I had a really good birthday this year. I don't think I've ever felt more special! James had told me to be at home that morning for a delivery and luckily I didn't leave the house for too long the rest of the day because another three chaps came by to drop off all sorts of gorgeous gifts and surprises. James woke me with a very sweet card. I love, love, love receiving anything with the word "fiancee" on it. I still pinch myself.
Not long after James had left for work, a lovely woman from a local gallery came by with this gorgeous surprise:
There was a photograph exhibition there recently and every time I walked by, I admired one particular photograph hanging in the window. Then one day, I looked in the window and noticed it was gone. The following week, there was a sculpture exhibit there. I still thought about that photo. Little did I know, a very thoughtful man had bought it for me and was keeping it all under wraps until my birthday.
He knows I love orchids too. He also knows I am terrible at keeping them alive. But he hasn't lost faith in me:
I have been blessed with beautiful, thoughtful in-laws. They sent me this gorgeous and delicious arrangement:
Mum and dad spoilt me too. A dozen roses, a snuggle buddy and a much appreciated bottle of plonk!
The door had been knocking right up until past five o'clock, so I had to rush getting ready. I ended up throwing this outfit together and James said it was the best one he'd seen on me. Murphy's law, eh?
He knows I love Japanese food and that I've had Azuma in my sights for a long time. Therefore...
We had the assorted sashimi; vegetable and seafood tempura; spider rolls; wagyu beef and miso eggplant. They nailed every dish. I now know why all the top Japanese chefs and schmoozers flock to Azuma for a feed! I really wanted to try the Scampi too (there will be a next time) but decided to leave room for dessert. We had the dessert plate (creme brûlée was the highlight) and a serve of caramel ice cream. Not your average, either... I need that recipe!!!
I'm going to say it: contrary to popular opinion, birthdays get better every year. I especially loved all the messages you left on here and on my facebook page. Reading them brought a smile to my face and I felt very blessed to have such beautiful people in my world.