SOCIAL MEDIA

24 June 2014

Happy Spontaneous Birthday to Me!



It was a Thursday. The weather was nice--sunny, but slightly windy, and only heating up to about 80 at the hottest. Angel had the day off work, and there were no pressing engagements to interfere with whatever we decided to do that day.

We suddenly decided to celebrate my birthday!

My birthday isn't till the latter half of July. You might have noticed that we're spending the latter half of July this year doing something like moving to China. Because of our upcoming move and therefore the fact that actual presents like new dresses weren't really a possibility, I'd decided a while back that I really wanted to go to Michigan's Adventure, a local amusement/waterpark, for my birthday.

Life being as crazy as it is, we declared the most recent convenient day my "birthday" and had a blast.

Our strategy paid off. It was a weekday, and not very hot, which meant that the waterpark especially was abandoned, and lines for all the rides were short. My goal in going to any amusement park is to ride as many rides as humanly possible: we did 15 different rides. However, that number is lower than in might have been, because we rode our favorites more than once, and, notably, Angel rode the bumper cars 12 times (I only rode them 9 times before I was tired of getting bumped).

He was so, so, so happy on the bumper cars.


Second time ever trying Dippin' Dots. Apparently weird chewy ice cream fascinates me...
I accomplished something impressive, too. Using a combination tactic of long-sleeved swimwear plus sunscreen on any skin that was exposed, I successfully completed an entire day at the waterpark with only a 1''x4'' patch of sunburn on the back of my neck to show for it.

The day ended with take-out Panda Express eaten on some empty bleachers at a little softball field we found on the way home. It was an awesome 23rd birthday celebration, though I won't actually claim that age until my actual birthday comes. I mean, why get older before we have to?

I think fortune cookies taste bad, but I am highly amused by the fortunes inside them. So we have a system: I open both cookies to find out the fortunes and Angel eats both cookies. Too bad Panda Express doesn't have the "learn Chinese" feature on their fortune cookies, I couldn't have my usual fortune cookie rant about how faulty the translations/pronunciations guides are on those...
As far as reflections on growing up go, I'm not sure how appropriate those are given that my dream for celebrating my 23rd birthday was riding waterslides and roller coasters. However, as this is my only birthday blog post, I'll definitely say that looking back to last year, especially when I wrote my 22 while 22 list...I definitely did not expect the year that I've had. This time last year Angel and I were about to leave on one last trip to Malaysia before getting settled down in America for good. If things had gone as planned I'd be working in a salon right now and Angel would be nearly done with his Master's degree...all I can say when I think about those plans is that this, what we're actually doing, is so, so much better for us. Last year, I wasn't excited when I thought about my own life--this year I am. I'd say that's an improvement.

p.s. Umm, did you see how much I traveled this year on that 22 While 22 post? Craziness. I went a little overboard. Clearly, when I wrote the "At least 5 overnight trips" goal I did not expect the crazy year I've had...like my parents returning to visit the USA for a couple months, that was a surprise! In addition to all the trips already recorded, I'm going away at least once more before my birthday. Some people are used to traveling a lot but that was a bit excessive for me!
Bethany Carson said...

An early happy birthday, Rachel! Sounds like a very fun way to celebrate!

Theresa Sutton said...

Happy early birthday. I didn't know you were a July baby, apparently there are a lot of us. My birthday is July 21st :) I know I'm a bit biased, by personally I think July babies are the best ;)

It looks like you guys had fun. Definitely a great way to enjoy a day of fun without purchasing more things that you're going to have to part ways with shortly.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday celebration! Looks like a lot of fun. Rachel xo http://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/sunday-dress-eshakti-review/

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Happy early birthday!

Looks like fun was had by all. I haven't heard of that weird icecream. It looks interesting though. Like it won't melt on you.

bisous
Suzanne

Debbie Stinedurf said...

Happy Early Birthday! Love amusement parks...especially roller coasters!
Debbie
www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

The Divine Diabetic said...

