We had good birthdays. Thanks for all your wishes.
I had lunch with a friend at a Chinese restaurant and had the best fried rice I've ever eaten. We also ate dim sum and chicken dumplings. The restaurant gave me a free dessert for my birthday. Here is a picture of it:
I have no idea what it is, but it seemed to have white bean paste in it. Pretty sweet by Asian standards, and actually quite good. Thanks to these guys for making it.
I did go home and make a german chocolate cake for myself though. Dave took me to Outback Steakhouse for dinner. Yes, I do believe it was a real aussie steak. I must admit that it was better than the one we ate at in Egypt. However, I still prefer Tangy Tomato dressing and the warm bread and the sweet potatoes that the Outbacks in the US offer. My potato just wasn't an Idaho spud, ya know?
We also celebrated Maya's 5th birthday. We are almost exactly 30 years apart. (You do the math).
You know how the rest of her birthday went by viewing the following photos and video.
Ethen's lyrics are "Go, Maya, go, Maya."
I didn't really want to invite her school class over, and she doesn't really have any friends here (so sad, I know) and it's hard to be away from family for these events. Since it was a Sunday, we invited some friends from our branch over and she was perfectly content.
She wanted a rainbow party, so I came up with this:
I've made rainbow cupcakes before, but have always used muffin tins. This is the first time I cooked them individually in glass jars. They turned out cute, despite my desperation to find a white cake mix.
Add a few balloons, crepe paper, gum drops, suckers, and candy and you got yourself a nice sugar party, I mean rainbow party.
And one happy 5-year-old girl.