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My 35th Birthday Celebration

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Sunday was my birthday! Yes … I turned 35 years old.  Usually we don’t plan anything for my birthday until the last minute … I’m not sure why, but it always ends up that way — but also somehow it always ends up being a very special and fun time! This year all I wanted to do was take a girls trip for my birthday, as I haven’t been able to keep up with my loved girlfriends since we are on the road so much! But that trip is not happening until later in the year!

So … This year’s celebration started with just me and my husband going to stay at a hotel 20 minutes from home, and going out to dinner at my favorite sushi restaurant in the world Uchi! Somehow in a very organic way, all of the sudden we had 5 couples coming … We didn’t even plan for it but it happen, but what a blessing!

We sat there for hours just laughing and telling stories …

When the stories make you laugh so hard that the camera can’t even focus!!! 

They did run out of my favorite dessert the Peanut Butter Semi-Fredo, so I guess I will just have to go back for that! It is the perfect mix of flavors and textures like no other!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Tyson you owe me one of those!!! At the end of the dinner, I was so happy and satisfied that I turned to the girls and said, “I am good … I am good to go back to the hotel, and have a quiet night!”

Which trust me, once I have had a little tequila in me, is not usually what I would say. Normally, I would want to keep the good times going! Well, half of the table didn’t what I said very well at all, and replied with “No f*#%* way, we are going out dancing!!! We are celebrating you!” I said okay… and I knew I would regret it tomorrow! But let’s do it!

My girlfriend called a friend, who called someone else, and BOOM we somehow had a table at a gay club to go dancing … I said, okay, let’s do it but the ONLY thing I do NOT want to do is go dance to techno music! I really didn’t want to do that! Well my friend got on the phone again (because she’s awesome!!) and asked all the important questions the responses and said that there would be no techo music, just 80’s music with the lyrics up on a screen. Im sitting there thinking, ’80’s music is fun!! Full song lyrics, plus no techno music, let’s do it!!

We pulled up in front of the nightclub to a crowd of very young people, and walked inside to realize that the only kind of music they played was techno! Yep… the only thing I didn’t want to do on my night! I must admit, right at that moment,  I was like let’s leave … But then I saw the other couples, and the thought of jumping around from bar to bar was not attractive either! So making a very long story short, we ended up staying and figured out a way to get into the grove — And we danced the whole time, even when we couldn’t truly find the beat!! We also broke a sweat (and few bottles) in between! Lol!!

We left there about 2am, and ended up at the bar of our favorite hotel, listening to our favorite music, and drinking our favorite drinks and philosophizing about life! It was just a group like no one else! Thank you, Liz and Bobby for making us feel at home, away from home!!!

Then the next day, we had to be up early for kids’ stuff, then spend the rest of the day and night with our family at my mother in law’s house where they had balloons, cakes, gifts and a cook out! It was so simple, yet so damm special!! Then on Sunday, we rushed out to church, had lunch at my favorite Brazilian food truck Boteco (my mouth is watering as I write!!).

That night, we celebrated my dear friend Bill’s birthday at Franklyn’s bbq.  Well he and his wife Tracey need a whole write up themselves! They have been such a fundamental of me feeling at home in Austin, and being a business student of Bill’s, I just love them!

Well what can I say folks! By the time we were heading home on Sunday night, between all the food I had during weekend, the drinks, and the lack of sleep I was literally falling a sleep in the car! But with a big smile on my face!! So this is what I have learned from my 35th birthday weekend this year :

• When I don’t plan as much, somehow things turn out more fun and less stressful

• I am officially getting older, and it’s obvious by the fact that I don’t know any of the hot underground places to go dance anymore … But luckily my friends are still up for going dancing all the time! And they always know where to go!

• If you going to a place for your favorite dessert, you my as well order it first thing and ask them to hold it for you! ‍♀️

• Always double check on people’s definitions of ’80’s music!’

• Don’t let folks with their damm phones annoy you …

• Never have kids’ plan the next morning

• One night out … at least 3 days to recover!!! ♀

• AND MOST IMPORTANT…. All we want from our birthdays… I think I can speak for all of us here, is to feel loved by your friends and feel wanted by your lover! Let’s not get caught up on how fancy this or that should be, or how many people, or where! It’s all about having those around you that you can celebrate with anywhere, and start your ‘new year’ in a beautiful blessed way!

I am just grateful!!!!

Wait … I still got the girls trip coming up … this birthday celebration is going to be a never ending one!!!!


Hmmm …what am I planning now!

Beijos xx

by Camila Alves McConaughey