This weekend was a BLAST. I went to North Carolina for my best friend’s eighteenth birthday, which we had planned to celebrate together since the last time I was at her house – years ago! Mom and Dad were so amazing to let me go and spend the weekend – thank you, guys!!!!! I was there fora day and a half before the actual party on Saturday, and we had a blast. There was so much to talk about and do that we were never bored even for a second!
The theme of the birthday was originally Korean, but it switched to be basically Asian. The food was mainly Korean – we made bulgogi (fire beef – it. was. AMAZINGLY delicious. Machesoyo!) bibimbap (mixed rice. We fried it, but I could’t eat any because I’m quite allergic to rice), kimchi (we didn’t make the kimchi, but it was disgusting and I cracked Hannah and her brother Nathan up when I had a bit. Apparently, the look on my face said it all. It’s really, really nasty) and japchae (sweet potato noodles. I made the japchae; the noodles looked gray and were sticky like the little strips of glue that hold packages together. They came apart more once I mixed soy sauce and sesame oil in, then the girls added vegetables). Here’s the finished product on a plate –
For dessert, there were two cakes. A Japanese strawberry sponge cake –
And a chocolate cake with frosting, which I made –
After we ate, it was time to open presents – she is a new Princess Bride fan, so we gave her the movie. (It’s about time!!)
I also attempted to squish her head with chopsticks. #fail
This is Caroline, the maknae (youngest). She and her two brothers Elliot and Avery spent the night, along with a friend of everyone, Christopher. That evening, we girls decided have a medieval photoshoot outside. The theme was the dead and/or abandoned bride with her faithful guardian (me) and her lady-in-waiting (Caroline). I did our makeup – Hannah wore silver contacts of which I was very, very jealous (in a friendly way. I wasn’t about to grab them out of her eyes or anything. Not that I didn’t try). Hannah’s makeup was darker, more ghoulis; my makeup was… well, scary, since I was supposed to be the guardian and all, and Caroline was more pixie-like. I’m going to have more pictures to show you of the photoshoot, but here’s what we have for now.
Me prepping them both with makeup (lots of makeup).
Here is Hannah; isn’t she beautiful? (Even looking as ghostly as she does?)
Me being… I don’t know… strange. I felt like I was in Narnia; akin to the Lady of the Green Kirtle. Except my hair felt extremely un-medieval-ish and there was nothing I could do with it. Alas.
And Caroline and her adorable lost pixie-ness… we joked that my makeup made it look as if she drowned. Oh dear.
And there we all are, looking very sad/lost/fantasy-ish/dreamlike/disturbing. Oh, it was fun. Tromping around barefoot amongst briars and poison ivy (though I have no rash! I discovered I was immune to poison ivy a few years ago at VBS).
We had SO much fun. I can’t even begin to describe it. I love you, Hannah! Watching you grow in Christ is amazing to see. I love being silly and fun and epic and serious with you, thank you for being my friend and soul sister.
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