My birthday is NEVER on the first day of summer. It is always the last day of spring. I even got in a fight with a kid named Tyler Peterson in fourth grade because he flaunted the fact this his birthday, June 21st, was in the summer and mine was not. Rude. So when I found out it was actually the first day of summer this year, I knew it was a good omen. Did you know I am superstitious? Because I secretly super am.
I started out the day to sleeping in (aka not waking up to an alarm clock) and then immediately opening the presents and cards I had received thus far. Then I got ready and went to work, which typically I don’t like working on my birthday but I considered NYC my birthday present to myself and that included three days off work. You pick your battles.
I made Kevin go with me to get french toast at Kneaders. That is all I wanted! What a good sport. I am grateful for good friends at work. My whole team surprised me with a cake and card even! So so nice.
After work I picked up my favorite All-American Chocolate Cake from Costco and then ran home to pick up Danielle for dinner. We met up with Kate, Kim, Stephen and Angie at Yupha’s, my favorite birthday tradition. It was so delicious and so wonderful to spend time with some of my closest friends. There is something about being surrounded by people you love and who conversely love you that just makes life so sparkly and beautiful and warm.
When we were done with dinner, we raced home in time to watch The Bachelorette (if you would have told me a year ago that my birthday activity of choice was to watch The Bachelorette, I would have laughed at you right in the face). A bunch of my friends came over and we just had the best time. I love the ladies in my ward and I have loved getting to know so many of them. I always feel completely inadequate and undeserving of their love and support, but I don’t think about it too much or else I get overwhelmed and I lay in bed and stop doing things.
If my 26th birthday is any indication of what the next year is going to be like, I am extremely excited and grateful and humbled. Every year I fall more in love with my life and everyone in it. Here’s to 26!!!