Happy 30th Birthday, Ben!

Inspired by Ben’s garden, the ahhh-mazing birthday cake by the insanely beautiful & talented Regina Long!

So yesterday was Ben’s 30th birthday and we had quite the day!  It sounds like the obvious plan for the day, given his age, would be to wake up at the crack of dawn, read both newspapers cover-to-cover, spend some time yelling at the neighborhood kids, hit the early-bird dinner at Cracker Barrel, and then be in bed by 7:30pm.

Much to everyone’s dismay, we had other plans for his big day.  We slept in with Teigan until about 8:30a and had a relaxing morning, complete with Ben getting a fabulous massage.  Teigan and I then met up with Ben in Market Square for lunch at Soccer Taco.  Due to the insane heat, I had the grand idea of submerging her, feet first, into the water features.  She loved it.  I’m not sure the patrons on-looking thought I was the most responsible mom, but hey, my kid wasn’t scarfing ice cream down her throat and running around in her underwear… <give me a few years and then maybe…>

Anyways, then we hopped on over to the Dogwood Arts offices to drop off the Pack ‘n Play and Teigan’s other necessities so I can slowly start to get back to work next week.  I can’t believe it’s already that time!  These last 10 weeks have gone by so fast!  Sigh.

Then we came home, relaxed a bit, cleaned up, and got Teigan, Hoolie, and Rica ready for their babysitters [Thank you so much, Uncle Grandpa and Grandma!].  After dropping off the ladies at their house, Ben and I headed to Ruth’s Chris for some yummy dinner and a great view of the Tennessee River.  After Ben passing on his free dessert and sending it over to a table with just a father/daughter [is that not the sweetest thing, ever?], we headed to Public House, our favorite neighborhood bar.  The amazing cake above, 35-ish friends, and a few brewski’s later, Ben was having the time of his life.  Thanks to everyone for helping Ben ring in his big day!