despite all of that, i had a wonderful birthday this year with my "second family." it all started when my boyfriend gave me a new lens for my camera! i have wanted this particular lens since i first got my dslr two and a half years and i have never been so thrilled to take pictures. then, in lieu of a birthday cake, his mom ordered georgetown cupcakes for me! they are the best cupcakes out there and it's such a treat to have them delivered. i'm really hoping georgetown cupcakes will open a new store here in philly soon!
(love the pink cupcake box!)
(cookies presented at the end of our meal)
now i have a new dream to visit amy oxley's other restaurant, talulah's table, where there is literally only one table for twelve! apparently, you have to make reservations a year in advance. i think it sounds worth it though!
(he's pretty sweet.)
after dinner, we had cupcakes with mister's family and i got to open some presents from home. i felt so loved and "known."
the next day we went to the adventure aquarium in camden, nj. i had never been to an aquarium before, so i was pretty excited! (how did i miss all the field trips to newport aquarium growing up? i'm pretty sure my siblings have been numerous times?!) my only complaint is that they didn't have many seahorses. anyone who knows me well knows that i have an obsession with them and dream of owning my own someday. (i even got a gorgeous seahorse purse for my birthday!)
(view of philly from camden. i still find it funny how much i've grown to love that city.)
(in front of a huge shark mouth. as we were posing, a woman kept asking us if we were married yet. i could hardly contain my laughter.)
overall, it was a wonderful birthday. i am challenging myself to focus on how many wonderful people are in my life here in philadelphia instead of being sad that i don't get to see my family as often as i'd like. i am incredibly blessed and as my mom would say, "there's no time for sadness!"