August 26, 2013

Birthday Recap

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Wow, has it been an amazing birthday week.

First, I had our volleyball Preseason tournament where we won our division and grew as a team.  Then, I spent the next four days in Canada.  I had told my Mimi how much I enjoyed traveling and so she took me to Montreal and Quebec City where we had tours, incredible meals, ice cream in the park, and walks on cobblestone streets.  After a day and a half in Montreal, where we saw the Olympic park, we took a train ride to Quebec City.  The train ride was one of my favorites.  We were first class and our table and seats were spacious and very comfortable.  It was fun to see the countryside, too. 

Our hotel in Quebec City was gorgeous.  The architecture reminded me of a castle and its surroundings made you feel as if you had stepped back in time.
 
 
Lovely, isn't it?  Probably my highlight of the trip was getting to eat our at special places where I never would've gotten to if our whole family had gone.  I also really enjoyed the last day, when I got to pick where to go and I chose a maple museum and a jail that had turned into a library.  At the maple museum, we tried their maple chunk ice cream.  I liked it so much, I bought my only souvenir there; maple sugar chunks.  I can't wait to use them in ice cream or muffins:)  Mmm, they are SOOO good.
 

Mimi got berry sorbet and I got the maple ice cream.  
 
There was also a mural in Quebec City.  It was so fun to stand next to it and blend into the picture. 
 

 
It was an incredible experience and listening to the French language was really neat.  What was the best was when people would switch between French and English in the middle of their conversations.  It made eavesdropping impossible! :)  But as excuring as ut all was, I was ready to come home at the end of the week.  I missed my family and my routine.  But I really liked experiencing the European style in Quebec City.
 
The next day after getting back, we had a volleyball game in Kansas City and then on Saturday, we had my birthday party.  My dad took us down to my grandparent's lakehouse and took us tubing and jetskiing.  It was so.  much.  fun.  wow.  The water and weather were perfect; I couldn't have asked for more.  We swam, tubed, played the Game of Things (an early birthday present from my mom and a must play) and ate monster cookies.  I loved getting to spend and afternoon with my dad and my best friends, who are such blessings to me.  Getting to read all their cards blew me away and although I don't deserve the incredible friends God has blessed me with, but He has and I am so grateful for them.  Thanks guys, for an awesome birthday at the lake! 
 
 
All of before getting in the water (notice the nice hair:)
 
 
Jumping off!

 
Avery and Anna

 
Me and my "spitting whale"
 

Water fight!
  
  
Thanks to Savanna for all the water fight pics!
 
The drive home was as full of talking as the drive down had been.  Getting to be with everyone was the best part.  Then, as icing on the cake, after dropping everyone off, Dad took me shopping at the mall for my birthday.  There was a sale going on (yeah, that is the only time I shop:) and I found two adorable dresses and shoes.  I love shopping with Dad because he is genuinely interested in finding things I like and takes joy in getting them for me.  This was after he had been pulling us around on the tube for several hours.  I am blessed with an incredible Dad.
 
 
Plates that were 2 dollars a piece.  How could I say no!  There were like, two minutes before the mall closes and I was running through the store with these, trying to get to a cash register in time. Very classic. :)
 
 
One of the dresses . . .  I really like this one.
 
And I haven't even had my actual birthday yet!  It's tomorrow, along with Natalie's and Anna's, so happy birthday ladies!  This year's birthday has really humbled me, for I realized how wonderful my friends and family are.  They know me and care about me and do things for me that they know will bless me in deep ways.  Thanks for such a wonderful birthday!

23 comments:

  1. Your trip sounds amazing! Maple icecream? ooooooo I can't decide if I'd love it or hate it!
    Thank you so much for inviting me to your party, it was INCREDIBLE and your Dad was amazing to pull us around on the tubes all day. Now my arms are so super sore! But it was all worth it:)
    And that dress is adorable. Absolutely completely. I'm so jealous!
    Happy birthday, Mary!

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    1. Oh my goodness, my shoulders are soooo sore. It is a good thing we don't have volleyball practice! I'll have to make you some ice cream so you can decide:) And thanks - I am so blessed by you!

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  2. Cool!! Love all the pictures! Your new dress is totally awesome!!! You should learn how to make ice-cream like that!!

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    1. Thanks Avery! I had a blast swimming with you! I do need to learn how to make ice cream like that. It is on my to do list!

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  3. Wishing you a very happy early birthday full of treats and smiles!

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  4. I'm so glad to know you have such a wonderful time! That must have been so much fun, lucky you! ;-) And happy birthday in advance! I hope you have a truly fantastic one, Mary! :-)

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    1. You are too sweet, Consuelo. Thanks so much!

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  5. Looks like you had such a fun time for your birthday!! :) Quebec City looks so gorgeous; I want to go there. And those plates are adorable! :D

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    1. Quebec City was amazing; enough of Europe to satisfy my cravings! I would've gotten more plates had I had more time . . . maybe its a good thing I didn't? :) Thanks Abbie!

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  6. I love your dress, Mary Frances!! And thanks so much for inviting me to your party. I had a blast!

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    1. Aw I had so much fun with you too, Anna! Tubing was the best, I hope we can do it again sometime. Thank you!

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  7. Happy birthday! Your trip sounds like a lot of fun!

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  8. I loved the part about your trip... I felt like I was there with you! :) And your birthday was a BLAST! :) It was so fun to get to spend all that time with you, and you can't go wrong with tubing... the few bumps and bruises I have are definitely memorable "souvenirs!" :)

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    1. Hehe "memorable souvenirs" indeed:) My shoulders were sore, but it was a blast. Thanks Hannah!

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  9. Wahnsinnig schöne Farben und eine Landschaft zum Verlieben. Erinnert mich an ein Gemälde, ich glaub es heisst „Rainy Landscape“ von dem russischen Maler Kandansky http://WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8EWL66, welches ich auf WahooArt.com gesehen habe. Dort können Sie sich Gemälde drucken lassen oder auch handmalen lassen. Wirklich ein grossartiger Platz wo Sie die gleiche Art von Ihrem Gemälde finden können.

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  10. Happy happy birthday! It sounds like you had a fantastic week--and the trip to Canada sounds so dreamy! I can't wait to see what you do with those maple chunks1

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    1. Thank you Liz! I am having a hard time deciding, but I *think* I'm going to make ice cream this weekend. We'll see ! :)

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