Saturday was my birthday. Actually, my birthday started a week early with the Harry Potter book (which I did enjoy. It's nice to finally have a happy ending to one of those books!). Then on Saturday one of my close friends here planned a whole day full of fun events in my honor. She was one of my close friends in Baltimore who moved out here a couple months after we did in order to get married to a California guy. I did their wedding invitations, we go walking every other weekend and now she gave me a fantastic day.
We met them at 10 am and drove to a local stable for a horseriding expedition. It was the first time Jrex ever rode a horse and the first time I had since girl scout camp as a little girl. The good news was that Jrex came away considering riding lessons and a potential back-country horseback tour. I would LOVE to do something like that.
After that we had lunch in Saratoga at a cute little restaurant. The wallpaper, the decor and the bathrooms all felt like visiting your old-fashioned grandmother's house, but the food was great. Then we blitzed down to Santa Cruz for a boat tour of the bay.
To finish off the lovely day, my amazing husband cooked us all a gourmet feast with pancetta pasta in a homemade sauce, organic greens for a salad and two little berry pies for dessert (he bought those, don't worry).
I've had wonderful birthdays before; this was the first time I had a complete birthday week!