Wednesday, April 6, 2011

day 96 {thirty8} 365

if you follow along on facebook, you would have seen some of these photos already

wednesday the 6th was my actual birthday but because i live on a different continent to so many

family and friends, i often end up having a birthday week ... thanks to time differences

not that i mind. seriously. it's fun !

birthday week, day one started with a friend buying me a mug of hot chocolate

here's birthday week, day two ... card, cafe, chocolate con leche ... at work.

my actual birthday ...

i get to work and find this !

so much fun !

and then, while i'm there, i get a phone call from my best friend Shay

and then a facetime from my sister and her boys

and then a video arrives from Shay and her family ... signing and singing happy birthday to me

that made me cry

half way through the morning, my lovely friend Jodie poked her head into my office

(i love it when she does that)

she came bearing delicious treats ...

for lunch, the girls in my department and i hit the local sushi joint

i probably don't need to tell you that sushi is my ALL TIME favorite food

i could live on it.

three meals a day, every day, til the end of my days

if only i could afford it

after lunch, i didn't go back to work

i wandered the mall a bit, i NEVER get to do that

i went to a kitchen shop

i LOVE to do that

i went to a little lolly shop to get a Dr Pepper ( this lolly shop is the only place you can get it ! )

and while i was there, i discovered that they had (ALL NEW) candy corn


i love them

when it was time to get the kids, my friend toni greeted me with a present from smiggle

i could spend a fortune in that shop

i LOVE stationary

we got totally drenched walking into the school

happy birthday to me !

and then on the walk back to the car, she and her youngest boy cam treated me to a couple

renditions of happy birthday

once we got home, i'm sitting outside, watching the kids play ...

catching up on the 123 (yep, i counted) facebook birthday greetings (!!),

when my neighbors came over with birthday cocktails

we had a lovely time chatting !

knowing that i didn't need to get dinner started because rory was coming home

to cook burgers, when offered a 2nd cocktail, i thought 'why not?'

then rory gets home and says

'would you be totally disappointed if i told you i've made a reservation for us at a restaurant ?'

ummmm ... let me think about this for a minute ?!

i still don't have to cook ?

i get to go out ?

yeah ... i'm good !

so ... the kids gave me their presents ...

we are saving to go to the states so i told rory not to buy me presents

and i told the kids too

they got quite creative, making me cards and coupons and a poster

i love their little (big!) hearts !!

here's Alia's coupons ... the yellow that you can't see on the new iPhone game ...

that says "out of my own money"

i said, 'wow, really?'

and she says 'yeah ! daddy says they only cost $1'

ha ha !

free shoulder massage ... my favorite of jono's coupons !

that is me in the picture ... and his hands.

jono drew this poster

i love it

and on the back ...

i love the bit about the giant mutated sun flower.

and then just this morning, rory was looking at the photos my dad posted of me

on his blog

and he noticed this one, it's me on my 7th birthday

(the year that my birthday fell on Easter Sunday)

and look at the poster hanging on the wall behind me ...

do you see it ?

the giant mutated sunflower ?!?!

hilarious !

this is getting pretty long but i'm just getting to the good bit !

rory got a phone call just as we were getting ready to go out, from our friend craig

he said 'we've got a present for bonnie,

would you guys swing by and pick it up on your way to dinner ?'

up until that phone call, i had NO IDEA anything suspicious might be happening

after that ... i wondered if all wasn't as it appeared !

but ... i had NO IDEA of the amazing surprise that lay in wait for me

weeks of planning, international conversations, importing of food

so ... we get to C & J's place to 'pick up the present'

and the house is all decorated

and something smells incredible ... (and very familiar)

and then there were shouts of surprise and the faces of other friends i love

rory hands me an envelope and says

'this is my present to you'

inside the envelope is this menu .........

the foods of my childhood !


(my requested birthday dinner every year since we had lived in Italy !)

now ... this is no easy feat ... because in my little girls mind, the vongole (clams)


well ... you can't get that here ...

in fact, you can't get clams here at all, unless they are in a can

so Rory IMPORTED them from New Zealand

can you believe that ?!

the food was amazing.

