Well hey there.
This past week has been very busy, and a lot of different. For starters, my mother celebrated her 30th (plus 21 years) birthday! I told the boys when they were putting the candles on her cake that we were going to have to start counting the candles in decades or the whole cake would be covered! I know, “just wait until you get older.”
Now that I am “older” I am invited to “grown up” functions such as birthday parties for my mom. I had a great time having dinner at one of her friends houses for her birthday. It was nice to put names to faces and see my mom in her friend element. I was also going to try my hand at making her favorite strawberry cake, but two other people made it, so luckily for me (and everybody else’s taste buds) I didn’t have to make the cake.
We did however go to Arigatos Japanese Steakhouse with my mom for her birthday dinner and then celebrated at home with a cookie cake from the grocery store and presents. Don’t knock those cookie cakes, we all get them for our birthdays. So delish.
HAPPY FIFTY FIRST BIRTHDAY, MOM!
The next day we switched gears and it was time for Thanksgiving. The Garlow Thanksgiving was a little different this year, to say the least, because my dad and two younger brothers went to West Virginia to my Mimi’s house, and my mom, older brother and me went to a big friend gathering for Thanksgiving. Was it weird? Yes. Did I like it? No comment. I kept saying to myself that even though my family structure might look a little different now, and we all weren’t together on the big Turkey Day, I have so much to be thankful for. That’s what I am going to keep focusing on… I have so much to be Thankful for, repeat.
Like my wuss of a dog that hides behind the Christmas tree. Donations for a tree skirt are welcome.
Another new development in my little life is high school football. Now, if you know me, you know I LOVE college football. I breathe college football, but because I played a fall sport in high school for Calvary I was never able to attend a high school football game at the local public school. This year all of that changed. I started going in support of a super awesome family friend and her son that played, and it turned into a “gotta be there or I will ruin the mojo” event every Friday night. It also produced a super hunky dude in the form of a boyfriend, but more on that later. I have so enjoyed going to the West games and cheering on the boys. This year they made it to the third round of state playoffs, and even though the past few weekends I froze my tail off, I enjoyed almost every second. It helps when you sit on the fifty yard line with the loudest group of people in Clemmons.
Let’s guess how many layers I have on in this picture… Under Armour, long sleeved waffle shirt, sweat shirt, puffy insulated jacket, two pairs of gloves and a pair of mitts, leggings, jeans, blanket wrapped like a shirt, blanket over my lap, beanie. Was I still a little cold? Yes. Worth it? Double yes. Unfortunately, West lost last night and there will be no more freezing on the 50 this season.
And the biggest life change as of late? … I stopped biting my finger nails, I think for good this time. I am still going and getting Shellac put on my nails, but I am getting better and better about not biting around them or putting them in my mouth in general. For those that know me know that this is huge, and for the first time in remembrance of my life, I had my nails cut with clippers.
LOOK AT DEM NAILS! Operation pretty hands. Check. This alone deems 2013 as a success.
I have nothing else to say. I hope you and your families had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I would say now it is officially time for Christmas, but my tree has been up for three weeks and Blake Shelton Christmas was being played shortly after that.
Elf mode in full effect.