Mar 10, 2009

Late Twenties

Homemade chocolate cake with chocolate icing. YUM!

OK - This was great fun.... Somehow the girls convinced the guys to do the "3 Monkeys" - Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Jacob was cracking up behind his hands. He'll just love the fact that I posted this. :)

Me and Sally, one of my many good friends here.

I heart birthday cake.

All the ladies...

The whole party -- except one guy who was taking the picture!

It is official, I think I'm now in my late twenties. Or maybe mid-late-twenties. Sunday, March 8 was my 27th birthday, and it was so much fun! Here is a play-by-play account of my day:

10:00am - Church in Beijing. Lots of fun. Great worship. Even had Happy Birthday sung to me from the front! And, since it was also International Women's Day (which while it isn't a big deal in the USA, is actually a well-known holiday in China), all the women were being celebrated! (Also, all Chinese women think it is fun that my birthday is also Women's Day.)

12:00pm - GREAT lunch at my current favorite place in Beijing with lots of friends. I had a Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich with goat cheese, hummus, and a miso-yogurt sauce. Yum.

1:00pm - A short hop away from the lunch spot was Coldstone Creamery. (Yes, Beijing has everything.) It's expensive, so we don't go there much, but this was a special occasion, and I did it right... Cake Batter ice cream with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough chunks. It was yummy.

2:00pm - Long hunt for this new market... but we found it! Hidden away on a little corner, we found this wonderful international food market with low prices and a great selection! I found passion fruit -- one of my all-time favorite fruits! They are expensive in the USA, but I got 4 for .37 cents each!!! Most imported fruits and veggies are expensive here, so these were quite the find!

6:00pm - We went home and rested for a bit, and then at 6, went over to a friends house for dinner. I thought it was just going to be me, Jacob, and her, but there were lots of people! Some of our best friends in China hosted a birthday party for me. I felt so loved. They cooked yummy jiaozi, spicy chicken wings, a great salad, bitter melon, and of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE!

10:00pm - Bed! And then woke up to even more messages since it was March 8 in the USA. I got two birthdays!

Beyond that, I received lots of calls, emails, and facebook messages. I felt thoroughly loved. Thank you all for making my 27th birthday so special.


chicknboy said...

Happy belated birthday!!

sounds like you had a wonderful day. :)

Chris and Jane said...

You did do it right, cake batter ice cream is one of the best. I'm so glad you had a great day.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh Happy Birthday sweet Carrie!!!! My heart just burst with love for Him that He has given you a family in China to love you and take care of you....He is faithful.

Lisa said...

Happy belated Birthday! I'm so glad you felt loved on your special day!!!

Ashley said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!

Jill said...

What a perfect way to spend your birthday! You look great and so happy in the photos. Happy Belated Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it was an absolutely wonderful birthday!

Happy (belated!) Birthday!!!

melissa said...

Happy belated Birthday, Carrie, Blessings to you always!



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