Colorful Stones and Dancing Bones

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Yet another weekend has come and gone far too quickly, but what a fun weekend it was! On Thursday night, Matt and I began fulfilling one of our New Year resolutions from the lists we made: indoor rock climbing! (if you know me, you may have just gasped out loud). We went to Delaware Rock Gym with a friend from work and took a beginners course to learn the ropes (hehe, pun intended) and then spent some time climbing on our own. Although slightly scary once you reach the top and realize that your life is in the hands of your belayer, (aka person on the ground holding and controlling your rope) it was fun and exhilarating and it gave me a sense of accomplishment at trying something new. Here are a few pictures from our adventure:







I would definitely suggest trying it out if you never have before!

Our weekend fun continued after work on Friday when my family + Ashleigh came up to visit for my birthday! We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner, which is one of my favorite restaurants, and ate and ate and ate until our bellies could hold no more.Then we came back to the house to play games and dance along to Michael Jackson Wii (long live Michael Jackson)!

(Me, Ash, Megan. This picture is hilarious to me. Says it all)

After a nice, long night of sleep with a full house of loved ones, I woke up and made Monkey Bread with my precious little sister. Once the smell of warm cinnamon and sugar woke everyone up, Matt and I made “gourmet” egg sandwiches for brunch. By the way, are you noticing my numerous references to food? I’m actually not a glutton, I just have always requested my favorite foods on my birthday. When I was little, my birthday meal requests would often look something like this: bagel with strawberry cream cheese in the morning, macaroni and cheese for lunch, and Pizza Hut pizza at my party for dinner. I’ll share a secret with you: I love cheese.

Now that I am older and my palette is much more refined, I made egg sandwiches to get in more protein, and then we had Pizza Hut pizza for dinner. Ohh and don’t forget the cake! A birthday is not a birthday for me without cake. (I am sorry to say it, but if you were one of those kids who served apple pie at your birthday parties, children like me were greatly disappointed). This year I wanted to try something new and wild, so I ordered a Cold Stone cake. Delicious. Yum. Hallelujah. Again, not a glutton.

My sweet husband went out and got balloons and decorations to put up around the house for me, knowing how I love to do that for other people and how much I enjoy it myself :). I expected just 1, maybe 2 balloons, but the boy went all out! No complaints here :).


My brother made sure to get me an iTunes gift card knowing how much I love those. He’s my favorite brother :).


My parents chipped in on a new hybrid camera that takes both incredible pictures and shoots full HD video. This is my gift from Matt and my parents, and is something that Matt and I will be using to capture our adventures, trips, hobbies, projects, and much more. I will share more about the camera once it arrives!


The Pinoner Woman Cookbook. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have this! I absolutely love reading her blog and trying out her recipes. She is an amazing cook and is hilarious! I will be showcasing some of my favorite recipes of hers. Thanks Megan and Michael!


The little dancer picked me out Just Dance 2 for Wii! Can’t wait to bust a move.


I had a very blessed birthday filled with love and am so thankful for my wonderful family and friends! Thank you to all of you who made me feel so special! You mean so much to me. I’d share my birthday wish that I made while blowing out my candles if it wasn’t bad luck, but I will say that my prayer for this next year of life is good health, many more happy memories with my family and friends, and a year spent growing in Christ and becoming the woman He has created me to be.

I hope you had a wonderful January!