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Last Friday, on the night before my birthday, Bob and I were headed out to see the new Star Trek movie. While I was excited to be going out to the movies, I'm not super into Star Trek and kept joking how I'd find excuses to skip the movie. When we went into the garage to get into the car, the garage door opened and I saw these friends with waiting outside to surprise me. I was confused and baffled…my mind was wondering, "Wait, are they seeing Star Trek, too?" Bob surprised me by gathering the girls together to whisk me off to a sushi dinner instead. 

To be truly surprised with an unexpected treat like that really made my day, my week, maybe even my year. And, my friends and family showered me with best treats…mini pies, boba milk tea, cupcakes, homemade mochi, cookies, cake, and so much more. I was on a sugar high for about a week. This was the best birthday in a long time, and I really felt so loved. It reminded me how much birthdays are so special and how important it is to celebrate (in whatever small ways you can) that one day that someone gets to call their own.

Wishing you all a happy (long) weekend full of little delights and surprises…we'll see you back here on Tuesday!

P.S. Just because…Ruby dancing

P.P.S. I heard the new Star Trek movie is actually really good. Maybe I should see it afterall…

{Photos by Bob Cho}

53 comments

  1. I agree…birthdays are so special, and I always feel a little bit sad when people don’t want to celebrate theirs! I’t’s lovely to see that you had such a wonderful one!

  2. What a lovely surprise! <3 Great to hear you enjoyed your birthday so much, I've watched the pictures with a smile on my face!

  3. Awwwwww! What an awesome surprise. When I was younger I had to share my birthday with my cousin, we’re only hours apart. Oh, and Star Trek was actually pretty awesome! Action packed, and I say it’s totally a chick flick. I might even go see it again.

  4. happy birthday!!! you look so happy in that picture:) I love love love making surprises for friends, and if they all reacted like you in that photo I’d do it even more

  5. Awww how sweet. I love surprises! Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you had a really good time. I just have to say your daughter is so adorable and that last video of her dancing really just put a smile to my face. Happy Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. My husband read that before you see the new “Star Trek,” you should see the original feature “Star Trek: Wrath of Kahn.” I haven’t seen the new “Star Trek” yet, but after seeing “Wrath of Kahn” last night, I can totally understand how it would enhance experience of seeing the new show!

  7. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  8. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  9. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  10. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  11. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  12. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  13. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  14. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  15. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  16. Happy Birthday Joy! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Saw your lovely wallpaper with golden flower detailing, and thought to myself that I’m sure I saw it on TV before, in a interior decor series. Little did I know it’s you :). I too think that Birthdays are special, and have not really missed out a celebration yet, except for last year. Definitely going to make this year count. Am off to further explore your lovely blog. Have a great week! Cheers~

  17. This looks like such a wonderful day! Happy birthday!
    I’m actually really excited for star trek, but I have friends too that aren’t into star trek and said it was really good too. I can’t wait to see it!

  18. that’s such a beautiful picture of you!
    and isn’t it crazy that all it takes is a surprise like that to make you remember what it’s like to feel like a kid again? back when you waited all year for your birthday?
    happy belated!!

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