Another Year, Another Birthday

I love the first few months of a new year. The holiday chaos is over and fresh starts are quite welcoming, even if they don’t last very long. What I really enjoy though is birthdays! Tim celebrated his in January and I celebrated mine last week. We definitely get our fair share of sweet treats and full day adventures during birthday time. It’s not uncommon to let our small festivities last longer than a day. That’s normal, right?

Anyway, I turned 36. Even though I am creeping slowly toward the big 4-0, I still feel like a kid. I doubt I will ever feel like an adult – well, except when I have to pay bills and make serious decisions about stuff. But otherwise, I still love swings, cookies, throwing snowballs, and sleeping late.

We set off early on my special day for a hike in the always gorgeous Oregon wilderness. While we didn’t expect to encounter snow, we did. It wasn’t enough to deter our hike. We even brought along birthday cupcakes. Tim was a champ and baked the cupcakes with my gentle supervision (heĀ almost forgot the salt!). I frosted them and we ate the entire dozen over the course of a week. Here are a few highlights from the hike:

Amy Hiking 02

Starting off on our hike in the snow.

Salmon River 02

The Salmon River, which parallels nearly the entire hike.

Nurse Log 02

A nurse log: Nurse logs are fallen trees that provide nutrients for new forest growth! You can see three trees have grown on top of this one. It’s so fascinating!

Cupcakes 02

Birthday cupcakes on a log! These were orange cupcakes with vanilla frosting and they were delicious.

Amy and Cupcake 02

Enjoying a cupcake

Tim and Cupcake 02

I’m not sure who loved the cupcakes more! After our hike we went out to dinner and then home for a relaxing night of watching Cheers and eating more cupcakes. Perfect day.

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25 thoughts on “Another Year, Another Birthday

  1. Haaaappy Birthday! I love the ways you two celebrate (nature and sweets!) The nurse log is incredible, and I’m sure the cupcakes tasted all the better for having nursed off the log too. Cheers is also always a fabulous choice.

  2. Happy Belated Birhday! You look great! Here’s to never growing up and always indulging in creamcicle cupcakes – yum! Being an adult is overrated. You are seriously making me want to move to Oregon with your lovely and informative photos. Never stop with those poses, Tim, you crack me up!

  3. Happy birthday! It looks as though you had a lovely time. :) Your photos made me smile.
    The nurse log photo is beautiful, and the cupcakes look divine. Yum!

      • Yes, I am constantly amazed too. Yesterday we went out into a nearby state forest (the reason we went is not great- a gas company is doing gas exploration, and our community doesn’t want them here).
        We saw kangaroos, black cockatoos and a beautiful pheasant-like bird. It is heart breaking when beautiful places are under threat.

      • Oh no! I hope that company doesn’t drill in the forest. It’s such a shame when that happens. I’ve never seen a kangaroo! How wonderful!!!

  4. Yay! Happy birthday! What a beautiful hike. And you picked a great place for a birthday dinner. I think birthdays deserve at least a week of celebration :)

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