Sunday, November 6, 2011

Birthday love

I had such a great day today. I've decided to write it in a list form to make it easier!




  • We were able to go on a super fun trip to Indy
  • I got to see my best friend, and was able to go to her bridal shower
  • I saw some other AXO lovelies at her shower
  • Andrew gave me the sweetest homemade card and homemade gift certificate for a kindle book and pedi
  • I have the greatest mom in the world. seriously. When we were gone.. she:
    • bought me a new shirt and a wall decoration for our new house
    • cleaned the entire apartment, and folded our laundry
    • put up a happy birthday banner ( I walked in and cried. She knows how to make a birthday extra special!)
  • Andrew promised me I could get a dog in 6 months (I won't forget this Andrew)
  • I got to listen to praise tunes on the radio almost the ENTIRE drive home
  • I heard from so many family and friends today
So, it was a pretty great birthday. Each year I realize how blessed I am on this day. 

Frugal birthday

Gooooodmooooorrrning everyone. It's 7:01 here in Indianapolis, but it feels like 8:01 to me (Daylight saving last night... woot!) I decided to drink some coffee, eat a bagel, and watch the news. We decided to change around my birthday plans so I could make it to my best friend's bridal shower. I was going to go to her first one last Sunday, but I was having some weird health problems and decided to stay home. There was NO WAY I was going to miss BOTH showers. I felt bad enough that I was going to have to miss the one on my birthday. It's supposed to be a surprise, so hopefully Elizabeth doesn't read this. If you are rooms, pretend to be surprised! :) 


Andrew and I came down last night (Saturday) and had dinner and stayed in a really disgusting, albeit cheap hotel. (I mean really, it was $40, can you complain?) We wanted to make the trip as cheap as possible and we seem to be succeeding. For my birthday dinner, I looked up nice places that would give coupons for birthdays. The best I found was Houlihan's, and they didn't let us down. I printed off a $15 off entrĂ©e item coupon before we went, and they also gave us a free desert. I decided to splurge and order a martini ($9 didn't seem too bad if we were getting $15 off) and it ended up being 1/2 price! Woot! We ended up paying only $23 for a decent meal. I was impressed, and we will be going back again. (Did I even mention the food? um- Yum!) 


I feel extremely blessed to have a husband that dropped everything to come to Indy with me. I told him it would be my birthday present, since we are poor. This was a pretty great birthday present, if you ask me. 


For un update on the house we are buying: we had a bit of a scare last week. We got a termite inspection done. We had found some damage when we first walked through the house, but knew my dad could fix it fairly cheaply, and for how much we are paying for the house, it's really not a bad thing. The inspector found the damage we saw, but then additional damage in the garage. We hadn't realized there was MORE! So, we decided to take our parents back to the house with us to see it one more time before we decided. The night before we went, Andrew and I both said we wanted to back out. We were scared, nervous, and stressed. Once we saw the house again, though, we both changed our minds. The damage in the garage is incredibly small, and we once again saw what an amazing deal we were getting on this house. Now it's just the waiting game. Since this is a "hud home," we are buying it from the government. Which means it will be a slooowww process at best. That's probably the hardest part for us, since we want to get in as soon as possible, in order for my Grammy to move back into her apartment. 


Here is a photo of the front of the house.


It was built in 2003, so it's still almost brand new inside. (Don't mind the overgrown bushes!) 


Until next time! :)
-M