April 23, 2012

the big 2-5.

My 25th birthday was sunny, simple, sweet and full of fabulous surprises. After waking up to a tasty breakfast in bed, there was a long, long walk throughout the city—the sun just kept getting brighter, the air a bit warmer, and soon our short stroll had stretched hours into the morning.
Radley and I stopped in Ghirardelli Square for one of the best breakfasts I can remember, one for the record books. (And sourdough toast to die for, but more on that another day.)
Always seeming to out-do herself, Mom arrived with 25 gifts in hand—a special memento from each year of my life. I opened my favorite childhood book, a decorated cereal box filled with Valentine's from my 2nd grade glass, coasters we'd bought in Paris, glow-in-the-dark glasses from our millennium New Years party, and on and on... She created a time capsule of all the tiny things that have meant so much to me throughout my life, then capped it off with a simple gold infinity bracelet to capture the phrase we've always said to each other: "I love you infinity times infinity." She is good.
To take advantage of the weather, we headed straight to Sausalito—one of my favorite San Francisco spots—for a light al fresco lunch, a view of the skyline, and a little walk along the water.
We swapped our favorite birthday stories, rehashed the best gifts we've ever received, and treated ourselves to some seriously delicious Napa white wine.
After a sunny afternoon and a long and leisurely steak dinner, Radley and I sat together and shared our favorite memories from the past year—and oh what a year it was.
For me, birthdays tend to inspire a bit of reflection. Each year I look back at the year behind me, and I have to say: If 25 treats me half as well as 24, I'll be a lucky girl indeed.

This time last year I was finishing up my final weeks of grad school, a month away from earning my Masters, and thrilled at the thought of heading back west. We weren't yet engaged, we both had different jobs, and everything felt in-between, neither here nor there. A bit muddled.

Fast forward a year and everything's changed—everything but the people beside me.
And that's really all that matters, isn't it?

Thanks again for all the sweet birthday wishes! :)

(Photos: My Flickr)


stephanie said... [Reply to comment]

Happy birthday, sweet girl! I'm so glad it was a wonderful day. xo

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said... [Reply to comment]

Happy BIRTHDAY! San Francisco is such an amazing city. I'm only a little jealous of you for getting to live there. Great pictures - and I just LOVE the gifts your mom put together! What a cool idea.

Holly said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you had a wonderful birthday!!! 25 is fabulous! xoxo

siddathornton said... [Reply to comment]

so glad you had such a lovely birthday! here's to 25!

- l

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

I hope my life is as put together as yours when I'm 25. :) Sounds like a beautiful birthday!

Katherine Krieg said... [Reply to comment]

happy birthday!!! you have such fabulous family to treat you to such a lovely day! and what luck you had with the weather. you deserved it!

nancy said... [Reply to comment]

oh Happy Birthday! these pictures are beautiful, and your mother is possibly the best gift-giver in the entire world.

Maura said... [Reply to comment]

beautifully written, as always! hope you had a fabulous birthday (and it sounds like you did) also, cutest, sweetest, nicest gift i have ever heard of. your mom is good!