ralph is 27!

last weekend, ralph turned 27! (we are getting old) i was so relieved his birthday fell on a saturday/weekend. he has been working like crazy lately, so it came at the perfect time. 

we got his favorite breakfast of all time that morning (a mcgriddle from mcdonalds...he is passionate about them)

march hasn't been ideal in the weather department in new york, so i brainstormed what could be fun to do in the city while not freezing to death. 

i realized how many fun restaurants and bakeries give away FREE food on your birthday, and decided to make a fun little scavenger hunt getting as much as we could! we got full much quicker than i anticipated, but it ended up being a blast. 

we hit up pinkberry (free medium froyo with toppings), auntie anne's in times square (free pretzel), sprinkles in the upper east side (free cupcake), au bon pain (free sandwich), jamba juice in rockefeller center (free smoothie!) and we were SO FULL! ha we could have kept going forever which is the sad thing! 

every year, the only thing ralph wants on his birthday is a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. we have zero counter space in our little apartment, so cooking is always a very interesting experience ha i definitely utilize every inch of that place! also, pretty sure we need to have sparkler candles every year. they make birthdays more fun.

later that night, i surprised ralph with tickets to regina spektor at radio city. it was so fun and she is INCREDIBLE live! we also walked right past macaulay culkin and i was completely star struck ha! (bigggg home alone fan over here)

p.s. ralph has the BEST eye for celebrities. i swear, every day we are walking he will casually say, "oh, that was the mom on gilmore girls." or, "oh, that's that guy on that movie we just saw" and i'm like, "wait WHAT!?" haha! so, any famous person we see, 99% of the time it's because of ralph! (and of course he has zero interest) ha but i secretly love it!

ended the night getting burgers at burger joint (one of the best ive ever had!) which is hidden inside a fancy hotel in midtown. we watched duke win the acc championship, which made ralph a happy guy.

happy birthday to ralph! my favorite person in the world. 

carolina on my mind

over the long president's weekend, we were lucky enough to join my in-law's on a trip to north carolina! i've always always wanted to go and see where ralph was born. i love hearing all the stories of the life they had there, so it was so special to see first hand!

first off, the weather felt amazing. there were trees with pink blossoms and it's crazy what a little southern sunshine can do for you. i'm definitely not used to that much warmth in february! 

the house the gochnour's lived in! i've seen countless videos of ralph and his younger brother will running around in this backyard, eating mac + cheese in the kitchen, and celebrating holidays in the living room. it is the cutest house, and we were even invited in by the owner to check out the inside. 

we stopped by the minor league Durham Bulls stadium and it was the coolest thing. when we were very first married, i hunted down a durham bulls shirt and hat for ralph since he would go to the games when he was little. there was a picture in the local newspaper of ralph sitting by the fence when he was three years old! 

those southern biscuits. dang. something i could get used to living in the south!!

the main reason we went that weekend was to see the duke blue devils play in cameron indoor stadium! another thing i have always wanted to do with ralph. it such a fun and crazy experience, and such spiritual grounds for ralph. pretty sure if he is ever bugged with me, all i need to do is put on that new duke sweatshirt and i can do no wrong ;) 

the original durham crew!

i fell in love with the town of durham, and love seeing it first hand. the suburbs got me the most, house after house was so beautiful and tucked in a forest of tall mossy trees. already planning my next trip down south because this weekend wasn't enough!