Birthday Shenanigans

This is the first post I am writing as a nineteen-year-old. :D It’s so weird knowing that this is my last year of being a teenager. What is that??? What is growing up???

My birthday was on Sunday, and normally a hint that it’s coming up, but this year it kind of snuck up on me. I didn’t really realize my birthday was coming up until about a day and a half before, haha. Normally, my birthdays are always a bit of a drag, so I almost dread each year. Like last year, for my eighteenth birthday, I worked.

But this year was really fun! Kansas City has a really great World War I Museum that me and Andrew went to Saturday morning. We were a bit skeptical of the weather, but it ended up turning out to be really nice! We climbed to the top of the Liberty Memorial (217 feet tall) and looked out over Kansas City. It was gorgeous! A bit windy, but it was great!

The World War I museum was absolutely fantastic. When you walk into the museum, you walk over a field of poppies (which do happen to be my favorite flower), and each poppy represents 1,000 soldiers that died. They showed a short little movie to get your mind into the context of the war and then you continued on into the actual museum. There was a timeline of each specific event that happened in the war and we spent a lot of time just reading that. There were little facts scattered throughout, too, which were really interesting. One that really caught my eye was something along the lines of “Children in Germany knew when they had just had a victory because they would have a holiday. The longer the holiday, the greater the victory.”

Being the nerds that we are, we really enjoyed it. It was sad, but it also made me really thankful for everything that I have: my family, my friends, my opportunity at higher education, my boyfriend, even history dates themselves. Very blessed and very grateful.

After that, we went to a local BBQ restaurant that I hadn’t been to before but Kansas City is apparently famous for. It was good, but I’m also not a huge fan of BBQ, so it was just good. :P Afterwards Andrew had to go to work and I spent the rest of my afternoon watching the Cardinals play on TV. I was so happy that it was on because Kansas City only plays Royals games…. which I mean makes sense…. but… STILL.

Andrew waited until midnight on Saturday night, when it “officially” became April 7th to give me his present. He had been dropping little hints here and there and I thought that I had figured out what he got me, but he still totally surprised me! I thought that he had got me an E-reader, which I have been wanting for a while but just haven’t justified spending $70+ on one. And I was partially right. He got me a Kindle Fire HD 7″. Like whaaaat. I really could not believe that he had spent that much on me – I almost felt bad accepting it. He rationalized though that it was two presents in one – my anniversary and birthday present. He’s too good to me. Now I have to think of something really good for his birthday. :P It’s gorgeous, and I really want to name it, but I haven’t thought of a good one yet. Suggestions?

Sunday was my actual birthday, so after Church, Andrew and I went out again at another local restaurant. We have a friend that just raves about their Mac ‘n Cheese. We have other people who attested that their Mac ‘n Cheese is very delicious and is what they’re famous for. So I ordered their Mac ‘n Cheese! It was very good, but it didn’t really live up to the very high expectations for it. It was a fun restaurant though and I’m sure we’ll go back again.

Andrew headed off to work again and I took a really long nap. I think three hours… but it was so needed. My spring break was really exhausting and I didn’t have a lot of time to catch up on sleep the week before, so it was a good birthday nap for me! My roomie had gone home for the weekend, so when she got back I was finally waking up around 5:30PM. Haha, what a bum I am. Then we watched Mulan. :D

Aaaand that is how I celebrated turning nineteen. :)

6 thoughts on “Birthday Shenanigans”

  1. Happy Birthday! I’m glad you had a fun day at the museum! That sounds like an interesting place to visit. I loveeee BBQ though, especially places with good brisket :)

    That’s awesome that Andrew got you a Kindle Fire. That’s a great gift! I really wanted one of those too, but I ended up getting the iPad Mini. It was a hard decision between the two, especially since I know people who love their Fire. Sounds like you had a great birthday :D

  2. Happy birthday! I’m glad you had fun at the museum! Museums are awesomely amazing! My boyfriend Tristan and I went to a science Museum where I live. It was awesome!

    I have no idea what to name your kindle! I don’t even name my own electronics! O.o; I guess I’m in a different generation so to speak? Yup, I couldn’t believe it either when I had reached the age of 19, and then went oh my gosh last year I’ll be a teenager! I’m in my 30’s now, and I don’t feel any older. To be honest with you. I feel the same as I did when I was a teenager, except more responsibility.

  3. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a very amazing day, and judging by the looks of it, you certainly did! Kansas City looks great from the picture! I’ve never been but judging by your experience and the World War I museum it seems like a fun place haha.
    And aw that’s so cute of your boyfriend to have gotten you the Kindle Fire! Name it Blaze! I’ve always wanted a kindle but I guess it’s alright because I have a nook which is sort of the same thing, aha.

    Again, glad you had such a great birthday :)

  4. Happy belated birthday, Becca! It sounded like you had a lot of fun celebrating your last year as a teenager ;P. I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum with your boyfriend. Being thankful for what you have in life is the right way to go; because you never know what could happen.

    I’m Asian and I never had Korean BBQ before. At least you liked it :D. Andrew is really sweet for getting you that Kindle! There’s nothing wrong with a 2 in 1 present. Good luck with coming up with something awesome for his birthday. Do something that “came from your heart”. It doesn’t always have to be bought stuff.

    You definitely had a long and fun weekend. I bet it was a fun celebration :P.

  5. Happy Belated Birthday to you :D

    That’s awesome that you’ve been having a great time. I’m sad that I didn’t know that there was a WWI museum in Kansas City because I would of gone otherwise if given the chance.

    Anyhow sounds like you’ve been having fun and for that I’m glad! Yeah, it was weird for me to leave my teenage years behind but I was glad in the end.

  6. That sounds like a really fun way to spend your birthday. I found that birthdays are more special when spent with your loved ones :)
    And hey, enjoy being nineteen! I freaked out a little when I turned 19 (HOW CAN I NOT BE A TEENAGER ANYMORE! I AM NOT READY TO BE AN ADULT!), my last -teen year. I feel old and creaky now.

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