I already said I had an amazing birthday, but I didn't really say what I did.
Since we were not going to be at dinner at the language school on my actual birthday, we celebrated with cake and ice cream on the night before. Sweets are a rarity here* so we didn't want to deprive everyone (including ourselves) of the opportunity!
Liz and Marion threw a wonderful party for me at their house. We invited some folks from the MK community and the language school and had an excellent blow-out! They cooked delicious food, we sang songs, laughed, and a great time was had by all.
I wore my new dress, courtesy of my thoughtful husband.
Mike made it in from the village, despite the rain.
Big thanks to Liz and Marion for their generosity and hard work!
The cake was To. Die. For.
And they even found chocolate ice cream! (It's not that common here.)
Everyone was so generous and gave me way more gifts than I expected (or deserved!).
We finished off the party with some goofy and fun songs.
My family couldn't make the party, so they had one in my stead at home and we Skyped together to celebrate. My parents made coffee ice cream and cupcakes!
The Waldie family band made a rare Skype-based appearance.
Thank you again, everyone, for helping to make my day super-special.
*Unless you have amazing family and friends who spend ridiculous amounts of money to send you packages that keep you well-stocked in sugary treats. ;)