Monday, February 9, 2009

It's Official...I'm No Longer in My 20's

That's right, folks. I am officially 30 years old. I still can't believe it. I'm in a bit of denial. I don't feel any different, but I know that I am. I am now in another decade. I am now a certified "ma'am". *sigh* Oh well. Being 30 probably won't be as bad as I feared. I mean, so far it's been great.

First off, my super sweet husband planned a fabulous surprise birthday party for me. It was the weekend before my birthday and was SO much fun! I kind of suspected something was going on but had no idea that my surprise party would be at the park (so clever and creative and PERFECT for all the kiddos) and that so many of my best friends would be there. I am not one that likes parties for myself (I panic at the thought), but I am so thankful that Channing did this for me. I felt so blessed and special to be surrounded by family and great friends.

Let me just say that Channing worked so hard to keep this a secret. It would have worked, too, had I not used his email to send out some stuff for work. When I was in his email, I saw some responses to a message he had sent out about my birthday. I DID NOT open any of the messages but did see the subject line about my birthday. Poor Channing! He tried so hard! Until I saw the messages, I thought he wasn't planning anything at all for my birthday and was kind of sad. I mean, I was, in no way, expecting a party, but I thought he would at least talk about me turning 30. Nope...nothing.

Back to the fabulous party he planned...since I didn't know I was heading to my own birthday party, I didn't have my camera. Channing didn't think to bring it, so I wasn't able to take my own pictures. However, my super sweet friend, Leisha, shared some she took. Thanks, Leisha!!!

Here is a shot of some of the greatest friends in the whole world. Some of these girls I met in college, some I met here in Birmingham. Each one of them holds such a special place in my heart. Each is special and unique and brings me so much joy. I could go on and on about each of the ladies in this picture. You have NO idea. I love you, ladies! Thank you for making my birthday one to remember!!! I am SO incredibly blessed to call you friends.Here is a shot of a little man that stole my heart three years ago...Eli Hairston. Isn't he a doll?!? This sweet little guy wanted a picture with me, and I was more than happy to oblige. Isn't he gorgeous?! He is so precious. He belongs to my sweet friend, Leisha. Oh, and a little lipstick would have been nice. I had no idea I would be seeing so many people. Who gets dressed up to go play at the park with their kids???And here is a shot of Leisha and me. Love you, Leisha!!! Thanks, again, for sharing your pictures.I wish I had a shot of everyone who made it to the party. My mom took one, but she doesn't have a digital camera. :( If I get a copy, I'll have to share it.
Thank you to everyone who went out of their way to make my birthday special, even those who couldn't be there in person. I am so incredibly blessed to have such a great circle of family and friends. Love you all!

Next surprise trip to Disney World. Yes, I spent my 30th birthday in celebration with Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and the rest of the gang. It was so much fun!!!


The Hairston's said...

Awwwwww, Annie! WE LOVE YOU!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY again!!! We had a great time at the park and I'm so glad that you got to spend your big day at Disney with your sweet family!
BTW - You don't look a day over 29! ;)

holly said...

Happy B'day my friend! Hope you got my message on your big day. You should feel special, for as you know, I'm great at forgetting birthdays! Sorry my big ol' self couldn't fly south for your party!

Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries said...

WHAT?? A surprise party AND Mickey? What a great birthday!! Welcome to the land of ma'am. You are totally right.
Happy Birthday, my sweet friend! You deserve it all! Except the ma'am portion, of course.

WV: Goodly- I hope you had a goodly portion of cake for your b'day!

Nathan and Rachel Greenfield said...

annie- so glad you had a great party. you do have a sweet hubby, too bad the surprise didn't quite work out! did you ACT surprised or did channing know you found out?

Karen said...

We had a wonderful time at your party and going out to dinner to celebrate! You are such a sweet friend and an awesome woman of God. So glad Disney was great!!

annieck said...

Thanks, ladies!!! Love you all!
Rachel, I was surprised. I expected it to be that night at dinner (if I had known it would be that day at the park, I certainly would have spruced up a bit) ;). I was surprised to see who came, so it was still exciting and so sweet. Poor Channing, though. He worked so hard! :)

LeAnne said...

that sweet channing...i'm so glad that you had such a fabulous big 3-0!!!

Rachael said...

We had such a great time too, Annie! I can't wait to hear about Disney. :)

Donna said...

Happy Birthday! What an awesome birthday surprise! You look beautiful and I hope Disney is awesome- this is the perfect time of year to go!