Celebrate Good Times

 Randall told me to take off work on Friday because Emily had an “Abby and Emily fun day” planned for my birthday. I got up without an alarm clock and went for a run in the park. Randall got Henry dressed and off to school. It was perfect. She picked me up mid-morning and our first stop was for our joy juice…Sonic Diet Coke.

Our next stop was at Darling’s in Newport. She told me where we were headed and I was stoked because I was about to order some t-shirts from there and have them shipped. It saved me money! We had fun taking in all the fine things at Darling’s.

Our next stop was Doc’s Grille in Searcy. It was possibly the best lunch I have had in a long time. The company and the food were both divine. I had fish tacos and broccoli. An odd combination but so yummy.

We then hit up some fun boutiques in Searcy and then headed to Hay’s. We drove up and realized they were having a tent sale. Leave it up to us to run into a tent sale! We ended up buying nothing at the sale, believe it or not. We were in shock at our restraint!

 I found a bull in the middle of the store and had to take a ride. The best part of this picture is not my sassy 34 year old self on a 50 cent bull in the middle of a department store, but it is the the ladies in the background. The look on the mom’s face and then the back tattoo on the daughter are priceless. I made up their conversation in my head and I am sure it was spot on.

We camped out in Bath & Body spending my gift card from Randall. We sprayed every smell. I sounded like my daddy when I looked at Emily and said “We smell like a French whore house up in here!” because well….we did. It was fun though and we smelled good on our trip back to J’Town.

Emily is so pretty. Did you know she was a beauty queen back in her prime. She was Miss Craighead County Rice. Yep. She gave me a laminated recipe card from her “glory days”. All rice queens have a signature rice recipe. I am learning so much living in the delta, I tell ya.  I call her “Miss Rice” and we laugh about it, but it is for real. She really has the sash and crown to prove it. Royalty!

We got back to town and Emily had a little surprise party waiting on me at her house. She was in awe that I had never had a surprise party in all my 34 years and had to have one for me. She is so fun. (she made the door hanger out of burlap. She actually sells them as a side business when she is not being a nurse 8 to 5. She is pretty crafty.)

Having sweet friends to celebrate with me was fun. I knew we were going to Emily’s house for a cookout but not a party. It was so thoughtful for my newest friends. God has surely blessed us this year with their companionship.

Eli and Henry were so funny trying to blow their horns. Henry sang the birthday song to me a lot on my birthday and on Friday. When he would say “Happy Birthday to MAMA….” I would melt.

Emily’s mother-in-law made my cake. I have never met the woman but Emily had told me about the cakes she makes. I told Emily I needed one for my birthday. She remembered and Linda made me one. James drove to his parents after a long day at work to get my cake. What sweeties! It was delicious.

My boys made my birthday and my day after so much fun. I love having another year to celebrate life with these two munchkins. If I knew we were going to Emily’s for a picture taking event, I would have cleaned Henry up from his Friday Monkeynastix school day. So cute, dirty or not!

34 is going to be a good year. I can just feel it. Thank God for another year!


Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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