I know some people hate their birthday. But I don’t mind getting older. I keep hoping that THIS is the year I’ll figure life out 🙂 That hasn’t happened yet, but I’ll keep trying.
I couldn’t have asked for a more fun birthday. Rusty thinks it’s funny that I planned my own party, but who better than me to know exactly what I’d like to do?
I had a fantastic time eating my weekend-before-my-birthday dinner in the middle of a field. I invited all my foodie friends and we ventured to Ollin Farms in Longmont where we enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared with mostly ingredients picked right on the farm.
Carrot Lemonade to drink, artichoke dip, bruschetta, and turkey meatballs (made from the farm turkey—his name was Gobble. I wish they would have left out that bit of info) A delicious Kale and beet salad, and then a main course of lamb, chicken, summer squash, and potatoes. The meal was finished perfectly with Cows Gone Coconut ice cream (yay for dairy free!) topped with raspberry compote and fresh Colorado peaches. Our tummies were happy!
The ambiance was really beautiful, and the company couldn’t have been better. We played musical chairs every course so we had the chance to sit by everyone before the night was through. I went home that night feeling very blessed. Thankful for the beautiful state that I live in. Thankful for bounteous, fresh food to eat. And most of all, thankful for beautiful friendships with some truly spectacular people.
As if that wasn’t enough, on my actual birthday we packed the kids into the car for a drive down to the Botanic Gardens. There was a special exhibit by David Chihuly that I have been dying to see. He is an American artist who installs large glass blown sculptures in outdoor settings. Blown glass is one of my favorite art mediums and this exhibit didn’t disappoint. All the kids liked it, but I think Blake liked it the best. He kept saying things like, “This reminds me of tigers in a jungle.” Or, “This makes me think about the ocean.” I think I have a budding art critic on my hands! We finished the night with my favorite treat. Donuts. No birthday is complete without them 🙂