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21 and Counting.

DISCLAIMER:  I wrote this blog a few weeks ago.  But I didn’t have the pictures… until now!  And, p.s., it’s too long.  I was bored when I wrote it.

I love birthdays.  When I was a little girl I would get excited about my birthday months before.  I would start planning what I wanted to do to celebrate, what I wanted to eat for breakfast and dinner, and how much fun everything was going to be.  I would not only get excited about my own birthday, but my friends and family members birthdays.  I loved planning ways that I could make all their birthdays fun and make them feel special.  I think everyone deserves to have a day just to them.  A day where they get to be in charge and have others show their love to them.  It just so happened that my younger brother, Shea, and younger sister, Jasmyn, were born in the same week as me!  Needless to say our family had tons of birthday fun at the end of March and beginning of April.  I loved that birthdays were a big deal and that my family made the birthday girl/boy feel so special throughout the whole day.  Whether it be waking up to a giant birthday card on your door or getting checked out to go out to a surprise lunch, birthdays were the best.

It just so happens that my 21st birthday was this past Tuesday (March 29th).  I still get really excited for my birthday.  For about 2 weeks I was just generally excited about my birthday.  I didn’t have any particular plans, but it was my birthday!  It was always a day full of surprises, fun, and love.  It was also going to be my first birthday that Nate was there to celebrate with me. (He had always been done in Cedar City for the previous year).

Well Tuesday came and I was woken up at 7:14 a.m. to a sleepy husband saying, “you’re 21! Happy Birthday!” (I was born at 7:14 am and it’s been a tradition to wake up at 7:14 to see if I could feel myself getting older… 🙂 )  We then proceeded to go to practice where my team welcomed me with muffins, a card, and lots of hugs and “happy birthdays.”  I have such a great team.

The morning started off great, but as the day went on, my birthday excitement quickly dwindled away.  Nate wasn’t used to doing very much for birthdays.  He had previously told me stories of how he didn’t like his sister’s birthdays because he was forced to watch their TV shows and do stuff they liked.  The concept of having it be all my day seemed silly to him.  As he grumbled as I changed the radio station to country on the way home from practice, I realized that my birthday might not be a day full of surprises and kacee-ness as I have been used to my whole life.  It definitely put a damper on my morning.  Tuesdays are also our longest days (we’re gone from 8 am to 8pm).  Not only was it a long day, but I had a test and 2 papers to work on.  Fun, right?  I was trying really hard to be happy and as my Dad always tells me, “MAKE it a great day.”  But my efforts weren’t working very well.  Okay, so maybe I wasn’t trying that hard…  Regardless, the day was super long and I was in a blah mood.  Kacee-pity-party, right?

I did get into a better mood when I my phone started buzzing and I got to talk to my best friend, Christa, for about an hour.  She always puts me in a better mood and it’s great to catch up.  Right after she called I also got to talk to my Momma and she never lets me complain about things.  So by the time Nate and I finally got to go, I was in a better mood.  Though I still had it in my mind that I shouldn’t expect much other than our plans to go out to eat.

I was planning on going straight out to eat from school, but Nate said that he needed to run home real quick to take some medicine (he’s had a little cold for the past few days).  So we went home and….

SURPRISE!

Blowing out the candles of my funfetti cake. Note: the sweet candles!

This is what I was greeted with.  Turns out that Nate had skipped his class and blitzed home to decorate, buy me M&M’s, a cake, and write me a card (which included passes to go horseback riding at a resort, yes!).  I was definitely surprised, definitely cried a little, definitely gave him a big fat kiss, and definitely loved him more than ever.

After the surprise we continued with our plans to go to The Cheesecake Factory.  It was our first time there (seriously) and it was way good!  We then came home and cuddled on the couch and fell asleep to my favorite movie.

At Cheesecake Factory. It was reeeeeeal good.

It turned out to be such a great birthday.  I can continue to keep loving birthdays very much 🙂 Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes and love!  Love you all 🙂

3 thoughts on “21 and Counting.

  1. I think Aisha has you beat on her birthday planning. She starts planning for her next birthday – the week after her birthday!

    Love you and can't wait to see you and Nate!

    Your Momma

  2. What a great birthday surprise!!! You guys are too cute! March birthdays are the best! I turned 21 on March 11th. Yeah, for being "adults"! 🙂

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