We like to do birthdays up big here in the Lutjen/O'Connor household. So we're heading to the coast today to spend Barry's birthday in Astoria at the Commodore Hotel. There are lots of birthday treats planned throughout the day. I'm most excited for a hike to Hug Point where we'll have a special picnic lunch. And dinner at Fort George Brewery. And staying in a pretty hotel where we can hunker down with books and coffee if it gets too rainy. And breakfast the following day at Astoria Coffeehouse. And walking around with our cameras. And essentially being on a mini vacation for two days. We both kinda need it.
In our twenties we liked to celebrate our birthday months, but in our thirties we've edited the celebrating down to our birthday weeks. Clearly, we've matured. So we started the birthday celebrations last night:
Barry came home from work last night to a birthday banner that I made after seeing the sweet one Lisa made for her three year old daughter. Never mind that Barry turns 36 today. We are birthday dorks around here! We cut into the birthday "cake" after dinner last night, too. I'd bookmarked this recipe for Bourbon Ginger Pecan Pie the second I saw it over a year ago.
To play up the coast/port town theme of our little getaway with some homemade wrapping paper for Barry's gifts. I carved the anchor stamp while he was out on a bike ride one day and brought the stamp to work to print the paper after hours to be all covert about it. You can't have many secrets when you live in a one-room apartment, you know. I can't wait for the gift opening!
I might be more excited about Barry's birthday than he is. Happy Valentine's Day to all of you, and happy, happy birthday to you, B.