As an extremely practical person, I don't need to receive a present just for the sake of getting it. I like getting things really only when I really need them or I like to just pick things (especially clothes) out for myself since I can be particular (although usually when friends/my sister get me clothes I do really like them and thankful for the gift). So most of the time when an occasion arises for which most people expect gifts (like birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas), I actually would prefer that hubby and I (and bébé too, now that we are a family) go out and do something. Growing up my parents didn't really give us gifts so that probably is also a huge factor for me not being as into gifts as other people.
So for this year's birthday, hubby took off a couple of days last week so that we could all enjoy my birthday long weekend. One of the days we took a day trip to Malibu (which actually distance-wise is not too far from where we live but traffic-wise seems far away). I had been wanting to visit Malibu for awhile, in particular Adamson House a beautiful home right on the beach owned by a wealthy tile making family. I took a tour (while hubby hung out with bébé on the beach) during which I learned a bit of Southern Californian history while admiring all the beautiful tile around the house. No pictures were allowed in the house but below are some pics we took while waiting for the tour to start.
Some examples of the tile:
Hubby and bébé hanging out in the courtyard:
Examples of the tile made by the factory owned by the family:
I took the next few pics while on the second floor of the house looking out.
A view of the Malibu pier not too far from Adamson House.
The facade of the house:
One thing I learned from the tour was that because of the efforts of the matriarch of the family who owned this house, there is no railway that runs through Malibu. She also fought (unsuccessfully) against a highway from going through Malibu as well.
Later that evening we went to grab dinner at some food trucks which are all parked at a high school near us every Thursday night. One food truck that had been listed was going to be there which I was looking forward to, didn't show up. I didn't get to eat what I had wanted but I still was happy to have had a chance to make it out to there especially since we got 2 free $10 debit cards just for "test" driving the Dodge Dart. I write it in quotes because normally you had to test drive it to get the debit cards but since we had bébé they just had us listen to spiel about the vehicle and take a look inside.
On the day of my actual birthday we went to a restaurant in a resort located a few towns from where we live to take advantage of the free surf and turf that they offer to people on their birthday. Hubby got the seafood buffet which was a little pricey but totally worth it. It wasn't just seafood, there was a huge selection of delicious cheese, prime rib, chicken etc. The surf and turf was good but I also snuck in a few bites of his food. We plan to go back from our anniversary next month for the seafood buffet. I can't wait.
A pic of me and bébé running around after dinner.
The resort is located next to some cliffs.
The view while we were walking back to our car.
Another day we went to a fair in the next county over. Bébé is still a little too young to enjoy all the rides. I saw some toddlers around her age crying while on the pony ride and the carousel so we decided to not put her on any of them this year. We think she will have a grand old time next year. We did enjoy seeing a lot of different livestock.
Some pics we took in the tent for the horses:
We also saw chickens, cows, goats, camels, birds etc.
Apparently camel milk is the most similar to breastmilk. At least that is what was written on a sign that gave information about camels. Also, the droopier a camel's lips are, the more dominant they are. Thus younger camels don't droop their lips much since to do so would be to challenge an older camel's role.
I had wanted to see the pig races but we missed them because we were getting something to eat. We didn't realize that they would be so popular and that we had to actually wait in line to be let in. By the time we finished eating and made it back, the stands were all full and so many people were milling around that we couldn't even see the races from the side lines. Lesson learned- Next year pick up lunch, then eat it while standing in line in order to guarantee a space in the stands to see the pig races.
Celebrating my birthday didn't end last weekend. This weekend my closest friends also took me out. I went out with one friend for Indian champagne lunch buffet (yum). I also loved the cute orange lace cami she got me as a present. I also had coffee, cupcakes and good conversation with another good friend. Now I can start planning what I want to do for my birthday next year!