Hooooly crap. Twenty-seven years old today. For some reason it's having more of an impact than 26, even though both mean I'm on the far end of my twenties and fast approaching thirty. It's taken me longer than I though it would to get where I am, but that just makes me all the more grateful and all the more sure of myself and where I want to go from here.
The birthday celebrations started early this year, seeing as it fell on a Wednesday, plus my mom left for Connecticut yesterday to visit my auntie and her wife. Which means I had an awesome, jam-packed weekend!
Saturday night was dinner at one of my fave restaurants in the OC, the Olde Ship, with nearly all of my closest friends. :)
Matt, Nikki and Mindy, looking fantastic:
I have no idea what happened here...just about to smile, maybe? At least Mr. Same Same looks fantastic.
Katie and Colby, adorable as always:
Katie photobombing me - what a shocker. ;)
We had a fantastic time enjoying good food and drink (you can't go wrong there - everything is good!), joking and telling stories and generally doing what we do best. Thanks you guys!
Sunday was partially spent playing Lars' gift to me - Lego Harry Potter. The Lego games are so much fun! I have Indiana Jones and Star Wars too, it's awesome because you basically play through the movies. I don't care how much of a kid I must look like, its a great way to relax and take your mind off things. I even got dad to play with me! :)
That night was the big family dinner. I requested rum shrimp and steak and was not disappointed. In fact, I didn't even get any food shots, I ate it all so quickly! Mom and Sarah also made garlic bread, fried zucchini and a huge salad. Soooo good.
For dessert was a marsipan torte, which my mom will only make for my birthday since it's so labor intensive. But its worth it!
I won't show you just how big a piece I cut for myself...
Love this series the boy took for me:
He manages to capture such personality, love it. :)
My mom swore up and down she didn't buy trick candles, but they kept re-lighting!
Ah, well. At least it was delicious, once I finally got those suckers.
And it's not even over! Today I had a nice lunch from Chipotle (yummm) with my co-workers, and I'm off to dinner at the amazing Honda Ya with Nancy in a few. Speaking of Nancy, she posted the sweetest birthday note for me on her blog. And this weekend Mr. Same Same is taking me up to Mammoth to escape the city life for a little bit. They've had some snow there this week - can't wait!
I couldn't have asked for a better celebration. So, so grateful for all my loved ones!