The main event of the week was a small dinner party with friends and family the day before my actual birthday—which was also my parents' 35th anniversary. Thus, I dubbed it the Anni-irthday Party. And it was grand. I thought you might enjoy a photo journal of the evening, so please excuse the inordinate number of pictures of ME. I know it's my blog and my birthday, but I still very strange posting all these pictures of, well, me.
The party was hosted by Dave and Carol, whom I often refer to as my "second parents." Good friends for more than 15 years, they are definitely part of the family. Carol decorated beautifully for the occasion:
Here I am in the Birthday Chair:
After eating our dinner of take-out Thai food—what could be better than peanut sauce, fried rice, and not having to cook?—we moved into the living room for gift opening:
My dad, the photographer for the evening, decides to add his feet to the picture for interest:
I decided to join in and show off my cute Christmas socks--just one of the many pairs I own:
My brother Carrington and his girlfriend Melissa anxiously wait for me to open my gifts:
First up, the gift from Dave and Carol:
Along with a 50$ gift card for purchasing art supplies (woohoo!), Carol also made two pairs of earring for me--in pink and purple, of course. Yep, I'm kind of a girly girl.
Next, a funny card from Carrington and Melissa:
And an even funnier gift:
Okay, it wasn't really a Swiffer WetJet, but Carol thought it was and that made it even funnier. The real gift was a super-soft scarf. Here I am looking rather confused about what to do with it:
But don't worry, I figured it out eventually:
The special Swiffer box also contained TEA! Here I am giddy with excitement:
And for the final gift of the evening, my parents gave me this:
In case you don't know, I'm a bit of a crockpot addict. I use mine almost every week. And this new one is a huge step up for me. See how excited I am?
Dave and Carol also gave my parents this gigantic box of fancy chocolates for their anniversary:
While Carol and Mom get dessert ready, Dad and Dave hang out on the couch:
And Momma Cat joins in the excitement:
While Barney makes mischief under the tree:
Here comes homemade strawberry rhubarb pie!
Yep, it's great to be 28!