The big 3-0.

3:03 PM

    Birthdays around here are a cause for much fanfare and celebration.  I have always loved them, but they cause even more excitement now that the girls are getting old enough to grasp a little more of what is going on.  Jocelyn was so excited about her daddy's birthday, it was the cutest thing.  Walking around the house talking about it and randomly bursting into Happy Birthday refrains. It is the most excited I have ever seen her for ANY birthday, including her own.  So I have high hopes she will actually enjoy her 4th, rather than the deer-in-headlights response she has had for most of her other parties.  Granted there's only been 3.  Whatever.

   I love throwing big parties and so naturally, this being Randy's 30th I was determined to plot a huge extravaganza, including all of our family, friends, and perhaps even our Sunday school class and the mailman.  But wouldn't ya know we are different? ;) Randy actually prefers to keep things small, and he just wanted his family over for dinner and games, and so that's what we did.  We definitely missed the "out-of-staters" (Byran & Amy, Xavier, Nicolas and Chris)....but are looking forward to spending time all together this summer!

   The girls followed me around as I put up the finishing touches and scrambled to have everything in place before the guests arrived.  Jocelyn had to ask "What's that for?" about 1,700 times and just tried to take it all in.  I actually remembered to take pictures BEFORE the party, which is no small miracle.  And also managed to unknowingly catch myself in the mirror with my apron on.  Accidental selfie, anyone?  

   It's no secret that I love pictures, and so I thoroughly enjoyed putting up this little collage of Randy over the past 30 years.  The girls could not get done looking at it.  

   The classic "sleeping in the back of the car" and picking flowers ones are two of my all-time favorites.  You just can't beat that flaming head of curls.

    Jocelyn got a "gift for daddy" ready, which was a bunch of her doll clothes stuffed inside of a gift bag.  It's the thought that counts.  She also changed about 3.5 times before settling on her party attire. She was NOT taking this whole birthday party thing lightly.

    I scoured Pinterest for printables, and before finding these gems I was getting a little discouraged.  Everything I found for a 30th birthday said things like, "30 Sucks!" or "30 blows!" And you would attach it to a jar of suckers or balloons or something.  I mean, come on.  He's not dying, he's turning 30! I mean, I guess he is a little closer to dying than he was last year, but.....whatever.  Let's have a little positive thinking on a BIRTHDAY for goodness sakes.  So then I found these that said "Thirty is refreshing" and I snatched them up for my pop can "cake".  I found them quite punny, because they almost look like they say "Thirsty is refreshing".  Were they going for that?  Am I just OCD with grammar?  We may never know.  In any case, he will get to enjoy them all to himself because let's be honest....who likes Diet Pepsi??

 Charlotte followed me around the house saying "Cheese! Cheese!" And so I obliged her.  How could you not?  I was in such a hurry I just quickly snapped one and now of course I wish I had taken many more.

  This cake....ohhh this cake.  It was decadent and delicious and fulfilled all of Randy's birthday wishes and I didn't have to make it.  If that isn't the ultimate perfection of cake dreams, I don't know what is.

  This picture was apparently right before the girls swiped a bunch of frosting with their fingers and I never even noticed until we were lighting the candle and cutting the cake.  I know, it's so obvious now!  With them both intently staring and Jocelyn's finger going right for it....but like I said, I was in a rush and I was barely even looking while I was snapping.

    See that grin?  That's a guilty grin if I ever saw one. 

   No party is complete without a few games, so I had everyone fill out a "How well do you know Randy?" quiz, and one of the questions was about his love language.  Which is, hands down, words of encouragement.  So that led us into the next activity, which was to take a jar full of mints and write on the attached piece of paper something they liked/appreciated/admired about Randy.  This game ended up being one of my favorite parts of the whole evening because it was so much fun to see what people wrote, whether serious or funny, and I know if I were Randy that encouragement would be enough to keep me going for a long time.  

  I didn't get a group picture, but I managed to snag one of Randy with his parents, and brother Trevin.  I am so thankful for my in-laws!  They have been a huge help, support and blessing to us since we've been married.  (And even before that too, actually!)  Of course I wish my family could all live around here too, but I am thankful for the family I have found in them.  They raised their son to be such a Godly man, wonderful husband and amazing father, and I am so grateful.  Thanks Steve & Bonnie, for being the cause of this birthday celebration in the first place. 

       It was such a fun evening, I may have been converted over to the "small party" fan club.  A lot less work, a lot less planning and a whole TON less stress, and still just as much fun as anything else would have been. So who knows?  Maybe we'll have to keep the small party tradition going around here.

I know Randy would be happy with that.

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  1. Happy Birthday to Randy! Looks like it was lots of fun. I lol'd at the who likes diet Pepsi thing because i was thinking just that when I saw it was cans of diet pepsi. ha.

  2. you are so great at party planning! looks fun. i'm sure your hubby and everyone else loved it too!

  3. It looks like he had a great birthday. Blessings for many more to come!


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