Birthday Weekend Recap

Thank you all for your kind comments on my birthday post! I love reading back through those yearly reviews every year, I actually prefer them to January reviews!

Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend so I thought I would do a recap.

Saturday morning (my actual birthday) I got up and had some coffee while reading my book and enjoying a piece of toast. At 9:30 my friend Janine picked me up to go to yoga. One of the local yoga studios has a Saturday morning deal where if you go to the 75-minute flow class you get a coupon to have 1/2 price brunch at the restaurant across the street! I decided that would be a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday with friends and was so grateful to have so many people come out. We got our sweat on at yoga and then enjoyed a delicious brunch. I wish I’d taken a photo of my meal because it was sooooo good, but alas I forgot.

Eric took the day off work (at my request) so we could spend it together. We get so little time together I really just wanted to hang out with him. When I got home from yoga he had the table all set up with some birthday surprises 😉 What a goof ball.

The cereal is a bit of an inside joke from the first trimester of my pregnancy when I was so sick and ate a lot of cereal, and also just a few nights before we were talking about how much we were craving cereal but didn’t have any. Clearly that will not be a problem in our home for awhile.

I loved the flowers. He even asked her to add a pink rose (the first flower he ever brought me for our very first date on Valentine’s Day in 2005) and a sunflower for our wedding flower. What a guy <3 <3

I had a shower and got dressed and we headed out for some shopping. There was a block party happening in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market so we picked up pumpkin spice lattes and wandered through that.

I bought myself a little birthday present. This is from a local small business and I have been eyeing up their jewelry sets for quite some time!

After we were done wandering the block party and perusing the Farmer’s Market we headed to the movie theatre to catch an afternoon matinee. I wasn’t super interested in anything that was playing but the movie that looked the best to me was Wind River so that is what I chose. Oh my gosh I’m so glad I did, I really really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it! It was very well done and tackled some relevant social issues about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

After the movie we went to the book store. I sure do love browsing the bookstore. There are so many GREAT new releases out this fall that I want to read and some of them are not available at my library yet so I was very tempted to spend all the money.

I resisted and only bought one that was on sale and had been on my to read list for a long time. Really looking forward to getting into this one.

We headed home and I read my book for a bit before getting changed to go for dinner. I chose Spicy Fusion, our local Indian restaurant, for my birthday dinner and it did not disappoint!

Soooooo good.

It was fun doing my makeup a bit nicer and getting a bit dressed up. I used to do that all the time at my old job, but I don’t really do it anymore. I admit I am not feeling at ‘my best’ with being pregnant (pregnancy weight gain is tough ya’ll!) so it was fun to get a bit more dressed up and feel pretty.

31 weeks at 29 years old!

Sooo thankful and appreciative for a wonderful day with this guy <3 After we got home from dinner I had a lovely candlelit bath and then we laid on the couch and watched Big Brother.

On Sunday Eric was back to work and after a day of indulgent food and not much movement on Saturday I woke up wanting to MOVE my body on Sunday morning! So immediately after getting up I loaded Chloe in the car and headed to our local trail network for a walk / hike. We did a 50-minute hike while listening to a podcast and it was seriously lovely.

I had to take more rests than normal on the steeper hills but overall this preggo did pretty good if I do say so myself.

My sister-in-law and nieces came over for coffee and a visit once I got home from the hike and then I spent the rest of Sunday doing things around the house. Hauling in some stuff from our garage, doing laundry, purging… general nesting stuff. It has felt really good to cross some big home to-do’s off the list.

Sunday evening my aunt hosted a birthday dinner for all the September babies (my cousin, my uncle and me). We ate fresh crab and salmon they had caught on their recent fishing trip to the ocean. It was soooooo good.

And I got to request dessert! I requested peanut butter cheesecake, also sooooo good.

I was definitely sufficiently stuffed after that amazing meal! Huge thanks to my aunt and uncle for hosting everyone. Next time I need to be better about getting a group photo.

And after all of that I was in bed by 8:00pm on Sunday night 🙂 So yes, overall a pretty perfect birthday weekend. Time with friends, family and my lovely husband but also a bit of alone / quiet time thrown in. Can’t believe this was my last birthday without a little sidekick. 30 is going to look veryyyyy different, isn’t it?! This year already looked super different from last year when we had a very active hiking / camping weekend. I feel pretty good about how much activity I’ve continued to fit in while pregnant, but I definitely don’t think I would have been able to handle all that hiking at 31 weeks 🙂

How did you celebrate your last birthday? And, if you remember, how did you celebrate your 29th birthday? 


Eric’s 30th Birthday Party!

In just over a week (on November 14) Eric turns 30! I have been planning to throw him a party since the summer and it was originally scheduled for November 12 but I had to move it to this past weekend because Eric’s shift at work got rearranged.

