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The Chronicles of My 23rd Birthday

My birthday was so great! Josiah surprised me on my “birthday eve” when I got home  from work – he had snuck into my house and decorated my room and door with pretty streamers and Happy Birthday banners. When I woke up on my birthday morning it was wonderful to hear the cheerful birds chirping outside and see those festive streamers!

To start with, the weather cooperated. It was sunny with blue skies and fluffy white clouds – the whole day! Slightly chilly, but no rain.

Josiah came over with the cake he had baked (his first cake-baking experience ever!) and it was sooo good – he did a super job! He also handmade me a card, complete with birthday party stickers allllll over it. 🙂 Loved it!

We then hopped into the truck and headed to historical downtown Lynchburg. We walked around and visited some shops, and found this cozy greenhouse with lovely flowers. I wanted to take them ALL home! (including the greenhouse)

Instead, I walked away with two potted succulents (pictured below), two Dahlia bulbs, and about 5 packs of seeds – Sweet Pea, Snap Peas, Watermelon, and Okra. I can’t wait to add them to my little garden!

I also got to take my own sweet time (such a luxury these days!) and photograph some pretty flowers outside the flower shop.

And a shot of the handsome guy accompanying me….

Later that afternoon Josiah had to leave for drill with the Army, and my parents and sister arrived to Lynchburg. We dropped Dad off to look at the gun store and Brelynn, Mom, and I hung out at JoAnne’s – YES! Obviously, we didn’t emerge from there until several hours later, blinking and blinded by the sun.

Mom and Dad gave me some gardening-related gifts to help with my newfound hobby, along with a potted Gerbera Daisy and baby Daffodils! Mom also bought me a teeny garden gnome at JoAnne’s who will find his way onto my blog soon….. 🙂

We dropped Brelynn off at Liberty for the Rush of Fools concert, then headed over to Bulls Steakhouse. It was fantastic. I was only slightly embarrassed – the staff brought out a loud cowbell and sang a short song to announce to the WHOLE restaurant it was my birthday. Totally forgivable.

Mom and Dad went back to Danville, and I picked Brelynn up from the concert – she’s spending the night with me tonight! YAY!

Today was packed full of fun and I really loved how my brother and other sister, Brittany, took time out of their busy schedules to send messages my way. Also, last year Josiah was in Iraq for my birthday, so it was a big gift just having him home!

It was so, so good to be able to devote the day to what I love – family, creativity, and laughter.

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My absolute FAVORITE lens is the one Josiah bought  me while he was deployed, a 50 mm f/1.8D. Nothing beats that 1.8! Well..I guess a 1.4 would, but for me…this lens is so fun to do portraits with! I used one of my vintage cameras as a subject today and put my 50mm on my Nikon. 

Having a fixed lens has made me move more while shooting and forced me to consider composition more in depth. I love it though! This depth-of-field sometimes gives me goosebumps! (Ok, slight exaggeration)

Here’s another shot using this lens  from up on the mountain a few days ago. I saw these cute little green buds on this baby tree and had Josiah stop so I could take some pictures. I only did a little bit of color-correction with this. 

Yay for spring! And finally, some pretty daffodils that I bought at the Lynchburg Farmer’s Market downtown on Saturday. The lady I bought them from was so friendly – we chatted a bit and I told her about my sprouting “garden” and she gave me some tips! I wish that I lived in a city big enough to have a fresh flower market open all the time.

The Countdown: 8 days until our Florida trip, and 10 days until my brother gets married! I made a budget today as suggested by Josiah’s parents (his mom and dad keep our spending on track!) We’re planning to spend $300 on gas alone! Groaaan. So painful. But I’ve managed to save up $250 towards our trip in the last two months, so I’m grateful for that. Plus we’re staying with friends in Jacksonville and we have over $100 in restaurant gift cards saved from Christmas and birthdays to help offset our food cost.

We are all SO excited and Josiah and I especially can’t wait to hit up the beach!

Oh, did I mention my birthday is this Friday? Yes, April 1st. No, I’m not fooling.