Because we're flat out broke this year and counted my trip to DC and our weekend in Ohio as our birthday presents, Chuck's birthday Monday night wound up being very low-key. I picked up some groceries, rushed home, cleaned as much of the apartment as I could and surprised the love of my life with a scrumptious homemade dinner.
Although I asked Chuck what he wanted for dinner, he was not at all helpful (he's the easiest guy to please), so in keeping with his desire to eat healthier I made a fruit salad, asparagus and beef wrapped with bacon (I mean, it was his birthday, after all).
I called him like three times to see when he was almost home so I could light the candles. It dashed any hopes for a surprise, but he was really excited anyway.
I was also so thankful that the second he walked in the door, his family called to help me sing him "Happy Birthday" over speakerphone. We felt like they were truly there in spirit.
And finally- blowing out the candles! We ended our night with slices of unbelievably good German chocolate cake, and lots of snuggles and kisses.
But the best part of the birthday celebrations? A new nephew born yesterday morning!
We are so stinkin' blessed.