|Hangin' out around the new fire pit|
|Brandy and Jay playing cornhole with the home made set by Ryan (yes, this game is actually called CORNHOLE)|
|Stephanie and Lisbeth bringing out the cake|
|What an awesome cake!|
|It took me a while to stop laughing! That is some serious creativity!|
After we got home from camping in Vantage, we started the party at the El Norte Lounge (a new-ish bar in our neighborhood that I'd been wanting to check out), came home and had a fire in the brand new fire pit (made by Ryan 10 minutes before the party), played cornhole (what backyard party is complete without cornhole?), ate s'mores (I can't sit around a fire without eating marshmallows and chocolate), and cake.
Lisbeth told me weeks ago that she wanted to make a cake for my birthday. In the days leading up to my birthday she kept telling me that she thought I was REALLY going to like my cake. I thought "of course I'm going to like it, it's cake!" Plus, I already knew that Lisbeth is a good baker. I thought she must have had something up her sleeve. When they brought it out, I was totally blown away! If you know what my dissertation is about, then you know I study shells. Pretty dang clever! Apparently Stephanie and Lisbeth felt under a lot of pressure to come up with something good for my cake since I like to decorate cakes for other people's parties. They went into a bakery and ordered a marzipan figure based on the Birth of Venus painting by Botticelli. Apparently it's difficult to make a marzipan figure stand up, so this is as close as they could get. It thought it was amazing. And I was quite touched that they went out and ordered such a special cake decoration just for me! Lisbeth did bake the cake herself and it was delicious.