Focus T25 – Days 15 & 16

I don’t want to get too far behind on my week, so I’m doing a double edition Tuesday!

Let me start off by saying I had THE MOST incredible birthday weekend and birthday on Sunday. I was surrounded by three of my favorite things – friends, football and food; sorry I was so busy cooking I didn’t take any pictures. Sorry!

Friday I got my workout in first thing

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The hours at the office on Friday seemed to tick slower than normal. I was so excited about dinner that I couldn’t sit still.

Speaking of, I was a lucky girl who got to celebrate my birthday Friday night at one of my favorite restaurants, Uncle Julio’s. I was surrounded by amazing people and had a lot of laughs. One of my closest friends came into town from Houston with his wife. We never took a picture, but I’ll always remember that they were there. Thanks to the boy for the gluten-free carrot cake!

Birthday Celebration Friday Night

Saturday I enjoyed brunch with friends, went to the grocery store, took a little nap because I wasn’t feeling well, and then spent hours cooking. Saturday night I went to a holiday party. It was so much fun! Lots of laughs, great food, and fun games.

Holiday Party

Sunday was my birthday! I woke up to breakfast in bed from the boy. I told him it was the only thing I wanted for my birthday. He said he made my breakfast into a smiley face “because [I] make [him] smile every day.” Super sweet!

Sunday Funday Birthday

The picture of me with “The Dirty 30”  sunglasses is from Friday night. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures on Sunday, but it’s because I was cooking, watching football and enjoying my friends who came to hang. It was a great day! Here’s to a great year and some of the best years of my life ahead! Happy birthday to me!

Yesterday morning I was NOT in the mood to get up and workout, BUT I did it anyway! I actually had a great workout and was so glad I got up.

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I was ready for what I thought would be a good day. Unfortunately, something at lunch I ate (I’m pretty sure it was the soup) did NOT sit well. I was down for the count the rest of the day, next to no appetite, so I forced myself to eat chicken noodle soup that I made.

Monday Lunch and Dinner

Here’s to a better Tuesday!

Danced My Face Off

Happy Monday! After a long weekend of celebrating the marriage of a great friend, I am on the couch recovering from a very painful epidural (steroid) shot today. I told my mom if that’s how badly the epidural hurts during labor I am adopting. I pray that I don’t ever have to get one of those shots again for my back; kids will be a discussion later. 🙂

I LOVE wedding. I’ve been in many and have gone to several. There is something beautiful about friends declaring their love for one another for family and friends to witness. I got choked up as I watched one of my closet friends of 12 years marry his best friend. The bride looked absolutely beautiful walking down the isle.

After the ceremony we headed to the reception. We enjoyed a little cocktail hour before the bride and groom arrived and then a lovely dinner. What I was most excited about was dancing. They had a band, which I love. Seriously there is something about live music that just gets me going. Having said that, a great dj who knows what to play can keep me entertained until the very end.

I was well aware that my back wasn’t in the best condition to dance, but I figured I couldn’t do any more damage. So, within reason I was on the dance floor all night long. I had SO much fun. I caught up with the grooms college buddies, met their girlfriends and wives, hung out with my college roommate and best friend (the grooms sister), and enjoyed some of my favorite people from NJ. It really was a spectacular evening. I did pay for it the next morning, but in my mind it was totally worth it.

Here are some pictures from the wedding –

Bride and groom_officially married

Bride and groom heading to the reception (photo courtesy of Maid of Honor).

Goodies from the wedding

Goodies from the wedding. 🙂

Playing the drums and singing on the mic

Groom on the drums, bride on the mic (photo courtesy of the Maid of Honor).

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Photo booth fun. Hehe love this!

Collage of wedding pics

Top left: College roommate, groom, me, and bride getting ready for the “after party.”

Top right: Groom, me and the bride; say cheese y’all!

Bottom left: Me and my bff.

Bottom center: Me, my college roommate and bff. Love these girls; they were dancing machines.

Bottom right: The groom and his college friends singing.

After a wonderful wedding weekend I came back to Austin and celebrate my friend Mimi’s birthday. This is her getting ready to blow out her candles with her boys!

Mimi and her boys

Happy dirty 30 Mimi!

Amazing weekend, recovering today from all the celebrating. Looking forward to the next week coming up this fall. Hope y’all had a wonderful weekend. Congratulations again to the new Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Jayne.

Question: Do you like weddings, and what is your favorite part?