Saturday, November 23, 2013

L's Birthday!

You know I'm behind when I'm doing a post about something that was over a month ago, but still wanted to say a little something about the fun we had for L's birthday. Originally, I was going to make L a birthday dinner ON his birthday, but since much of his family is in town, we all went out after work to Journey for Chinese food and sushi instead. We stuffed ourselves full and then went out for a couple drinks afterwards. Lots of fun! I still wanted to do something special for him, so we waited until we had a free weekend and could celebrate together. During that weekend, we went out for a nice dinner on Friday at a place that L won a gift card for, and the next day, we built a fort, watched a bunch of movies, and had a nice birthday dinner that I made (with help on the asparagus;). I wish we had weekends like that more often. I say that now as I sit here on a Saturday evening by myself. I've got a nasty cold that creeped in yesterday, and he's on his way to Arkansas for the next week. He goes every year for Thanksgiving to see his parents and his oldest brother and his brother's family. I'm happy he gets to make that trip every year, but sad that we haven't been able to spend a Thanksgiving together yet. Comes with the territory, I suppose! Anyway, we enjoyed having a couple different celebrations for his birthday, and I hope you enjoy a few pics from our adventures!:)

 L with his first plates of food at Journey on his actual birthday!
 Enjoying some drinks at Buffalo Wild Wings!
 All of us getting a kick out of L's niece D!
L's sister M and his niece D. She was eyeing up that martini! ;)
 On our walk home, we stumbled across this beauty of a tree! :)
This is another one we saw. I love fall colors!
 The restaurant L won a gift card to is called The Wise. It's in a hotel by campus. We weren't sure what to expect since the items were a little pricey and they were 'small plates,' so we kinda thought we might spend a lot of money for a little food. Thankfully, we got a pretty solid amount of food, and it was all taken care of by the gift card. Yum!
 Our delicious dessert!
 Day two of our relaxing, 'birthday' weekend. Here is our fort!

 L testing it out!
 Hanging out inside the fort. :)
 Perfect fit!
 After being lazy all day, we finally started moving around and I made dinner for L. We had Parmesan Crusted Chicken, scalloped potatoes, and steamed asparagus. SO good. In fact, we both loved the chicken so much that we made it again a few nights later! :)
Mmmmm. Hope you all get a relaxing weekend in there sometime soon too!


Casey Smith said...

I'll be needinggggg a tutorial on that chicken/potatoes and asp. that you made L. It looks amazing and I want to make something REAL for Jacob soon!:)

Renee said...

You're too funny! The chicken is freakishly easy. If you click on the link to Parmesan Crusted Chicken under one of the photos, it should take you to the recipe. Just three ingredients plus the chicken. Mix the mayo and grated cheese together. Slather it on the chicken, top it with some bread crumbs, and throw it in the oven. It takes care of itself. SO juicy and tasty! The potatoes were literally just boxed Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes, and we just put the asparagus in a pan with a little seasoning and water and put the lid on to steam them. It looks 'fancy' but it was almost too easy, ha!

Casey Smith said...

Awesome Nae! Yes...easy and I...well, even that doesn't mix always;) I'm totally giving this a shot!!!:)