rewind: birthday week highlights

Our birthday week was an absolutely crazy busy week that was filled with surprises, laughter and love! Rather than me share the week with words, the pictures will tell the story. Enjoy!

Saturday, 9/8 - kitchen cabinet knob installation day!

My personal handyman

The finished product!

Then it was off to a surprise destination! Have I told you that I LOVE surprises and HATE surprises all at the same time? I love the payoff, but waiting stinks!

There's nothing like enjoying a warm summer evening picnic at the Hollywood Bowl listening to Hall & Oates! You know Hall & Oates..."Private Eyes", "Kiss is on my Lips" and "Maneater".

Sunday, 9/9 - dinner with Gabe and Mimi at our favorite Italian restaurant in Long Beach, Caffe La Strade. Mimi wrapped my gift with such cute paper and ribbon that I didn't want to open it. Of course I had to though! They bought me a very cute blouse from Gap and necklace from Banana Republic.

Monday, 9/10 - MY 30th BIRTHDAY! I had a great day at school and was able to rest before our eventful evening. Honestly, Rob is so good with surprises that he had me believing that we weren't doing anything. So when he came home after work and acted like we didn't have plans, I started crying. He more than came through though!

Rob got a big kick out of the 30-something thing...

Rob did such a great job wrapping my gift! (I recently threw away all our gift bags, so he was stuck wrapping). Inside was a foot spa!

And my birthday evening! My sneaky hubby gathered my best girlfriends and their husbands (minus Melanie's husband unfortunately) for dinner at Daimon in Sunset Beach and some GS! It was the perfect evening! One the way to dinner, Rob gave me another gift...beautiful diamond hoop earrings!

Mel and Kristi got me fabric for a purse! (Kristi's latest DIY projects are making purses).
Emily and Joe got me some Wild Oats natural treats!
Could Melanie be any more adorable? (Kristi made the hats with super cute paper).
Emily and Joe
All of us (left to right: Joe, Emily, Rob, me, Melanie, Kristi, Joe)
Our crazy chef!

Tuesday, 9/11 - we attended a lovely wedding for Dale and Mary An. It was a surprise wedding - we literally found out about it Tuesday morning via email.

Dale, the groom, and Mary An, his beautiful bride
Clint, Dale's son, walked Mary An down the aisle
Dale's daughters (April, Lauren and Amy). Lauren's wedding was 4 days later...

Friday, 9/14 - Rob's BIRTHDAY! Yeah! I had been planning a surprise party for Rob for the last 3 weeks and I was so happy that the day had finally come. Keeping this party a surprise was so hard! The party took place at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. It was a huge success and so many of our friends and family (even my dad came from San Diego) showed up to celebrate Rob's 35th!

Rob's gifts - they were his "birthday" outfit (a guy has to arrive to his party lookin' hot, right?)
I took Rob to Mama D's in Manhattan Beach for his birthday dinner. Mama D's gave us a free appetizer coupon for our next visit.
We walked from Mama D's to Shade and on the way Rob wanted to enjoy the beautiful night sky...it was killing me!

Our arrival. Rob was so surprised!

The monkey was a gift from Rob's parentsOur guests...

The white stickers are from a game we played. Everyone received a sticker that was placed on their back of a famous band/musician. In order to guess who was on your sticker, you had to ask questions. It was super fun!

Melanie and her hubby Armen
Jolene and her hubby Gerric
Some details...

Saturday, 9/15 - Lauren and Jeff got married! It was a week full of weddings for the Parkinson family. Lauren was a beautiful bride and their wedding was wonderful and full of love and lots of laughter! Using Emily's words, Lauren was one spunky bride!

Lauren's siters anxiously waiting for the ceremony to begin!

The vows
The toasts

Isn't Lauren stunning?
Dale and Mary An, the father and step-mom of the bride (also newlyweds)
The old newlyweds with the new newlyweds - The Levines and Tuckers
Emiy and I
First dance
Getting the party started...

It was a whirlwind week...Catching up on rest this week. Still not sure about my school situation, but hopefully I'll know more this week.

Finally...A giant welcome to the newest member of the Malouf family...Baby Daniel Kenneth Malouf! Baby Daniel was born on his Uncle Rob-O's birthday. We couldn't think of a cooler baby for Rob to share his birthday with! We can't wait to meet Daniel! I'm sure his big sis Sarah will take good care of him!


Nanette said...

Wow! That's quite a post and quite a weekend! I'm tired just reading it!

Glad everything turned out as planned!

dapotato said...

wow, so eventful. sounds very fun, too!

i want a cupcake bar at my next birthday party...awesome idea. and i spy some lindeman's lambic framboise. yum.

WeezerMonkey said...

I really loved the birthday hats! :)

Kay said...

okay, i forgive you for being MIA. whirlwind is the right word, wow girl you have been busy.

i love the details that you came up with for rob's party and utilizing your love for paper =)
the decorate your own cupcakes are are a very cool idea.

Jolene said...

I'm with Nanette...I'm tired just reading it! But I am so happy we were able to be a apart of some of your festivities. and I LOVE that green top! Great pictures of everything too!

R said...

What a week! Sounds like it was filled with lots of fun and good stuff (mmm...cupcakes!). :)

California Girl said...

What a festive, fun week! So many celebrations. Ahhh, I just love it!

emily said...

loved the fun festivities! you got some cute pics too! i almost feel i'm in withdrawal from you this week!

Keely said...

Busy lady! Looks like you had a fab birthday week. :) I love the white flower you wore in your hair to the second wedding and that green top looks gorgeous on you!

amber said...

wow! talk about a fun action-packed week! love all the pics :)