A little celebrating never hurt anyone

What a joy it is to be the birthday girl.

My husband and step daughters gave me a gift certificate to Massage Envy. Be jealous!

Sydney surprised me too. She and Brandon gave me a gift certificate to iTunes. MY FAVORITE STORE EVER! I mean…she really HAS grown up. This birthday is proof. No reminding from anyone. Just BOOM. Perfect gift and card.

My baby starts college on Tuesday (sniff!).

And here is the birthday cake – Cookie dough delirium from Cold Stone. Mmmmmm!

There are a few missing pieces of cookie dough from the top. Let’s just say my shutter wasn’t fast enough…..

And they were really yummy.

Cold Stone Heaven.

I love what he says in the card. I hope it always seems like an adventure for us. Adventures are so much more fun than years passing. I love this man.

Also, I rented a lens this weekend from Arlington Camera. I thought I would try one of the big girl lenses (as in expensive). If I like it enough, I will rent it again for a wedding I am hired to photograph in a few weeks.

So far, I REALLY love it (of course!). Here are some random first images I took with it around the house.

Crazy-eyed Anna dog.
Bridget playing house.
My ten-year old lab.
Fred in the bed of the girl’s playhouse they created.
Fred cheesing for the camera.

Yes, poor guy needs a trim. He can see…..I think?

I, also, want to thank my bloggy friend Rommel for featuring my blog in his last post Travel Theme: Rhythm. He said some really nice things and I appreciate the recognition. Not to mention, I love his blog.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.