Friday, March 4, 2011

Keary's 30th Birthday and Why My Hair is Getting Even Grayer

Keary's 30th birthday was Saturday.  I had originally thought about throwing him a big party, I had even decided on a Dr.Who theme with a TARDIS cake.  But then a couple days after my Grandy had a stroke, we found out that Keary would very likely be layed off from his job in February.  Not exactly the time you need to spend extra money. We ended up deciding to get a babysitter and go to dinner with friends, still a big deal (for us) and not something we do pretty much ever.

We went to dinner with Keary's best friend since third grade and his wife.  The same friends whose wedding I missed because I woke up in labor with Gwendolyn the morning of but sent Keary on since he was the best man.  Much to everyone's awe, I later showed up at their reception, still in labor, but they weren't close enough or in the window my doctor had told me to go to the hospital for.  This is all a whole other story to tell someday though.

We went to dinner and laughed until we had tears streaming down our faces, listening to Cliff and Keary tell stories from their childhood, teenage, and early adulthood years.  Stories involving them growing and maturing, and others with them being young and stupid. We laughed and laughed until I mentioned that soon, our kids likely will be doing the same.  "That has been my silent fear for the past 5 years, " Keary said.

Anyway, we had a great night out.  I'm lightly kicking myself for not taking any pictures, but I experienced the night instead of sitting behind the lens.

This week Keary started a new job too so we have been trying to get accustomed to the new schedule.  He is working a Monday through Friday day job for the first time ever.  It is taking a bit to get used to, but I think once we find our groove we will like it.

I'm linking up with Company Girls for the second week.  Rachel Anne has challenged us to make a baked good from scratch sometime this week.  I'm thinking about making my Grandy's Oatmeal Macaroons.

7 c. oats (Old fashioned)                                                                                                                                 2 c. flour (all purpose)                                                                                                                                      2 c. sugar                                                                                                                                                       2 c. brown sugar                                                                                                                                             4 eggs                                                                                                                                                          2 tsp baking soda                                                                                                                                           1 tsp salt                                                                                                                                                        2 c. coconut ( I always leave oatmeal out and they turn out fine.)                                                                        1 tbsp vanilla                                                                                                                                                 2 c. margarine (melted)                                                                                                                             Optional:  Chocolate chips, raisins, nuts.  
 Mix together in a large bowl.  Drop by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 350* for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.  Store in airtight containers


  1. Congrats on your hubby finding a new job so quickly! And happy birthday to him. How wonderful to have friends you have history with going back so far.

    I'll pray for a quick adjustment to the new schedule for the whole family!

  2. Happy birthday to your guy! Sounds like a lovely evening. I prefer a small gathering over a big party anyday. And congrats to him on the new job as well.

  3. I'm so glad you had a good time! I'll babysit anytime. I should have taken a picture of the two of you before you headed out. Ya know, since I'm obviously your mom on prom night :D

  4. Thanks for stopping by, it's so nice to meet another Company Gal. Glad you and Hubby had such a nice evening out to celebrate his birthday.

    Hapy week-end!

  5. Happy birthday to your husband. Turning 30 was the easiest birthday I have ever had. It was turning 27 that was the hardest.
    I hope you all adjust to the new schedule. We have had to do that quite often with my husband working retail. It gets easier after a while.
    Take care and enjoy the cookies.

  6. Mmmm...cookies! I might have to make some myself this weekend. Our family favorite is home-made oreos.

    Nice to meet you over Company Girl Coffee! Have a great weekend.


  7. Danyelle,
    that sounds like a great evening! I'm so glad you had fun. Happy birthday to the hubs, and I hope your grandy is doing well still.