So, this is what 29 feels like. Not much different from 28 but I celebrated it any ways. Much to my reluctance! This past weekend was a special one. It all began on Saturday afternoon when my door bell rang…
To my surprise, when I opened the door my brother was standing there. Judd thought he may surprise me this visit but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Sure enough there was my 6 foot tall younger sibling with a massive grin on his face. Weekend made. Matt hasn’t been up here since we moved so this surprise was a welcomed one!
We took my family out for dinner at a local brewery that evening and toasted to birthdays and anniversaries. (My parents just celebrated their 33 wedding anniversary on Friday.)
My actual birthday. Woke up feeling no older but definitely felt the love. My mom brought up her famous coffee cake for breakfast this weekend. We made our coffee and tea and indulged in the coffee cake. Then my brother handed me a wrapped box. When I opened it there were smaller gifts wrapped up inside. My dad picked out a Tigger Pandora Charm for my Pandora bracelet. (My brother is friends with Tigger at Disney.)
My mom surprised me with a new Kitchenaid Mixer attachment. Matt surprised me with The Great British Baking Show cookbook and a scale to measure ingredients. Not going to lie I’m slightly intimidated by the cookbook but am looking forward to attempting these recipes!
Judd got me a Vitamix. I’ve been wanting one for a while now and it was a heavily debated item this year when it came to my birthday present. He got a killer deal on one(because he’s incredible savy like that!) and it even came in red.
We headed up to the outlets for do a little shopping then stopped at our favorite English pub, Bull & Bush for lunch. Bull & Bush is a whole in the wall place with the best meat and potato pasties you’ll ever have in your life! (Or at least here in America!)
The afternoon was taken up by the Jags AFC Championship game and to my heartbreaking disappointment we lost. I don’t think I’ve ever been that heartbroken over a sports game in my life. To lift my spirits, we went out for crepes that evening.
To cap our night off, my brother popped open some Veuve Clicquot to celebrate my official birthday and we played some hilarious rounds of Apples to Apples.
It was a bit of a dreary weather day so I decided it would be the perfect day to give Matt a tour of our new area. We drove around Murrells Inlet then up Myrtle Beach beach side. Around 11 we stopped by one of my favorite lunch places, Croissants, for brunch.
We headed to our favorite record store and picked out some new gems: ELO’s Ole and Heart’s Dreamboat Annie. Pizza was the dinner selection and I was even able to get one with vegan cheese. (Little victories in this dairy-free life.) After dinner it was on to celebratory cupcakes and intense games of Skip-Bo and Apples to Apples.
This weekend was so much fun! We always seem to laugh when we are all together and there was plenty of it this weekend. It never gets easier leaving or watching my family leave. I stood in my garage yesterday morning at 6am, tears in my eyes trying to hold it together. Truth is no matter how long I’ve lived away from home it never gets easier saying goodbye.