Turning 27 and 31

This year I entered my late 20’s.  Yup, I’m 27.

I was excited for this birthday for a couple reasons.  Reason 1: This is my last birthday to be celebrated before I officially become a mother.  Reason 2: Last year’s birthday was one for the books, but for all the wrong reasons.  Read about it here.  I was determined to have a great birthday this year, and that I did.

On my birthday, Sunday December 5th, I had a few friends and my mom over for a fondue dinner.  I love cheese fondue and have never made it before and thought it might be fun to try.  I made a (slightly altered) smoked cheddar fondue and a roasted garlic fondue.  Joy brought a traditional swiss fondue with cranberries.  We had bread, apples, mushrooms, flank steak and sausage for dipping.  It was fantastic!  I think I definitely have a little bit of learning to do as far as altering fondue recipes, but for the most part it was a great dinner.

For dessert Rob and I had a cake made at JaCiva’s on Hawthorne.  We had looked at them for making our wedding cupcakes, but they were pretty spendy.  We had a red velvet cake made for us to share.

Yes, I shared my birthday with Rob.  I may be a birthday princess; but I’m used to sharing my birthday because my cousin Michael happens to have the same birthday as Rob, he was born the same year as me.  We’re two days apart, so we shared all of our childhood birthdays.  Happy Birthday Michael!  May we one day be able to celebrate together again!

Between dinner and cake we played a game called The Game of Things.  It’s a pretty fun game where you have to guess who said what.  Joy ended up winning, beating out Brad by a hair.

And after cake, it was time for presents.

Joy got me this awesome serving tray, and filled it with peanut butter truffles!

Rob and my mom both got me this Coach perfume that I fell in love with a few weeks ago.  My mom also got me a nursing gown and pajamas, which I asked for.  They’re pretty cute and will definitely come in handy!

Shauna painted this for me!  I love it!  It’s hanging in my craft room on a wall I have decorated with owls.  I have such creative friends!

Rob also had another birthday surprise for me, we were going to the Blazer game on his birthday!  He also took me to Target to pick out pajamas.  He knew which ones I wanted, but he wanted me to get the right size.  I had such a great birthday.  It was everything I wanted, a low key fondue dinner and game night with family and friends.

Now, fast forward to Tuesday December 7th, Rob’s 31st birthday.  He had to work at the video store during the day so I brought him some thai food for lunch.  When he got home I had his present ready for him.

I got him a (refurbished) Sony PSP.  I think he likes it.  I also got him a game, Manhunt 2, and a Blazers shirt to wear to the game that night.

Then it was time for the game.  As far as I knew we had the usual 300 level seats, which are fine.  But when we got there I pulled out the tickets and saw that we were sitting in the 100 level!  Holy crackers we were so close!  Before we went to our seats we got our hot dogs, popcorn, pretzel and soda and played a ring toss game where I won a Blazers bracelet.  We tried to find our seats ourselves initially but were confused because we were row NN, not N.  The usher said “Oh, the double letter seats are closer to the court”.  Whaaaaat?  We walked down to row NN, 13 rows from the court.  What’s going through my head is OHMYGODICAN’TBELIEVE WE’RESITTINGTHISCLOSE.  When the players came out to shoot around before the game I was just in shock.  Steve Nash was 50 feet away from me, and about as tall as me.  I was star struck.  Rob couldn’t have picked better seats or a better game to go to.

Here’s a crappy phone picture to give you an idea.

We played the Phoenix Suns who we lost in the playoffs to last season.  They have some pretty good players and some really scrappy players.  It was a great game.  We were ahead pretty much the whole game, except for the end.  You know, the Blazers fourth quarter fall apart.  But, we pulled ahead to win it 105 to 99 I believe.  There were some questionable calls made throughout, and a lot of temper tantrums from Alvin Gentry which I could hear from where we were sitting!  I could hear Brandon Roy yell as he got fouled, and I could hear Nate NcMillan throw a fit over a shitty call.  We got to see Patty Mills play his best game in his career, he’s a bench player who’s getting more play these days, and we got to see Joel Przybilla back in action.  It was so fantastic.  I wish we were rich and could afford season tickets in awesome seats like that.  Rob wins for best birthday date ever.

After the game we went to the Boiler Room to celebrate with friends.  I had bought a box of Cinnabons to share for his birthday.  Rob’s favorite food is cinnamon rolls.

Dr. Love had the bar in a dancing tizzy.

And we sang Happy Birthday.  It looks like I’m holding a box of fire.

Rob did have a few drinks.  I think he’s filled his 5 drink quota for the year.

Rob’s old high school buddies even came out to see him.  And buy him a shot.  Surprisingly, Rob did not get sick from drinking.

And there was photo booth fun.

All in all a great, and very late,  night.  I’d say we had fabulous birthdays, but that would be an understatement.  Thank you to our friends for celebrating with us.  And most of all, thank you to our parents for having us.

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