My Birthday Weekend

It is no secret that I love birthdays, especially mine! I grew up an only child, the oldest grandchild on both sides, and best friend to kids who also grew up as only children. Needless to say, birthdays were a big deal. I have always celebrated my birthdays for days… weeks even… with friends, family members, coworkers, my friends family members, ha.

However, I have married a man who isn’t really a fan of birthdays. I’m not sure if it’s because he is a guy; or if it’s because he was born on New Years Eve; or if it’s because he believes in making every day special for those that he loves. Who knows! But every year he laughs at me and says, “Arent’ you too old to make such a big deal of your birthday?” My response is always “Never!”

Here are some snapshots of my birthday weekend.

My presents from my sweet, anti-birthday husband. I can just see him wandering around Anthropologie looking for that perfect gift.

He then surprised me with a fabulous birthday dinner at one of our favorite seafood restaurants,  Atlanta Fish Market. He may not see the need in excessive celebrating or extravagant gifts, but he is never opposed to a good celebratory meal!

We enjoyed a beautifully drawn out mean complete with calamari, Mahi Mahi, Chilean sea bass, and, of course, cake! We also shared a bottle of wine we got from our favorite winery on our honeymoon. It was a fantastic evening!

So Jon and I celebrated my birthday a day early because he spent the weekend coaching a basketball camp for kids. Needless to say he was quite busy, so my sweet Aunt Cathy drove down from Chattanooga to spend the day with me.
To say that she spoils me is an understatement. As always, she got me a whole slew of gifts: hats, shirts, scarfs, vests, etc. The cute shirt and hat I’m wearing are courtesy of her :)  I was also ecstatic to wear my gift from Lauren- my Kendra Scott necklace.

My Aunt and I spent most of the day shopping and eating. What birthday would be complete without a little cake and ice cream??

Then it was off to meet the Coventry peeps for our friend Amanda’s engagement party in Peachtree City.

While she looks incredible serious, beautiful baby Avery partied harder than all of us.

I was so lucky to get to spend my birthday with some of my favorite people. It was a great night!

The next morning, Kathryn scooped me up to treat me to an awesome brunch at Sweet Melissa’s. 

Then some shopping in adorable Decatur.
Birthdays always leave me feeling joyful, extremely loved and thankful for so many amazing people in my life. I am very blessed.
Are you a birthday celebrator, too?

Embroidery Love

day 79Ok, so my most recent obsession is embroidery.  It all started 3 weeks ago when I passed up on a beautiful hand-stitched floral design I saw at goodwill. It was love at first sight, but I talked myself out of it because I wasn’t sure where I would put it. Now typically when I pass up something it doesn’t really cross my mind again, but this cozy little piece of art kept popping into my mind. For me that’s a sure sign I need to go back for it, so that was just what I did. I looked high and low, behind pictures, under metal, and even amongst the furniture, but as I’m sure you know, things don’t stick around very long in thrifting land. I finally surrendered knowing that it had found a new home. I kicked myself a little for passing it up the first time then began my search for some lovely embroidered goodness online. These goodies are too lovely not to share, especially the beauties from Lucky Jackson, sighhh.

 This Tiny Existence: With One Enormous Chair, Oh Wouldn’t It Be Loverly

Lucky Jackson: The incredible Joan (my Mad Men crush)Lucky Jackson: Cute Shoes

                                   Hope you are having a beautiful Friday! XO