The day before my birthday, my sweet girl brought me lunch and dessert and posed for this fun random selfie with me. Because I was stressed out and getting ready for the retreat, she just came by the house to treat me in a low-pressure kind of way. She's awfully considerate of me sometimes; I sure am lucky to be her mom.
My birthday treats came from Riley's Bakery, a local bakery that's been in business for like 75 years. They have THE BEST tea cookies and petit fours, and everything else is pretty great too. I've been enjoying those multi-colored frosted tea cookies since I was a toddler, and they bring back great memories of my childhood and my mom as a result. If you're ever in BG, you should totally give them a try. (And no, they don't know I exist - so no kickbacks involved in recommending them. They're just that fabulous.)
After dinner, I went over to the Courtyard Mariott in Mount Juliet with Tracie to check out the venue where our retreat would be held that weekend, and I checked into my room for the event. Here's a quick mirror selfie I snapped. I mean, you only turn 46 once, right? I figured I might as well document it since it's better than the alternative. Except for the showerhead on the left hand side, I like this photo a lot. You'd think a mirror selfie would be easy, but these things are more difficult than you'd imagine.
The fella and I got together before my birthday since he planned to be in Louisville and I planned to be in Nashville on my actual special day. On Tuesday before my birthday, the fella arranged a date night where we went to a swanky new steakhouse in town, the NightCap, for dinner and dessert. We had a late-ish reservation, so we just spent the rest of the evening relaxing together. It was a nice, chill evening, and he surprised me with some lovely gifts. I'm a lucky girl - even though this is a kind of rotten picture!
And let's be real, I should be proud of and grateful for my 46 trips around the sun. Here's to hoping the next 46 are likewise filled with unconditional love and belly laughter and late nights and world travels and deep conversations and beautiful art and all the other things that make my life truly rich.