Birthday Week.

January 5, 2010

This December, I turned 24. I will not complain about how old I am, because it seems that everyone I know at church is older than me. This may be the first time in my life that I actually want to be older–I feel like a baby here! However the Lord has me at 24, so 24 I shall remain (until I turn 25 taha). I used to eagerly count down the days to my birthday (yes, I was and quite possibly still am a conceited, self-centered little girl), but somehow this year it just snuck up on me. Maybe it’s something about being married, or maybe I’m just getting old–it just didn’t seem like a big deal. Still, I managed to have a few small festivities, thanks to my sweet husband & loverly friends. :]

First was Monday. Came home to Steven in the kitchen, marinating a couple of New York steaks. If you don’t know, I love steak. So I was pretty happy. Thumbs up for not having to make dinner!

I got my present early: a spanking new 50mm 1.8 lens! SO happy–this was one of the lenses that came most highly recommended by other photographer friends & I really wanted to get it as my next lens.

Practiced with it around our apartment–it took me awhile to get the hang of it. But now I think I can switch back & forth between this & my kit lens pretty easily.

Then on Tuesday, Sharon planned a small birthday dinner for me with some church girls. I had told her awhile ago that I really liked this cafe that Steven took me to in Costa Mesa called the Gypsy Den. They had the best Chicken Waldorf sandwich & Winter Butternut Squash soup. So she found another one in Santa Ana & had us meet there. Little did we know that they were having a poetry reading night there… with rated R or NC-17 or I-don’t-even-know-what-the-highest-rating-is themes being highlighted. Needless to say, we were mortified & will not be going back there anytime soon… or ever. But it did make for some pretty hilarious memories. :] We hightailed it out of there as soon as we were done eating & ended our night at Starbucks.

Sharon practicing with my new lens. Would you check out that foreground/background action?! Modern technology is amazing.

On Thursday, Wury told me not to pack a lunch & brought me a home-cooked meal! Chicken thighs, white asparagus, and red potatoes. I don’t usually eat home-cooked American food, so it was a yummy, healthy treat. :]

Tamara & Wury posing with the Hurley gear I got for them. Aren’t they cute?

Thursday night is our weekly date night, so Steven took me out to an authentic Japanese ramen house. I love love love noodles. He definitely knows the way to my heart.

Shin Sen Gumi in Fountain Valley

Before & after. It was SO good!

Saturday was my actual birthday. We spent the day in San Diego celebrating the wedding of Randy & Elaine Sarmiento! Which was so sweet, cause we got to see our Lighthouse buddies & grab dinner with some of them before we headed back home. There are too many fotos, but I tried to pick the few I liked most…

The happy couple :]

Me & my dear Maria. Oh brother, my eyes look itty bitty compared to hers…

Steven & his best buddy David.

Eden & Christine.

My little olive! Trying on my pearls for size–I love it.

Me & my opps. We are so cute with our cardigans, ruffles, & skinny ties muhaha.

Sunday, we went to my first Laker game ever. This actually had nothing to do with my birthday, but it’s the same week, so what the hey. It also happened to be our six month anniversary. We beat the rush getting there, beat the rush getting snacks (garlic fries per James’ recommendation), & beat the rush going back home. Oh, and they won. It was g-reat. I enjoyed it so much that we will be going back for another game in February!

Lakers warming up.

Lastly, my dear Amy came down to socal to visit & brought a special package from her & Cindy: a new fisheye lens! Loved seeing her, making her lunch, talking, & rolling around in my home like the good old days. Thanks you guys–miss you both so much! <3

So thankful for all the people that the Lord has brought into my life. I am truly blessed. Here’s to another year of growing in grace & love… :]


10 Responses to “Birthday Week.”

  1. amanda Says:

    love reading your blog and seeing all your pretty pictures! :D oh my steak and ramen are two of my favorites too! i think i could eat ramen every day especially when it’s cold out! have you tried daikokuya in costa mesa? hope you are having a great week! <3

  2. cathie! that lens is my most favorite favorite :D happy belated!

  3. susiepyo Says:

    Happy belated birthday Cathie! Sounds like you had so much fun! Beautiful pictures as usual!

  4. joan Says:

    what a fun birthday month! i like the pictorial recap. hope you’re enjoying your new lens.

  5. jane Says:

    next time you come visit i’ll take you to eat yummy ramen in gardena :)

    and yes, that was the craziest/funniest/most awkward moment ever!! eeeek!

  6. amygjung Says:

    yay! aww miss you already :_( I shall be down again the beginning of February, so I shall see you then. Loved the beautiful picture recap as usual :)

  7. tia Says:

    aww cathie, i really miss you today <3
    such a blessed 24 years :]

  8. Sue Says:

    happy belated bday! my sis had told me about the funny poetry dinner…what a memory! the pics look amazing as usual!

  9. thechungs Says:

    quite possibly the funniest b-day story ever! glad we’re still friends ;]

    yay! they did get you the fisheye after all! good friends! i may have to borrow it one of these days! hehe.

  10. Charissa Says:

    ooh good pictures!
    i like the one of you and steven at the wedding
    soo cute.
    did you go to hakata???

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