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On March 13, 2014, a Thursday, I turned 27. I woke to birthday sweet texts from Laura and Sean, a text from my brother, and phone calls from my beloved parents who fell asleep before midnight the night before. Chris made an adorable granola heart on top of my yogurt.
For Chris’s 31st Birthday he reserved two tables at the infamous Tamales Bay Oyster Company. Tamales Bay is located about an hour north of San Francisco past Stinson Beach and Muir Woods. The Oyster Company opens early and closes at exactly 4:30pm when the fog rolls in. You get a shucking knife, gloves, and a bag of oysters per table you reserve. When he called to make the reservation they asked if he’d like the tables to be in the sun or the shade. His lack of vitamin D responded “sun!” – a decision that was great once, but we would not make again.
A grey mini-van pulled up outside our apartment – just a few minutes late. People poured out of the car, there were hugs and a few whispers regarding the spacious of the trunk. With a sense of urgency we were hustled into the van. Once all doors were shut and silence had washed over the crowd, Allison briefed us on her birthday mission. Our grey sashes, with 70s cartoon versions of ourselves, in hand, we were told that participation in certain unknown events & games this weekend would reward us with badges. The car was quietly overtaken with competitive spirit when Michael received the first badge for flying across the country to be here.
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On March 13, 2013 I turned 26. It was especially exciting because the date was a palindrome – 3 13 13 = 31 31 3. After enjoying Emily’s extravagant birthdays for so many years, I wanted to do something memorable for mine as well. At first I toyed with the idea of going to Tahoe, then roller skating or laser tag, but what I ended on was perfect & very me.
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For Emily’s 32nd birthday eleganza the coterie flew to Palm Springs! It was the first time we flew as a group and it was a blast. We stayed in an amazing house, lounged pool side, ate delicious meals, hiked brutal desert trails, and rode from sand to snow on a high-flying gondola. Emily – thank you so much for such a fantastic weekend! I hope your birthday was everything you hoped for & more.
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Hope you have an amazing day!
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For Michael’s 26th Birthday we went camping in Yosemite National Park! I had never been to Yosemite before and only been camping in my backyard, so this was both super exciting & scary. Exciting because I love hiking and have seen many gorgeous photos and videos of Yosemite and scary because there are black bears and the deadly hantavirus.
Continuing the tradition we started last year, we flew to San Diego to continue Chris’s birthday celebration! This year we went with Chris’s family and Chris’s mom, Melinda, rented the perfect house for everyone to stay in. Melinda, Jack (Chris’s dad), Douglas (Chris’s brother), Austin (Chris’s sister-in-law), and Declan (Chris’s nephew) drove from Arizona. They had been there since Monday and had already done the zoo and beach by the time we arrived on Thursday morning.
As most important birthdays tend to do (at least in San Francisco), Chris’s 30th birthday is spanning almost the entire month of July. His actual birthday was on July 8th! Laura and Sean were in town and the festivities started the Saturday morning before with Chris’s favorite dish: breakfast pizza.
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