Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Andy's Birthday Weekend!

The weekend was filled with festivities celebrating Andy's birthday! He's usually not one big on attention (I bought him an embarrassing and gaudy plastic birthday necklace which he REFUSED to wear in public!) so an afternoon at home with our Colorado friends was the perfect birthday celebration for him.

Friday I spent much of the night prepping for the party (getting the beans ready for tacos, making cupcakes, picking-up the house). It took so much longer than I expected! Andy helped out by making a grocery store run while I was able to do some sneaky things like wrap his gifts. Do you know how hard it is to surprise your boyfriend on his birthday when you live together and BOTH work from home?? I ordered three things online for him and when they were delivered, who do you think was there to receive the package? Hint: It wasn't me.

Three pounds of dried beans. That should make more than enough for the party.

Saturday was the party! We invited our friends to meet us at a brewery near our house, Station 26, which is one of Andy's favorites. We enjoyed a couple beers on the patio with some of our wonderful pals before biking home. More people showed up at our place and we had a great time catching-up with friends we hadn't seen in a while (including one six months pregnant who we didn't even know was expecting!) and connecting some of the good people in our lives (including two people both from Idaho with mutual friends!). We, of course, broke out the giant Jenga for a few games and then had a bonfire. It was a lovely night, and according to Andy, exactly what he wanted!

I think he loves his hat and necklace.

Time for this birthday boy to go to bed!

Sunday was his actual birthday, but we avoided making any plans in case he, uh, "woke up with a cold". After sleeping in for a bit, he was ready for some birthday brunch. Our friend, Joey, was in town from Minnesota visiting friends so we met them at Udi's, a place near his buddy's house. That was really the only criteria for choosing the brunch location. And it was the worst experience I've had ever. Here are a few examples: The waitress kept asking me how I wanted my eggs cooked after I reminded her multiple times that I ordered an omelet, we received no silverware with our meals and after a few minutes had to go inside to retrieve it (so did the table next to us), of course by that time my food was lukewarm at best, and when she ran our credit cards and brought the receipts she asked if we had our own pens so she didn't have to go inside to get some for us. Oh, and, the brunch took two hours and that was solely due to the lack of service. 

Unfortunately, that whole experience left the birthday boy so frustrated that he was feeling pretty apathetic (on his birthday! I know, right?!). We will not be returning there. We still wanted more time with Joey, so we headed to a bar to grab some beers before biking home for a birthday nap. For dinner we went out to eat at a burger place and had excellent service! We grabbed some ice cream before picking-up a movie and heading home to relax after a jam-packed birthday celebration weekend.

That's right. I'm judging Joey on his beer selection.

Ella helping Andy open his birthday gifts.

I bought Andy a dog balloon for his birthday party, which Ella is currently terrified of.

Thanks to everyone who sent birthday messages to Andy! It meant a lot to him to hear from all his friends and family :o)


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