the secret lives of prothros.

October 21, 2009

birthday bliss.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 12:10 am








He concocted a magical birthday surprise for the 26th. We  were going on a double date with Gina and Ian (his co-conspirator) to celebrate both of our birthdays. We went to a wonderful winery in Driftwood, TX for dinner on friday night. We enjoyed the drive, full of winding roads and (almost) changing fall foliage and got to the winery just in time for the sunset. It was a magical piece of heaven. It seemed just like a bit of Europe minus all the trucks and SUVs in the parking lot.

Naturally we took lots of pictures. And Gina tried to push me in the fountain. She’s like that, God love her.


So as we are taking pictures, a bunch of creepers started stalking toward us. See below.


Then these creepers actually jumped into our pictures. Frightening! Stranger danger!!! Well as it turns out, those creepers were our friends coming from all across Texas to celebrate with us. Sweet friends.


Look at all the roommates reunited!


We went and did a wine tasting pre-dinner. Then at dinner I turned to Evan at every other bite to tell him about my scallops. “Seriously, babe, this is one of the  best things that I have ever eaten.”


I just love these girls.


Laura makes me laugh can you tell?


New friends, meet old.

I wish all the people I love the most could gather in one place, and know each other and love each other well. *wink*


It was truly a wonderful night, a wonderful birthday kick-off. On the way home my wonderful husband started pulling money from an envelope with instructions to spend it the next day on a shopping spree with the girls. I was a little flabbergasted. Since I have trouble spending the Washingtons let alone the Benjamins, he gave the girls strict instructions to help me buy some things I love.

So the girls had a sleepover at an awesome condo overlooking the Austin skyline, added a Schmale, had a delicious brunch at South Congress Cafe, and headed to the Domain for a full day of retail recreation. And I have never shopped so well. It was terribly fun. Then we headed back downtown for drinks and snacks at Hotel San Jose. It was just magical to all be together.

My actual birthday was wonderful too. We had breakfast at Starbucks, went to church, got WhichWich, watched the Giants/Saints game and then spent the rest of the day lounging outside enjoying the most perfect weather Austin has offered up yet, drinking Sonic and reading books in the park. Then we went out to eat some great sushi at Kenobi. Nice.

Apparently, this is the never ending birthday because Monday night we got to go out again with Evan’s dad who was in town on business and got to enjoy delicious food at Moonshine. It’s a homestyle restaurant with a twist. The meal started with popcorn and finished with bread pudding. It was pretty special.

As if that wasn’t enough magical birthday-ness, I also won an amazing fantasy football game, where I was projected 10 points below. A special thank you to Brett Favre, D’Angelo Williams, and Hines Ward. I owe you guys big time. Thanks guys.

P.S. My score was 132. (Apparently that is good in a 9 man league.)

So happy I am.


  1. what a great weekend!!!

    Comment by l.tizzle. — October 21, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  2. what a fabulous birthday! And breakfast at the South Congress Cafe? Thanksgiving cannot come fast enough!

    Comment by Meg — October 21, 2009 @ 9:50 am

  3. those pictures are breathtaking.!!…thanks for having a Laura could go and spend some girltime with her roomies..She loved every minute of it…YOu are all very blessed..
    Debbie Cakes

    Comment by debbie — October 21, 2009 @ 9:55 am

  4. I love how well you love people, Jewels.

    Comment by Jess — October 21, 2009 @ 10:18 am

  5. Looks like you had the most fabulous birthday 🙂 You looked gorgeous!

    Comment by Jessica — October 21, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  6. Did you write this blog post FROM THE FUTURE?

    Comment by Luke — October 21, 2009 @ 11:59 am

    • huh?

      Comment by prothro — October 21, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  7. Your photography is pure awesomeness! So many times on this trip I have wished for you to be the one taking the pictures. The people who were whale watching and penguin watching with us had such great cameras. Those are sights I may never see again…if you had been the photographer w/a great lens, the pictures would be captured forever. I’m so happy your husband keeps surprising you. What a fun weekend you had.

    Comment by Dr Wells — October 21, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

  8. The pictures I love the most are the pictures of you laughing. That’s the Julie that shines the brightest. You are an amazing woman.

    Comment by Ronne — October 24, 2009 @ 10:40 am

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