So this post is rather late … since my birthday was 2 months ago. But I still have to blog about it, because I believe it was the best birthday ever! My parents were able to come down for the weekend right before my birthday, which was so fun! I haven’t really been home to celebrate my birthday in a long while, so this was a special treat to have home come to me! They got to Santa Clarita on Friday, and we went to my favorite restaurant for dinner (Piccola Trattoria – yes, of course it’s Italiano) with my roomie, Polly, and Rita and Larry. The food, the company, the service, the dessert, basically EvErYtHiNg was amazing! πŸ™‚ They brought me out a special birthday dessert that was to die for. (Actually it’s not on the menu but when I was there the other night, the chef made it for us!)

Dinner at Piccola Trattoria

One word: yum!

Me and my roomie!

Then we went back to Rita and Larry’s, where my parents gave me my main birthday gift … they just couldn’t wait. I was utterly and completely shocked to open this …

Wow ... still can't believe they got this for me ...

On Saturday, my parents and I met Jenn and Ruben at probably my all time favorite spot … Aroma Cafe. Such a fun morning eating pastries, sipping on coffee and enjoying sweet fellowship. And so fun for my parents to finally meet Ruben (who’s about to marry my best friend … hhmmmm, Jenn there’s still time to back out!), who they of course loved (don’t back out Jenn! He’s a crazy Spaniard, but it’s ok – we all love him). After Aroma, my parents and I went to the beach near Malibu. It was a gorgeous day – couldn’t have asked for better weather! We went to the Getty Villa, which was a new experience to me. I highly recommend it, because we thoroughly enjoyed it! Part of what was so fun to me was that it’s modeled after a villa in Italy and some things after a museum in Naples that I’ve been to. A lot of the artifacts have to do with Italy and different things I learned about during my time in Israel, so I was fascinated!

Self portrait!

Makes me want to go back ...

We ended up having dinner at The Melting Pot that night, which was fun to experience with my parents. I’d like to add a note here … just for the record, I do not enjoy sharing my bday with Valentine’s Day (no my bday isn’t the 14th, but it’s close enough). Here’s the problem … when you want to go out to dinner for your bday on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day … you almost have to have reservations. Everyone else and their brother is out celebrating Valentine’s Day. Well, some people just want to celebrate their bday without the rest of the world being out and about. Ok, I’m done. πŸ™‚

Sunday was a pretty chill day – church, a little Starbucks, a little hanging out. My mom and I got to spend time in the kitchen (one of my fave things to do with her) – we made pizzas and had some friends over and watched the Olympics. Oh – we also made these delicious individual chocolate cakes with caramel sauce and whipped cream. And I just had an image of the first batch of caramel – that brought lots of laughter!! πŸ™‚ My parents left Monday morning, and I spent some time reading at Aroma. But that’s not where the birthday fun ended! There’s more!!

On my actual birthday, Jenn and Polly took me to dinner at Granville Cafe – so great! And I was completely surprised as to where we were going … I could not figure it out for the longest time. I did give them a hard time on picking a place since I basically went to all my favorites during the weekend with my parents. πŸ™‚

The 3 of us

I knew we were going back to the house afterward, because Polly had made me a cake … a kind which I had requested, practically begged for. It was the cake of peanut butter chocolate goodness! I figured that something was up, and I expected people to be at the house … especially when I saw one of my friend’s cars parked out front. πŸ™‚ But, I was so surprised by some of my friends who were there (and I’m not that easy to surprise), and I was totally blessed and it was so special!! We just hung out and ate cake and laughed and had fun! Oh and I had to answer the best and worst bday question. This one is definitely on top of the “best” list!

I think I was just a tad excited there πŸ™‚

I love my friends! Thanks roomies!!!

A birthday just wouldn't be complete without a crazy picture ... and of course, fish lips

Surprise!! Totally unexpected to have Joey and Evan show up!

My birthday was wonderful in every way, shape, and form. Thanks to every one of you who made it so special!! The dreaded “quarter of a century”/”half way to fifty” turned out not to be so bad after all. In fact, I quite enjoyed it. πŸ™‚