Each member of our family is so different, like individual components of a symphony. But, like a symphony, each part is important to the overall structure and sound of the piece. We all work together to make a beautiful sound...our family. Just as the Lord knit us together in the womb, He is now knitting us together as a family, for His glory, outside the womb.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Brad's 31st Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Brad!
Friday the 13th, my lovely husband turned 31 and I had the privilege of escorting him around town and treating him, hopefully, to a fun day celebrating him!  All of my plans were a secret, so he just had to do as I said and go where I told him to go.:)   I wasn't as bossy as that sounds.
We started the morning off by dropping Cadence off at preschool and then heading into Old Town to try a new breakfast place we had heard about called "Snooze".  It always has lines out the door on the weekends.  The food was pretty good and it had a retro feeling atmosphere.  Here is Brad's breakfast.  Look at those cute mugs.  Don't they remind you of Dr. Seuss and something the Who's would drink coffee out of?
Next, we walked a block over to our favorite tea shop, "Happy Lucky's", where we talked, played scrabble and drank tea.
We made a quick pit stop to pick up Cadence and drop her off at home and then carried on our birthday adventure.
For lunch, I thought we could try a new sub shop in Old Town that had an appealing atmosphere, "Backcountry Provisions".  It was a bit of a disappointment, but at least we can say that we tried it, now.
We had a little time to kill before the next stop, so we walked around Old Town some more.  No Brad birthday would be complete without books, so into the used bookstore we went!
What a handsome man!  I am so blessed!
Our next activity took us to "Odell's Brewery".  I was hoping to go on the tour, but it ended up being full.  Luckily, Brad had beer and good conversation with his friend, Gregor, so he was happy.  I asked Gregor to hang out with Brad for a little bit while I ran some errands to get ready for the rest of our birthday adventures.
We ended the evening with a delicious meal at "Carrabbas", "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol", and a quiet and relaxing nights stay at a nearby hotel.  It was a lot of fun!  We were even asleep by 10 or 10:30!  Woo-hoo!  Party!
The next day, I scheduled a massage for Brad in the afternoon and then we ate his birthday cake with the kids that evening.  Cadence and Finn actually helped me make the cake and kept it a secret.  We made a "Beer Cake".  It isn't shaped like a mug of beer, it just has beer in it, as well as other ingredients to make it taste like a yummy cake rather than beer.  Anyway, it was very good and very moist!  I chose to make a beer cake because...well...Brad likes beer!
What a fun day with an amazing man!  I love you, Brad!


  1. You are the most amazing wife a man could ever ask for. I am blessed beyond cup runneth over! I love you so much April. So much.

  2. What a fantastic day of spoiling, much deserved!
    YOU are a good birthday maker, A!
    That cake is gorgeous and looks delish!
    I've wondered what the tea shoppe looked like.
    Happy! Happy! Now, baby. I can't wait.