My niece turned three a few weeks ago, two Saturdays ago was the party to celebrate. Wolf Trap has a Theatre in the Woods which holds performances geared towards kids. On Saturday Rocknoceros was playing the final concert of the year and we gathered to celebrate Ellie’s birthday with close friends and family. The show itself was pretty cool, certainly entertaining. As I looked around the venue it was funny to see all these adults and kids rocking out to some crazy music. The lyrics are nothing complicated, teaching kids about the state of Virginia, or counting to 10 on their fingers. After the performance we had a picnic in the woods which was nice.
The following week was Pat’s birthday and my Dad planned a surprise dinner for her at the Heart in Hand in Clifton. Pat knew about the dinner, she didn’t know that everyone showing up to help celebrate. By everyone I mean everyone. Bobby, Tracy, Matt, me, Nancy, Stephen and Audry all made it out to celebrate. Nancy and I managed to arrive way early so we bellied up to the bar for a quick drink, shortly after Bobby and Tracy arrived. We didn’t know it at the time, but my Dad got a drive to drop them off at the restaurant. Bobby and Nancy were outside smoking and didn’t see the Lincoln Town Car pull up as the two of them got out, so much for the surprise. Just about the time Pat arrived my brother and his girlfriend showed up. While waiting for Matt to arrive we had another round of drinks before sitting down for some dinner.
The food there was great, the restaurant is certainly rustic on the inside and rather empty for dinner. Besides our party of nine, there was only one other group seated for dinner. Around 8:30 there was a live band and the bar area started to fill up quickly for that. The locals don’t eat there, but they certainly use it as a watering hole. After dinner I spent most of my time outside catching up with Stephen. I don’t see him enough so when we do meet up I have a lot to talk about. After disappearing for a while we decided to head back in, I was hoping to get one last class of an excellent Chilean wine, but the ladies polished the bottle off right proper.
After dinner we debated what to do next. Bobby and Tracy didn’t have the kids, Nancy and I wanted to have a little more fun, plus it was a Friday night. No sense in turning in early on a weekend. We quickly made a call to Lulu Cafe to see if they had any private rooms available for a little karaoke action. Surprisingly they had room for us so we quickly went from Clifton to Centreville to sing our hearts out. We lost Stephen and Audrey but we managed to have a great time singing to classic songs everyone knows by heart but wont admit to knowing. Late into the evening it was time for everyone to head home.
The following day was the last celebration for the week, for Nancy and I. Her sister’s birthday was coming up on Monday so we took her to dinner Saturday night. Her husband was in New York with his daughter and Maggie’s kids were with their father, she was all alone and we couldn’t have that. She almost didn’t want to go out that night, but we twisted her arm to go to Bone Fish just down the street from her house. We had a great time over drinks and a well prepared dinner. Afterward, just like the two other birthdays this week, we headed out for drinks. We didn’t go anywhere special, its cheaper to drink at home, so we opened a bottle of nice wine and settled in for a few hours of conversation.
In the span of seven days we celebrated three birthdays from the very young to the young at heart. Each party was a blast and a chance to catch up with family and friends, some of whom I don’t see often enough. I can’t remember the last time so many birthdays happened so close together. Makes me wonder who’s birthday it is next? I feel like a little partying!