cake! mmmm…


Ohhhhh….and did I mention the other “birthday present”?…We adopted a kitten from the humane society! I’ve never been much of a cat person…but she is sooo gosh darn cute! Her name is Izzy…she’s snuggly, loves to play, and is always chattering away about something! Maybe cats are growing on me…


Meet Izzy!


All in all I’d say he made out pretty well for turning 27, wouldn’t you say??



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This past week was awesome…sooo many great things happened! I guess I should just start from the beginning right? For starters, Anthony and I signed a lease to rent a nice condo starting in August! Wooohooo!!!! I can’t stop thinking about how I want to decorate!! Haha, I look forward to seeing what kind of goodies I can find at yard sales this summer with my Mom.

I also started training for my new job as a summer Day Camp Leader. I am going to be the leader of the “Cub” group of kids ages 6-8. It is going to be a blast, and I can’t wait to tell you about all the kooky and fun things I envision myself to be doing this summer.

Another major event was my Mom finishing up her last treatment…so it’s all (hopefully) down hill from here! She seriously is like the toughest lady I know. “YAHOO! YOU’RE THROUGH!” was totally my grandma’s idea.

Sadie waiting for Mom to get home!!

Sadie waiting for Mom to get home!!


Probably the biggest thing though, was that my Mom celebrated a very important birth year (I’m not going to reveal her age though, or I might suffer hearing “Riiiiley” accompanied by the stink eye).  My grandma and aunt were even able to come and celebrate with us!

For the "rock star" birthday girl

For the “rock star” birthday girl

My Mom can be a little stubborn when it comes to accepting gifts, so my brother and I thought this card was rather fitting.

"good birthday human, good"

“good birthday human, good”

Something else that my brother and I thought was fitting for this birthday  was a vacation. For that reason we’ve been planning something a little extra special for my Mom. After all she’s been through in recent months we figured she deserves to just get out of here and relax. For that reason, my brother and I planned a little escape vacation for my Mom and Dad to head to San Francisco, CA, rent a car and drive along the coast (something my Dad has always wanted to do) to their destination; Fort Bragg, CA. I titled the trip “Operation Relaxation”. Mom is looking forward to taking a ride on the Skunk Train!


She requested two things for her birthday; a bird house and a strawberry pie, so that’s what we made her! Click here for the delicious paleo strawberry pie recipe that I used. It was nice because it wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet or bitter like some fruit pies can be. It had just the right balance. Yum 🙂

Sweet bird house my Dad built!!

Sweet bird house my Dad built!!

Dates, strawberries and lemon juice!

Dates, strawberries and lemon juice!


The week ended equally full of sunshine. Anthony and I went on a great hike on Memorial Day and then had my Dad over to BBQ. How did you all celebrate your 3 day weekend?


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