I have always loved having a birthday right before Halloween. When I was little, my parents threw great trick or treating parties for me every year, complete with my Dad's super spooky laugh and family room horror show of cold spaghetti brains and peeled grape eyeballs. As I got older, I always allowed myself to have a bit more fun than probably legal around Halloween because heck, it was my birthday week too! I think we are still recovering from the wild Halloween party Nick threw me about five years ago. Photo below- that's me as a cop, Nick as Teen Wolf (oh yeah, really) and our friend Jen as Pamela Anderson. And yes, we do look tall because we are standing on the coffee table. We can throw a good party, no doubt about it.
|My wild birthday, not so long ago.|
So what is in store for my big birthday week this year? It's decidedly more mellow, but infinitely more special. This year, Debbie Reinhart Schleicher, my late best friend Jenny's big sister, is bringing Jenny's kids Maddie (age 13) and Connor (age 9) from Wisconsin to stay with us for a long, non-stop fun filled Arizona weekend. I cannot wait to get these three under my roof. It's time that Jenny's kids and my two little ones spend some real quality time together. It is so important to Debbie and me that these kids really get to know and love one another. Jenny and I had always planned on raising our families together, and even if she can't be here, I will hold up my end of the bargain for both of us.
So what do we have planned? A costume parade at Jenny-Jane's preschool, a special candy shop excursion, a sunset desert hike, a day at a fabulous local resort, pumpkin carving, lots of hot tub time, a wild West night at Rawhide, a Halloween carnival at our club and maybe even a monster truck ride at the ostrich farm just south of Phoenix. Oh yeah, that's just the beginning. I'm crazy excited. I cannot think of a better way to spend my birthday this year. Thank you sweet Debbie, for bringing yourself and the kids to Phoenix. I know Jenny will be overseeing every single, wonderful moment of our time together.
And no, I do not have a costume this year. Well, maybe I'll try on the cop get-up one more time just for fun, but not in front of the kids!
Happy birthday week to me (its the big 41),