Given how much as I dislike January, I always look forward to the arrival of February. I don't love the cold weather, but despite the fact the numbers keep climbing higher and higher, I do love celebrating my birthday. In the past, my birthday has caused some conflict in my relationship with Richard because of my huge birthday expectations. This year, I was determined just to be happy with whatever he planned, but he truly outdid himself. Unbeknownst to me, he coordinated a big party, complete with mailed paper Lilly Pulitzer invitations, flowers, homemade treats, a delicious caramel cake from South Carolina and a ton of our close friends in attendance.
The day started off a little hectic when Richard got stuck at the hospital, and then we spent the afternoon with our little friend Anderson, whose mom and dad both were on call and got called in. Having a fifteen-month old in the house makes for some interesting party coordinating, but it all came together (even if it meant my hair/makeup/outfit weren't quite perfect!). We had such a great time, and I am so thankful for a husband who cares so much about the details and sweet friends to celebrate with.
Lilly invitation and pink and green flowers
USC Law is well-represented in DC, and these friends make me feel right at home
loved having friends from the Gowdy office past and present attend
general surgery friends
I hate I didn't take a better picture of the spread. Richard had arranged a fruit tray, made pretzel, m & m, and hugs treats, dipped s'mores and ordered pink and green polka-dot cupcakes from our local bakery. Too cute!
lighting the candles
I was fairly sick the week before my birthday, so I honestly had a little trouble blowing out all my candles. Hope that doesn't mean I won't get my wish!
lots of fire
love this man...
and this incredible 7-layer caramel cake from Caroline's Cake
with our friends the Kwoks- 4 y.o. Julia signed my card all by herself
general surgery chiefs, spouses and tiny Sam, only a couple weeks old
Anderson, my companion for the day, and his mom Ashley, who had delivered a baby just a few minutes before
with the "ortho" wives- Gus, Lauren and Amy- will miss these girls when we all go our separate ways next year
team ortho and Richard