35 Years Wonderful!

I never did provide a recap of my birthday this year, and it was a good one indeed. Reese slept in, which meant I slept in, and we had a mad dash to get to school and drove because of some light rain (and being late). Bryan and Reese also sang “Happy Birthday” to me in the morning before leaving. I got my free Starbucks cappuccino and settled in to a short day of work from home. I wanted to spend some time with Reese before Bryan and I went out for the evening so I left on foot around 3 PM to pick her up from school and head to Garfield Park in the afternoon sunshine. We had a good time at the park just the two of us, playing Queen of the Mountain on top of the slide. After quite some time at the park we headed back home so that I could quickly change for our date night out!

We had dinner reservations at our favorite Spanish restaurant down the street, Harvest Vine. The food was as delicious as ever. We stuck to all the main dishes with particular favorites of the cuddlefish with squid ink fideo and aioli, the Iberico pork with potatoes and cider sauce, and the seared sea bass with crispy serrano ham, peppers and garlc aioli. They brought us out flan on the house for my birthday and the whole vibe of the meal was great as always. We also finally got to discuss baby names to narrow the list down a bit. After dinner we had a jazz concert to make for the Earshot Jazz Festival. The vocalist was Eugenie Jones, whom we have seen a few times and really enjoy her voice, songs and personality. The concert was held at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center which is near us but we had never been to before. It was a great concert and the first time seeing live music in such a long time.

I finished my birthday off with getting my hair highlighted on Friday and then celebrating with Bryan’s homemade chocolate peanut butter cream cheese frosting birthday cake at our friends house on Saturday. Reese helped me blow out the birthday candles and we enjoyed the cake for a few days at home after.

Our party girl at the Oktoberfest Party on Saturday

Back to the daily grind this week and already so ready for the week to come to an end. I had my 34 week midwives appointment on Wednesday, the house is now clean, and we are actually spending the next two nights in a hotel downtown for a mini (and free thanks to mystery shopping) staycation. Bryan and I are planning on taking the afternoon off tomorrow to have a little day date downtown with a dim sum lunch followed up with seeing the new Bond movie. I can’t wait!


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