Saturday the 22nd was my 24th bday and it was filled with motorcycles, ice, and garlic...lots and lots of garlic.
We actually went to the Grizzlies game on Friday. My father-in-law was able to get some really good tickets through a work connection. Will's older brother and his wife were in town for Christmas so we all went. Our tickets allowed us to get all the free food we wanted. Score!
On my birthday, my family got together for a brunch at my aunt's house. My dad, grandfather and myself all have birthdays within days of each other so we celebrate them all together. My middle brother, Cody, took me for a spin on his new bike. I'm a natural. Maybe I should look into cruisin' around town on one of these things. And I'm not a fan of that creepy face mask he wears.
That afternoon Will had planned to take me ice skating (as a surprise). I haven't been since I was about 6 years old so I was so
scared excited. There's a new place right outside of Memphis that we went to and it was great. We invited my brothers and Will's brothers & parents. I had more fun laughing at everyone trying to stay balanced and not fall than I did actually skating. I can't wait to go again....despite the ginormous blisters on the sides of my legs from not wearing tall enough socks. Think, Courtney, think!
I'm not exactly sure what I was doing here. I THINK this is when I stepped on the ice and realized it was much more slippery than I was expecting. Ha!
Cody and Will's younger brother, Micah
For dinner, Will had planned to take me downtown to eat. He had actually thought about going to a fancy restaurant, but he knows me too well. I'm simple (& picky) and would rather have pizza than something fancy. So we ended up going to a new(er) restaurant on Main St. called Aldo's Pizza Pies. It was a neat restaurant with a cool atmosphere. We ran into some friends at the restaurant and ate with them. It was a great dinner.
Aldo's Garlic Knots---SO good. And do you see that melted butter in the bowl?!
After we walked off our dinner, we spontaneously ran into my long, lost best friend, Nathalia. She's been out of the country for a while teaching elementary kids in Madrid, Spain. I know, right? Sounds amazing. I was over-the-top excited to see her. It made my night.
My birthday was so special and I was so appreciative of everyone who made it that way. I'm so thankful for great friends, great family, and an even greater husband!