Monday, August 8, 2011

Birthday Week with pictures!

First, thank you all for the sweet words about my blog's new appearance.  Rob told me that my last post should've been titled Look at Banner, Michael! so I really dropped the ball on that one.  My apologies.

Last week, as you know, was Robbie's birthday week.  Since his birthday week coincided with his no-more-Army day, I decided that he deserved a whole week of birthdayness rather than just a day or two.  We've now decided that we'll each have a birthday week when we fall on the wrong side of a decade (Rob turned 26 this year) or when we hit a decade.

The central theme of birthday week included (1) Rob getting to choose what we ate for dinner every night, (2) Rob getting to choose what activity we engaged in, and (3) many mutual exclamations of "It's birthday week!"

On Monday, for example, we had a fun cafe night.  First, we made banana-berry-honey smoothies.  For himself, Rob made falafel balls and popped them into a pita with avocado, sprouts, and tomato.  I had a sammich with provolone, avocado, tomato, sprouts, and locally-made dijon mustard. Quite yummy indeed! We also saw Crazy Stupid Love which we really enjoyed.  Still gotta see Cowboys and Aliens though.

On Tuesday we made homemade Chipotle meals. We mixed rice with cilantro, cooked some chicken and peppers, and added cheese, pico de gallo, and guacamole.  This has become a favorite in our house the last couple weeks.

On Wednesday, we went out to eat with Rob's dad, brother, sister-in-law, and sister.  We went out to our favorite restaurant, which we patronize so often that they call us by name and treat us really well. I mentioned that it was Rob's birthday (not the actual day but you know) and they brough us ice cream and other fun desserts and sang to him, without me even asking!

Pardon the crappy cell phone picture.
 Thursday, as you know, was the day that Rob officially got out of the Army.  When he was in Iraq, I sent him a canister filled with 365 slips of paper, each of which had a memory, inside joke, song, or quote that made me think of him.  We found it in his box of Iraq letters and realized that he didn't read through all of them; so on Thursday, we read through the remaining slips together!

 Finally, on Friday we invited Rob's coworkers, Amie, Sara and Sarah, over for a End of Summer Work/Birthday/Out of the Army party.  I bought snack food and booze (Rob specifically requested Grey Goose vodka), and also some flowers because I'm nice like that.  I took everyone out to eat at the aforementioned restaurant and we came back here for gift exchange.  The girls made really sweet cards for Robbie and tie-dyed shirts for each of them (and me too!).

Along with the very romantic air conditioner I bought for Rob's birthday at his request, I bought him the 30 Rock original soundtrack and a mustachioed Octopal from this awesome shop.

I'm more or less sure that he's more excited about it than this picture conveys.
But one of the best parts of the evening was when we took Rob's Army contract into the yard and burned the sucker to commemorate his freedom from the Army.  It was a good feeling.  This was also the point at which Rob informed me that his risk of getting called back into the Army had actually been far higher than I had realized, so needless to say I am pretty excited about this day finally coming.  Plus I'm pretty excited about how amazing the fire pictures came out.

 We had a really awesome time with everyone.  I did learn a valuable lesson, which is to not mix a downer (like vodka) with an upper (a 5-Hour Energy I took to stay awake).  I ended up getting really sick and sleeping for a total of about 3 hours the entire night because I was so wired.  Fail on my part.

Hope you enjoyed hearing about birthday week, and I hope you all had an amazing week and weekend!


  1. looks like so much fun!!! happy birthday to rob!!

  2. happy [belated] birthday week to rob! i definitely agree that everyone deserves to celebrate for a week too :)

    all that food looks so yummy and the 365 strips of paper is such a cute idea!

  3. i love that he has a birthday week! happy late birthday! :)

  4. I love all of these Caitlin but I'm so in love with your jar of love slips! What an awesome idea that was!!!

  5. awhhhh!! it looks like a ton bunch of fun!!!!
    Unlock YOUR World :]

  6. Um seriously how cool is this! A whole birthday week! I love it! YOu are such a thoughtful and sweet wife! Wow I need to step up my game! Really you guys are such a cute couple!!! Happy Birthday to him!!!! :)

    Ashley Sloan

  7. A whole week of birthday wonderfulness! You two know how to celebrate!

  8. what a fun birthday weekend! happy belated birthday! love your tie dyes and the octopal, he surely needs to wear it on his head for a better laugh ;)

  9. I'm glad that I am not the only one who celebrates whole birthday weeks :) Looks like you had fun!

  10. i wanna get drunk in a tie dye shirt with you guys!

  11. Oh my gosh, I love the idea of putting all your inside jokes, memories, etc. in a jar like that.

  12. happy birthday rob!
    I know I'm a little late but I just wanted to say I love your question and answers posts (:
    Have a great week!
    -Sandra Ponycat

  13. Yeah! Those fire pictures are cool! Hell yes for burning the army contract! Freedom.

  14. What an incredibly fun birthday - and such great ideas for gifts! I love hand-made things.

    I also do love love love your new banner. Perfect for your blog.

  15. awesome week! the pics are great :) i love the jar idea with 365 quotes. you are amazing and seem to be a rockin wife and best friend!
    i could learn a little something from you.

  16. You are an amazing wife! Such love you have for your man..


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