My Birthday Weekend

Not only was this past weekend Memorial Day weekend, it was also my birthday weekend!
Last year, I turned the Big 3-0, and on Sunday, I turned 31, which is officially "30-something". {sigh}

Growing up, I didn't like having my birthday over Memorial Day weekend.
Every Memorial Day/Birthday my family & I would head out of town to the Central Valley to visit my Grandma, Aunt, Uncle & cousins. While I love them very much, when you are a kid & it's your birthday, the last thing you want to do is drive 3 hours to a cow town where you don't know anyone. You want to spend it with your friends!

But, as an adult, I LOVE having my birthday over Memorial Day weekend!
It means (as a teacher) that summer is almost here, you get an extra day off work & it is a weekend full of BBQ's & hanging out!

This Memorial Day/Birthday Weekend was packed full of fun & parties!

On Saturday, we went to a wedding of one of our old youth group kids (who is also a dear family friend).
Kevin & I at the wedding:
Side note: The dress I am wearing is the dress I wore to our rehearsal dinner 8 years ago! I'm just happy it still fits!

My sisters & I:
The ceremony:
The happy couple!
Kelly, Elyse & I with our lemon drops during cocktail hour. My favorite cocktail!
The first dance:
Father/Daughter & Mother/Son dance:
Guess who caught the bouquet? My younger sister, Rebecca!
We may or may not have picture texted her boyfriend (who was home with the stomach flu) right after she caught the bouquet...
They had a photo booth at the wedding.
Apparantly, these are all the rage & the new thing that people have at weddings.
Let me tell you, they are FUN!
We may or may not have been obsessed with the photo booth....
Sisters being silly:
I wish I photo booth at our wedding!
When we got home from the wedding late Saturday night, we drove up to our house & our new neighbors put a birthday sign on our garage! Seriously, our new neighbors are so great! We feel so welcomed!
My in laws watched the girls over night since we were at the wedding so I got to sleep in on the morning of my birthday (best birthday present ever!) I slept in until almost 10 am. It was heaven!
My birthday breakfast, my favorite scone that my sister brought me & of course coffee!
Then we picked up the girls & headed to a BBQ birthday party for another friend (her birthday was on Friday).
Kate was very confused that we were going to someone else's birthday party on my birthday.
Kate actually wasn't feeling too well at the BBQ (and she ended up having a fever)
Claire's newest obsession is straws:
After the BBQ, we headed back to our house because our court was having (another) block party! We have lived here 2 weeks & this was the 2nd block party they have had! Love it!
While the block party was going on, we had to get ready for yet another party!
We were having our parents & siblings over to our house for dinner!

Here is Claire with Auntie Bots.
My white trash baby with no shirt & chocolate all over her face :)
Here I am with my birthday cake.
I am actually not a big fan of birthday cake, so growing up, my mom would always make brownies for my birthday & we would have brownies & ice cream.
Now, as I have gotten older, I either have brownies, or my older sister Elyse makes mud pie for my birthday. YUM!
No one remembered to bring candles, so here I am "fake" blowing out candles while everyone sang Happy Birthday.
Kate & I posing for a birthday photo:
And, I want to show you a close up of the necklace I am wearing that I got for my birthday.
It came in the mail on Friday from my friend Erin & was made by my friend Heather.
Photo from Heather's shop, click here to see her handmade jewelry!

Thanks Erin & Heather, that was such a fun surprise! I LOVE my oh, snap necklace!

After our party, we went back outside because the block party was STILL going on.
All the men on our court were now playing cards, I told Kevin to join them (and so I could go catch up on my Tivo'd episode of The Bacherlorette. Yes, I watch it, it is like a train wreck, I just have to!)
On Monday we had a productive day....unpacking more boxes, doing yard work, cleaning our house & being thankful for those who have fought & lost their lives for the freedom we have in the United States. Thank you to those who serve our country!
Needless to say, we were exhausted after such a busy, but fun weekend!
It was a great birthday weekend and I felt loved & celebrated by family & friends!
Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend...Summer is almost here!


