The festivities started at midnight on Friday. Well, technically they started Thursday because I went out with my roommates (ok, my old roommates obviously but I still call them that) for a classic Sonic ice cream event because it was Jac's birthday too so we always celebrate together! Maybe someday I will blog about our most awesome 21st birthday party ever in which it was pitch black out and we had like two little candles lighting a whole pavilion. (It was seriously the best though). But anyway, in my family we have a very strict gift-opening regimen where you do NOT open presents until the evening of your birthday when everyone is assembled but Dave's parents were visiting and once it struck midnight on Friday they were like "well, it's official. You can open your presents now!" and I was all like "what?" but I did it and it was so freeing! I think I will buck tradition like this every year!
Dave's parents were so sweet to get me presents and they got me a really cute cardigan and this cute magnet board that I think I will hang in our kitchen. I loved both items and it was super sweet of them to do! Please also ignore how haggard I look (and I have no idea what happened to my hair) that was such a busy Friday and it was like midnight. Also, I really like how you can see Dave's dad laying on our couch in the top picture :)
Dave had told me that he ordered my gift online but it hadn't come yet, so I was joking when I said "I think Dave has prepared something to share now." I mean, I was just hoping for a light song and dance routine but it turns out he had my gift after all. I was super curious about what he was getting me because like two months ago he had told me that he knew what he wanted to get me for my birthday. Usually Dave kind of stresses over gifts so I was all kinds of wondering what this miraculous idea was. Turns out it was this:
He bought me new scriptures with my full name on them! I forgot that I had mentioned in passing once that my mom had scriptures with her maiden name on them until I was in high school, and apparently this disturbed Davito so he wanted to make sure that I was properly identified :) (he is also very upset that Facebook won't let me change my name. But I promise that I am happily married and introduce myself as Claire Mizukawa. In case you were losing sleep over it or something). It was really sweet of him and I really love them. I am excited because I want to use these when we read together and we can start marking them with stuff we talk about which will be cool.
The next day (or that same day, technically) we went to Texas Roadhouse for lunch (I had a free birthday appetizer, I couldn't resist!) and then to Salt Lake with my sisters so that we could go to the Relief Society General Meeting with my grandma (Dave watched football with G-pa Farr and I think it was a bonding experience for them). That was obviously awesome and then we went back to their house for cake and ice cream and more presents. Sorry I failed at taking any pictures of that whatsoever, but it's my birthday so I will do what I want, yo.
I felt oh so loved and I got some awesome gifts (new running shoes and a rap written by Anne Hopkin?!) so all in all it was a great day! I really love my family and friends and really appreciated all of the sweet texts and messages wishing me a happy bithday!
Edited to add: Some friends from our ward just stopped by and brought me fresh peaches because they heard it was my birthday yesterday, so the fun just never ends!