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White Christmas and Crepes

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you’re having a marvelous start to the week. So far, so good on my end.

I was very spoiled this year, and my birthday festivities continued throughout the weekend! Saturday morning started out on a great note – with a long run!

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 9.57.11 AMWoohoo!! 10.4 miles = the longest run I’ve had this far. I felt awesome and although this was longer than what I had on my training schedule, I decided to keep on pushing since I was feeling extra spry that morning.

When I returned home, I had a package waiting for me on the doorstep.

photo(122)A birthday gift from my best friend, Emily! She shipped me some fun socks and a DVD + a cute doggie bday card. She is the sweetest, and it makes me so sad that she lives in St. Louis so we don’t get to be together too often. But this gift definitely made my day brighter!

Crepes for Lunch

After my run and gift opening, I took a quick shower before my mom and sister-in-law (also named Christine) arrived to my house around 11 AM. We headed out for a nice lunch (along with Nick!) in downtown Springfield at the Aviary Cafe and Creperie.

The Aviary is a tiny, cute, and eclectic little cafe that serves the BEST crepes in town. Everything is homemade, fresh, and extremely flavorful. I’ve eaten there a handful of times and have never been disappointed! I also love the atmosphere since it’s small with limited seating, so I thought it would be the perfect spot for our lunch.

We started with some (unpictured) fried brussel sprouts. They were amazing and kinda strange at the same time! My  mom and I loved them, while Christine and Nick both only tried one bite. 🙂

Then it was onto our savory crepes for our lunch entrees! I had a breakfast-filled crepe and a side salad.

photo(129)It was filled with bacon, eggs, and cheese. It tasted like an awesome breakfast all wrapped in a thin pancake! Loved it! Plus I thought the protein would be good for me after my long run. I ate every last bite and even helped out everyone else in finishing their plates. Do long runs make you hungry? Because they turn me into a bottomless pit. 🙂

Nick had a crepe that was filled with shredded beef and bleu cheese crumbles in a spicy and savory sauce of some sort.

photo(128)It was all delicious as well. But my favorite part came next: dessert crepe!

photo(127)We ordered a caramel apple crisp crepe to split for dessert. It was AMAZING to say the least. That homemade caramel sauce basically made me swoon. And since it was my birthday weekend, they let me lick the plate and eat all the leftover gooey goodness!

photo(126)White Christmas

After our lunch, we headed over to Juanita K. Hammons Hall on the campus of Missouri State University to see White Christmas, the musical. I had asked my mom for tickets for my birthday a month or so ago, and she obliged to get tickets for us all to go together. I love Christmas; I love the movie; and I love musicals, so I was basically excited like a small child on Christmas morning when we arrived!

Myself with my mom and sister-in-law!
Myself with my mom and sister-in-law!

photo(124)Nick was such a good sport to go along with us gals for my birthday. I know he probably didn’t love all the singing and dancing as much as I did, but he was still happy and tried to act excited for me. 🙂

Our seats were kinda up in the nosebleeds, but we were perfectly centered and had no issues seeing everything on stage.

photo(125)It was a long show – we were done and outta there around 5 pm. But it was totally worth it. I think getting to see this musical with my family is probably one of the best gifts I’ve gotten in a while. It was a special day that I won’t forget anytime soon!

My mom and Christine headed home once we got back to my house, so Nick and I decided to just relax and be lazy until we were hungry for some dinner around 7:30. We went out for a late and casual dinner at Big Whiskey’s and then went to visit one of Nick’s buddys who was having a few friends over for a game night. It was fun to see some old friends, but I was tired so we headed home fairly early to get some rest. Birthdays are fun but can really make an old 24 year-old tired!!

As you can tell, it was a fun and food-filled birthday weekend! I’m trying to get back on the healthy-eating wagon today, but the leftover Halloween candy is making it hard! It’s my goal to have lots of fruits and veggies with every meal this week to help my tummy get back to normal.

I’m thankful to have tonight off to relax and rest my tired legs. My long run is really catching up with my backside today! Ouch! Rest days are our glute’s friends. 🙂

Have a great day!!

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Happy 24th Birthday to Me!

I’m backkkkkk! Happy Sunday! I’ve had a busy few days and am thankful that today has been a little more calm and lazy.

My 24th birthday was a busy and fun one! I took the day off work, and my mom came into Springfield to spend the day with me shopping and running errands. I absolutely LOVE shopping with my mom, so it’s always a treat when we get to go out and spend the day together.

I woke up early to get in a quick 4 mile run before she got here around 8 AM on Friday, and we went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Yes, you might think I’m crazy for going there on my bday, but I love their breakfast food so much! After my run I was hungry so I had some turkey bacon, biscuits with gravy. and scrambled eggs. I ate every last bite and wasn’t the least bit guilty. Birthday = the calories don’t matter!

After breakfast we headed off to go shopping at Target and the Battlefield Mall. We spent wayyyy too much time going through all the Halloween clearance aisles at Target. Mac got a good gift out of it though.

photo(99)A Mega rawhide bone! This thing was way too big for him, but I couldn’t help but get it since it was half off!

photo(98)He loves it and drags it all over the house. It’s the cutest thing ever basically.

For lunch we popped into the Ruby Tuesday that is in the mall to save on time. The petite sirloin was calling my name.

photo(100)It was delicious, and I ate every bite of this meal too!

After shopping, we headed back to my house where some very beautiful flowers were waiting for me…

photo(96)photo(97)Nick did a wonderful job! I love red roses, and these babies are making my kitchen smell amazing. So pretty!

My mom headed home after we divided up all our goodies from shopping, and I waited for Nick to arrive home from work. We had dinner reservations at a local restaurant called Fire & Ice.

We headed over to dinner around 7 PM. They had a nice little booth reserved for us when we arrived. Our meal began with some spinach and artichoke dip…

photo(95)That was absolutely COVERED in white cheese. So needless to say, Nick ate most of this stuff on his own. Luckily I wasn’t starving since I had so much throughout the day.

Then for our main dishes, I had a grilled chicken and gnocchi ratatouille dish. The chicken, veggies, and sauce were delicious.

photo(94)The gnocchi though was a little squishy, and I wasn’t a fan at all. I ate a few bites, but left most of those little potato dumplings in my plate. Nick liked his meal better than I did thankfully!

photo(93)He had the bacon wrapped beef medallions with mashed potatoes and carrots. All of it was perfect, and he ate every last bite. 🙂

For dessert we shared a small creme brulee that was to die for!

photo(92)It was heavenly, and I think we each could’ve eaten our own! Luckily I had cookie cake waiting for me at home though.

By the time dinner was over, it was 9 PM and I was ready to head home after my busy day. Shopping and eating takes a lot out of a girl! Plus I knew we had a busy day planned for Saturday, so the earlier the bedtime, the better. We had tickets to go see White Christmas the musical on Saturday afternoon! But more on that later.

It was a great little birthday. I’m so thankful for my wonderful family and boyfriend that helped to make it special.

But that’s all for now. I’ll recap the rest of my birthday weekend later. For now, I’m trying to catch up on all my typical weekend stuff. Hope you’re having a great Sunday!