Ringing in 24

Though my birthday was this past Thursday, my entire weekend was one big bundle of celebration. Every moment of each day was full of laughter, love, fun, and family – it was exactly what I was hoping for. With each passing year, birthdays become more meaningful to me. Not as a time to celebrate being the center of attention (which I was never a fan of anyways), but to bring loved ones together and make time for simple pleasures in our otherwise busy and stressful lives. Here’s how I celebrated this birthday – complete with a picnic, a cookout at home, fun and games, the first day of summer, and celebrating the marriage of friends. I am so thankful to those who made me feel so incredibly special and happy this weekend. 

(A sweet gift from Ry that has only encouraged my fantasy of becoming a full-time baker)
(Picnicking and Rummikub at Sarah P. Duke Gardens)
(Relaxing in the sunshine)

(Bringing the party back home, my favorite place on this earth)
(The most important and wonderful people in my life)
(Birthday cookout – after my sister and I dominated our girls vs. boys badminton match)
(Post-birthday banana chocolate chip pancake breakfast)
(Our newest tradition – Friday night date night)
(At the most beautiful and sweet wedding I’ve ever seen)
(Perfectly colored flowers from Ry)