my birthday weekend recap

I just want to start off by saying that my birthday week was exhausting but incredibly fun and eventful. This past week has me beat, so now I’m trying to recuperate before my schedule gets hectic. These next couple of months are BUSY BUSY BUSY.

On my birthday, we went to the California Academy of Sciences. I’ve been wanting to go since they reopened it a over a year ago, and what better day to visit than my birthday?!

The aquarium is phenomenal! Why?! Well, the museum grew their own coral reef colonies, meaning they didn’t rip anything out of the ocean! If you know me, I’m all for conserving our oceans. …and in case you didn’t know, coral takes years to grow.

Inside the facility, there’s a rainforest abundant with creatures and plants. It’s a fairly accurate portrayal of what the rainforest is like. The temperature inside is definitely comparable to an actual rainforest’s humidity.

There are tons of other cool exhibits to check out like the Living Roof. The roof acts as a natural insulator for the building, so it save tons of energy.

After lunch in the museum cafe, we aimlessly explored the city roads. There’s always something about not having an agenda that makes life that much better. πŸ™‚ Completely exhausted from the days’ events, we headed back home and contemplated on dinner options.

Il Postale made the cut. We had never been there before, but we figured living on the edge can be a good thing every now and then. πŸ˜‰

Yup, you guessed it – – I got the vegetarian option!

The weather was perfect, and dining out on the patio felt so relaxing. …and although Gloria didn’t enjoy her Bolognese Pasta Dinner, I thoroughly enjoyed my plate. However, what was I thinking when I refused wine?! πŸ˜‰

…and it wouldn’t be a birthday without dessert! Here’s my mini DELICIOUS cake from one of my favorite places, Whole Foods:

…and a cupcake just for moi! I was too stuffed to eat it, so I saved it for the following day. πŸ™‚

On Friday, I had another eventful day. I was not planning on attending the Scrapbook Expo that was in town, but I ended up going to pick up some great deals on adhesive. A scrapbooker can never have too much adhesive, right?!

Before entering the expo, I decided to fill out one of those Win a Getaway forms just for fun. I NEVER win, but I thought I would press my luck because it was my birthday weekend. Just by filling out a form, I was given another chance to win. The lady at the booth says to me, “Pick a number 1-36”. I pick #22. She spins a wheel, and guess what?! It lands on #22.

I WON a free getaway for two! Can you believe that?! …so now I’ve got another vacation to plan! Talk about a GREAT birthday weekend!

While I was there, a local gal from scrapbook.com contacted me to meet up. I believe she knew me through Heather, so she called my cell, and I’m glad she did. It was so good to meet you, Nancy, and thanks so much for helping me find my adhesive and bling!

Right after the expo, I headed to Suzy‘s house. I swear it has become a weekly ritual for us to go to Scrapbook Territory, but I honestly don’t mind because I tend to get stuff done over there. Anyway, Suzy made me (and everyone else at the crop) fudge to celebrate my birthday! Mmmmm… πŸ™‚ Fudge, friends, and scrapbooking?! I don’t think it can get any better than that!

Saturday and Sunday was filled with family time and SHOPPING! πŸ˜‰ I got some of the cutest headbands to match one of my awesome birthday presents.

I’ve been wanting this Scottie print from Dooney & Bourke since I first saw it! Low and behold, it was a birthday present! I’m definitely a Dooney & Bourke and Kate Spade fan, so I was definitely excited to add to my collection. πŸ™‚ ((Deana, you are seriously a horrible influence — in a good way, of course!))

As for scrapbook updates, I’ll save that for my next post. I’ve been keeping something majorly exciting, and I can’t wait to share the news with everyone very soon!

Oh, and before I forget… there’s a Zutter blog hop at the end of this week, so stay tuned! There are tons of ways to win some SCRUMPTIOUS prizes, so make sure to check back for more details.

…and again, I have to reiterate how thankful I am for all of the birthday wishes. Thanks for making it so wonderful! πŸ™‚

PS: Jessi, I love the photos you sent me. You are so clever to ask me to help you pick photos, hehe. I’m going to frame them this week! They are definitely going in my scraproom. πŸ™‚

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28 responses to “my birthday weekend recap

  1. gloria

    Happy birthday again. Although….it is 4 days past. Love the photos. I am so hungry. I need Primo and it’s only 11:53AM where you are. har har har. anyway… love the post. Curious to see what you make this week.

  2. jacque

    Wow! I am worn out just looking at all your amazing photos!!! I am so glad you had a wonderful time!!!!!

  3. gloria — i’m watching up in the air while trying to get stuff done, and it reminds me of you… constant flying, frequent flyers, hotels, rental cars, etc. … it can’t be a good thing that this movie reminds me of your lifestyle. LOL.

