Wonderful Weekend!

Sunday, November 11, 2007
This was such a lovely weekend. My friend, Staci arrived Friday afternoon and we got ready to go out to dinner with friends. We went to a beautiful old Inn that serves a chef's multi course dinner. You do not order off a menu. Rather, the chef prepares a five course meal for all of the guests. Let's just say they wine was flowing, laughter was abundant and we had a great time. I do feel bad for those couples who were seated near us because we were not quiet. I hope we did not ruin any romantic dinners.

Saturday, Staci and I spent most of the day at a spa getting facials and massages. I began telling my friend Staci (very quietly I might add) about an episode of Brothers and Sisters when the characters get kicked out of the quiet room at a spa. I had just begun telling Staci the story in the quiet room at our spa, when an older woman STORMED out and shouted, "It is supposed to be the QUIET room!" The other women (who were also quietly chatting) looked at us and we were all in shock. I must say it was quite entertaining. I think that woman really needed her massage.

After our first treatments, we were back in the quiet room with new people who were also chatting, so I did not feel too bad.

After the spa, we met my friend, Shannon at a beautiful winery for some wine, a cheese plate, pumpkin soup and good conversation. It was a crisp and beautiful fall afternoon to sit outside and have wine with friends.

When we got home, the boys had a special surprise planned. Will had made a "popcorn cake" from a kids cookbook. Harry had planned a "birthday parade." They marched into the living room and sang and gave me many presents (jewelry baubles, a car monogram, Uggs, warm fuzzy bed jacket). My favorite part though was when they each shared what they love about me. It was adorable and made me cry. Then Harry came over with a small bottle of Holy Water that his teacher gave him and blessed me on the forehead. It was so sweet. We bless each other most nights as a little ritual that is special just to him and me. It made my heart sing that he included that in the birthday parade.

Sunday morning we had reservations to go to a very nice place for my favorite brunch. However, little Katie Ru was very sick so we cancelled. Staci, Harry and I ended up going to a local breakfast place for omelets on the way to take her to the airport. I loved every single minute of my "pre-birthday" weekend. It was perfect.

I did take Kate to the pediatrician this afternoon (yes, our doctor office is open on Sunday). She has a very bad cold and high fever but it appears to be nothing serious. She is just miserable though. As for my health... I have an appointment with a specialist in a few weeks (so many of you have asked--thank you).


  1. Kim~

    What a wonderful weekend! I'm so glad you had such a great time with friends and family. It brought tears to my eyes when I read what your family had done for you -- especially each one sharing what they love about you. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and children. I hope Kate is feeling better soon.

  2. What a special birthday weekend. Sounds wonderful. Good for you. You are just beautiful...(as always)
    Give little Kate a hug for me and I will be praying she is all better soon and praying for you too.

  3. Hi Kim - You look lovely - so glad you had such a wonderful weekend. You bless so many others, looks like you were "blessed" this weekend (literally!) Kiss Miss Kate, we have all been through it in these parts, this weekend we all stayed home just to regroup!
    Happy, Happy Birthday - you always look beautiful, not even looking 39 at this point. Best wishes at the specialist, let us know how you are feeling...


  4. I am SO glad you had a great weekend. You definitely deserve to be celebrated!

    So you're definitely blond (but dirty blond - and most definitely not the kind of blond I was referring to). People in LA have that platinum blond hair which is what I was talking about.

    I loved hearing about your weekend. Your kids are so sweet. I'll talk to you tomorrow morning (or in your case - afternoon).



  5. Oh, and enjoy Desperate Housewives

    Talk soon


  6. Happy, Happy Birthday ~ you weren't kidding, it was a wonderful weekend! Except for poor Kate being sick ~ I hope she feels much better real soon!

  7. Happy Birthday Kim!!!!

    You look absolutely beautiful and YOUNG!!! What a great way to celebrate your life. The birthday parade is an ingenious idea- loved it. So sorry Kate is sick, hope she is better soon- I dread the day we deal with that in our house. I hope you are able to resolve your issues soon as well!

    I love my new camera-thank you so much for the "review". I am taking entirely too many photos... i am a horrible editor so i save everything and would post every pic if i could!

    Take care and hope your house is well, again soon!!


  8. So glad you had a special weekend! It sounds like it was perfect other than sweet Kate being sick! Happy Birthday Week!

