Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sweet 13

So I have been postponing blogging because... well... isn't it obvious?

We need to change the name of this blog. Zach and I have landed on a new theme for this special little place in cyberspace, but... with moving and the holidays and CRAZINESS... we haven't gotten around to actually doing the rebrand. So... forgive me. Sigh... I am learning to live with a less than perfect life. HAHA Seriously. God is challenging my perfectionist OCDness these days. Anyway, secretly I am happy to hold on to Citizens for a little longer, but I am excited about the next chapter too. So stay tuned. :) For now, I HAVE to post about...

Allie's 13th birthday. Gasp! Isn't it crazy we have a 13 yr old? I can barely believe it every time I say it or tell someone about our dear Al. But I must say, we are so blessed to have the fabulous, beautiful, spunky teenager we do. Allie's 13th birthday weekend was our first weekend in Atlanta as a family. Because of this transition in our life, we wanted to be sure to make Allie's birthday super special.

We kicked off the festivities with dinner at one of our favorites, Flying Biscuit.
And marveled at a super lovely wedding dress shop window next door.
Zach and I surprised Allie with tickets to see Gungor live at Variety Playhouse. This was her very first concert! (How perfectly amazing was it that Gungor (a band she loves) was playing ON her birthday IN Atlanta? Thank you Jesus!)

Crossing the street with Daddy.

The show was AMAZING. Like... beyond our wildest dreams cray-cray amazing. Gungor is genius. Pictures and words cannot capture the magic and beauty that is their show.

 Captivated. Allie said this concert was life changing. :)

I am Mountain cd!
Me and the bday girl! Such a special memory!
As if the night couldn't get any better, Allie got a birthday shout out FROM Gungor on Twitter! Say what?!! She's the coolest 13 yr old EVER. :)
After the show we swung by Cafe Intermezzo and picked up decadent chocolate cake because what's a birthday without cake and candles? I love Intermezzo and look forward to bringing Allie back to this European cafe when it's not so crowded and we can truly enjoy the ambiance.

Savory food and drink

 Scrumptious cakes

The birthday weekend continued on Saturday with more surprises! Look at our dazzling teenager! So lovely!
And the Daddy is so crazy!
Zach and I took Allie by our new house that we were a week away from moving into so she could see our new home. 
 She loved exploring the backyard or rather... back-wilderness.
 I am anxious to see what this nature girl has planned for her piece of land in Georgia. :)
Even though we weren't in our house yet, there was a significant upside - Nox. Nox is the most amazing dog ever. He is freakishly obedient and so fun to play with.

Al giving Nox commands (in German no less!)
 Our family loves this dog and his family!
In addition to Gungor, we also surprised Allie with tickets to the Titanic Artifact Exhibition. Allie loves the movie Titanic so we thought it would be cool to see some of the real stuff for ourselves.

Upon arrival everyone gets a boarding pass.
On the back is information on a passenger who was aboard the Titanic- everything from name, age, their family, what they did, their reasons for being on Titanic, etc. Everyone gets a different one and the big question you find out at the end of the exhibit is - did you survive the sinking?
Photography isn't allowed in the exhibit, but here are a few snip-its of some things we saw...

 Grand staircase handrail

So crazy this stuff has been at the bottom of the ocean! At the end, we saw the list of survivors and alas, Daddy's character was not one of them. Sad day.
Afterwards we took a trip to Anthro for a little birthday shopping and to admire all the loveliness (one of our favorite pastimes).

I have no idea how these books are staying up... but I love it.
 Oh the housewares...
We also spent the weekend playing our favorite game - Clue! thanks to mom and dad who got it for Allie for her birthday. We love this game!

She even got to play with some old family friends she reconnected with over the weekend.
All in all it was a great weekend with our girl, but I guess I could say that about EVERY weekend with Allie. We are so blessed to have this girl in our life and can't wait to see what the next 13 years hold! Happy Birthday Allie! We love you to Pluto and back!