I turned 32 a few days ago and Kevin turned 33 back in December. The birthday celebrations for each were fitting for thirty-something…low key and based around food and home – two of our favorite things.
Kevin’s birthday fell on a Sunday and Ava and I insisted he open his presents from us right away. (She had her personal assistant – me – get him a photo that we know he likes for a frame in his office. I got him a few things including this steak brand, which he really likes and I highly recommend as a fun, unique gift for the grill master in your life.)
We headed to Flying Star for breakfast, which was very tasty and filling, as always. Then we went home and hung out and played for awhile. Ava went down for a nap right around the time the Broncos started playing and each of those things occupied us for a couple of hours. We grabbed coffee in the afternoon and just relaxed at home. At around 5:00 we picked Craig and Sue up and went to dinner at Bravo. Ava was a little charmer, as she tends to be in restaurants.
That little lady loves dining out. We got gelato after dinner and paused for pictures at the big Christmas tree.
Then it was home. Kevin enjoyed his birthday and we mega-enjoyed celebrating him.
The following weekend we traveled to Denver for a Broncos game; the tickets were an awesome and much appreciated gift to Kevin from his parents. You can read about our adventures in this post.
My birthday rounded out the holiday season on Wednesday. Every time we said the word birthday, Ava would giggle. “Is it Ava’s birthday?” Giggle-giggle-giggle. “Is it Daddy’s birthday?” Giggle-giggle-giggle. “No! It’s Mama’s birthday!” Giggle-giggle-giggle. She was really excited to talk about birthdays. Kevin picked up burritos from our favorite burrito spot. Bacon, Christmas (that means the burritos had bacon and both red and green chile). Kevin went to work and Ava and I hung out. We read books, played in her kitchen, did some laundry… At one point we were hanging out in her room and I was sitting in her bear chair, talking on the phone. She threw all the clothes out of one of her drawers and started rolling around in the clothes. It was completely random and hilarious.
She wore herself out and took an hour and a half crib nap. Which, I like to think, was her gift to me. I finished Truly Madly Guilty while she napped, and read a bit on Team of Rivals. When she woke up she helped me get ready for work and we cuddled a bit. My favorite.
Kevin brought home Blake’s burgers and fries for lunch because there’s no time like age 32 to continue clogging those arteries. I went to work and had a productive day. At work they surprised me with a cake and bouquet of flowers and a card. It was lovely.
I headed home around 5:00 and hung out with Ava while Kevin whipped up my requested dinner: green chile spinach alfredo with chicken and rotini. It was so very delicious. Craig and Sue came over for the meal and fantastic, heartfelt gifts and cards. It was a really nice time. The card Kevin gave me was specially chosen for me by Ava earlier that day and she had basically held on to it all afternoon. She didn’t want to let it go at the store when the clerk needed to ring it up and she’d carried it with her on her walk around the neighborhood with Kevin. At one point on the walk she tired of it, I guess, and flung it over the side of her stroller. Fortunately Kevin was paying attention and saved it. Sue had brought cupcakes made from my favorite cake recipe that was passed down to her from a friend. They had a delicious buttercream frosting. After Craig and Sue left, we put Ava to bed and just enjoyed the remainder of the evening. I was floored by all the sweet birthday wishes on Facebook. It was also really fun to hear my phone buzz excitedly as text messages floated in through the day. I love the people in my life!
And those were the birthdays. 32 and 33 are proving to be great ages, thus far!
Do you like big birthday celebrations?