Turning 30

  Well, this is the start of the last weekend of my 20’s.  Yup, Monday I turn the Big 3-0! 

Dale turned 30 back in April, and he says 30 doesn’t make you old;  4 kids, 2 car payments and a mortgage make you old!  WELL SAID!!!!!  On the bright side, we paid off the Tahoe this year, and Dale’s car is a mere $600 away from being paid off too, PTL!  Woo-hoo, I feel younger already.  🙂

  So back in June, my best friend and her hubby invited us out to dinner in Wichita, to a FABULOUS European Bistro called Yia Yia’s.  We were super excited for a “real” date night, as opposed to our usual couch-snack-movie date that has become our norm.  I thought it a bit weird that Kasey asked me to grab my camera, but whatever, I love taking photos so I brought it along without question!  005

  Right away the guys had us in stitches, teasing about how they had planned their outfits to match etc.


Ready to hit the town!


    When we got to Yia Yia’s, we were led to this back room.  The dining room was pretty full, so I assumed we were being taken to overflow.  When they opened the door….. “SURPRISE!”



A room full of our friends!  Dale turned to me with this smug grin, since he had guessed what was going on.  You can imagine HIS surprise when they announced the party was for him too! 🙂  They had split the difference and had a party in the middle of both our birthdays.  How fun!!!!



 Kasey remembered that (before things got tight) we had planned to throw a huge Luau out at our place, in celebration of both our 3oth birthday’s, so she did a Tiki-Hawaiian theme.  Perfect!!!!




The food was delicious, so of course, I got too busy eating and forgot to photograph the main course.  Typical. 

  Dale had this amazing roast chicken.  I had a killer salmon with homemade crab filled ravioli’s and roasted asparagus. Mmmm!



  Thanks to the Master minds behind this great party!  We are so blessed with friends like you!!!!


  A big thanks to Johnny and Tian, too, for helping Kasey pull it off in such a big way!!!  (Their cute photo was taken in RAW format and is now stuck on a memory card, so they are not pictured, sorry guys!!!!)

  After dinner was through, a few of us decided to go bowling.  I quickly announced I had not been bowling since I was a 5th grader, but that deterred no one.  Little did they know what was in store for them……

  You know how some things are like riding a bike, it just comes back to you?

  Bowling is NOT one of those things.

  I pretty much stunk it up the whole time, eventually going to a Granny-style bowl, just to get the darn ball in the right direction.  This was decided for everyone’s safety, after my pink ball, with too large of holes, went flying south instead of north!  LOL 🙂 

Good things my friends love me despite my aversion to bowling.033

Monty=Mr. Rogers                 Kasey=Kaseylicious 

Johnny=Rambo                         Tian=Shikera

Dale=Captain Tootypants   (boy does he ever live up to THAT name!)
Me=Princess Sparkle


Above: The guys being guys. Johnny digging for treasure?

Below:  Tian’s FABULOUS “I’m Not Mommy Tonight” Date Night shoes. I want!




   I shouldn’t even post this next pic and forever lock into history, my shameful score, but here it is:


Capt. Tootypants won, followed by Kaseylicious, Rambo, Mr. Rogers and Shikera.  P is for Princess.  Yup, I bowled a 41 first game and a 65 the second time around.  So, do I get the prize for Most Improved Player?!?!  LOL 🙂

Next we moved on to the arcade, thank God because my arms were about to fall off!

  I may not be a bowler, but I cleaned house on Deal Or No Deal, winning 100 tickets, thank you very much!




  We pooled our tickets to take home something fun for all of our kiddos, 9 of them between us.


  This made all the Mommy’s ready to head home and kiss their babies.  Besides, it was past midnight, we had an hour drive home and kids don’t get the “Sleep In” memo.  But where were the guys??????

  At the nearest Shoot ‘em up game. 

Go figure!




    We finally dragged them away, kicking, screaming and throwing a fit….ok, not really. 

  Thanks to Kasey & Monty and Johnny & Tian for a GREAT birthday bash! 

  We had a ball……


Love, Dale and Tonya

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