Well, that's what I've been calling Brian's birthday this year. It has been his 40th birthday extravaganza. Not so much because we did anything that extravagant, but just because it pretty much dragged on through a whole week. This past weekend, my in-laws stayed with the littles and I took Brian on a little road trip to the nearest big city, St. Louis. We had a blast! The best part of the trip was his surprise- his oldest friend and his wife (a newer, but just as dear friend) met us there and we all got to hang out together! But I'm getting ahead of myself.
First, I gave Brian a few options. Either a tour of Budweiser, a museum or two, the zoo, or going to one of the historic districts. To my complete and *utter* shock, he chose to do the art museum and the historic district to go to all the antique stores. I think he was basically not thinking of himself at all, and choosing what I would like the best. Our friends, Andrew and Emily couldn't meet us until later that afternoon, so we headed out on our own.
We're pretty spoiled having lived near the Chicago Art Institute, but this is a very decent art museum with a respectable collection. And the former art student in me can appreciate pretty much any art museum.
The Mud House, which I highly recommend for the food and really super friendly people. Plus they have a really nice patio for good weather, which we were lucky to have! The whole street is really eclectic and fun.
Brian was so surprised, and I patted myself on the back for getting ONE surprise into the weekend. We got to all chat and catch up, and have a drink or two on the rooftop bar.
We got all fancy and caught a cab to the restaurant, Vin de Set. What a fabulous restaurant! It was a pick made by Emily and Andrew who had eaten there before. And! I SWEAR I saw Rick Steves leaving the restaurant. I swear. I even said, "Mr. Steves?" And Andrew said he turned around. I didn't see that part. I have a really nerdy love of Rick Steves and his travel show on PBS. Yes, I am a NERD.
Obviously we all had such a good time we couldn't properly pose for a photo. And we stayed for hours celebrating Brian's 40 years on the planet.
I have to say that I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Emily for arranging the whole weekend- you're a rockstar, Em! Also special thanks to Brian for taking me to Anthropologie before we left civilization to go back home.