Mal’s 38th Birthday – Carrots ‘N’ Cake


Mal turned 38 yesterday, and we celebrated the birthday boy all day long!

Quinn and I were up and at ’em planning Dada’s day of birthday surprises. It started with a scavenger hunt around the house to find his morning mug of iced coffee as well as birthday cards and presents.

Quinn wanted to make pancakes for Dada, so we had a full-on pancake breakfast complete with bacon and butter! 🙂 I mention the butter because Quinn ate a huge spoonful, straight-up, right into his mouth and then asked us if we had ever eaten butter than way before. Haha! I mean, who hasn’t eaten a spoonful of butter?!

After breakfast, we took Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood and then got ourselves ready for the day. When we returned home, Quinn and I made a batch of Funfetti cupcakes for Dada – his favorite! Mal has them every year for his birthday!

After lunch, we sang “Happy Birthday” to Dada and celebrated with cupcakes!

The weather was gray and chilly, so we spent most of the afternoon indoors playing giant Jenga.

For dinner, we enjoyed a delicious meal from Novara, who reached out earlier in the week about a partnership. They’re now offering takeout and delivery, so we tried it out in exchange for a shout-out on Instagram. We’re already huge fans of Novara, so it was an easy decision! The ordering and pick up process was super straightforward and efficient, and the food was awesome – it was definitely some of the best takeout we’ve had during quarantine!

On the way home, Quinn fell asleep in the car. I transferred him to the couch when we got home and he slept for a solid 2 hours. He was exhausted! Mal opened up “Mal’s” and the two of us enjoyed a drink and some truffle fries from Novara while Quinn napped.

Dinner was such a fun time and, my gosh, we loved everything we ordered!!

Including the Tiramisu and flourless chocolate cake! 🙂

The evening ended with a Zoom call that went late into the evening with all of our hometown friends. It was hilarious and sentimental all at the same time. We definitely miss each other, but it was great catching up, and Mal really enjoyed the virtual hangout. It was such a nice way to end his day of birthday celebrations! 🙂



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