This past weekend, I celebrated another milestone birthday - the big 2-5! I can't believe I'm already a quarter of a century old. Apparently, neither can random strangers, co-workers, or friendly acquaintances. So it seems that depending on the outfit I'm wearing, I can look anywhere between the age of 12 and 20 (sweatshirt + jeans + tennis shoes = 12-year-old; cute blouse + blazer + jeans + heels + accessory = 20-year-old). It seems 20 is about the max I can usually look. Oh well. That'll come in handy when I'm 40. :)
Since Dean actually had Thursday and Friday off (thanks to furlough days and Cesar Chavez!), we divided up my birthday festivities over the whole 4-day weekend. Yippee!
Thursday: Orange County
Lunch at Shin-Sen-Gumi in Fountain Valley
Ingenious! I wonder why nobody's thought of this spoon design sooner.
The Great Park Balloon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. It's one of the largest helium balloons in the world! It's so huge, it looks like a solar eclipse! They offer free rides on Thursdays - Sundays. Since it's currently the Great Park's only major attraction, they use it graphically on all of the park's signage.
I think it makes for super cute signs!
A view of the OC/LA from the balloon
Inside the balloon, looking up at the underside. I felt a little like James and the Giant Peach when we were up in the sky dangling from a great big orange ball!
Hop for cupcakes!
Red Velvet cupcake with cute, "Sprinkles" laser-etched wooden forks
After cupcakes, we headed over to Santa Monica to watch the sunset over the ocean. Breathtaking!
We went to Cafe Bizou that night for LobsterFest! Yum.
Since Sunday was my actual birthday, Dean woke up and made me breakfast! He made strawberry-banana pancakes, garnished with a strawberry heart. :)
After church, Dean's mom took us out for lunch for my birthday. I chose Brodard for lunch because I've heard fabulous things about their Nem Nuong Cuon (grilled pork spring rolls). They didn't disappoint!
Birthday lunch with Dean's family.
*For more pics from the weekend, go here.