I hope everyone has been doing well. I feel like I don’t give enough love to the bloggy, but things are just so busy! [broken record]
Regardless, I think October is officially the busiest month we ever have because there are so many birthdays to celebrate!! So for two weeks out of the month, every year, we celebrate birthdays of those near and dear to us.
Last weekend was my dad’s birthday and REB’s birthday and mine is coming up this weekend!
On Saturday October 6 (my dad’s birthday), my parents came down so we could treat my dad to some delicious Ethiopian food at Blue Nile in downtown Ann Arbor.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen the food I take pictures of there. We always get the Vegetarian Feast, which is unlimited portioned out veggie curries, plus all you can eat of the delicious Injera bread. My parents really enjoyed it and I think they also had a fun time at the restaurant trying Ethiopian food for the first time! The great thing is that it’s so similar to Indian food since they share a lot of the same spices and cooking methods. My mom, being some what of a picky eater, found this to be very much to her liking. Another great part to the weekend was being able to see my aunt, who was visiting my parents for a few weeks! The last time I saw her was at my wedding a year ago.
The night ended with looking at photos of their adventures showing my aunt around the mitten! I’m so glad she had a nice visit and was able to see just how beautiful parts of Michigan are.
So on Sunday I took a break from birthday celebrations so I could play photographer to my friends Amber and Richard. They are quite the gorgeous couple and it was so much fun finding new locations for photos and also letting them be celebrities for a day! They have really become two of REB and my closest, nicest friends here in A2 and we’re grateful to have friends like this close to home.
No lie, I am really proud of these photos! Some of you may know that I’m trying to start up a photography business on the side of the every day 9-to-5. My web site, Aparna Photography, is still a work in progress, but I seriously can’t wait to showcase these photos and the senior photos I did for a friend’s niece last month, on the site! It’s also really nice having friends who are open to your ideas for photos, and having them be creative and coming up with their own! Thanks Amber and Richard! I’ll gladly photograph you two any time you want :)
Oh and if you want to see all the photos, check them out here on my photo Facebook page!
When I was done playing photographer, I went home, started editing, but took a break to prepare REB’s birthday breakfast! His birthday is October 8, and my office was closed for Columbus Day. He also took the day off because we wanted to spend the day together but also do my birthday present to me that he got me (more on that in a second..).
I made baked French toast for his birthday breakfast and prepped everything the night before so the batter could sit overnight with the bread.
I followed the basic recipe on Annie Eats web site, but only changed two things: I used half a loaf of Challah instead of a French baguette, and I used skim milk instead of half-and-half. I don’t know if these changes made a big difference, because it tasted pretty good to us! :)
So once we were done with breakfast and cleaned the kitchen, we headed out for my birthday present. My birthday isn’t until this weekend, October 13 (dyscalculia Halloween!), but apparently what he had in store for me could only be done on week days.
Best surprise ever!! I’ve been wanting to go horseback riding for the longest time and even though about putting it on my 31 before 30 list, but decided not to. I should have, because then I could have crossed it off. Either way, this was a really fun day at a privately owned stable and horse training area about 40 min from our house.
The ladies who teach lessons and take care of the horses were so nice! We got a one hour private lesson where we learned how to brush a horse (there are four three different kinds of brushes!), how to properly get hold of a horses leg so you can clean out the hooves (they are HEAVY) and also how to properly bridle and saddle a horse before getting on. They also taught us how to steer on the horse, give commands, and how to achieve trust between you and horse. The hour flew by! The horses were two of the sweetest creatures I’ve ever been around. They’re a little intimidating since they’re so big, but they were so gentle and kept wanting peppermints. REB actually took lessons when he was a kid. Although he hasn’t ridden in like 18 years, it all came back to him when got up there.
So there we have it! Our birthday weekend part one. Stay tuned for part two where we celebrate my birthday this coming weekend. REB and I are five days apart and celebrating birthdays are always a fun time. This weekend I’ll be seeing some family, and then seeing friends at night for a fun dinner out on the town!
What are some of your favorite birthday celebrations?