My 30th Birthday

My 30th birthday consisted of a day of eating and surprises.

For lunch, we went to Chevy’s Fresh Mex at Bayfair Mall.  It used to be outside next to Chili’s, but now Chevy’s is inside the mall.  It’s a lot more spacious now.  We picked Chevy’s because of the free sombrero and dessert on your birthday.  I printed out a coupon for a free entree in the morning.  I thought Melody would like the sombrero, but she’s a bit scared of it.  Don’t know why, but the service was super slow.  It took us two hours to finish our meal.  I had to get utensils and the free tortillas that go with the fajitas I ordered from El Machino myself.  Melody loved eating chips, quesadillas, and my Raspberry/Strawberry Lemonade there.  She also picked the dessert.  It was caramel/chocolate syrup drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream on a huge brownie.  Yummy!

Melody spotted some construction vehicles inside the mall next to Chevy’s.  She was ecstatic.  These were the ones you put money in and they would move.  Bob the Builder was in the middle construction truck.  There were bulldozers, backhoes, and dump trucks…all construction trucks Melody learned about in books we borrowed from the library.

For dinner, my side of the family met up with Joyce, Melody, and myself at Kamakura Japanese Restaurant in Alameda.  I yelped the restaurant before in search of another Japanese restaurant to frequent.  We ordered a bunch of rolls, my usual Amaebi, and Edamame/Inari for Melody.  The food was pretty good and the service (I think) is better than Sushi House due to the place being smaller.  I was surprised when they turned out the lights and the staff and owner sang Happy Birthday to me.  They gave me a card and a birthday platter decorated with a golden tree, paper crane, cup of Green Tea Ice Cream, an orange cut-up in an orange bowl, and a Fuji apple sliced in the shape of a bird.  I was truly surprised.  At the end of every meal, guests get plum wine apertif (a really sweet dessert wine with hardly any alcohol) and kids 10 and under get Botan Rice Candy.

Joyce surprised me BIG TIME when she handed me a book of birthday wishes from over 50+ people I’ve befriended over my 30 years of life.  I was so surprised and shocked so many people wrote.  What is even more surprising is that Joyce assembled the book right next to me while I was checking e-mail.

Afterwards, we came back to our place and ate cake.  The restaurant wouldn’t let my family bring something from outside into the restaurant.  It was a pretty good Mango/Raspberry Mousse Cake from Sheng Kee Bakery.

All in all a very surprising and scrumptious 30th birthday.  Thank you everyone for such a memorable birthday.

– Norm

Our Week in Photos (Week 8 of 52)

Enjoy your weekly dose of Melody: Week 8 of 52

Our Week
We left the kid at home and went out for Japanese on Monday. Yay! Thanks for Jen and Aaron who volunteered to babysit. Melody had a great time. After storytime on Wednesday, we went over to Joyce’s parents to pick up some blank CDs that Norm needed for his worship stuff. It was supposed to be a quick stop, but Melody wanted to stay for lunch. That night, we picked up Papa Murphy’s family size pizza (half Cowboy Pizza and half Chicken Bacon Artichoke)…and cheesy bread….and a garden salad (all for one low price of $15.99), and visited the Li family who are expecting their 2nd little one in a few weeks!! Melody went through her anxiety thing again when we got there, but enjoyed playing with Tyler’s toys…and sometimes Tyler. Tyler was like a magnet to my belly bump. Norm met with a recruiter on Thursday. Hopefully, she give him some leads, but it’s tough right now.

Thanks for everyone who has been praying for us. We still need it. We know that God has His timing, but it’s hard to wait, especially considering our circumstances. He has always been our Provider, and we are looking forward to sharing the great things He will do in our lives.

From Week 8 of 52