LOL! Happy Early Birthday Girly, I am glad you had a great one... Looked like you both had a blast. Are you still planning to stay around your blog once moving? I hope so!
xo-Britt

After Eleven Blog said...

panda express is the bomb.com for sure! how fun, happy early birthday!! :) can't wait to follow you along through CHINA! whoa....dude, you're moving to China this month!!

Tania @ Run to Radaince said...

Happy early birthday! I think birthdays should be celebrated year round, personally. :) I can't believe China is almost here! Ah!!

Patty said...

Oh looks like you two had a blast...at first I guessed you went to Cedar Point! Hope it was a great 'early' birthday celebration. Glad you and Angel got a chance to get some fun in before the big move :)

Anna Belle said...

I love the idea of the early birthday! I'll have to remember that this spring (I already know that I've got a work trip scheduled for my birthday week...) Plus, I'm much beyond 23 and I'd love a day in a waterpark for my birthday - too much fun!

Megan @ The Walker Fireside Chats said...

Happy early birthday!!! Great plan to celebrate early : )

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Way to sieze the (birth)day!!

Stephanie said...

What a fun impromptu trip! I'm weirdly in love with dippin dots too. I can't help it.

Angi said...

Happy early birthday!! I can't think of many other better ways to celebrate than an amusement park that has Dippin Dots. They remind me of baseball games (we always ate them at Mariners games growing up...well, as soon as they were invented, of course).

Paige Gunter said...

What a great early birthday! That is amazing you could go when they weren't busy. Down here, the crowds alone would ruin the trip. It looks like you had fun! I'm glad you were able to celebrate before your trip.

Kari said...

Sounds like a fantastic birthday celebration!!! I'm so impressed with your sun blocking techniques:) Happy early birthday!!

Paige @ Reasons to Come Home said...

Happy early birthday! Sounds like an awesome way to celebrate. I just love the grin on Angel's face on the bumper cars. Pure joy!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Sounds like my kind of birthday! Glad you had fun! Also, I totally didn't realize you guys were moving to China! That's incredible! I went back and read your previous posts about it. ShenZhen is fun! I visited friends there a couple of times. :)

Charlene Maugeri said...

This sounds like a fantastic way to celebrate your birthday! I'm glad you had a good time!

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

Happy Early Birthday to you!! What an awesome way to celebrate. I now want to go on a carousel. These photos are a lot of fun!! <3 Ada.

Susannah said...

Awww... How fun!!! Happy "birthday" to you! I'm glad you got to celebrate!

Michelle said...

Happy fake birthday! :) I love Dippin Dots. I used to get those at the watermark as a kid all the time. I haven't had them in so long!

Mrs. Cheerio said...

What a fun day!! Glad you could enjoy the weather and park while you're still here! I've never had Dippin' Dots- are they any good?

Inge Jane said...

This sounds like a super fun day! I love that you were flexible with your birthday celebration, it sounds like it totally paid off!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Dippin' Dots are DELICIOUS! Weird... yes... but delicious!
"I mean, why get older before we have to?" Amen, sista!

Love, Iris said...

I love dippin dots! They are so delicious! The place your at looks like this place here called Lagoon! I was like woah she's in utah, but she's not! Looks like such a great time and Happy Birthday!! :) Hope it's so much fun!

Bekah @ re•solve said...

Yay celebration! Glad it worked - I hate crowds and it's nice to have less lines and such :)

Carolynn Markey said...

happy early birthday! looks like you and the Mr. had a ton of fun!!!

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

happy early birthday! i love your fortune. very fitting for you. :)

What Jenni Loves said...

This looks like such a fun day! Happy "birthday"!!

Anonymous said...

Yay Happy Birthday! Looks like a really fun way to celebrate.

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

Happy Early Birthday!!

Jennifer Prod said...

looks like a wonderful day - the ice cream, the panda express, the bumper cars, and all under the sunshine. plus, i would bet angel does something for your *actual* birthday and you end up getting twice the celebration - good plan!!

The Lady Okie said...

Dude, bumper cars are the Best. Angel knows what's up.

Erica said...

Sounds like a perfect birthday celebration!

Catherine Gacad said...

what a fun spontaneous birthday! love days like that.