The celebrations started off a little early this year. Since I was planning to go on a trip during my actual birthday weekend, John and I went down to visit my family and celebrate the weekend before. On that Saturday, we all went down to Cedar Key for a day of family fun. Cedar Key is an adorable little fishing town off of the Gulf of Mexico in Central Florida. It's a quaint, perfect place for a day trip. We ate lunch at a seafood restaurant called Steamer's and walked around the town. John, my cousins and I also went to the pier and took a lot of goofy pictures wearing fake mustaches that my Aunt Nancy put in my birthday gift. I just realized that all of those pictures are on my mom's camera...I will have to make it a point to steal them so I can share the silliness sometime.
|John and I//Cedar Key//Crab Cake Sandwich//Riley and I|
|John and I at Cheesecake Factory.|
Fast forward to Monday, back in Tallahassee. Amber (my roommate that I mention often) had been trying to put a birthday dinner together for me, but I told her that I didn't really want anything big or fancy. Taking that into account, she and Erin (another friend, and our pastor's wife) had a small dinner for me at Erin's house. There were just a few friends from church, and we had grilled burgers and hot dogs. It was laid back, and a perfect evening. Erin also made me the most beautiful birthday cake I have ever had...inspired by Phantom of the Opera which is my favorite thing in the world! Thank you Erin and Amber!
|It tasted just as good as it looked!|
That Friday was my actual birthday. I took the day off of work, because who wants to work on their birthday? I started it off by sharing this..."24 years old today, but I still don't feel like much has changed!"
|Can you see much of a difference?|
I then had a yummy breakfast with my friends Hannah and Elena, and packed for the upcoming weekend in Jacksonville with Amber and my friend Jamie. Let me tell you, the weather that day was gorgeous. Sunny, with temperatures in the high 60's/early 70's for the first half of the day. This made for a nice drive to Jacksonville, where we spent the weekend shopping and relaxing. I will also do a full post on that later in the week, along with the sharing of the coolest restaurant I have ever set foot in. Here is a sneak peek. Trust me, it deserves it's own post.
I cannot describe how much my friends and family truly mean to me. They always go above and beyond to help me celebrate new years of life. I hope that they know that they mean the world to me, not only on my birthday, but every hour of every day of the year! A big thanks to all of you for the birthday wishes too. I love talking to you guys, and learning more about your lives. That is a blessing in itself, my friends. :)
I hope Monday treats you well, and I will see you tomorrow in the brand new month of October!