In addition to the cray-zee-ness of the work stuff, I was also planning Deek's birthday party and doing a bunch of Christmas related events. So, I've been a little insane in the membrane. BUT the party was a smashing success and all the Christmas shopping is now done, so I can sit back and enjoy the upcoming holidays. YAY!
The Molly Ringwalds
The day before Deek's birthday, I saw an offer on Facebook for free tickets to the Molly Ringwalds concert. My friend Denise had them and couldn't attend, so I scooped them up. I thought it would be a fun start to Deek's birthday weekend, even though I knew nothing about the band. Well...it was an AWESOME start to Deek's birthday weekend! Wow, wow, wow! We had the best time at that concert!!
Such cool decor!
The Molly Ringwalds!
We're loving every minute of this concert!!
So, for the first part of Deek's birthday, I arranged a scavenger hunt for him to go on. It was related to a story he'd been given on his birthday last year. Of course, he followed the clues like a boss, got his presents, and won the Starbucks date prize for having successfully done the hunt!
He figured out his birthday lunch location based on the first clue.
He followed my random hunt into crazy stores.
And secured his gift.
And won the Starbucks prize challenge!
Later that night, we had a murder mystery party (is there a better party to have for a thriller author?)!! We had tons of friends over, and we spent the evening solving crime, talking, and laughing. SUCH a fun group of pals to spend such a special day with!!
Deek and my soul sista in character.
He was the villain actor (he loves villains), and she was the starlet!
A few of the "suspects" in the case.
Deek was the villain actor, Kim was the co-star, I was the director,
and Carolyn was another actor (who loved to photobomb--she rocked that character even though she doesn't like to photobomb in real!)
Friends, I just want to say how incredibly blessed I am to have Deek in my life. He's truly the best person I know, and he enriches my life--and the world--exponentially. I'm so thankful to have gotten to spend this special day with him, celebrating the man whom I adore more than words could ever express. Happy Birthday, baby! Here's to many, many more. You know one lifetime with you just isn't enough for me! <3
My grandfather (PaPa)'s birthday is the day after Deek's. So, after a fun evening with friends, we packed up the next day and headed east to spend the evening with my family to celebrate PaPa. If you'll remember, he got sick last year around Christmas. Since then, he's been sick off and on until it culminated this summer. The doctor's performed surgery, and he's been recovering since. I'm thankful to be back in the South so I can spend as much time as possible with my grandparents and my family. And I'm uber grateful to have gotten to celebrate PaPa's 84th birthday with him this year!
84 Years Young!
I've always been my PaPa's BabyDoll, and I've always thought he hung the moon!
Love him so much!
Three generations--PaPa, my mom, and me
And my dad giving me bunny ears because...that's my dad for ya! LOL!
Dude, this post is already longer than I expected, so I'll stop here. BUT stay tuned because soon I'll be putting up another post about the local Christmas tree lighting, the Christmas parade (which Deek and I marched in), and Deek's work Christmas party!!
Until then, stay warm! Live and love out loud!! <3