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Brian, Kristine, Analise, and Josiah Toone

BIG Birthday Blessings!

9th April 2006

This past Friday was my BIG birthday:) I turned 30

years old! It was such a lovely day that I just have to

share all the sweet moments.

1. Analise slept until 7:15am! That’s almost a record!
2. Brian’s 8:00am class was not meeting, so he was home with us

until 10am.
3. He left early (5:45am) to bike to a bible

study at Panera, and believe it or not, brought me a

Caramel Latte home WHILE RIDING HIS BIKE! It was pretty

sloshed, and only about 2/3 full, but still… the

thought was so sweet!
4. He’d also left me a homemade

birthday card with an old picture of just after we met

and a recent picture of Analise and I, printed on 13×19

paper, definitely the largest birthday card!
5. Brian’s parents came over with a pretty boquet of roses.
6. Analise was full of hugs when I was holding her, heading to my bed for her nap. She’d say, “hug!” and throw her arms around my neck and follow it up with a kiss. So sweet!
7. Brian’s parents took Analise overnight (she had a lovely time, of course), and I was relieved of my mommy duties for about 18 hours, including dinner, bath, bedtime, and breakfast.
8. Brian took me to Macaroni Grill for dinner, which was EXCELLENT, and its our new favorite italian restaurant.
9. Then we enjoyed a relaxing time at Barnes & Noble browsing and reading to each other.
10. We capped off the evening out by meeting 8 friends from church at The Cheesecake Factory… our 2nd time there in less than a week:) Great cheesecake, as usual. I had tiramisu cheesecake, and I think it’s my new favorite. We had such a fun time hanging out with our friends, too!

11. It was wonderful to come home and not have to worry about Analise waking up sometime during the night. The house was quite messy, as I’d spent the day scrapbooking, and Analise’s toys were all over, as were goldfish crackers. (My birthday present to myself was to avoid bending over to pick up anything so that my aching back would feel a little better.) My most amazing husband picked up the toys, and then decided since Analise wasn’t home to wake up, he’d VACCUUM the den – at 11:30 at night! Amazing… what an act of love! Can you tell it doesn’t take much to make me happy these days??
12. Lastly, we’re going away on Easter Sunday for a night of rest and relaxation. It’s a suprise as to where we’re going, but Brian’s assured me he’s got some nice plans.
13. I got fun cards, both online and in the mailbox. Analise has enjoyed all of them… she watches the online ones over and over and colors on the cards and envelopes that come in the mail.

What a list! There are plenty of things I left out, like the presents that have come in the mail, etc, but know that they were much, much appreciated. I’m such a lucky woman, and it was a wonderful day and I felt very “celebrated”. Thanks for thinking of me! I am so blessed and loved! God’s been so good to me!

3 Responses to “BIG Birthday Blessings!”

  1. tb Says:

    sorry, didn’t know it was your big day. Happy late birthday!

  2. steve Says:

    Happy birthday, Kristine!!! We just went to Cheesecake Factory the other day too and I was going to get the Tiramisu cheesecake but then i found out they had regular tiramisu. It was very, VERY, good. Only second to Ricks, i think. I am glad your Birthday was so good. Brian, sorry i couldn’t call the other night. I will try again this evening.

  3. Mandy Says:

    Happy Birthday, Kristine!!! 🙂

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