the first one was "sleep in." that one kind of didn't happen as the hub and i both woke up around 5:30 from all sorts o'racket coming from the kitchen. the bean had apparently set her alarm so that she could get up and make me something special to jump start my birthday, which was super sweet. i was kind of hoping she was baking me a cake because i was really craving some, but i knew whatever she was doing would be great.
although neither the hub nor i was really expecting her to come barreling into the bedroom right at 6, flipping on the light switch and shouting "SURPRISE!" as she placed a tray on my lap. that light is pretty damn bright, and even more so when you're not expecting it and it's not quite the crack of dawn yet. my eyeballs.
but i couldn't resist this sweet face, beaming with pride over the sweet surprise she'd put together for me.
she and teddy sat on the floor and played while i got started on my delicious breakfast in bed.
later, after i dropped her off at school, i checked off the next item: a free birthday drink at starbucks. and i made it a venti, because why not?
i went home, got myself cleaned up and headed off to get my lashes done. and when they were done, the old lady handed me this pretty bouquet of pink flowers and some sweets from trader joe's.
my mani/pedi was lovely and relaxing.
for my "terrible for me but super delicious" junk food lunch, i went here:
and then i headed back home to admire my lashes and enjoy my corn dogs and chili cheese fries.
the puppies were in the back yard, and i stayed out of sight in the living room to grub down uninterrupted. yes, i was definitely hiding from my dogs. heh. except that i hadn't gotten anything to drink and i was dying of thirst. just as i was about to get up and see if i could find some water or something in the garage, the hub came home and handed me this:
it was a fun combination of him helping me with my dilemma and also getting rid of that lowbrow glorified grape juice out of the wine fridge. and then he was off to run an errand before picking up the bean from school for me so that i could get in some sewing time. i got to hunker down with my machines, working on some projects i'd wanted to get started, and before i knew it it was time to get dressed and head out to dinner. but first - present time!
i got some cute new tops for fall, a new pair of my favorite jeans, and what amounted to damn near an entire lululemon store's worth of new gear. the old lady and her special friend presented me with a sweet necklace that had a little silver pawprint charm and an "M" on it...for our sweet mollydog. i put it on right away as we headed out to union on yale in claremont for dinner.
champagne cocktail? yes, please!
we ordered a handful of starters, including poutine:
caramelized brussels sprouts topped with burrata:
and a mason jar with layers of marinated cherry tomatoes, olive oil and more burrata, served with toasted flatbread.
the bean and the special friend both opted for fried chicken and pasta:
this was the old lady's heirloom tomato pasta and chicken:
the hub's grilled pork chop:
and my "union" pizza with bacon, arugula and - yup, you guessed it - burrata. clearly i can't turn down any opportunity for burrata whenever it presents itself.
the kids and i headed over to the local ice cream shop on the corner while the hub stayed behind to pay the check, and headed back when he texted that the server had brought me a birthday dessert:
the last two items got checked off almost as soon as we got home. comfy pajamas? yes. friends on tv? check. even better? FRIENDS THEMED PAJAMAS.
and that concludes the recap of this year's birthday princess day. it was fantastic, full of fun and love and food, spent with my beloved family. just the way i wanted it.