I celebrated my 37th birthday on Saturday but really the entire weekend was one incredible celebration thanks to friends and family. Aunt Becky arrived on Thursday evening, full of energy and a bottomless goody bag, just in time to take care of Luz and James while Christian and I enjoyed a much-needed escape from reality. The timing could not have been worse, however, because Luz and James both contracted a nasty fever virus. Fortunately, Becky was not deterred and she jumped right into the role of nurse/nanny/friend/mama. To say that there were long faces around the house tonight when it finally dawned on the kids that Becky was no longer here is an understatement. Luz is already planning Becky's next trip (and mine too, apparently).
While the kids were battling headaches and fever, Christian and I spent a quiet night at the International House hotel and enjoyed a late dinner at Rambla followed by drinks at Loa. It was lovely and a great way to ease into my birthday weekend. On Saturday morning we hit the road and headed to Starkville, Mississippi for the UGA game. It was the first road trip in years that we spent listening to old episodes of This American Life and not worrying about how many stops we need to make for the dog and/or kids. I daresay it was luxurious. I delved into a hand-me-down InStyle and totally relaxed.
The game itself was a huge disappointment but we had front row seats and met some nice MSU fans. They were possibly the sweetest, most humble fans I have ever met, but I guess losing for so many years has that effect.
We raced back to NOLA this morning so that Christian could make it to the Saints game on time. I spent the remainder of the afternoon while the kids napped playing with my birthday present, in total awe:
Here are a few of the pics I took over the weekend. I have not taken many
pics lately so if you are curious about the kids these will have to do: