So last weekend was my birthday. It often falls on or around Labor Day which is pretty awesome because, THREE DAY WEEKEND! This year I didn’t have any specific plans but I ended up having a lovely weekend (am I the only one that milks their birthday for the whole weekend if at all possible?).
I started off with a haircut which was way overdue. I had a new stylist and I liked her a lot which is saying something. I’ve had a hard time finding someone who can handle my wavy, almost curly hair and has the right balance of chatty and not chatty, do you know what I mean?
I also went window shopping at some new stores that opened up near our house. And then on Sunday we went to check out the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. It was kind of hike but nice once we got there and I think Sunday mornings are a good day to go, it didn’t get too crowded until closer to 11 am.
We checked out their Tree House Tales exhibit. Verdict? Great idea, kind of underwhelming execution…
And then we enjoyed the Children’s Garden which was a big hit with O. There was a lot to look at, a nice place to stop and eat lunch and a fun play area with slides and ladders. We left around 11:30 when the Children’s Garden started to get crowded and some of the older kids got a little pushy.
On Sunday afternoon, I learned that apparently I married a secret cake baking ninja! I mean, look at this thing!
Aside: we need a cake plate, that penguin platter from Christmas is just not cutting it!
Then we had a couple of friends over to watch this week’s episode of Breaking Bad. It did not disappoint!
On monday we went out for breakfast at our favorite place ever, a little cafe in the Ukranian village that makes New Mexican food. We have a very very short list of restaurants that we feel comfortable eating at and this is one of them. One of the head waiters has a daughter with a severe peanut allergy and so not only is New Mexican food largely free of nuts, (not 100%) the restaurant has NO peanuts at all because otherwise she wouldn’t be able to continue working there. So anyway, we had a nice breakfast, stopped at a fun playground and then went home where I relaxed, did some knitting and drawing and got some awesome presents!
I also got a sale in my shop that day too which was a great birthday surprise! And even better, it wasn’t from a friend or family! Not that I don’t value those sales just as much but it’s always kind of exciting to get one from a stranger!
What did I get for my birthday you ask? Why, I’d love to share! I got this pretty:
A new bigger camera bag:
I already have one Jo Totes bag and I totally love it, it’s sturdy but soft, the colors are amazing and the inside is soft and padded but you can configure it however you want to store your camera and accessories. I’m a big fan.
I also got a couple of gorgeous things from West Elm which turned out to be even cuter in person than they looked online!
And finally, AA surprised me with some new art supplies which I totally loved. All in all, it was a lovely birthday!