Thank you for all the Happy Birthday wishes from everyone! It's true, I am officially 26 and past the quarter-life-crisis. Phew! :) I had a fun birthday, especially since it was Saturday so I got to spend all day with my two favorite guys. Brian was extra nice to take care of Wes all day so I could get a "mom break" too! Happy Birthday to me for sure!
I am definitely spoiled and woke up to find a brand new office chair - now that I'm a hard working woman - from Wes. (I have a sneaking suspicion Brian gave Wes the spending money for it...)
Then I got to see a movie in a movie theater which is something I haven't done since June (and that time I was holding Wes and trying to keep him alseep while we were watching Live Free or Die Hard...you can imagine what that was like). And since you're wondering, we saw Enchanted and yes, it was my choice (of course, it was my birthday), and yes, we did like it.
Then we picked up Wes (who was kind of a stinker and apparently missed his parents) and grabbed some paninis (one of my favorite foods as of late) from Barnelli's (famous Chi-town restaurant) on the way home (in the snow, of course).
On the home front, we ate and then Brian sang "Happy Birthday" and dutifully attempted "Feliz, Feliz" like a good member of the Jack and Mary Smith clan! I made my wish, blew out the 2&6 candles, and then opened my presents! What better way to spend a birthday? Here are a few picture to mark the occasion...
(For those who have read the Baby Einstein "Mirror Me" book - which now I've read about a thousand times - this picture reminded me of that: "Puff - and blow!" "Jane makes a super silly face. Hello little monkey!" Yah, I pretty much have it memorized.)
This cake is A-mazing. It is my FAVORITE by FAR. I first had it at the baby shower Brian's office threw for us and I fell in love with it.
It goes like this: the bottom is angel food cake, then a layer of fresh strawberries mixed with light and fluffy whipped cream frosting, then another layer of angel food cake, then it's topped with whipped cream frosting. Oh yah, and it's surrounded on the outside with tiny coconut flakes. Yum!
There's regular frosting if you need that, but you really don't. Seriously, so good. It's got just the right amount of sweetness and it's full of whipped cream and strawberries...what could be better? This is one thing I'll definitely miss when we move since it's just this little local bakery that makes it. Just like I miss fresh flour tortillas from El Paso and Costa Vida (Cafe Rio) pork from Utah...
I thought I'd just throw in a pic of Wes playing with the toy he got for my birthday. Thanks Aunt Jennie! :) (And yes, he is getting a little big for his swing...)