A couple weeks ago I had a birthday.
I love that my birthday is smooshed right in there after Claire's (back here and here) so we can have a little hoopla to shadow over the fact I'm getting older :)
I've been wanting to hike at a place called "Flat Iron" for forever and a day. It's the tippy top of that huge cliff you see down there in the picture below.
...and that picture was taken part-way up so you can imagine what a hike it is...
I figured the best time to get my family to do this thing with me was to ask for it for my birthday present. And boy oh boy they sure followed through with great attitudes and all (ok not all great, but they were pretty good sports I have to admit...this thing is not for the weak of heart).
We dropped off Lucy at Nana's house (she's the best... this was not a "Lucy Hike"), and headed off.
See Claire below?
I could go on and on about all kinds of analogies we thought of as we climbed...and how many stages of "are we there yet?" we had. It took over two hours to hike this puppy but oh boy was it worth it for the gorgeous view at the tippy top.
We ran across one family hiking that thing with SIX kids, youngest was four. Yowzas. I have since met her at my gym and I'm so glad...small world.
When we got home our neighbors had been busy with our door:
And some nice presents.
My friends and sisters-in-law took me out for a couple birthday lunches too. I'm one lucky girl.