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The Day I Turned 31.

The day after my parents arrived it was my BIRTHDAY! Wooo hooo!  Husby had to work, and I wanted it to be a super fun day, so I decided we would go to the zoo! :)


We hadn't been to the zoo here yet, and heard really great things about it so what better day to check it out than my birthday?  The boys were beyond excited!

The first thing we did was ride the train.  It was a gorgeous ride!


It was just the sweetest little zoo!  It was small, but that made it super easy to navigate and make our way through.  It is set down below and it made for BEAUTIFUL scenery.  Every time we rounded a corner we couldn't believe how pretty everything was.  So quaint, and so gorgeous.  I love this zoo!



We came face to face with many an animal, but the goat seemed to connect with me more than any other animal.  I brought my phone up to take a selfie with it and he kept posing!  At one point, he laid his head on my shoulder and it was the sweetest thing.  Next thing I knew, the goat next to him jumped up on the gate and tried to get in the selfie shot, too.  I was dying laughing and then the zookeeper yelled, "look out or he'll eat you'll shirt!"  That is when I snapped this picture and why it's blurry. :)


I couldn't believe how up close and personal we could get with the kangaroos!  Crazy!  I find those creatures so fascinating.


See how beautiful everything is?  It felt like we were in a mini Butchart Garden.



When we left the zoo and Husby got off work, we met up with him for supper at the most beautiful little eatery in town!  It's right on the lake and dripping in greenery.  So pretty!


We dined on the patio and the cool breeze made for such a gorgeous evening.



We came home and cut into the Carnegie Deli Cheesecake that my parents had sent to me straight from the famous NYC delicatessen.  Oh, my lanta.  It was just as amazing as the year before!! (Carnegie Deli Cheesecake is a birthday tradition!)


I am so lucky that I got to spend my birthday with my beautiful family.  What a blessing!!!

It was the best day I've had in a long time! :)

I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. How fun! Looks like you're really enjoying Erie. :) That cheesecake looks AMAZING!

  2. I loved what you shared on Instagram about your family laughing because of all the things you could have chosen to do on your birthday, you chose a family fun day. That just speaks so well of how much you truly love your family and your role as a mama. You are so inspiring, Whitney!


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