To be honest, I hadn't had very high expectations for this birthday -- turning 28 is hardly a milestone, after all. However, the days (yes, plural -- and I'm not one to try to stretch out the birthday) of celebrating were the kind that make you stop and really appreciate how many happy things are happening in your life and how many good people you have around you. Let me tell you a little bit about it all...
The biggest birthday celebration was actually a celebration of 8 birthdays. As our family has grown, so have the November birthdays. We celebrated my Granny's 81st, Mom's 53rd, brother-in-law Andrei's 31st, my 28th, soon to-be-brother-in-law's 27th, my brother's girlfriend Danielle's 25th, cousin Steven's 20th, and cousin Charlie's 2nd. Phew.
For 8 birthdays, we had 8 little cakes (in four flavours - carrot, red velvet, chocolate and vanilla).
The party was such a blast. It made me think a lot about how much I love being from a big, close family. Seven of my 8 siblings (Matthew, we missed you!) were there to celebrate along with lots of other relatives.
My Granny and Mom decided to reverse their numbers. Granny was thrilled to say she was turning 18, and my Mom was happy with 35.
And a few more shots from the evening:
(my godson, Charlie, and I with our party hats on -- all of the birthday boys and girls wore party hats). And more pics:
My sister Shannon and Chris (remember their engagement party?) also threw a lovely party and my closest friends came to celebrate. We had a pretty epic game of movie charades. It was awesome. So was all the food and wine!
There were also lots of fun surprises along the way throughout the birthday fest(s). The weekend before my birthday, when we were up at the cottage with friends, my friend Pete and I were surprised by our friend Amy with early birthday cakes.
On my actual birthday, Matt took me to explore antique shoppes along Queen Street West in Toronto - but more on that another day. Also on that day, our friends Stefania and Ben sent me the prettiest flowers. Here they are almost a full week later (I just snapped this pic)-- pretty gorgeous, huh?
And I'd mentioned that Matt and I were going for dinner for the first time without Ben. He stayed at home with my Mom (after the three of us spent the afternoon shopping). All went super well and we had an amazing dinner (for those in Toronto, we went to Brassei, which I highly recommend).
Oh, and remember when I showed you the Antique Market that we went to as an early birthday present, right here? I mentioned that Matt got me the perfect birthday gift. Here it is! As it turns out, really shiny silver is nearly impossible to photograph nicely (well, if you're me I guess) but hopefully you'll get the idea.
For those interested...The bottom is marked W.M.Rogers Made in Canada EP Copper, and each piece is very heavy. The whole set is pristine (even the insides look brand spanking new). Since it was the final day of the market for the season, we were able to get the set for $80 (yes, I was there and know how much the gift cost. No biggie). I think it is a great price. Thank you Matt!!!
All in all, it was one of my best birthdays ever. New friends from the blogosphere even wished me a happy birthday, which was lovely.
I am really thankful for everyone who helped make it so much fun. I'm a lucky girl.
Lots of love,
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