Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birthday Sweetness- Part 1

First, I have to say, I love being a June-bug.  June is the first month of Summer.  It also is very moody and unpredictable.  You can go to sleep in June dreaming of summer fun, and wake up to a very overcast, chilly day.  I love it.  I also love that my sweetheart is a June-bug too.  In fact, we are exactly 2 years and 20 days apart, with his birthday coming at the beginning of the month, and mine towards the end.  I know lots of people (family and friends) who are June-bugs too (a few even ON my birthday)-so Happy Birthday to all you wonderful people born in this glorious month of June!

This year I got a double birthday.  We were blessed with gift cards to Buca di Beppo's by a sweet friend (thank you so much, JG!), so this last weekend we went to lunch (I am actually getting days here and there of feeling ok- yay!).  We were actually supposed to go for the Mister's birthday, but since even the smell of Italian dressing was making me sick, we thought we should wait.  Olivia has been wanting to go for a very long time, even though the only thing she really remembered about her last visit was being shocked and disgusted by the pictures of naked ladies in the women's bathroom! If you never have been to Buca's, you really should track one down and go, at least once.  It is an Italian food chain, and yes, they all have the same crazy decor and a special "Pope Room" you can eat in- but the food is great, and it is a fun atmosphere.  They also have a special kitchen table that is actually in the kitchen.  You can request to be seated in the midst of the craziness, and if you make good friends with the chef, you might just get treated to some amazing off-menu delights (right JG?!)!

A lady came to our table (after they dropped off the huge Birthday sign above) and wanted to take our picture.  The littlest Little immediately dove under the table, and would not be coaxed or commanded out for we have a (free) postcard that looks a little like this.... 

minus the cute, crazy face on the back left. :(  As soon as Picture Lady was gone, she was all pose and smiles.  Go figure.  After a fabulous meal, they brought out a gigantic 6 scoop ice-cream brownie confection and sang to me REALLY loudly.  I should have taken a picture of it- it really was glorious.  And it was in the serving dish not more than 3 seconds.  Then it looked like this:

Size Check:  Look how it dwarfs the tall water glasses!
And after the last lick was gone, some of us looked like this:

I think SOME fudge actually made it IN her mouth!
I should also say that if you go on their website and sign up, they send you amazing free coupons.  I signed up the day before the Mister's birthday, and they sent him the goods.  We got that amazing sundae for free.  We were triple-blessed, because a couple next to us had an extra 10% off coupon from the paper, and they gave it to us to use.  So cool.

After such an amazing birthday lunch, the only thing that could have taken it to the next level was a trip to the beach.  It was beautiful, and so nice to be back in our old neighborhood.  I relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the breeze and fresh air while watching the crew boogie board, jump waves and find sand crabs...what an amazing day!


  1. Yay! Junebugs are the best ;-) Where was this restaurant? I am very interested in the Pope Room! LOLS! Sounds like a really wonderful time and Happy B-day to you!

  2. Happy birthday to you too, my June-buggy friend!! Did you get to go camping?! You would love this place- very kitchy and fun- and has a Pope head on your table if you choose to dine in his room! :) Locally you can go to Thousand Oaks or Valencia- it's worth a drive, for sure.

  3. june bugs, that is so cute. happy birthday! i enjoyed reading about your lunch... sounds like the kind of chaos i'm used to :)

  4. So glad it was a good day for you and baby let you enjoy some food. :) That is one LARGE dessert dish, just perfect for the crew.

  5. Happy Birthday lovey! Glad you had such a good celebration!