  4. sam

    beautiful photo’s! love the one of the penguin, makes me think of Happy Feet πŸ™‚

  5. gloria

    it isn’t totally like me. I had a much better ending! haha. although hopefully one day, I won’t have to live my life out a suit case. Yes, it is true about what he said…you waste 7 days out of your life by checking in your baggage if you fly over 300 days a year. That is a fact!

  6. Chris

    sounds like you had a fabulous and that is so wonderful!!!!! I love your pix – that frog is so cool! and a yummy cupcake! and OMG congrats on winning the trip (I am like you – I never win) – fudge and a cool purse and some news – can’t wait – have a great week!

  7. gloria — yeah, hopefully one day no more suitcase unless it’s going to hawaii. πŸ™‚

  8. Heather

    Yep. Nancy knew you through me and the IFS blog. I wish I could’ve gone too. Meeting you two would’ve been awesome! I am glad you had such an amazing birthday Sarah. You deserve it!!

  9. Wow… you really have been a busy bee!! I’m so glad you had a great birthday! That place looks like a whole lot of fun… I might have to go check it out one of these days!! You got me craving cake now… it’s a good thing my little guys turning one this week… I’m sure I’ll be eating plently or goodies!! Hopefully, I’ll get to go to the next scrap expo and we’ll get to meet up!! I can’t wait to check out your new scrappy stuff!! πŸ™‚

  10. audra — go to the santa clara one. it’s better than the pleasanton and sac one. πŸ™‚

  11. What a splendid Birthday you’ve had!!!!

    I am loving the looks of that D&B bag. πŸ™‚

    Happy-Week-After-Your-Birthday Week! xo

  12. So glad you had a fun few days!! Love that pic of you in the sharks teeth. Hope you get some rest and have another super week!

  13. I miss out on yet another museum. Do I get a free visit once I hit 10? I’m pretty sure I’m close. 😦

  14. Oh my goodness!! What a whirlwind of a weekend you had. It sounds like so much fun!!!! Awesome places, awesome presents, and I seriously can’t believe you WON a trip!! YAY for such a wonderful birthday weekend!! The Academy of Science looks awesome too. πŸ™‚

  15. Love your pictures…. Thank you for sharing all your b-day happenings…. Looks like you had an absolutely fabulous time!!!!! Hugs….Amy

  16. Happy Birthday!! Looks like a great weekend! How funny, my best friend went to the Academy the same day you did!-ha! Wonder if you guys walked past each other? And just yesterday I talked to my MIL about going there Easter weekend when we’re visiting. Looks like a cool place, all the other places we’ve been in SF and never there… And congrats on the trip win-way cool! Do you know where you’ll go?

  17. danielle — i prob walked right passed your friend and didn’t even know. hehe. πŸ™‚ …and let me know when you’ll be in town. we should totally meet up. as for where i’m going to go on vacation… i’m not sure yet. i can’t wait tho! πŸ™‚

  18. wow definitely a busy week

  19. Oh wow!! What a fun day u had. The Academy is gorgeous!!

  20. What a great birthday weekend Sarah!
    What wonderful pictures!
    Congrats on winning the getaway!

  21. I was keeping my fingers & toes crossed for you, hoping that you’d get that Scottie bag… πŸ˜‰

    Sounds like you had a fun birthday week & yay for a free trip… that IS lucky!

    Exciting news? My curiosity is piqued…

  22. Vel

    Sounds (and looks) like you had a FAB bday weekend. That vegetarian dish looks scrumptious (I’m a veggie) and I love the museum pics. We have a few awesome museums here too, one with a butterfly room. Happy bday again! πŸ™‚

  23. Im extremely exhausted after reading your blog! πŸ™‚ hehehe So glad that you had an awesome time on your birthday weekend. Looks like a ton of fun.

  24. Happy Birthday! congrats on your win! So great to meet you. Look forward to seeing you again.

  25. Hanneke

    WOW, you have been busy, what a great way to celebrate your birthday!!!! And that cupcake!! YUMMIE I want one!!!

  26. Jing-Jing

    I see the food and I forget about all the other amazing photos above it!

  27. wow, that WAS a busy bday weekend! lol
    how fun is that aquarium and rain forest you saw! awesome! and those bday treats look amazing! I need something sweet now..thanks alot! hahaha
    Can’t wait to hear about your news. You are so talented, so I can only imagine! lol
    πŸ˜€
    B

  28. wow, what a busy birthday weekend… I love it when it’s full like that!!! Looks like you had a wonderful time!! Those are some yummy birthday treats! love that D&B bag… I have a D&B and just love love love it.. you’re going to want more… it’s on my wish list… maybe someday I’ll get another one… Enjoy it!!!{{hugs}} Michelle

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