APPARENTLY, they had been cooking all afternoon ... I thought Rory was 'working late' !

Here's the Patatas Alioli and the Champinones Al Ajillo con pan, of course.

And then came the never ending supply of Gambas Al Ajillo ... OH YUM !!

Master Chefs in action ...

Amazing team work ...

And here's the Traditional Vongole ... with homemade fettucine ...

And the Vongole like my Mom used to make, only with a spicy Casa de Ross twist.

Do you know one thing I loved about this night ?

There were so many things I loved ... but here's just one.

I loved that I was the only known clam lover of the bunch but they still cooked this for me !

And (almost) everyone tried the clams ! Some even liked them !

All of these dishes were new to everyone besides me and Rory, and everyone tried them !

And again ... liked (and even loved) them !

I love the adventurous nature of this group of friends !

And I love that they love to celebrate life.


Mom ... Rory insisted that I take this photo for you ....


Empty shells !!


When we were little, it was tradition in our house that all birthday cakes had to be chocolate.

So ... we have gazillions of birthday pictures of us COVERED IN CHOCOLATE !

BUT, once we were old enough to request our own birthday cake preference ... mine was

ALWAYS cheesecake (with cherries on top) !

My sweet friend Donna recently learned this about me and though she had never made one

before, she baked me the most wonderful birthday cheesecake ! with berries ! oh my !

and Jodie made cupcakes

that I have yet to try

but some came home with us and I will be having one for breakfast !

I was crowned 'birthday queen' and actually wore my 'crown' for a good hour.

Not the mask though ... it was way too hot for that !

Spoiled ? Yeah ... I can't disagree.

I have an amazing, thoughtful, selfless husband,

kind, encouraging and giving children,

enthusiastic, creative and (SNEAKY!!) friends,

an extended family like none other,

friends all over the world (thanks to the Navy and now facebook !) that i love


to top it all off ....

my very own website !!

I cannot wait for you all to see it !

Well ... you can sort of see it here but I've crossed off it's name (which you are going to LOVE)

because I don't want you to go there just yet.

I'll let you know when you can !

Craig and I are going to play with it a bit more first ...

by the way, Craig ... who is a music lover, not a web guru, designed this !

Look out world !


All in all ... this has been my best, most favorite birthday ever.

Thanks to everyone who was a part of it !

~ bon ~


One Shabby Chick April 7, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

oh wow Bonnie - how amazing :-) What a fun few days and that surprise dinner was just amazing! Can't wait to see the reveal!!

Mrs. Wallace April 7, 2011 at 8:51 AM  

What an AMAZING birthday week and what a WONDERFUL surprise!! :-) That does sound like the best birthday ever...and I can't think of a person more deserving!!

Since you'll be in the States for MY should start planning now...seeing as how I don't have an amazing, thoughtful, selfless husband or kind, encouraging, and giving children like you :-) But I DO have an awesome, kind, and creative cousin! ;-)

Tessa April 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

Dearest Bon, How we all love you. I can't stop crying --with joy of course. This is my favourite blog ever. can't wait to see the website.
I have to say how proud I am of my son too.

Tessa April 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM  

I get a second chance. I love the mutated sunflower. I see it runs in the family. Perhaps a logo? Jono's webpage? the Future looks bright.

Kath April 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

What a wonderful celebration! And you deserve every bit of it! Especially the vongole! Love, Mom

Khrista April 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM  

What a fantastic birthday!!!

Sabba and Nanny April 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM  

What an amazing, fantastic birthday! The photos are beautiful, too. Loved the menu and the gourmet meal. This is the most excellent birthday celebration I've ever heard of, and I'm very glad you have people around who love you enough to create it. Love, Dad

Mom April 8, 2011 at 12:21 AM  

You are loved. I see you blessing others so selflessly. You are a truly wonderful child of God! I'm glad you had an incredible, unbelievible birthday week!!!! Love, Audrey and Bill

Mari April 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

What a wonderful week, and super birthday! It's nice that you were able to see and feel how loved you are!

Ellie April 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM  

I love this story. What a great time. The menu looks so delicious. Your amazing Rory did such a good job.

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