1.28.2013

27 on the 27th: My Birthday

Sunday I celebrated my 27th Birthday.
I seriously can't believe I'm already 27! Where has the time gone?
Every year goes by faster and faster, and I don't even have kids yet.
I'm not going to lie, I'm a little freaked out about getting older. Okay, a lot freaked out.
I'm forever 22 at heart.  But, getting older is inevitable, so I suppose I am going to have to learn how to embrace it and make the best of it!
Someone please tell me I'm not the only person who feels this way or just please console me about getting older!
Brandon picked out a delicious cake, my very favorite: raspberry filled vanilla with cream cheese icing.
And a dozen hot pink roses, that he put in a Mason jar instead of a vase. 
He knows my heart. Love.
 Mama brought me my all time favorite childhood dessert, and it's still a favorite of mine: petit fours.
I love everything about these tiny delicacies, and I love that she brings me some every single year for my birthday.
I love this little pink dessert stand. My Nana gave it to me as part of a wedding shower gift.
 I'm just certain y'all are tired of seeing my dining room table, but this is the first dining room we've ever had and I just love creating different tablescapes.
 I received the sweetest birthday cards this year. 
Mama also brought me the bouquet of flowers in the turquoise pitcher, and Brandon got me three more Chrysanthemums to plant.
He usually gets me something I can plant for special occasions so that I can watch them grow year after year.
And, throughout every single move we've made so far, I've dug each one of them up and replanted them wherever we are.
They are all still living, I'm proud to say!
 The cake was pure bliss. I enjoyed every crumb of it.
 My Mama got me a new coat and a turquoise crystal cake stand.
I love them!
I started celebrating on Thursday by going to the DMV to renew my license.
I know a lot of people are complaining about having to take so many things to prove their identity, but personally I am thankful. There are too many folks on the road who aren't legal.
 One perk to get older is getting to get a concealed weapons permit.
 Then I treated myself to a TJ Maxx trip and found a pair of white skinny jeans for $15 and got to use my $20 in rewards, so it was a win!
 Saturday night we went out to eat at Bonefish Grill to celebrate.
Sunday we drove to Athens to go gun shopping for my birthday present.
I have been wanting a new pistol for a while because the sig sauer I've been carrying is too big and bulky to put in my purse if needed.
Franklin Gun Shop in Athens is the best!
Because of all the gun craze, I had to order the gun I picked out, but hopefully I will get it soon!
After gun shopping I went to TJ Maxx while Brandon got our car washed.
Then we went to eat at a new restaurant in Athens called George's Lowcountry Table.
Seriously, George, where were you when we lived there?!
Since our favorite food is fine Cajun fare, this was right up our alley.
Everything was truly perfect.
The atmosphere, the lighting, every single bite of everything we ordered was to die for. 
I can't rave enough about this little gem. 
It reminded us of trips to New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.
 Fried Green tomatoes with Hoppin' John and remoulade sauce.
Delicious!
 Fried Crawfish with remoulade sauce-out of this world!
 I had crawfish etouffe with a side of pimiento cheese grits. Brandon had barbecue salmon.
They were both fantastic!
 For dessert I had bread pudding, and Brandon had the chocolate explosion.
We talked about the meal for another 45 minutes after we left.
It was that good.
I can't wait to go back, and I have a feeling it will be sooner than later since we really don't live that far from Athens.
All in all I would say that I had a wonderful birthday!!
It was special and spent with lots of love.
 God has truly blessed me, and I don't take a single second for granted!
"All the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be."  

Psalm 139:16

43 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Doll! It looks like you had a wonderful birthday. Your not the only one who is freaked out about getting older. I'm 27 in March and can't help but think "OH MY WORD!!"

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    1. Thank you, Melissa Jo!!!!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who is freaked out about it, lol! Yay for us being the same age! :) Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  2. Haooy birthday!! My goodness, I want to come spend the weekend with you just to be in your beautiful house and eat delicious southern food. Seriously! That cake and the fried green tomatoes have me drooling over here!

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    1. Thank you, Emily!!! I would LOVE for y'all to come!! :) Are you still coming through in April? If so, I would love for y'all to stop by and I promise to have a delicious Southern meal, complete with fried green tomatoes, ready and waiting for you!! :) Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  3. Happy Birthday!! Funny you mentioned George's Lowcountry, we LOVE that place. We had no idea it existed until a friend introduced it to us, and I can't wait to go back. We live about an hour from there, so it is the perfect date night restaurant!

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    1. Thank you!! That's awesome to hear that y'all love George's, too! I am still reveling in the deliciousness! We are about an hour away, too, and it is the perfect date night restaurant! Have a great night! xoxo

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  4. Happy belated Birthday! You're right the food yall ordered at George's looks AMAZING! I can't show that to my husband or he will start drooling!

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn!! That food was amazing-the pictures don't do it justice! I wish you could taste it! Have a wonderful night! xoxo

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you had a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you, Megan! It was truly lovely! Have a fabulous night! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Ashley!! :) Have a wonderful night! xoxo

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  7. Happy Birthday! The fiance wants me to get my CC permit, just to find the time. You can never visit TJ Maxx to much either!!

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    1. Thank you, Meredith!! You definitely need to get one, especially before those nuts in Washington try to outlaw that, too! I am obsessed with TJ Maxx!! It's like therapy just to walk through the doors, lol!! :) xoxo

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  8. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a special day with lots of fun gifts. I really enjoy your blog, very informative and fun. Where do you find all the pretty tops you wear? All of them of just perfect for you.

