Thursday, April 23, 2009

Birthday Continuation...

One of my very favorite verses is Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

My very favorite girlfriend in this world treats me to some kind of surprise every single year for my birthday! She outdoes herself EVERY year!!! I am thankful for our friendship and for how the Lord truly spurs me on toward righteousness through Ashley.

This Monday, on my birthday, I received a package in the mail...a large manila envelope with a sweet handwritten note from Ashley, wishing me a happy birthday and letting me know that she was picking me up on Wednesday evening at 6:00 to take me out to birthday dinner and would have me home by 8:00 sharp! {She and I have babies that we must feed every three hours!! :)} Also in the package were menus to three different restaurants...nice, ritzy restaurants, I should where I'd never eaten! The choice was simple for me! I chose La Mesa Grill and Cantina immediately!! I LOVE anything of Hispanic origin, especially the FOOD!!! :)

Last night rolled around, and sweet Ashley was at our doorstep at 6:00 sharp! Russell was sweet to take our picture before our FUN girls' night out!!! Russell was also VERY sweet to keep our little man for a second night in a row so that I could go out! "Thank you - Thank you, Honey!!"
La Mesa Grill and Cantina at Downtown Five Points! YUMMY!!! First, we ordered from the Salsa menu: Pineapple Salsa & Chips! The pineapple was grilled to perfection and served in a spicy, sweet sauce!Next, we chose from the Tapas menu: Fried Cheese Sticks...breaded monterey jack cheese, deep fried and served with a spicy marmalade sauce. Again, YUM!Then, we ordered this delicious entree: Crabcake Sandwich on Sourdough, served with their signature Bravas, roasted spicy potatoes with this interesting, orange spicy sauce. Delicious!!
Speaking for both of us, ALL of the above are TOP recommendations! I can't wait to go back with my hubby!!! He would enjoy everything we ordered!
For dessert, we had to splurge with one of both my and Ashley's faves...TCBY!!! Cooled the palate perfectly after a sweet and spicy hot meal! :)
"Thank you, my best and sweetest friend!! You are the best, and the Lord continues to bless my heart through you!"
On another note, we are both officially 'soccer moms'!! :) That's right...our boys may be a bit young to get out on that soccer field, but we mommies are 'playing' the part in our new 'get-ups'!!
Like our mini-vans??? :) (Ours is a Toyota Sienna; Ashley's is a Honda Odyssey!)

I'll take this opportunity to admit that even a year ago, I was completely opposed to the whole 'mini-van' idea, but with the encouragement of my sweet husband's excitement and his "they're-so-functional" comments, plus the fact that my best friend was getting one, my heart changed!! :) God is good, and we are enjoying the mini-van! We're off for our second road trip in it this weekend!!

Darby, watcha think? :) The pic is for you!


Cindy said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad you got to go out.

Mama Matteo said...

Great blog. the pics and comments of the food were such good "photojournalism". also, i love that verse in heb 10 as well and of course think of you everytime i read it. lastly, i had a wonderful time as well so it was a treat for me too. love you and your family

Darby said...

First, I'm totally sad that I missed your birthday. I could hardly think about what I was reading because I kept thinking... how did you not know it was Shireen's birthday! Second, I totally LOVE your new wheels! And the COLOR! You may just convince me that I'm not too cool for a minivan any more. I want to ride in it!! I'm going to email you! The food looked absolutely fabulous... yummo! I think I'm going to take the kids out for donuts this morning... or maybe not, we'll see how their 'tudes are when they get up! I love you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And way to go Ash on spoiling such a beautiful and wonderful friend... she deserved every minute of it!!

amy kennedy said...

Happy B'day to you. The dinner looked so delicious! We've never been there so we'll have to try it-and thanks for posting the pictures too-I am an indecisive food orderer (sp?) at restaurants and LOVE to see what the food looks like before I decide! Love the van too!

Kathryn said...

Happy ~belated~ Birthday!! What a fun outing with Ashley. And your new ride looks great!