Tomorrow, May 10, is Kristl's birthday, so we figured we should do a Nine on the 9th with birthday facts! 1. Kristl was born at 3:17 pm on Monday, May 10, 1982, in Honolulu, HI. It was the day after Mother's Day. She's about to turn 32.
2. Rachel was born at 12:09am on Wednesday, September 26, 1984, in Panama City, FL. She'll be 30 this year.
3. Kristl isn't a huge fan of birthdays. She won't be mad if you say "Happy Birthday!" and give her a hug, but she would usually rather not celebrate hers and doesn't agree with the idea of obligatory gift giving. (Her philosophy on gift giving is that if you see something that someone you know would like or that reminds you of someone, you should get it for that person, whether or not you have a reason to. Of course, this is only if you are comfortable buying said item. She once saw a $400 cross stitch of rainbow penguins that reminded her of a friend, but she didn't buy it for him because four hundred dollars for a cross stitch.) She also WAY prefers have experiences/time with people rather than more stuff, so if you absolutely have to do something for her birthday, offer to take her out for a nice meal. Done.
4. Rachel loves birthdays. L-O-V-E-S them. In high school, she would keep a countdown on the dry-erase board in her locker starting AT LEAST 30 days out from her birthday. And she would drop hints, trick people into talking about it, force other people to plan their social events around her birthday celebration, etc... if Facebook had existed then, she would have been fully insufferable.
5. For Kristl's 30th, Rachel convinced her to have a party. They kept it low-key and planned a potluck at a beach park. Because of scheduling issues (i.e. a 10-day road trip to Florida during Kristl's actual birthday), the party didn't happen until June. They got to the beach park a couple hours early to set up and claim the spot. Shortly there after, Kristl started to break down. She cried, said she didn't want to have a party because she didn't want people paying attention to her, and decided to leave. Rachel had to talk her down and tell her that her friends would probably be disappointed arrive at her birthday party to find that she'd gone home. Kristl ended up staying and having a good time, but it will forever be the benchmark of how NOT to throw a party for her birthday.
6. Rachel vividly remembers her fourth birthday party only because everyone bought her Barbie dolls and she was wildly disappointed. She wanted nothing to do with Barbies because they were boring. All she wanted was dinosaurs, dinosaurs, dinosaurs... with some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles thrown in for good measure. Future birthdays made up for this by including games where participants had to act like dinosaurs and Rachel getting to wear a shirt with a dinosaur on it. Thank goodness.
7. When she was 15, Kristl had a big party. The plan was to hang out at the beach for a few hours, then go back to her house to watch movies and eat pizza. This time Kristl had such a good time at the beach that she forgot (or neglected? she was 15, who knows) to put on sunscreen. She got such a bad sunburn that when they got back to her house she essentially passed out in her mom's air conditioned bedroom. Her friends gathered in the living room and watched movies and ate pizza without her. It's still one of the more memorable birthdays she's had.
8. Rachel's family had a tradition of taking her to Red Lobster for her birthday, which she was really into because shrimp are delicious. Every year, she would enthusiastically order a virgin strawberry daiquiri to start, whatever entree would allow her to eat the most shrimp prepared in the most different ways (with cheddar biscuits, of course), and whatever dessert had the most chocolate, so the restaurant staff would be forced to light a candle on it and sing happy birthday to her while she had a foam lobster on her head. Ah... traditions.
9. In 2011, still near the beginning of our relationship, Rachel decided to host a fancy cocktail birthday party at her apartment at the time (which was really an excellent location for a large party!) We applied new and exciting stresses to our relationship, by visiting locations such as Men's Warehouse (looking for an appropriate suit), hiring a photographer, and inviting in guests from out of town. Those of you who were there know it was a wild party. That's because birthdays are so fun!! (Including outfits, food, the photographer, and other sundries, we together spent about $800 on this party, ridiculous. We spent only slightly more on our wedding.)