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    1. Thank you, Theresa!! I certainly did have a special day! Thank you for your sweet words and for reading-it means a lot to me! I get almost everything at TJ Maxx :). I don't pay over $16.99 for tops, $24.99 for sweaters, or $19.99 for pants-it's so much more economical than other places. Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  9. Happy belated 27th! It looks like you had a fabulous day! I'm loving the Scarlett O'Hara card and your beautiful pink checkered top!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really did! I love that card, too! My Mama got that one for me! The top is from J. Crew :). Have a fabulous night! xoxo

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  10. I seriously can't get over how cute your table is!!! I would just sit and look at it all day. :) Happy late birthday, girl! It looks like it was great!! PS... are you still up for that guest post? I'll need it by next Tuesday night if you are! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicole! It was great! I am almost finished writing the guest post and am planning on sending it your way tomorrow! :) Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  11. Happy late Birthday to you, Cherish!
    I'm dying over the pimiento cheese grits... sounds absolutely delicious!!

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin!!! They were divine! I am definitely going to try to make my own version at home sometime-would be super easy, I think! Have a wonderful night! xoxo

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  12. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a great day!

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  13. Happy birthday! Getiing older is no fun, but age is just a number and a state of mind. I am 39 and still feel like I am 25 (and often get mistaken for that age). Don't worry - children will come for you when the time is right. Be thankful that you have a loving husband that seems to truly adore you!!

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    1. Thank you so much! You are SO right about age being a state of mind! Thank you for reminding me :). That's wonderful that you feel 25, and that others think you are, too! You go girl!! Thank you for the encouragement-you have blessed me! Have a wonderful night! xoxo

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  14. Happy birthday, Cherish! I'm right there with you on getting older. I turn the big 2-7 in August, and I can't even think about it right now. I think I'll actually be ok this year, but 25 was the living worst. I just wanted to crawl in a hole. I eventually got over it and decided I just needed to be thankful for each day that I'm given. That wasn't easy though. ;)

    Also, your pictures are beautiful, as usual. Looks like a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne!!!!! Oh my word, 25 was the worst for me, too. I felt terrible, and I've never admitted that to anyone until now! So, thank you for sharing that with me so that I don't feel so ridiculous about it, lol! You are so right though, just being thankful for each day is the right frame of mind to have! :) Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  15. Happy Birthday! What a fun celebration you had. And the photos are lovely as always.

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria!! It was fun! Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  16. Happy Birthday, Cherish! Sounds like it was wonderful!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Tiffany! It really was! have a blessed day! xoxo

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  17. Happy birthday Cherish! I felt pretty sad about turning 25 this past summer- and every time I think about the fact that I'm turnin 26 in a few months, my stomach turns a little. Like you, I feel silly to even admit it, it seems so trivial to me, but I really feel like I haven't even been out of high school very long! I just can't believe how fast time goes by. It really makes you want to hang on to every moment! I took a hunter safety course to be able to hunt and get my concealed permit, I just need to get my lazy butt to the courthouse to do paperwork- my fiancé keeps harassing me to do it before the laws change, haha! I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday- and I'm jealous of that meal and that turquoise cake stand!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ashley!!! I had a hard time with 25, too. I think it;s just realizing that after that age so much more is expected-serious things like a career, marriage, having children, etc. I totally agree on the high school thing-I can't believe it's been almost 9 years since I graduated. It seems like it was just a couple of years ago! You definitely need to get your concealed permit before those nuts in Washington try to take every last right we have away! It only took me about 30 min. total to go to the courthouse and do paperwork, then go to the jail and get fingerprinted. Wasn't bad at all!! :) Have a blessed day, sweet friend!! xoxo

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  18. Happy Birthday Cherish!! It looks like you had a wonderful wknd and celebrated like any southern girl should! (extending it as long as possible) haha. Like everyone else said, the food looks divine and like my kind of cookin'. What type of gun did you go with? I'm taking my carry conceal license class on March 2nd and it couldn't come quick enough. I bought my husband a new rifle for Christmas and since then, seems like everything is going up in price and flying off the shelf! “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Be blessed!!

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    1. Thank you, thank you!! Yes, everyone should extend their birthday for as long as possible!! :) I ordered a pink Ruger LC 380, I think. It was super hard to find one, and I either wanted the 380 or a 9mm, whichever one I could find. You are right-the prices are going up and the stock is running low. I completely agree on your gun quote!! Love it!!! Have a blessed day! xoxo

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  19. aww! Happy belated birthday!!! You look beautiful...as always!!! :) LOVE the pink plaid shirt!!!

    Love,
    Amanda

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    1. Thank y'all SO much!! So sweet of you!! The shirt is from J. Crew outlet :) It's one of my favorites!! Have a blessed week! xoxo

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  20. Happy Belated Birthday! Love your new cakestand! I'm going to have to find one for myself!
    I have to agree, Franklin's is one of the best places to purchase a firearm in the area. I got my boyfriend's handgun from there, and they were nothing but nice, helpful, and fair priced! Next time I am home, I will have to stop at George's. I those fried green tomatoes are making my mouth water!

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    1. Thank you, Megan!! It's from TJ Maxx/Homegoods! I'm so glad you love Franklin's, too! They are wonderful there! Yes, George's is the bomb!!!! You must go! :) Have a fabulous week! xoxo

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  21. Catching up on reading;) Happy Belated Birthday! It's your GoLdEn Birthday! 27 on 27th! You share my hubby's birthday, he's just got you beat my 4;) Enjoy your Golden year!

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I sure do love hearing from y'all-you make my day!