Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Flashback...Red cheeks!

This Friday Flashback takes us back 10 years when I was living with my husband and children in Indiana.  It just so happened to be my 30th birthday.

My good friend Molly suggested that we all get together to celebrate the big 3-0.  She offered to have us all meet at her apartment, and John volunteered to stop and by a birthday cake.

Before the get together at Shae and Molly's, John and I went out to dinner.  When we were done eating we drove to Baskin Robbin's to pick up a cake before we headed over to the party.

When we pulled into the parking lot of Baskin Robbin's, I told John to just drop me off and I would run in and grab a cake.

I quickly picked out a cake and went up to pay for it.  The guy behind the counter asked me if I wanted him to write something on the top of the cake.  He assured me that there would be no charge and that it would just take a second.  Without giving it much thought I told him to go ahead and write on the cake. 

When he asked me what I wanted him to write, I was a bit flustered and answered with red, warm cheeks, "Happy Birthday, Heidi."

As I WROTE out a check, SIGNING my NAME (which just so happened to be ON THE CAKE), and the sale associate watching me writing "Heidi"...I almost broke out laughing.  I am quite certain the sheepish look on my face gave me away.  I couldn't even look him in the eyes!!  I couldn't even pretend that this cake was NOT for me....but for my "friend" Heidi.

It was very apparent from the worker's reaction that he thought I was going to go home and eat the entire cake myself.  It was almost as if his eyes were saying, "You poor pitiful girl."

As I exited the store, before I was even all the way out the door, I busted out laughing.  What the heck did I just do???  I just picked out a cake and had a special message written to ME from ME.  John and I laughed all the way to Shae and Molly's about the situation.  Everyone at the party had a good laugh about it too.  In fact, we all still laugh about it to this day.

Looking back on it now, I wish I would have had him write something juicy on the cake like...
"Happy Birthday to ME!  The world has been blessed by my presence!"
You can see my red cheeks in this picture!  (Also, look at cute little Riley and Brynn off to the side.)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cinderella goes to the ball....

Riley just finished her Freshman year of basketball.  I have mixed emotions about being done.  I'm glad they are done because it was a lot of chasing around town...driving to and from practice, driving to and from games, juggling schedules.  But, at the same time, I'm a little sad...she is fun to watch play.  She was also exercising and doing something productive everyday.

They ended the season with only 6 girls on the team!  It was always a little scary when someone would foul out or get hurt.  Riley struggled with a bad knee most of the season.  She had to have her knee wrapped for every game and she would also wear a brace over the top of the wrap.  Her knee has a tendency to pop out of place.  When that happens, she has a hard time walking for a couple of days and she can't put much weight on it.

Our school district (because of budget cuts) did not have sports last year in the Junior High Schools.  It was a little unfortunate for the girls that age, because it put them an entire year behind other schools.  Riley's team had a pretty good season in spite of that fact.  They played hard, and improved each game!