Festivities started Friday the 13th. Though for some it was doomed to be an unlucky day (like Morgan's near death by umbrella episode), I felt pretty lucky.
We were laid off short term at the Particleboard Plant Thursday and Friday and all of the following week, though I had already requested the time off to go to DC.
Friday Randy picked me up and we went up into the mountains, around the Meacham/Kamela area. We picked a spot overlooking miles and miles of tree dotted mountain. We sat on the tailgate of his little Mexican-like dodge pick up and had a picnic. After eating we shot some guns (later Grandma voiced her grave dissaproval). I shot my first 9mm. What some police officers carry. It's a light gun but has a ton of power and was a blast to shoot. I outshot Randy with the .22 rifle, I got a bullseye! Then we ate some brownie cake, Randy kindly sang the birthday song, then we cuddled up and watched the sun set. Then I opened my presents from him.... The Garth Brooks boxed concert DVD set, an Isaiah study guide, and some delicious body mist. We drove back into town where we duked it out on his cousin's Wii. We boxed five rounds and I beat Randy 3-2. He dropped me off at home, where I proceeded to ring in my actual birth-day by watching an hour of Garth Brooks concerts...
Saturday was a beautiful day. I went over to my mom's fairly early and ran errands. I was in such a great mood that I was even nice to Tobi. While out and about we went down Adams Avenue, which is one of La Grande's main streets. I got to see all the flags up, just for me! Randy and I went to a matinee showing of the Hulk. A movie he's been overly excited for, but I enjoyed it. We went back to my mom's where we ate icecream cake and I opened my presents, which included a beautiful silver vase, in which now sits many beautiful white peonies, a Martha Stewart Classic Cookbook, two really neat paper lanterns, and the Knot magazine. That wasn't awkard at all opening in front of Randy.... Thanks Ma! Steph stopped by and brought the cutest little silver chest. Inside was 21 bucks! I loved it. My Grandma had given me a silver locket that my mom had given her many many years ago. And, I had gotten a really nice card from my Grandpa Lee in California.
After cake Randy and I ran to Penney's where we picked him out a whole new outfit. I love to shop! Especially if I don't have to spend the money. Later that evening we went to Foley Station, the nicest restaurant in La Grande, where we met up with some of my old friends for a really nice dinner. After two hours of eating, catching up, and continuing to eat, we finally left the joint. It was a great dinner and I really appreciate Crystal's efforts in putting it together for me.
A few of us went to Duke's, a bar in town, where I beat Randy at a game of pool, and then left. Bars are silly.
My birthay was great. I wanted to be with friends and family, and that's exactly how it was. Now I just have to get used to being 21. It seems just as soon as you get used to an age, it changes on ya.