Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Birthday Full of Surprises at the Beach!

Posted By: Leah

My birthday is a big deal. It's because I make it that way. I have high expectations, and those who know me indulge me in everything Leah for one day a year. It also happens that my birthday falls on Cinco de Mayo. It makes me so happy that people all over the world (ok, the USA only and a few in Mexico) celebrate on my birthday. It's always a party on May 5!

This year was no exception. Although I have been crazy busy at work and have had no time to plan, bf totally exceeded my birthday expectations and planned my bday down to the smallest details. I'm a lucky lady!

BF lives about 2 hrs away and arrived the Thursday prior to my bday weekend (yes I claim the entire month of May as mine). He got Gav from his afterschool and took him on a secret mission aka getting me bday gifts! They also went by the comic book store. 

Friday BF took Gav to school, took me to work, then came back and brought me Starbucks! BF went back to Gav's school and had lunch with him. Then BF cleaned and packed my car for the beach! BF picked up Gav from school, and I got to leave work a little early. And we were off to the beach!

BF got Gav comic books and got me a really awesome nail art magazine for the ride down!

I keep saying we went to the beach, but we actually stayed in Wilmington, about a 10 minute drive from Wrightsville beach. It was so great we didn't stay at the beach because the weather was a little chilly and windy. 

Upon check-in, the receptionist upgraded us to a suite when she heard it was my bday weekend! She then gave me a glass of wine and sent me out to the hotel's private pier on the sound as BF and Gav unpacked the car. The hotel overlooked the USS North Carolina Battleship.

BF and Gav got me from the pier and showed me our suite. BF surprised me and had brought my christmas Hello Kitty inflatable! He and Gav (really just BF) decorated the room with balloons, presents and a birthday banner! I was so excited and shocked!

On the other side of the suite was the bedroom where out one window was the USS North Carolina and the other window had a palm tree! 

We left the room and took a quick walk up to Front Street. It's the street in Wilmington with tons of restaurants  bars, stores, galleries, etc. I ended up picking the restaurant Nick's Diner for dinner. It was really cool. Hard to describe the decor... kind of retro, hipster, random. BF even spotted a Kurt Cobain sweater on the wall!!!

BF and Gav at dinner at Nick's Diner

BF and I split the crab and lobster mac & cheese. Those are bread sticks sticking out. They were super good!

After dinner, it was almost 10 pm... yikes! A little late for Gav to be out, but oh well! We went to sleep and the next day we went to the beach!!!
You guys, I love the beach. I think everyone either loves the mountains or the beach. I'm totally a beach girl. The water was chilly! And the wind was intense! But we had fun, took a walk all the way down the beach, and had a little photo shoot (pics coming tomorrow!) 

But no problem on the cold ocean, because we just went back to Wilmington and hung out and shopped of course. 

We found the cutest cupcake shop called Hot Pink Cake Stand. They put edible glitter on everything! It was the best. The girl who worked there was the coolest! She went to Bonnaroo the same year we did and it was so cool talking about that amazing experience with someone who had been there at the same time!

That night, we went to Elijah's and had a really good seafood dinner. BF was sooo sweet and shelled everything for me! I had clams, oysters, crab legs and shrimp. I let Gav play with my oyster shucker. He thought that was awesome. 

The next morning was Sunday, May 5th... my birthday!!!!
BF had the coolest set-up for me! He had Hot Pink Cake Stand make me (and Gav) custom cupcakes! 
And remember my post on cupcake domes? BF Got me two!!! I love them!
The cupcakes were pink lemonade and funfetti flavor!!!

 Seriously, are these not the best cupcakes ever??

We went to the beach again. Actually to a few different spots. Then we headed back home.
I was sooo shocked and surprised when I walked to my front door and Lauren had decorated it!!!
She's my work BFF from my old job. Usually she decorates my cube, but this year she came over when we were out of town and decorated my door. It was so awesome!!!

That's it for my bday this year! Thank you to everyone who gave me such amazing and thoughtful gifts! I am truly grateful that you each indulge me on my birthday!

I'm not going to list everything I got from everybody... but I do want to highlight the amazing Kate Spade bag from BF's mom. BF's real name is Chad just FYI :)

And I am sooo touched with everyone's super sweet FB posts, texts, calls, and emails! And I especially loved the sweet IG's and even a blog post! I have the best friends ever!


  1. Love this - your birthday looks amazing. I hope you had an awesome day!

  2. OMG! That's the best birthday weekend EVER! Way to go BF! Glad you had a great time!

  3. What an awesome birthday celebration! I wish my husband could plan like that!

  4. Yay for the cupcake domes! And Happy Belated Birthday! I love that you also have an Adventure Time cupcake, haha!


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