Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!!!!!

Well I survived another birthday....

OH went to work early, but never fear, Mum and Dad had taken the day off work to spend with me and they showed up nice and early, bearing the essentials - cupcakes, candles and coffee!

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeee Happy Birthday to me!

Check out the cake OH made for me! I think he has been holding out! Under all that delicious vanilla frosting is an even more delicious moist chocolate cake!! But the only problem is it's just too cute to cut and eat! He has been locked in the kitchen every night this week and I can see why! I just love it!!

After breakfast Mum, Dad and I went to see Red Dog at the State Cinema (have to love a cinema that allows you to take a wine or a coffee in with you!). It was a great movie, very funny but also very sad and had all 3 of us sniffling into our cups of tea!

Next stop after lunch was a peak around some shoe shops in town....Dad did very well, ferrying shoes back and forth from the shelves while Mum and I tried on everything we could get our hands on....suprisingly though we walked out empty handed (I know!! I mean who walks out of a shoe shop on their birthday with no shoes!?).

Then we went to the Lansdowne Cafe for lunch. For a small, quiet, out of the way cafe, it was packed! And when our meals arrived we could see why!

Mum and I both had this Roast Vegie Stack with Grilled Polenta and it was amazing, two crispy pieces of polenta piled high with roasted zucchini, sweet potato, eggplant, tomato, spinach and caramelised onions, OMG Yum!!!! Dad had a toasted chicken, avocado and brie panini which looked pretty damn tasty too!

After lunch we did a small spot of window shopping down at Sandy Bay to try and walk off some of that lunch....which is just as well - little did I know I had to make room for dessert........

......because our next stop was the Pancake Train at Margate! The 3 of us shared this pancake topped with chocolate mousse, whipped cream and praline, it was heavenly (and next time I'm not sharing!).

We piled back into the car and headed for home where I was spoilt rotten with presents ranging from books to jewellery to silk scarves and this stunning lady (and the shoe box too!)

Then it was back into the car to go and have a look at Mum and Dad's new block of land which is just up the road from our place. They will be selling their sweet little cottage and building a new whizz bang house so stay tuned for updates on that!

We arrived back home to OH dancing around in the driveway because apparently we only had 10 mins to make it to our dinner booking - noone tells me these things! So I farewelled Mum and Dad and hopped in the car with OH. We arrived (just in the nick of time!) at the Pontville Pub for dinner. Pontville Pub is a great little pub with fantastic counter meals and because it was my birthday I treated myself to a parmy and it was sooooo worth it!! After tea we went home, tried a piece of OH's skull cake (yuuuuummmm!!) and then I opened my presents from OH. The pièce de résistance.....

....a rocking chair....a few months ago, we were talking about eventually having the pitter patter of little feet in our house and I was saying how much I would love to have a rocking chair in our nursery...and now I do! Although I don't have a nursery yet! Or even the need to have a nursery (I should make that very clear in case my Dad reads this!!) but it still makes me smile....and in the mean time I have somewhere comfy to read all my new books!

Thank you to everyone for making the day so special and for spoiling me rotten as usual!! OH and I are leaving today for 2 nights up at St Helens on the east coast, I can't wait....but if I don't get out of bed and go pack we won't be going anywhere!!

Em x

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