  9. Wow! How fun! I am SO glad that this weekend worked out for you and you were able to make some wonderful memories with great friends! What a way to welcome in the new decade! You look fabulous! Love what your family did for you, just priceless. The monogram for your car is just perfect for you! Here's to you sweetie!

  10. What a great weekend! Great friends, food and pampering! Happy Birthday!!!

  11. What a GREAT weekend Kim, I enjoyed hearing all about it and enjoyed all the lovely pictures too!
    You look gorgeous and the laughter on your face and in your heart only adds to your beauty. :)
    The boys in your life are all so sweet, and of course Kate is just precious too, I hope she is well very soon.
    Thanks for keeping us updated on your health, I will continue to pray for you. :)
    Happy Birthday weekend!

  12. Very sweet Kim. YOu had a great weekend full of all the important things. I hope Kate feels better. Mia is sick too but just a cold. Feel better and Happy bday!!

    Christy :)

  13. hysterical spa story!!
    sounds like you had a fabulous time with your favorite people!!
    i have a car monogram too but its huge so i haven't put it on yet...trying to decide where to place the big guy but need a smaller one for my car-love those!
    glad you are feeling better,.

  14. Happy Birthday. What a wonderful time with friends and your thoghtful family. I love the blessing hope Kate is feeling much better today.

  15. Wow! What a great weekend! It sounds like you had a blast. Sorry to hear Kate isn't feeling well. We all have colds here too.

  16. What a great weekend!! Sounds like you had a blast. Your kids are so sweet. What special memories.

    Hope Kate feels better soon. (and you too!)

    I love Brothers and Sisters. The quiet room would have been hysterical!

  17. What a wonderful birthday weekend! You are truly blessed by good friends and such a sweet family. I hope Kate feels better soon. It's that time of year. And I hope you are able to get your own health issues resolved and feeling better soon!

    BTW, I have always LOVED this song. It always reminds me just how fast time flies and to cherish the small moments that always bring our greatest blessings.

  18. I am glad you had a lovely Birthday weekend. I pray there is nothing serious wrong with your stomach and you receivehelp to feel better.
    I also pray for speedy recovery for Ms Kate. I know a cold is so yuck.

  19. Wow, I hope my 40th is as memorable! I am so glad that you had a great time. Hope to see you soon~

  20. What an awesome weekend! Happy Happy Birthday!! I feel terrible that you & Katie Ru don't feel well & I pray for healing SOON!

  21. Wow~

    It looks like your weekend was everything you had hoped for! It sounds/looks like you had so much fun with your friends and family.

    Seeing you laugh and smile as you're about to hit 40 makes me not dread it so much...You look beautiful and it is hard to believe you haven't been feeling your best because you look tremendous in all the photos.

    So sorry Miss Kate isn't feeling well. She looked so pitiful, poor thing. :o(

    Blessings for a beautiful birthday week,

  22. What a wonderful birthday weekend...
    Sounds like you had a lot of fun...
    WOnderful pictures...
    And I love brothers and sisters...
    Hope Kate is feeling better soon..
    Hugs to you and your family

  23. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday weekend, your boys are just too sweet! Enjoy your Uggs...they are so warm. Hope Miss Kate gets well soon.


  24. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful birthday weekend full of loving people. Happy Birthday to you! You make "??" :D look FABULOUS!!

  25. I'm glad you had such a wonderful weekend with friends and family...sounded almost perfect - just wish sweet Kate hadn't gotten sick. (sounds like she has what Lily is recovering from - YUCK)

    Hugs to you both...I hope she is better soon, and I'm glad you will be seeing a specialist so you can also be on the mend!

  26. Ok, it is very much past my bedtime and I am on the computer, crazy me! Anyhow, it is your birthday and I wanted to be one of the first to wish you a great day and a wonderful year! Love you Kim! Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

  27. Kim,
    I left a post yesterday but I do not see it. When exactly is your birthday? You know I have to do a post for you : )
    Happy Birthday my friend.

  28. Sounds like a wonderful birthday weekend. You deserve it! Birthday Wishes from me, all the way from Spain! :)


    Hope today is great!

    Hope you and Katie are both feeling well and you have a wonderful, special, happy day!
    Big Hug

  31. Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great day.

  32. I hope Kate is feeling better - and Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a fabulous weekend.

  33. Sounds like a lovely time was spent! May you have a wonderful birthday and I hope Kate is feeling better!

  34. Great weekend. Were you at The Little Inn of Washington?! Sounds a bit like it......Good times.


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