Last Wednesday was my 27th birthday and the celebrating has not stopped yet!
It started Wednesday morning with our modified tradition of breakfast-in-bed turned just breakfast. (Since Colt serves as my morning alarm-clock, I requested not to be woken up before then so Michael made me breakfast while Colt was eating his!)
Along with a beautiful breakfast, Michael surprised me with a gorgeous orchid that he had hidden away the night before and lots of sweet notes to wake-up to.
Colt was so sweet all day – I think he knew it was a special day! Then we got the apartment decorated with roses for the evening Bachelor finale viewing party.Now, everyone who knows me, knows that I love love. And while some skeptics don’t necessarily equate love with The Bachelor, I am a believer and always have faith that love can and will triumph. I am obsessed with the show. It is my greatest guilty-pleasure, my only reality TV indulgence, and I love it. Anyway, the finale aired in the US on Monday but since we don’t get it here, I buy it on iTunes. Normally the episodes post to iTunes by Tuesday but there is always a delay with the finale so I knew I wouldn’t get it until Wednesday. When I realized that this coincided with my birthday, it was just too good. I avoided social media for a couple days then had 5 of my best girlfriends over to watch. They are the best and brought tons of goodies – as in, great champagne and wine, amazing homemade mac-&-cheese, delish salad, the best cookie dough (which was consumed uncooked, obvi), ice cream and ROSES!!! and together we learned the valuable lesson that “there is no better diet than a man leaving you confused.” I felt so known, loved, and blessed to have these incredible girlfriends – it was a perfect night.
Jana, Paige, me, Colby, Suzanna & Brett:
So much fun!!
Friday night, Michael surprised me with opening weekend tickets to Sala São Paulo, SP’s symphony! He lined up a babysitter and took me out to dinner at this great Italian spot, Famiglia Mancini in the Centro. We don’t go out in the Centro very often (as in, never), because it’s a littttttle dicey, especially at night, but randomly there is this adorable little Italian street tucked away in there called Rua Avanhandava, filled with cute lights and good Italian restaurants. So fun.
After dinner we skipped over to the symphony and, although I am no expert, it was by far my favorite symphony experience and a true São Paulo highlight. The space was gorgeous and the music was out of this world. It just, takes you away. Anyway, it was the best.On Saturday, my dear friend Paige hosted a pool-party to continue the celebrating!! We had a great lunch, swam in the pool and enjoyed the amazing, famous, Hudson ice-cream-sandwiches!! Too much fun. (Also, Mailey Jane was adorable in the tutu that Colby made her!!)
To top off the celebrations, our awesome friend Tom took Colt and me out for lunch today. Tom and I have been excited ever since Benihana opened a location very near us, but we have not been able to get either Michael or Joe on board with it so finally we just went together. There were onion volcanos, flying knives, and all of the culinary showmanship that one could hope for. It was amazing. #Whatdidyoudolastnight? Thanks to everyone who made 27 so much fun and so special. So far, it’s off to a great start!