Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, so it works out perfectly that Mark, Stella and I all celebrate our birthdays in the fall! We don't usually do too much since Mark is almost always in the middle of harvest, but since it's been pushed back a bit this year we decided to have some fun.
Mark's birthday is October 5th. He went out with some friends the night before and we had plans to spend the day with Stella in Peoria. Of course, she decided not to nap and it was pretty chilly out so we lounged around the house and went out for some delicious Mexican food that night. It was Mark's first time going to dinner with Stella, and she did very good. Except she was a little too happy. She screamed and clapped through dinner. Seriously, who about has to leave a restaurant because their child is too HAPPY? She's a unique baby alright. I made Mark a Chocolate Pumpkin Spice cake to take to work for his birthday (yes, I still believe in "birthday treats" for adults). It was amazing! (we sampled it the night before and Mark got to blow his candles out)
This past weekend is what we usually call our "birthday weekend" since it falls in between our birthdays (Mine is the 14th). On Saturday Mark worked and Stella visited my mom while I enjoyed some quiet time in the park. Beautiful scenery and a great time to unwind and just be by myself for a bit. On Sunday we decided to head to Cedar Rapids. Our brother-in-law owns a restaurant there and we hadn't been there yet. Shame shame. We saw their new house and Stella got to play with her cousins for a bit, and then we went for an early supper. If you're ever in the area, check out the White Star. Delicious food and beautiful restaurant...and not just because I'm prejudice ;-).
Tuesday was my birthday, and it was a very dreary rainy day. Stella, Kaiser and I spent the day at home. They both decided to give me a hard time for my birthday. Oh well, what are ya gonna do? I still enjoyed my day with them (good thing they're so cute). Mark came home and surprised me with a really nice card (complete with a special handwritten message inside!) and some beautiful orange roses. We dropped Stella off with Mark's parents so we could go to dinner and she even spent the night! (we didn't want to disrupt her sleep again since she goes to bed at 6:30, and then I was able to run errands the next day) We went to dinner at Z Best Cafe (in Sheffield, if you haven't been there you are MISSING OUT!) and it was undoubtedly the best meal of my life. I had organic chicken sauteed in mushrooms and spinach with asparagus and roasted potatoes. Of course I had dessert too...chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream...gotta have cake on your birthday ;-) We came home, watched a movie and went to bed.
Now with our birthdays out of the way it's time to focus on Stella's. I've already started party planning and it's SO much fun. I am excited for her big day!! Is it really only a month away? Yikes...better get planning!