Birthday Booty

My birthday came early this year, with our trip to Williamsburg kicking things off last Friday, and no shortage of cards and special deliveries arriving in the days that followed. And because today is actually my 26th, I thought it was high time I shared the goods.

First, an adorable (photoshopped) pic of my baby boy (in the appropriate birthday celebrating garb) from my best buddy Heather :

Birthday Burger Pic

My hubby pulled at my heart strings too with a custom ordered portrait of Burger that was actually cut out of black paper by a fabulous silhouette artist. It’s amazing that Burger’s complex personality (snuggly, squirmy, squishy, sweet) can be captured in a clipping, and no detail was overlooked- even his eyelashes! My amazing one-of-a-kind portrait looks fabulous on our asymmetrical wall of frames.

Burger Etsy Portrait

Thanks to the new kitch, I got a cornucopia of cupcake-related gifts from John’s sweet parents- like this adorable cupcake carrying caddy, some sugared sprinkles in spring-y colors, and a box of gourmet cupcake mixes (in flavors like vanilla strawberry, poppy lemon, and chocolate caramel… mmm). They’re the perfect compliment to my festive cupcake pajama pants (which were also part of the themed gift).

Cupcake Kit

And I unwrapped these gorgeous oversized glass vases from ZGallerie thanks to John’s parents (they’re too generous) and his little sister.

Glass Vases from ZGallerie

And then came the big reveal. John got me the new silver iPod nano and even loaded it with some photos (some of us, most of Burger) while both of his older sisters and their men got me two amazing Beatles anthologies to add as well. Now this may come as a shock to everyone in the universe, but this is my first iPod. That’s right, I’m the last person on the planet to join the white earphone club. But my super swanky new model can play videos, store pictures, and of course hold music-a plenty, so I can’t wait to break it in during my almost daily three mile walks with Burger. I only hope he’ll forgive me for listening to tunes instead of the pitter-patter of his little paws.

New Silver Ipod Nano

In summary: best birthday ever.


  1. Heather says

    You got some pretty fancy gifts you lucky girl. I laughed out loud when I saw the pic of Burger I sent you yesterday all big on your site…love him. The cut out image of Burger was such a great idea. John, you’re a genius!!

    Have a great day xoxo H

    P.S. welcome to the ipod club :)

  2. says

    I am so obsessed with that portrait! I wish my husband was so creative lol, but I may just have to flat out ask him to get me one of our Charlotte for my upcoming birthday :)

  3. Vanessa says

    Love your blog. I made a cutout of my Jack Russell, Claire. I did it in a printed paper and it looks so cute. Love Burger’s.

  4. YoungHouseLove says

    Glad you all approve of my cut out Burger gift. I read about Cut Arts in Parenting magazine (don’t get ideas, I was reading it for work) and thought I could do it myself. But not knowing how steady my hand is with an exacto, I saw the $25 price tag for a custom silhouette and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a professional do it for me.

    Check out the site, it’s definitely cool:


  5. says

    Thanks for putting up a picture of the silhouette Karl did for you! We are so happy that you are pleased with it. I just came across this when checking out where our website traffic was coming from and there was a link to your site.

  6. Oonafey says

    I will definately be purchasing a cut-out from Karl of our baby dog, just as soon as we get settled in our new house! I also love the idea of all-white frames…

  7. Maggie says

    I’m reading your old post and couldn’t help but laugh at this post… I got my first ipod for my 26th birthday also! That was a year and half ago so you weren’t the last person on the planet to get one!

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