Sunday, December 11, 2011

December 5th- National Emily Day and A Visit from Sinterclause

December 5th is when the Dutch celebrate a holiday called Sinterclause. Since Gavin spent two years in the Neatherlands on his mission, we started celebrating it when we were dating and have continued the tradition since. 
What you do is put your shoe out the night before and if you have been a good little girl or boy, Sinterclause will leave you candy in your shoe. If you have been naughty, his helper "Black Pete" will take you away to Spain where you will become a black slave.
Luckily, we were all good this year and are still white and free. Whew, I was scared.
December 5th also happens to be my birthday! This year it was my 21st and the best one yet. Not only do I have a wonderful husband to celebrate it with, but the cutest baby too.
Yes, this may be the ugliest cake you have ever layed eyes on, but looks can be decieving.  It was very delicious.  Thank you Gavin : ) 

 We went to dinner at my favorite restaurant in town, a Mediteranean place where I got to choose anything I wanted for free.  Naturally, I chose the most expensive dish on the menu, lamb chops and boy were they good.
My sweet baby G.

Thank you Gavin for the best birthday yet.  I love you!


  1. Happy birthday Emily!

    Grant is so cute! I'm so sad I'll be gone before you guys get back!

    I recognize the hat Grant is wearing! It makes me happy that Gav still has it. :)

  2. Interesting the Black Pete thing... I'm glad he didn't come get you guys either! And I thought the cake was nice... guess I have no style when it comes to cakes. :) Happy birthday!