Sunday, January 16, 2011

Grant's 30th Birthday

Grant's 30th birthday was this week. It wasn't a huge celebration, like he had planned for me, but we did go out to dinner and I made a Heath Bar Cake for him. His celebration was more in the present that I got for him than the actual day. However, had I been able to get everything done, it would have been one heck of a birthday surprise! My original intention was to plan a great weekend getaway to New York City, go see a Broadway (or Off-Broadway, or Off- Off- Broadway) play, do some sight-seeing and be back before Grant had class on Tuesday. Grant has never been to NYC and I thought that this would be a great time for him to go, see a great production, and remember why he loves (and chose) Theatre to study in the first place. With all of the work, and frustration, on his prospectus/dissertation lately, I thought it might help inspire him a little bit. Unfortunately, due to some extenuating circumstances, a blizzard, and lack of knowledge on my part, I decided the best thing to do was to get him a gift certificate for a Broadway play. That way he can help plan it, and I'm not worried that he's going to hate whatever play I pick out for us to see, and it will be a little nicer weather when we finally get to go.

We came back from dinner and watched the last couple of episodes of the last season of Dexter with our friends and had cake and ice cream. I wish that I would have been able to pull everything off for a big surprise, but despite that, I think he had a great night.

Things have been pretty busy here, the normal appointments, shuffling everyone to and from school, etc. Maddie had an appointment on Friday to have her hearing re-screened, she passed with flying colors, and she also had her thyroid tested again. We won't know the results for a few days, but I don't think there's anything to worry about.

We've been busy trying to get things in order for her 1st birthday party next week, and so far, I'm falling behind. I guess that's pretty typical though, I seem to like pulling things together at the last minute. Click the link below for a little preview of what's to come for her birthday!

Maddie's 1st Birthday

I can't believe it's only a little over a week until my sweet baby turns one! I think of all the things I was busy doing last year getting ready for her impending arrival. The furry of trying to make sure everything's clean and ready and prepared, so that when it happens the whole world isn't in disarray. It's a little of the same this year, preparing for her birthday, but I'm not waiting for contractions to start at any minute.

I'm excited to be able to sit back and reflect on all that has happened this year, and to finally be able to celebrate Madelyn like we should have been able to do a year ago. This year will be just that, a celebration of her and the day she was born. No more dwelling on the what-if's and the unknown, because while we were busy worrying about those things, Maddie was busy growing and learning and showing us that there was nothing to worry about and that she was so much more than we ever thought. I'm excited to celebrate these things about her and to fully see her for her, for being my daughter, Aiden's sister, and a wonderful, enriching part of our family!


Lindsay said...

As always its a great blog. I absolutely love the picture of Grant reading to the kids. Happy Birthday!

Brenna said...

hey courtney!! i miss you and your family so much! i told my mom we have to see you, grant, and the kids sometime! as i was reading your post about grant's birthday, i saw nyc and immediately thought so close!!!!! so when you do come up to see your broadway show with grant in nyc let me know because if i'm in school it's only about a half hour away and i would love to see you guys if you have time. love you and miss you<3