Birthday Weekend

This is what 31 looks like.  Happy, stable, healthy, and in a good place.  I’d say I enjoy my 30s even more than my 20s.  I can’t put my finger on it, but I seem to be less affected by little things now.   Maybe that’s G’s influence on me.  Eric picked out that amber necklace for my birthday – he did well!

We kicked off an entire weekend of birthday fun by dinner at Mullet’s downtown.  Can we say amazing and my kind of place?  I had the fried bluegill poboy and it was perfect for a Friday night celebration dinner.  I absolutely love pub and bar food, what can I say?  After Mullet’s, we headed to Creme Cupcake and Dessert for solid and liquid desserts.  This pumpkin bread pudding was to die for.  I will figure out how to make it, promise.

Saturday was a gorgeous day out – we spent part of the day chopping wood for our fireplace and part of it just sitting around with family. 

My mom made a beautiful cake – yellow with chocolate chips (a frequent request from my childhood) with chocolate leaves, a squirrel, and acorn decorations.  Squirrels are my thing – it was a recurring motif this birthday and every birthday before it.  If you know me, you may ask about it.

It was lovely outside that we decided to get our annual family photos taken.  Greta was enthralled with the milkweed seed pods and spent a good while blowing the seeds all over the field.  She was content until she managed to get a clump in her mouth – poor thing!

Sunday afternoon we ended the birthday weekend-long bash with an Iowa Wild hockey game with friends.  I’m feeling particularly lucky and grateful this year.  Here’s to good times in Iowa!

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