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Friday, January 24, 2014

Birthday Re-Cap

I woke up on the 23rd so. incredibly. exhausted. I had hoped to make my way over to the second hand store on base that has very limited hours but I just couldn't muster the energy. I spent most of the time between 5am and 8am trying to sleep with Gabriel smacking me in the face and hooking his fingers in my nose to turn my head towards him, "MOM! MAMA! MOOOOOM!" He must have finally figured out it was my birthday because he took a crazy early nap, thank you son!

Just as I curled into bed after putting Gabriel down Chris came walking in the door from work (he's on graves). He handed me a card and gift. We had initially decided I was going to get a new lens for my birthday (kind of a Japan tradition since they are cheaper here) but he felt weird not giving me anything on my birthday so he bought me the cutest most swoon worthy little leather fossil wristlet that has a special place for my i-phone- camel brown with mustard interior.

Just before falling asleep I got a phone call from my mom where she sang me, "happy 'Japanese' birthday." The next day she sang me traditional birthday. Love her. 

After Gabe woke up and had lunch, little man and I went to the 100yen store to get some jars for my batch of kombucha that was almost done fermenting and grabbed a Starbucks. It's a lot of fun having a piece of home just across the street and visiting a Japanese Starbucks is a fun experience- everything is mostly the same but they do have some unique teas and are even friendlier if you can imagine that. 

Photo on the wall which happens to be the original Starbucks downtown Seattle, home. 
Before heading to the park we went inside the mall to grab some groceries. Valentines goodies started going on this week (I think I'm going to do a post soon dedicated to the gorgeous and detailed chocolates the Japanese buy for Valentines) and I came across a pancake kit that put a smile on my face. 

'Homemade Bread Cake Kit' aka pancakes. 
I absolutely love the Japanese grocery stores, I have so much fun discovering new foods. Gabriel and I have a little tradition in trying something new and taking it down to the park to eat before he plays. Today I grabbed an acorn squash slice tampura, a chicken wing, and a cornflake-like-breaded fried potato/vegetable patty. 

I'll never get over seeing $30 cantaloupes. 
The weather was absolutely gorgeous, I mean B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! I was wearing a dress and Gabriel and I were able to comfortably be without our jackets. As I watched him dig in the dirt, climb on the play structures and think about how we'll be having another child added to the mix later this year I couldn't help but fight not to cry over just how wonderful life is right now. 

When we got back home for Gabriel's SECOND nap (never takes two naps anymore, he totally knew it was my birthday) Chris was awake and cleaning the apartment. I was so surprised and happy to see him because he usually sleeps until about 5pm. He told me that he made arrangements for us to go out to dinner by ourselves after Gabriel went to bed, yahoo! 

After Gabriel fell asleep a couple of our wonderful friends came and hung out in our apartment. We went to Pepper Lunch for dinner. It's not a fancy place by any means, but you cook your steak on a sizzling hot cast iron plate so it's not at all Gabe friendly at the time being with his grabby hands.  Following steak we went to Baskin Robins, then walked my favorite Japanese boutique, Afternoon Noon and finished it off with Mister Doughnut to save for breakfast.  

This was by far one of the best birthdays I have ever had- simple, yet charming, relaxing, and intentional. Here's to a great 27th 26th year.

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  1. Happy Birthday, Lena!! So glad to hear it was the best yet!

  2. Sounds so wonderful! Glad you had a wonderful Birthday!

  3. Sounds like a perfect day! So glad you were able to soak up some sun and time with your loves :) happy birthday!!

  4. Last year was sort of a disaster so yes, nice change!

  5. Thank you Whitney! Love these Japanese winters.

  6. Sounds like you had an amazing day! And to answer your question, I meant my birthday is on the 23rd as well ;)

  7. Happy Birthday to you!!! It does sound you had a great day! And I love love love that wristlet! I'm a little jealous of your beautiful weather too! :) Enjoy your weekend!

  8. I purchased the 10-24mm wide angle! It was unfortunately and surprisingly more expensive in town so we wound up just going to Amazon route.

  9. whoa. have I totally been out of the loop for a million years?! have you moved overseas? am I the worst blog follower ever?

    happy birthday to you!!! it sounds like it was a wonderful day!

  10. Haha no worries, you're a newlywed! ;) Yes, we're back in Japan- it's our third stay here! Yokosuka will be our home until May some time.


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