For as long as I can remember my birthdays have been celebrated with big parties. I invite all of my friends. We play with the parachute. We play the shoe game. We eat cake (usually that I ended up making). This year was different. I didn't want a big party. I didn't want to awkwardly explain why we're all outside playing with a parachute. (Although I think we're doing that tonight with some friends--haha--so the tradition will live on, I suppose. And I'm glad about that.) I didn't want the stress of who to invite and who not to invite. And, furthermore, I graduated from college a couple of years ago and, while I still have friends around, a lot of them have moved away. That's what happens when you marry someone your own age and he's two years behind you in school because he was a good boy and went on a mission. Anyway, this is all a very long-winded way of saying that we just had a couple of little celebrations this year. And I feel good about that.
On Friday night we had a very little party with a few of our friends who we usually get together with on the weekends to play games. Yes, we are nerds like that. Be we all like it. I had decided a week or so before that I wanted to have a carrot cake for my birthday this year, and that I wanted to make it from scratch. So, I did. And Bryan helped.
(Thanks to Bomanda for letting us borrow her magic cake pans.)
Then I made cream cheese frosting and frosted the cake. For the topping, I baked some chopped up pecans and sprinkled them around the edges (umm... like in the picture at the beginning of the "Cakes" section of my cookbook. So original, right?).
Is your mouth watering yet?
Because it should be.
Here I am (in all my blurry glory--oops!) with my lovely little carrot cake.
It was a total success. I am so proud.
I kind of like our little hodgepodge of old birthday candles.
Almost like I planned it.
Almost Martha Stewart.
Twenty four here I come!
Bryan and Andrea, thanks for lighting my birthday cake.
Even though it took a few matches.
Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to me-ee!
Happy birthday to me!
Got 'em all out in one blow.
I told Bryan he's going to have to have pink and yellow birthday candles on his cake next month.
Because these ones were definitely too small to be used again.
I guess that's what happens when it takes a long time to light all your candles.
And thanks to Lance for being patient and letting me snap a few pictures of his piece of cake before he could dig in. Actually, thanks to everyone for being patient while I took a million pictures of the cake.
These two are so good at games.
I try to pretend to be.
But they are always about twelve steps ahead of my logic.
Uhh... and they usually win.
These two are so nice.
And so hilarious.
And so from Oregon.
They feed us meals they've never made before.
They eat stale ice cream with us.
They make me happy.
And here we are just being our regular old selves.
Bryan in one of his D.I. shirts.
And curly hair.
And hyper smile.
Me with my hair pulled back in a pony tail.
Stuffing my face.
And loving it.
Yesterday, on my actual birthday, Lisa (Bryan's awesome sister) came over for brunch. Doesn't it feel classy just to say the word brunch? Yes. And, speaking of classy, Lisa brought me these beautiful peonies for my birthday.
Beautiful, lush, feminine, and so fresh and pretty. And so big!
I had to take a picture of this vase to show my good friend Alex that I finally have flowers big enough to use in the beautiful vase she gave me for Christmas back when we were sophomores in college. Thanks Alex! And thanks Lisa for the beautiful flowers! Oh, and Lisa also gave me some rockin' socks, but no picture of those. Sorry. Thanks though Lisa!
What did Heavenly Father give me for my birthday?
Well, now that the party's over, I guess I better leave you all with a couple of party favors. After all, that's what you all came for, right? Well then, I am pleased to announce that our winners are (via random.org because I was going to do something way cuter but, in the end, decided I have a lot of other things to do with my time... such as finish washing the dishes... or eating breakfast)...
1. #26 Lisa* who said,
Well it's my birthday tomorrow so of course I'd like to win:) And a very happy birthday to you! I'm a follower.
Happy birthday to you too, Lisa! I promise I didn't rig this, but I think it's totally awesome that you won these great presents for your birthday. Woot wooooot!
*Lisa, you have two days to get your e-mail address to me. Otherwise I'll have to give your prize away to someone else!
2. #67 Emma who said,
Hello sweet Katie - I just Tweeted about your fabulous giveaway via tw33tmarie! Tweet Tweet!
tw33tmarie Enter to win an ADORABLE Ruby Lou Doll pattern! Hurry! http://snurl.com/xktec
And thanks to everyone who entered and sent me all the birthday wishes! It's been so fun!
And, finally, a HUGE thanks to
and to Holly of Cherry Lane Textiles for giving away two awesome scrap packs.
Have a great day everyone!