30th birthday

Two Meatballs: G is for Grateful

Dear Meatball readers, friends, family, coworkers, clients, Fleet Feet Employees, friends we haven’t met yet, strangers:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Thursdays post about addiction was scary to publish.  But you made me feel accepted, loved, warm and not alone.  I actually feel like a huge weight has been lifted and I feel lighter than I have in a very long time.  And you guys, have you tried therapy!?!  It’s the most amazing thing. And look how cute this place is!


This is how excited I was to go!


I learned so much about myself and how important it is for my physical and mental health to find calm and to be present.  She helped me see that my health issues (the pneumonia and these sad little lungs) are something I have to take seriously and I have to accept the limitations or I will be doomed to repeat them!   I have an appointment with a pulmonary specialist at the end of the month which feels productive and powerful!  I just couldn’t feel more positive and hopeful about this journey.  So what better than to get together with my family which is my absolute favorite to celebrate my cousin Kristina’s birthday!  She is the living best and the youngest looking 35 year old I’ve ever seen!


Look at these cute invitations that my mom made!  We had the party at her house! And as always she decorated everything so adorably!


We had a cookout and everyone brought a dish!


I made fruit kabobs!


Chase and I played some serious Bolleyball as he called it! Everyone was having fun running around and playing outside!


Until it was so hot you had to find refuge inside! #simpsonsclue


My mom had a great idea to have all the families take a pic in a picture frame…look how cute!

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Sooooo fun and what great pictures! Then it was time for the main event!  Cake and presents and singing and all the good stuff!!!! Time to gather everyone on the porch!


Time to celebrate the wonderful human that is Kristina!


And of course the most amazing dessert that my mom made!



What a day!!!  Kristina, you are such a wonderful person.  You are so shiny and bright and happy and fun and funny and your laugh makes me so happy!  You look so fantastic!  You make 35 and motherhood look so amazing.  You deserve to be celebrated all the time.  I love you and I hope your birthday was as amazing as you have always been. Xoxo forever.  I think Kelly put it best…sisters by choice!

After the night wound down and everyone left, the boys started begging me for a sleepover and Chase of all people instigated it which LITERALLY never happens, but we had been super best buddies alllllll day!  We ok’ed it with Kelly and had such a fun night!


Fake bargaining!


Genuine excitement!!!  I love my family so much!  What a wonderful weekend with so many people I love!  Love you all and thank you again!

Two Meatballs: Tiffy Turns Thirtyyyyyyy!!!!

Knock knock…whose there!?  I love alliteration!!!!!!!  You guyyyyys!!!!  Jenny and have the living best jobs with the living best people #sammiecoleforlife and one of our super best buddies turned 30 this week!!!  So some of the girls organized a surprise dinner and Jenny and I decided that we could not miss it!  We love Tiffanie…or Tiffy as we call her.  Tiffy has been on her own amazing meatball journey for the past couple of years and was a huge inspiration to these Meatballs.  She has lost over 70 pounds through healthy eating and couch to 5k!!!  Look at her!!! Insert whistle noise!


She is gorgeous on the inside and out!!!  She is also responsible for the amazing makeup job from our last weigh in…so talented!!!!


And we have been friends and partners in partying for quite a few years now!


These last two photos are actually from her birthday last year…this girl is so loved and for good reason!!!  So onto the surprise…

This is how both meatballs feel about any celebration but especially a surprise party…


Everyone met at Dos Taquito’s on Glenwood South a little early so as not to spoil the fun!


This place is so full of Chachki’s it’s ridiculous…so you know we love it!  It was packed as per yush but we got sat pretty quickly on the adorable patio!!!  And what a turn out!!!!


Now wait….let us take some selfies!!!



Then the guest of honor arrived and was totally ambushed and met with cheers, chants and birthday love!!!


Then everyone drank lots of margaritas…cause when in Rome am I right ladies and ate lots of yummy mexican food!!! Except for me and Jenny…we tried to be good!!!


We weren’t sad…


Or mad about not joining in the reindeer games, we’ve got a weigh in coming up…


Just super excited to be able to be out with our salon family and celebrate Tiffy!!!



What a fun group of people!!!!  We love you guys sooooo much!!!


And to you Tiff…happy 30th birthday!!!  We couldn’t love you more and thank you for being such a great and constant inspiration to us!!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!