Saturday, 9/8 - kitchen cabinet knob installation day!
My personal handyman
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!
Emily and Joe
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
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!
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!
Jolene and her hubby Gerric
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!
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!