Friday, February 25, 2011

Two Birthdays

Two of my sweet daughters had birthdays. They were born a couple of days and six years apart . . . Sophia turned 17 and Araminta turned 11.

037 Sophia is seventeen now


Cake, presents and such at home the night before.

On her birthday she had a large assignment due and a test, but afterward a friend came over and I took the two to a local Salvadoran restaurant, El Pulgarcito. Found it on Yelp, and yummmm. All three of us are gluten free and Sophia’s friend is also vegetarian, so it was a bit of a challenge to find a spot to eat that would also get us to the evening’s event on time.

cropped s restaur.071  Since Sophia is taking Spanish, she practiced by ordering for us in Spanish. This guy, our waiter, was super patient about it and had a kindly twinkle in his eye.

074 Sophia’s dinner


And mine . . . posting this is making me hungry! Forgot to get photos of the pupusas; Sophia had zucchini/cheese and I had spinach. Sophia’s friend had a stack of pupusas and a cabbage dish that I don’t remember the name of.

After dinner, we went to a play at Sophia’s college. The whole event had been threatened by snow, and as we left the play at 8, 8:30, we noticed it coming down really earnestly. Sophia’s friend lives waaayyyy out in the country, and the trip to take her home was fairly nerve-wracking! Driving back to our house was worse. They’d closed down the main highway, with semi trucks and a tanker-type truck having been in an accident. They were diverting traffic off onto an exit that went up a hill! Stalled cars and trucks littered this exit, but after about 10 minutes, it was our turn and we managed to get up that exit, took side streets, and finally reached home. Scary, that.

Next birthday girl:

034 Araminta turns eleven

Araminta had her birthday off of school, and everyone played her favorite games with her all day. There were, of course presents. And most remarkably, a cake. Clara has worked and worked to create something that resembles a cake for Araminta. Lucinda can’t have any, because it does contain an ingredient she still isn’t safe for. I’ll post the recipe in a separate post.

049 069 This is “Dry Soda” in the cucumber flavor. The little girls are safe for cucumber and lavender dry sodas, so they are a real treat for occasions.

070 Thank you, Sophia

And Clara:



Mmmmm, chocolate cake!

So our sweet February girls have had another birthday! Looking forward to beautiful new years.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to the Lovelies! I love, love the pictures of S in profile at dinner, and of A eating cake *yay*!

caulistats said...

Agree! And also the A profile pic, and the one of A and S hugging. So many beautiful pictures of beautiful young ladies.

How very sweet of Clara to work so hard to invent a special cake for her sister.

Glad you were able to make it home safely! We had a big snowstorm here too. Yesterday afternoon I measured 7.5 inches on top of my car, but that was many hours after we had heard lots of rain during the night, which probably melted a lot of it (most of the snow fell Thursday afternoon and evening). I'm guessing we had 8-10 inches fall, maybe more. Power was out for 19.5 hours, so we had cold food packed in coolers outside filled with snow. :-) There's a fire station in our neighborhood, so normally we're some of the first to get our power back. But the station is currently closed for renovations, so we were a bit lower on the totem pole this time. Our house was 44 degrees when the power came back on. 'Twas a chilly day.