11.26.2011

23, if I did the math right.

this week i celebrated my birthday by waking up at 5AM to go into work. i believe that breaks some law of conduct--working on your birthday, but none the less, that is indeed what i did. luckily starting so early also allowed me to get off rather early and I met up with my sister for my free birthday lunch at a favorite restaurant, Liberty Market (i'll never go there without thinking about this story). 
She then took my to Anthropologie and let me pick out three charms for a necklace from her, becky and doreen. it was lovely!
my bff jenny surprised me with a humungous and acclaimed cookbook so i can prepare for our many dinner parties in the future, but what i liked most was her hand painted and ever so sweet card!
oh, and this!
lizzy made me my favorite BTS Cake and i blew out ALL my candles in one blow!
i had to beat sister in law leone to it, evidently she has a natural reflex to blow out candles as soon as they're lit ;)
immediately after cake, marcus took me out to a restaurant i've been dying to try, because one, i love great pizza, but mostly because i heard they had dessert crepes.
why yes, i will eat a giant piece of BTS cake, then eat half a pizza, the devour my free dessert crepe without a second thought. that's what birthdays are for, no?
after dinner i came home opened a few presents from marcus, read my facebook wishes and was so grateful for good friends in my life. it was a wonderful birthday and i feel silly for worrying so much about it. 
Do you have any special birthday traditions you feel like sharing?
i love to hear about old family traditions!

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18 comments:

  1. baby ashley looks JUST like grown-up ashley. i love it!

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  2. It was my birthday this past week as well! Happy 23rd!  (:

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  3. Happy Birthday!  My birthday was last week too (though I'm *cough* 10 years older)  :)

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  4. Jenni is right; Baby Ashley DOES look just like grown-up Ashley! So cute. Birthday family traditions? We always ate our favorite meal on the "you are special today" plate.

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  5. Happy birthday, Ashley. 23 is a great year. I turn 24 in exactly one week. :)

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  6. Stuffing oneself at your birthday is the best! Our traditions consist of breakfast in bed (no matter how early)(but luckily never as early as 5am, haha). Then you get to decide what's for dinner, which is mostly a curse these days as it's impossible to come up with anything to eat. I picked a restaurant.

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  7. Sounds like you had a pretty fabulous birthday! Welcome to the wonderful age of 23, where you get no special privileges and feel just like you did at 19, 20, 21, & 22... 

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  8. happy birthday beautiful and sweet ashley!!! much love to you! <3 <3 <3

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  9. oh it sounds like you had a great time! every year in my family, whenever someone has a birthday, the whole family goes out to eat wherever the birthday person wants to eat. its super fun, and we get to try new places to eat all the time!

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  10. welcome to the 23-club!! :-)

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  11. This looks like a fabulous Birthday...minus the whole work part!

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  12. Happy Birthday!!!

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  13. Happy 23rd! I love the little baby Ashley picture. Too cute! Your birthday celebration sounds just about perfect--I love laid back but still celebratory birthdays. And seriously, there should be a law against working on your birthday!

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  14. Happy Belated Birthday!!! Too bad you had to work but it looks like the rest of the day definitely made up for that. 

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  15. Wow, Happy Belated Birthday. Eating anything and everything you want is a birthday girl's prerogative. Love that book gift at the end. 

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