Birthday Shenanigans

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I love birthdays.

I love:
- getting excited about them
- celebrating them
- procuring/creating fantastic gifts and cards
- enjoying treats & festivities
- the chance to hang out with my favourite people

I enjoy celebrating my own birthday and reveling in the 'birth month' whenever possible. In the weeks leading up to my birthday this year, I wasn't sure that I was still going to feel the same way since it was a birthday that ended with a zero.


I lived to tell the tale and have to say that it was probably the best birthday I've had in recent memory. Maybe ever. 

It started over the weekend with Ethiopian food, wine and dancing with some of my very favourite people. Corbin captured some stellar photos of our dancing shenanigans with silly poses, photo bombs and some hilarious expressions from people in the background. I went to bed a very happy gal.

For my actual birthday, Corbin planned a whole day of fun for me. He did an amazing job planning an incredible day full of things that I love including great entertainment with a music theme (Twenty Feet From Stardom during breakfast, an adventure to see Frozen and front row tickets for Elegies in the evening), super delicious food (yummy breakfast bowls, sweet cupcakes from Urban Herbivore and a wonderful dinner at Khao San Roadand the most thoughtful gifts, all the while wearing birthday hats.

I had no idea what to expect from my gifts. I knew that he had been working on something for hours in the days leading up to my birthday, but really had no clue as to what "it" was. When the clock struck midnight on April 8th he presented me with a card and adorable happy owl stickers. In the morning before breakfast he gave me an adorable giraffe who I decided to name Winthrop (I felt an Old English name was appropriate and liked that it referenced The Music Man which is one of my favourite musicals!)

penguin humidifierAfter breakfast Corbin presented me with the gift he had been working on for days.
Inside the bag I found two handcrafted pink and black, sparkly tickets to New York City.

I started bawling! They were beautiful and so thoughtful and I was so excited at the prospect of going back to my favourite city with my love! I don't know when we'll go just yet, but probably later in the year while the weather is still nice. So exciting!! Best. Gift. Ever.
Ashley Gibson and Corbin Smith

It was certainly a birthday to remember and for the first time in a long time it felt like a really special day. I'm so thankful for my friends who made this month awesome and to Corbin who really went above and beyond in making my birthday truly fantastic by being incredibly thoughtful and wonderful. Being in love while surrounded by love is pretty much the best gift I could ask for.

Here's to a new decade!

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