I survived! It has been a wonderfully exhausting weekend full of birthday celebrations as my Mike turned 30!
Let’s relive the weekend!
We both worked, but afterwards met up with our friends at Jake’s Beer Festival. To be honest, we really didn’t know what we signed up for. I thought we were attending a pairing event, but it was a festival which totally worked out! It was at the Loew’s hotel (very nice!), but all outdoors. There were dozens of beer booths set up for tastings, food tables (chicken and waffles, beer and pretzels, salmon ceviche… yum!), and a live band. Great, casual atmosphere.
We definitely enjoyed our unlimited beer tasting opportunities before heading home for some Mario Kart (because that’s how 30-year-olds end a night of drinking).
After sleeping in (well, Mike did, not me), we headed to SeaWorld to enjoy a day of friends, animals, and candy. We searched for baby Ginger to no avail which was, disappointingly, my top priority. After many rounds through the candy pathway, some complimentary birthday drinks at Sharks and one roller coaster mishap later, we left to refresh for the evening.
I had planned a small party at Sea Dog which was great since they have a private room, delicious food and many beers! I brought in some decorations like banners that read, “Cheers to 30 years!” or “Happy fucking Birthday!” so that livened up the room… along with the cake!
First of all, if you have not tried “pull apart cakes” or cupcake cakes, you are missing out. I thought it was a dying fad, but no. It is so easy, you can ask for as many cupcakes as you need with different flavors and decoration. I had the cake turned into a beer mug which turned out great!
We had such a good time celebrating with friends and thank everyone who spent their evening with us!
Finally, my day of rest (although I had many small jobs to do) and Mike had to work. Once he got home, it was date night. So we took off to enjoy birthday date dinner at the Melting Pot which was so. good. It’s crazy expensive, but it really is a treat. We love the alpine cheese! Honestly, it’s the best part. Every time we say we just want three courses of cheese. For dessert, we tried something new and ordered the dark chocolate sprinkled with sea salt. I didn’t think I would love it, but with all of the sweet things you are dipping, it was perfect!
After a long, early day for each of us, we decided to triple date at the Food and Wine festival, but we were rained out. Next, we decided to try a Japanese steakhouse which was wonderful. We laughed at all of the cheesy jokes and loved every minute of it, especially the singing/cupcake/birthday hat!
Now that we have recovered, it is time to grocery shop, clean the house and hit the gym! Oh, and sleep.
P.S.- I slacked on posting Sunday night because I have literally fallen asleep three times trying to write this blog. A sure sign that we enjoyed ourselves!