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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

30 Diana

I got to end this month of being super spoiled with my 30th birthday! Do I feel freaked out about turning 30? Nah. My twenties were great. I finished college, started teaching, and a few years later got my master's degree and reading specialist credential. I met James, we fell in love, got married, and moved across the country to California. We had our first baby, and are just weeks away from having our second. I am blessed with wonderful friends and family both back in the Southeast, and here on the West coast. I am blessed with a loving marriage and sweet baby boys. I am grateful for what I have been given, proud of what I have accomplished so far, and I am excited to start a new year and a new decade.

I don't want to get any more mushy than that. :)

I had two great birthday celebrations this year. On Saturday night before my birthday I invited a few close friends to go out to a kid-free grown-up dinner at Andalu, one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. We all managed to get babysitters for our kiddos and it was so fun to have an evening out!

On my actual birthday, James and Calvin let me sleep in while James cooked my birthday breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes. We decided to go for it and eat our pancakes in bed and it was pretty hilarious and predictably messy! Calvin sat between us and I held his little kiddie plate of pancake pieces (sans chocolate chips, and sans syrup) for him, although it quickly became clear that it was less messy for me to just feed him myself! The crumbs in the bed were worth the fun and silliness of the whole thing and after breakfast we all took a nap - crumbs and all.

That afternoon, we threw a BBQ at our apartment and invited those same few friends plus my cousins and aunt. I made pretty cupcakes with marshmallow flowers and James grilled burgers, sausages, and ribs. We had lumpia and tater tots and watermelon, and one of my cousins made me a delicious red velvet birthday cake. My birthday gift from James was a fancy ice cream maker (my request) so we also served 3 different kinds of homemade ice cream: green tea gelato, cookies and cream, and chocolate-Kahlua made with coconut milk!

Maybe it was a little silly, but I made myself some party decorations because I wanted things to look pretty!

I made the flowers on the cupcakes by slicing big marshmallows with kitchen scissors and then dipping them in pink sprinkles! 

Calvin and Sagan are playing with Calvin's play food on a shelf in our kitchen. 

James and Hartley at the grill

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