  1. What a fun weekend! Glad that you had a happy birthday. :) Love the bride's cool veil/net headpiece - awesome!

  2. Happy birthday!!! What a super fun weekend indeed. You looked beautiful in your dress for the wedding, wow, not many people can say they can still fit in a dress 8 years later! I LOVE the "oh, snap!" necklace!!! Love it. I hope the birthday festivities continue throughout the week! Happy Summer!

  3. Wow, what a fun (and action-packed) birthday weekend! Looks like the wedding was beautiful and you all had a great time - love the bride's cage veil! (I think that is what that veil is called). How awesome that you fit in your rehearsal dress, that is impressive! Hope you had a great birthday - I will continue my track on the "30 something" train in a couple of weeks (turning 32, bleh). And don't feel too bad, I got suckered into another season of The Bachelorette, too - I just can't help myself!

  4. Your street seems like so much fun. I wish I lived there!

  5. Happy Belated Birthday! It looks like you had a very fun weekend.

    We live a neighborhood similar to yours--there's always something fun going on and I love it.

    I celebrated my 40th b'day on Saturday in your beautiful state! (Now I'm scheming to move to CA.) I completely relate to your childhood memories of having a birthday associated with a holiday weekend except we never left home to go someplace. All my friends did though so I ended up having b'day parties in JUNE!

  6. What a fun weekend and birthday!
    I love all the pics.
    You are just too cute and such a model, as well as your sisters!
    Happy Birthday again!!!

  7. The above comment from "mia" is from me! I was still in Mia's email acct...... sorry!

  8. Looks like a fantastic weekend!!
    Happy belated birthday:)

    I love the bachelorette... it is like a train wreck.. I just gotta! :)

  9. As always Mel, you look stunning. Perfect little black dress. Happy birthday and I hope Kate is feeling better soon

  10. It sounds like you had a great weekend! Happy belated birthday! :)

  11. I was thinking reading this post how fabulous all your pictures were...and then there was your necklace! You are so sweet to post a Thank You...and you SO deserve it, cause your photography ROCKS.

    I'm so happy to hear you had a blast this weekend. And that you are feeling "right at home" in your new house! Love your new street...such fun neighbors!

    I too, just wore my rehearsal dinner dress to a wedding in April. (And it's 11 years OLD!) I almost did backflips when it zipped =)

    Miss you! We must all play again SOON. Baby's C's shower was a tease! HA.

  12. So THAT'S what you've been up to. I was starting to get worried! Heather's necklace was MADE for you! So sweet of Erin!

    Street party tonight?! ;)
    Come on!!!

  13. lots of fun packed in there! i wish our neighborhood did block parties, boo.
    oh and i totally got sucked into that show too. I'm glad the sketchy guy Craig was kicked off, there will be plenty of drama even without him.
    Happy belated Bday!

  14. Wow, what a great weekend, sounds so much fun, glad you were able to enjoy it : D Looks like you chose the right neighborhood too!!!! What great neighbors!!!!

  15. Happy belated birthday!!!

    What a FUN weekend you had. :)

    How HOT are you in that black dress?! Wow. Kevin must have loved it. ;)

    I want your neighbors. That sign on your garage is so thoughtful.

    (Um... P.S. I watch the Bachelorette too... it's so hard not to! It's just to make fun of everyone though... :)

  16. Happy birthday, lady! Hope it was wonderful!

  17. Happy Birthday!! It looks like you had a blast!

  18. What a super fun birthday weekend!! Happy birthday! Being 30-something is fab. :)


  19. Looks like a fun, fun weekend!! i LOVE your new necklace. sooo cute!

  20. What a fun weekend and great birthday! I love your black dress...and that is great it still fit...you rock!

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  21. Happy birthday!! What a fun, busy weekend you had :) The mud pie looks yummy! Cute necklace too!
    How awesome that you guys moved into another great neighborhood.

  22. Super fun! I love your new necklace and I'm glad you were celebrated by your sweet family. School's almost out! Can't wait to hang out!

  23. Busy girl!! Happy belated birthday! :)

    And can we please switch neighborhoods?!

  24. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower....and Happy Birthday!



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