It all started 25 years ago. . .
Where has that time gone?
I am old.
I remember thinking when I was a teenager how OLD being 25 was!
And now here I am. . .
. . . Yesterday, I turned 25 years old.
While it was not the greatest of birthdays. It sure made it in the books for being memorable.
You see, I have been sick since Saturday.
And each day since, I have felt my immune system slowly deteriorate little by little.
But I couldn’t take off work.
No, I had to go to work on Monday for my observation and then again on Tuesday due to it being field trip day.
Woo-hoo field trip day to the children’s art museum and I felt like my head was going to burst open at any second due to the pressure building up. And my sinuses were only keeping rhythm with the massive headache I had pounding throughout the day.
Needless to say I collapsed when I got home that afternoon. I didn’t move for the rest of the day, while Dr. Rob took care of me ordering pizza for dinner and bringing home a special surprise of S’mores Ben & Jerry’s to kick off my birthday celebration.
He knows my favorite!
I knew I had to take the next day off or I would never get better.
I laid in bed the majority of my birthday sleeping off and on and coughing every moment that I was awake.
But my man took care of me and made me feel oh-so-special!
He sang me “Happy Birthday” at midnight.
He made me breakfast the next morning.
When he came home from class, he walked in singing “Happy Birthday” while candles burned in the mini cupcakes that he had bought to share.
He showered me with attention and love, assuring me that even though I was “old” he still loved me and always loved “older women” ha-ha.
He asked if I was up for a birthday dinner. But assured me that it was perfectly alright if I wasn’t and he would cook me dinner at home.
But I had enough of being lazy. So I did my best to make myself presentable with bags under my eyes and we headed out for a “surprise” dinner.
Oh how I love surprises!
I think he has finally caught on to my love for surprises. Although, he has always claimed he is bad at them.
He started first with a surprise bowling birthday party for my 20th birthday. How can that be bad!?
This surprise was just as great. We drove to Coral Gables – Miami, across town. We talked and I felt like death. My head was pounding, my sinuses were aching, my stomach was not feeling settled and he asked repeatedly if I wanted to go back home. But we forged ahead. We passed a restaurant that my friend had told me about and when I said
“Look! That was the restaurant I told you about a couple of weeks ago“
He responded with “That’s where I am taking you!”
. . . and all of a sudden all of my aches and pains went away and I leapt out of the car (At a stop light mind you) to put our name in.
I received a fellow May 1st birthday hug from the woman who was in line ahead of me putting her name in at the restaurant and I was seated within minutes. As I waited for my handsome fiance to join me from parking the car my excitement of being there only grew and my appreciation and love for him intensified.
He came in and we enjoyed the most wonderful birthday dinner that I have ever had.
You should try it.
I HIGHLY recommend it!
You will not be disappointed.
We enjoyed every minute of the experience, every bite of food that we put into our mouths.
With every bite we exclaimed “How in the world is this so good?!“
“What is this stuff?!“
If you like southern comfort food. You will LOVE Swine
Just to give you an inkling at the type of food they have that we immensely enjoyed. . .
Burnt-Ends medallions with fried cheesy grits cooked in barbecue sauce
as well as
“Chicken & Waffles” which in their terms consists of pork bacon (or pure fat – yum!) coated and cooked like fried chicken along with cheesy waffle triangles, drizzled with honey hot sauce and maple syrup. Alongside spiced watermelon chunks drizzled with honey hot sauce. (licking my lips)
We also enjoyed some amazing mac & cheese on the side.
Want to go now? Mmmhmmm
He made it special. No doubt about that.
We went back home after dinner with full tummies and happy hearts. I thanked him up and down for a wonderful day.
When we arrived home, Rob’s roommates wanted to hear all about dinner, than asked about our dessert decisions. When we replied we hadn’t had any they exclaimed
“Good! Because we bought you cake!”
My heart almost burst!
I felt so loved!
We finished my birthday off sharing that amazing ice cream cake and a movie to which I fell asleep to and received resounding “Happy Birthday’s!” after I woke up.
It was a great birthday. In which I felt like crap. But the man of my dreams was by my side and made it a day that I felt completely loved and special. He is quite amazing!
I woke up to two friends singing “Happy Birthday” on my answering machine, received NUMEROUS phone calls and birthday texts from my family and friends, a special birthday song from Rob’s Nana, and most of Rob’s immediate family calling me all together to sing “Happy Birthday” to end out the day.
And today, as I came home from work my family had decorated the living room with a Happy Birthday banner, balloons and another ice cream cake to end out the day.
It was a great birthday. I am so blessed. I feel truly loved.
Thank God for all of the adventures and blessings that he has showered on me in these 25 years.
My 25th year is going to be my best yet, I can feel it.
I cannot wait to see what is in store for my next 25.
Halfway to 50!