Happily ignorant of the fact that I've turned 25, I celebrated my birthday several times and have really been truly spoiled. Mike has given me a gift that I have wanted since as far back as I can remember. He knows how much I've been dreading turning 25 and how my life isn't what I thought it would be, so he has done his best to make it better. I'll just be blunt and tell you all my biggest insecurity - I hate my teeth. They've never been straight, and as time has gone by, they have continued to move and tilt and rearrange themselves into even less desirable positions. When I was in the normal age for braces, my teeth were alright and I chose not to get those huge, ugly metal braces just to fix some minor problems. But now, my teeth are just crooked. So Mike got in touch with a few orthodontists, set me up for appointments, and gave me the go-ahead to get Invisalign. It will put us in a pinch for money unless Mike's employment authorization goes through fairly quickly, but we'll make it work. I will have gorgeous, perfectly straight teeth before our wedding and before I receive my M.D. I'm ecstatic! :) :) :)
Mike also found my a few things that I have been lusting over:
Remember that gorgeous skirt that was out of my size at Next? I talked about it a few weeks back. Well, Mike scoured the internet and found it - in my size - from an American department store that is linked to Next! Ordered the size 6, and surprised me with it a day after my birthday. I opened it up, soooo excited to try it on, only to find that they had sent us an American size 6 - which is an English size 10. Needless to say it didn't quite fit! I am devastated. I suppose something better will come along...
Mike has also found a great deal on a lens that I've been looking into purchasing for my camera. It's a wide-angle, fish-eye lens, and I absolutely love it! It's only a beginner lens (that is, it wasn't over $700), but it does give the photos a cool effect and will definitely help with my creativity. I've been playing with it nonstop since I opened it up!
Here are a few photos that I have taken with my fisheye lens:
Mike also got me an I-Phone armband to use while I run. I had been complaining of having to hold my I-Phone as I run or when we walk the dog, and he knew I would find some good use out of an armband. So thoughtful!
Mike's mum and dad sent me over a gift from England - another charm for my Links of London bracelet! I now have a dog, a heart, a D, and a musical eighth note. I love it! I also love that they know me well enough to put together a charm bracelet of things that I would choose for myself. I wasn't expecting anything to come in the mail, so I was surprised to find a little package from England with such a thoughtful gift!
My mom and dad had asked me for a list of things I might like for my birthday/Christmas, but of course I couldn't think of anything. I already have all I need, and I don't have time for hobbies, and I can't really expand on things for the house as I will be leaving the US before too long. But I can always use clothes and shoes! So they got me two pairs of boots that I absolutely adore! I've scoured the city for the perfect pair of boots, and the ones I got are the best I have found! They are too cute! And I got a few pairs of "dress socks" (I find it funny that we always make a distinction between "dress socks" and "every-day socks"!), which will be nice to wear with my work outfits.
Mom and Dad also gave me a decorative wine bottle that they found while they were on a mini-vacation in Amish Country a few weeks back. Mom and I also drank a bottle of Amish-made white wine, which was delicious! They are so thoughtful. Mom knows my favorite wine is white, and even though she's not a big wine connoisseur, she enjoyed a few glasses with me. It was really sweet.
We had a little family party today to celebrate my birthday - better late than never. It was so nice to have the whole family together, it certainly doesn't happen often enough. Luke is pulling himself up (he'll be walking in no time!), Katelyn's vocabulary is continuing to grow, and Alex has such a great personality coming through. I love my niece and nephews! They are so cute. I was joking around with Alex about making a Christmas list and asking Santa for new underwear - he looked at me with a face of disgust and said "Oh, yea, Christmas underwear!" with the most adorable sarcastic tone. He's only 4, so I wasn't expecting such a clever response...I'm still laughing about it!hahaha