Saturday, October 8, 2011


I turned 29 while in Utah. I wasn't expecting much because a) we were so far away from all my friends, b) Eric was so busy with his rotation and usually got home pretty late and c) I didn't want to make our hosts feel obligated to provide my birthday, so we weren't even going to tell them. We figured, we'd just celebrate later.


I forgot to take Facebook into account. Aunt Melinda knew right away. And then Mama Allan sent me a package with 2 Bobby Flay cookbooks I've been wanting. And then I got special birthday emails from several people. And then my wonderful friend Jordan, definitely the best roommate I ever had, brought her family up to visit me and remembered it was my birthday and brought me colorful ramekins! It was really wonderful to see her, get to meet her kids in person, and just have a great time chatting.
lil R adored Caroline... who didn't quite know how to react to the lovin...

and THEN I got this mysterious text from Eric telling me not to eat too much and to dress up nice for when he came home...

So we left the girls with Uncle Matt and Aunt Melinda to put to bed and headed back up to downtown SLC for a special date. to..... Melting Pot! I've been eyeing their menu for years, it seems, but we've never been. It was wonderful! Really fun, delicious, and surprisingly not an over-stuffed feeling despite the quantity of food. Probably because we were there for more than 3 hours and the food consumption was spread out over that entire time. Terrible pic of us, all blurry, but had to document the night!
days later, I got on Facebook and was really touched by so many of YOU leaving me messages on my b-day. Seriously, I got almost teary-eyed for the sentimental thoughts from people I didn't know cared about me enough to think of me on my b-day. I don't do that, so the fact that someone else thought enough of me to take time to write a lil somethin, well, it just made me feel like a million bucks.

turns out, I had a pretty wonderful birthday!


  1. My excuse is I'm not on facebook:)

    Happy Birthday!

    You have such a beautiful life. Definitely worth celebrating.
    The Melting Pot looks like a fun and delicious place to eat.

    So glad you had a nice day.

  2. It was so good to see you, and a bonus to see you on your birthday! I've wanted to go to the Melting Pot forever, so I'm so happy for you getting to go!

    (I like how Rachel is the only one of my kids with a halfway decent smile!)

  3. That sounds like a fantastic birthday! The key is the low expectations. :) I've hear the Melting Pot is a fun date dinner. Maybe we'll try it out for our anniversary! Are you still in Utah?!?

  4. Happy late birthday! I have been eyeing that menu myself for a couple of years. Can't wait to try it sometime! Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. What fun surprises and special treats on your birthday! I'm happy that it was so wonderful, and even more happy that it was all unexpected. That makes it even better, right? Happy Birthday my dear!