April 22, 2011

a quiet, perfect (and sweet-filled) birthday.

When asked how I wanted to spend my birthday, I said I just wanted a quiet one this year. In the past I've gone all out. (Think: gold sequin dress and party bus and just, well... a lot.) That wasn't quite what I had in mind for twenty-four, though. Not so much. Instead, I wanted a slow and relaxed and lingering sort of day. An easy one. Simple. And that's exactly, in every way, what I got. It was wonderful.

A picture for my mom, taken at 12:00... the essential "I'm officially 24!" shot:
A long early morning walk with Radley (and sunshine--heaven...):
A midday run and a brunch feast--aka my favorite:
An afternoon stop at Sweet Mandy B's:
Our treats... To. Die. For:
The loves of my life--and expert birthday enthusiasts:
And my mom's world famous cookies! (I have enough to last a month...):
Thankyouthankyouthankyou for all the sweet birthday wishes!
It was such a lovely, special day--the ideal way to kick off my 24th year.

Now, on to the weekend celebrations...
Because everyone knows birth "days" are really birthweeks, right?

(Photos: My Flickr)


wilybrunette said... [Reply to comment]

your post yesterday was heaven--sublime, right on. but this one tops it. because in the pictures i see your words made manifest. you look stunning--glowing, in short: happy. such an inspiration.

Rissy said... [Reply to comment]

that looks like the perfect birthday! and is it bad that from your pictures, I thought you were about 20? I hope that doesn't bug you... because I'm 23, and people think I'm like 18. OOpsies!

so many yummy goodies in this post! my mouth is watering.


Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Rissy Haha don't worry--I was in a dress department last month and the saleswoman asked,"Oh, are you starting to look for prom dresses?!" (Yep, prom was 6 years ago...) The way I see it: I'll be really, really happy to look this young someday :)

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Belated 24th Birthday! I'm glad it was a great one!

Ana* said... [Reply to comment]

oh my Goodness, you radiate! you look so much younger than 24 years old :)

Meghan said... [Reply to comment]

Hope your birthday was fantastic!!!

(I love Sweet Mandy B's!!!)

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

Yayyyy for birthweeks! and for friends that put up with birthweeks! Sounds like you had a great day.

Cassie said... [Reply to comment]

Haha I can add something to that "looking young". Last Saturday I went to dinner and a movie with three of my friends (two guys and another girl). We ordered margs at dinner and I was the only one that was carded. I was like umm, okay. Didn't think anything else about it.

Then we get to the movie theater. Just me and the two guys. One orders, 8 bucks. I order, the ticket guy mumbles something. I said "huh?" he said "Driver's license." I was like, "are you serious?"

Needless to say I look 16 cause I couldn't even get into see Scream 4without checking to see if I am old enough. I'll be 24 in a couple weeks. :)

MJ said... [Reply to comment]

Looks like the most relaxing way to spend your birthday!! Hope you're still having a wonderful 24th year! :)

Alexandria said... [Reply to comment]

Your birthday looked so fun!! I'm 14 turning 15 this year and I think I'm going to have a quiet birthday, as well :)

You're very gorgeous by the way!


Lemons Don't Make Lemonade said... [Reply to comment]

Awww, you look gorgeous!

I think I say that every post. Whoops.

Glad you had a great birthday!

Shelby Lou said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Birthday Week!!! Those treats look so yummy, I could almost eat them through my computer screen, but seeing as how that isn't possible... ha I think you deserve to celebrate this whole week! I do the same thing.

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you had a great day! And my mother-in-law has actually implemented birthday month, so birthday week is definitely acceptable! :)

Holly said... [Reply to comment]

WHOA! Maybe I was being totally oblivious before....but was that an engagement ring I saw in the 1st picture??? :)

Carissa said... [Reply to comment]

happy belated birthday! glad yours was wonderful! and your mom's cookies look to die for!!

Bryan said... [Reply to comment]

Hey, I'm....___________

a.) Shrek
b.) A Ghostbuster
c.) An Avatar
d.) Happy you had a good birthday

Answer: All of the above. (secret answer)

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

No, it's not an engagement ring, guys... trust me--when it is, you will KNOW! :)

(It's the pink sapphire ring my parents gave me for my 18th birthday. I've worn it every day for the last 6 years on my left hand just because it fits best there, but lately it's been drawing attention... Sooo looks like I'll have to switch it over!)

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