This past weekend, I celebrated another milestone birthday – the big 2-5! I can’t believe I’m already a quarter of a century old. Apparently, neither can random strangers, co-workers, or friendly acquaintances. So it seems that depending on the outfit I’m wearing, I can look anywhere between the age of 12 and 20 (sweatshirt + jeans + tennis shoes = 12-year-old; cute blouse + blazer + jeans + heels + accessory = 20-year-old). It seems 20 is about the max I can usually look. Oh well. That’ll come in handy when I’m 40. :)
Since Dean actually had Thursday and Friday off (thanks to furlough days and Cesar Chavez!), we divided up my birthday festivities over the whole 4-day weekend. Yippee!
Thursday: Orange County
Lunch at Shin-Sen-Gumi in Fountain Valley
The Great Park Balloon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. It’s one of the largest helium balloons in the world! It’s so huge, it looks like a solar eclipse! They offer free rides on Thursdays – Sundays. Since it’s currently the Great Park’s only major attraction, they use it graphically on all of the park’s signage.
Even though they actually have a Sprinkles in AZ too, I’ve never been there. Since I subscribe to their twitter feed, I a get secret word everyday for a free cupcake. We finally decided to drive over to Beverly Hills on Friday, brave the lines, and sample a Sprinkles cupcake!
We went back to the Great Park for the Movie-On-The-Lawn to watch Where the Wild Things Are. We packed a picnic dinner and lay in the grass watching the movie with a blanket of stars above us and the Great Park Balloon behind us!
After church, Dean’s mom took us out for lunch for my birthday. I chose Brodard for lunch because I’ve heard fabulous things about their Nem Nuong Cuon (grilled pork spring rolls). They didn’t disappoint!
*For more pics from the weekend, go here.