Not going to lie, getting ready for it a week early when I had a terribly painful pulled muscle that meant limited mobility and not sleeping well and a bad cough was not ideal. But thanks to lots of help from family members we pulled it off!

I also have to say that all the wonderful ideas for this party were ripped off from this amazing party I found when I googled “beer themed 30th birthday party”.

Because we live in a smallish duplex I ended up renting a hall for the party which was 100% the right idea especially with all the kids we had there!



For decorations I had these awesome “Happy Beer Day” balloons and then set up centrepieces using old beer bottles and fake flowers. I also brought Eric’s growler collection down and set it up on a side table along with all of his school photos 🙂



The party store where I got the Happy Beer Day balloons and huge 30 balloons even had a beer mug balloon! It was seriously perfect.


Oh and a local bakery in town made the beer mug cake, which was completely inspired by the party link above. They did an awesome job! And then my aunt made some delicious cupcakes to go with it.


I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of them but my grandma made some amazing little sliders which were a huge hit. And my friend Janine made yummy pacho’s!


We also did beer tastings!


Oh and one of the coolest things we had there was a giant jenga game, courtesy of my brother! The adults never ended up playing jenga at all because the kids loved the blocks so much and hauled them all over the room and built towers with them.


There were also multiple dance parties – mostly by the guests under age 8. The hall just happened to have a cool disco ball speaker. 🙂


A bit of line dancing happened by the adults too.


It was really fun and we had an awesome time! People dropped in and out but in the end there were 20 adults, 7 kids and 3 babies who made an appearance! Sadly a few people had to cancel when the date changed but we still had a good turnout.


After the event we went for some more drinks with Eric’s friends and some family members and then went out to the bar. We didn’t get home until 1am, which is superrrr late for me! We spent yesterday in bed and lazing around the house, it was lovely.

I am super pleased with how well the beer party went and very grateful for family and friends who helped out by making food, bringing games and especially thankful to my dad and grandma who helped me decorate! I admit Eric wasn’t *completely* surprised but he didn’t know exactly what was happening and he did enjoy himself so a win all around 🙂

Have you ever thrown a surprise party? This was my first one and I could work harder on making sure it’s an actual full surprise next time – but it still went pretty well 🙂



Weekend Recap

Howdy and happy Monday!

We had a good weekend over in these parts so I figured I’d give you a little weekend recap. I’ve fallen out of the habit of doing them every weekend, but would like to get back into it!

Friday night we went to a BBQ at Eric’s coworkers homes with his work team. It was really fun to chat with everyone and get to know people better!

Saturday morning we had a fundraiser event for work. I had organized a team for the United Way fire truck pull here so we met up with 8 other people from our office to pull a fire truck. It was pretty fun! After that was over I went to the Farmer’s Market with my brother, then went grocery shopping and in the afternoon I helped Eric clean out our garage as we are getting ready to park my car in there this winter.

Saturday evening we cooked a massive salmon Eric’s parents brought us back from a fishing trip they just went on. We had 8 people over for dinner and still had half a salmon left afterwards!!


After our big family dinner everyone else went home but my brother hung out for a bit and played some Canasta with Eric and I. But by 9:30 I was seriously fading and knew I wouldn’t last for another game so had to call it quits and go to sleep!


Sunday morning started out with some coffee and some cleaning. After cleaning the main floor of the house (dishes, vacuuming, wiping the counters etc.) I settled down with my coffee and book and had a relaxed 30 minutes of reading. Eric had headed out to his parents for the day and the house was quiet, it was nice!


At about 9:30 I got dressed and headed out to meet my friend Janine at the Terry Fox Run. It was a really nice event to take part in, I can’t believe I’ve never done it before!


After the 5km run I headed to the yoga studio for a yoga flow class. As usual, it was a nice and strong class that had me sweating like crazy!

After yoga I decided to spend the afternoon baking. The lovely Lisa sent me the Minimalist Baker Cookbook for a birthday present and I wanted to try one of the recipes out. I decided to make the zucchini walnut muffins. They turned out awesome and will make for great snacking this week.


After baking I took Chloe for a walk. Welcome to life up north! Check out how many leaves have already fallen. I am embracing it (or trying to!) and loving the fall weather. But ya, that long winter is looming and I have been mentally preparing myself since July 😉


Then last night I babysat my cousins little guy so he could go out for dinner with his wife. He’s the cutest little guy and I had fun hanging out with him.


And that concludes the weekend. It was a pretty good mix of family time, friend time, social time and being productive with a bit of relaxing down time. I could have used a tiny bit more relaxing down time, but we don’t have anything on deck for the next few weekends so I’m sure I will get some more soon enough.

What did you do this weekend?