Unfortunately for Jason his birthday landed on the day after our vacation so I didn't have much time to prep (otherwise I totally would have planned a party that would have blown his mind). Between cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping we managed to pick up a couple of presents for him (we went with a "35" theme-35 pieces of his favorite candy and gum, a coupon for a 35 minute back massage; a $35 gift card (Jason was emberassed that it was for JC Penny's but he said he needed new work clothes and beggers can't be choosers). We met him at a park for lunch and then made his favorite dinner that night. Thankfully he's not a diva like me and is cool with a low key birthday. I hope he knows how much we love him and appreciate all that he does for our family!
On the loooong plane ride home I was sitting there thinking about all the fun vacations we have been on together. I know he's got 35 years worth of memories packaged into his little brain, but I hope that the ones we've made over the past 11 years are some of his best, I know they are for me.....snowboarding on the Utah mountains; strolling along Fisherman's wharf in San Francisco; getting rained out at a baseball game in Baltimore; seeing the Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania; watching him surf while I soaked up the sun in the OC; visiting the White House in DC; buying cheap junk in Tijuana; riding the ferris wheel at Navy Peir in Chicago; slummin' it in Jersey; visiting my sister and the cornfields in Iowa; listening to live jazz music on Bourbon street in New Orleans; getting massages on the beach of Costa Maya; exploring pirate caves in Guatamala; touring the island of Cozumel on a scooter; hiking the Mayan ruins in Belize; collecting shells on the Gulf of Mexico coast in Florida; finding crocodiles in the swamps of Georgia; doing a whole lot of nothing in Rhode Island; walking the cobblestone streets in Boston; visiting the graveyard of the Salem witches in Massachusetts; speeding by the Talladega Speedway in Alabama; catching frogs on the beach of Lake Michigan in Indiana; watching one of BYU's best games in Texas; riding a train along the beautiful coast of Connecticut; ringing in the New Year on the Las Vegas strip; walking the pioneer trail in Nauvoo; sitting in Joseph Smith's Liberty jail cell in Missouri; visiting the happiest place on earth in Disneyland; posing for pictures on Hollywood's Walk of Fame; biking the Brooklyn Bridge in New York...I can't wait to make more memories. Happy birthday to my favorite little traveling buddy :)