Our Birthday!

My husband and I have the same birthday, August 15th; we love to celebrate together! We did a few fun things this year as I turned 24 and Frank turned 36.

We woke up on our birthday morning and decided to go to Leaming’s Run Gardens in Cape May Court House. We walked through their carefully designed gardens that have been maintained for years by the Aprill Family. Thomas Leaming’s house, built in 1706 still stands at the edge of the path through the gardens. Our favorite spots were the gazebo, the bamboo forest, and the little waterfall! It was beautiful!!

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After Leaming’s Run we fed the baby and then made our way over to the Cape May County Zoo. We walked through for about an hour; the weather was absolutely perfect!! We finally saw the baby snow leopards (we wanted to see them the last few times we visited but they were never out), a beautiful fox, kissing lemurs, and Frank’s favorite, the Lion!

IMG_1117 IMG_1129 IMG_1121 IMG_1107I went to dinner with my family at the Maplewood 3 in Vineland where we ate an Italian meal and finished with an amazing cannoli cake from Christine’s Italian Pastry Shoppe! Yum!

Finally, to celebrate with our friends we hosted a BBQ in our new home!! We had our closest friends over for burgers, hot dogs, and chicken on the grill. I made my signature salads (bulgar salad, pasta salad with crab and zucchini, spaghetti squash salad with basil and feta, spinach salad with watermelon, walnuts, and honey balsamic, and baked sweet potatoes with an avocado/cilantro sauce). I also made a cinnamon sugar cake and a triple chocolate cake for dessert. Luciana wore her special dress!
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We are so blessed to have our families, friends, and especially each other in our lives!!

Thanks to all who celebrated with us!!

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