Today my baby brother turned twenty-five (25)! *Confetti*
While Mom and I had a few rather elaborate plans in mind at first (such as renting a cabin at Farragut or having a potluck and swimming party there), we eventually decided to let the Birthday Boy choose his activities. Bro isn't exactly into big whooptidoos, even for milestone birthdays.
|Who needs cake, anyway?|
So it happened that Mom and I made the traditional Birthday Cheesecake (Peter's favorite dessert EVER), and a peach pie for ourselves. Because of Mom's egg and wheat/gluten allergies, cheesecake is kind of a no-no for her, and it's a bit too rich for me, having the same egg allergies (although I usually have a sliver when it's aged a week). So we made peach pie from some fresh peaches purchased at a local farm stand. We bought some canned peaches, too, to fill out our deep-dish pie pan, and so we wouldn't have to sacrifice any of the fresh peaches to make the glaze.
Note to self: Don't make pie again unless there are other people to share it. Especially glazed fruit pie. At the end of a week we ended up pouring the filling over pudding and tossing the very soggy crust. Ick! But I digress....
Since Peter's birthday was on a Sunday, he chose to go out to lunch at a Chinese buffet in CdA called Top of China. While it wasn't as big as I'd expected, and I must confess I think Panda Express has better food, it was still a fun experience to choose from all the tempting entrées. This giant fish and miniature mountain sculpture added interest to the place, and Bro and I got a good chuckle out of the closed-captioning on the TV (they kept using V in place of W).
|Birthday Boy dishing up|
|Mom indulges her shutterbug daughter|
Here's a pic I snapped in the mirrored back of one of the serving counter thingies. I had to squat to get my face in the picture!
What I'm Wearing:
Dress: “Breath of the Sea” thrifted
Necklace: “Wild Irish Rose” Wild Rose Designs & Laurie Sarah Designs
Earrings: Pearl Earstuds gift from Jordan R.
Hairstyle: “Swedish” Braids
I wanted to dress up in honor of the occasion, and my newest dress, christened “Breath of the Sea” because of its color, seemed fitting. I'll try to get a better picture of it later (unless the weather decides to get too cold) and do a proper fashion post on it.
A nice lady at the table next to us took this picture of all three of us:
After lunch had settled a bit, we changed into swimsuits and street clothes and headed over to Kiwanis Park to explore a bit.
|View through the trees|
|CU of the House on the Hill|
While most of the flora had died down for the year, there were still a few wildflowers to greet visitors to this very nice park.
|Wild Aster (?)|
|Alfalfa in bloom!|
Not only was the natural beauty of the area well-preserved, there were also proper facilities, with an inviting green lawn around the well-cared-for main building. Something in which other parks we've visited were sadly lacking.
As an added perk, Kiwanis Park is right by the Spokane River, and there are well-marked and easy-to-walk paths leading to it (now you know why we wore swimsuits). Of course we took a dip, although Mom only waded so's she wouldn't get anything in her eye before her surgery the following Tuesday.
|(Across the River) Love that meadow!|
My bathing suit—a pair of purple/blue poly-taffeta swim trunks and an aqua and blue Spandex “surfer shirt.”
More convenient than a modern one-piece, with a lot more coverage! (Although I'd feel better if the shorts covered my knees....)
|Walking through the Wild Roses (sadly done for the year)|
In a way I wish we could have done a little more to celebrate Peter's reaching the quarter-century mark, but on the whole, I think he had a nice day, and that's the main thing.
Love you, Bro!
Until next time, Gentle Readers,