i can't lie, having your birthday on christmas eve stinks! :) my mom's side of the family celebrates christmas together during the evening so growing up, i always had a complex about it. i was mainly sad that:
a) people would be so wrapped up in christmas they'd forget about my big day
b) i couldn't bring cupcakes to school
c) everyone said the dreaded "this gift is for your birthday AND christmas"
i'm such a brat right :)
well even with all that my family & the mister always do their best to make my day a special one. this year was the first year i had my birthday in california without our families, but i couldn't have asked for anything better. the mister was amazing!
it started off with cupcakes made by the bakery that made our wedding cake. it was so cute he shaped them like a 26! the two is all red velvets & the six is all chocolates. the only two kinds of cake i love plus he used blue candles = ♥♥♥
after cupcakes, i got to open up my gifts. the first gift was a day at the spa: an hour massage, an hour facial, and a foot scrub! swoon. :) he also got me the beauty & the beast dvd that i'd been asking for, and the eclipse dvd. good job mister!
next we headed to venice beach for some breffy, and it was such a gorgeous day to be there. we had mimosas & fried egg b.l.ts ~ yum, my favorite!
after we were nice and full we headed back to the marina to build our sandmen. p.s. i am seriously in love with looking at the ocean and seeing snow covered mountains in the background. i will never ever be able to tell you how much i love where we live.
i always tell cam they look like the beer can mountains. :)
so fyi the sandman was so much harder than we had planned!! we started trying to build a life size one. after about an hour, it was almost done, i put the scarf on him, we kept carving, and kaboom! the damn thing caved in.
so we built another one... and well... it caved in too. :(
but don't worry we didn't give up. i told the mister we should build a little one, and we ended up making a tiny sandman family in less than 15 minutes. :) go figure.
i made their eyes out of seashells, and drew on noses and smiles. :) don't these guys remind you of a nightmare before christmas??
when all was said and done, we had a lot of fun, and i definitely broke a sweat. scarf came off, jacket came off... even if i wanted to pretend it was cold, i couldn't! i guess that's a merry christmas LA style!
we headed home after the beach, and our neighbor popped in for a visit. then it was movie time. i finally saw black swan. *sigh* amazing. seriously loved it.
(on a completely un-birthday note: i think it's quite weird that natalie portman has "no strings attached" coming out soon, and mila kunis has "friends with benefits" coming out. :) wonder which one will be better...)
by the time the movie was over, i was pretty exhausted, but there was still more to come! my mom had sent a chocolate cheesecake to me so when we got home we skyped her, my sisters, and grandparents. they all sang happy birthday to me, and i blew out the candles! it was sooo nice to see them, even if it was just through a computer screen. :)
we ended the birthday festivities on that note, and did just a few christmas things before finally heading to bed. <-- more to come on that later because i am still keeping the two celebrations separate as much as i can!
all i can is that i am sooo lucky to have the family & friends that i do. everyone who called, texted, emailed, and facebooked me birthday wishes totally made my day. love you guys!
all images by the mister & jenna ♥ a little blue except the last one