Yesterday was my birthday - the second birthday I have spent here in Saudi Arabia. I arrived here last year just two weeks before my birthday. Most Muslims do not really celebrate birthdays, or even remember them. So last year's birthday was very low key. We had dinner at my mother-in-law's, and my sister-in-law brought a cake for dessert, and that was about the extent of it.
This year was EVER SO MUCH BETTER! First of all, this past weekend (weekends here are Thursday and Friday), my husband took us to a resort out of town for three days and two nights - and it was so nice that I will do an upcoming post about it. (Hint: We had a fantastic time!)
So on my birthday, I slept late and then after my son got home from school, my hubby took us shopping and I got some nice new things, mostly clothes. Then we came home and freshened up and went out for a wonderful dinner at a favorite restaurant of ours with Adnan's brother and his wife and son. And then we enjoyed the best cake for dessert at the in-laws home, and my SIL had bought me a beautiful fancy costume jewelry set. It was a really lovely day.
My dear friend and fellow blogger from the Netherlands, Aafke, wrote a whole Happy Birthday post for me, with the greatest photos in it. Please take a look at Aafke's special post about me by clicking HERE. And don't miss her recentAdam and Eve post - it's hysterical!
If that weren't enough, one of the local English language newspapers here, the Saudi Gazette, published an article about bloggers, and I was one of the featured bloggers! The fact that it was actually published on my birthday was just a coincidence. You can read the whole article by clicking HERE.
And then I discovered that another blogger, TaraUmmOmar, had posted about me and the article in the Saudi Gazette. She condensed the article to just include the parts where I am mentioned. Read TaraUmmOmar's blog post by clicking HERE.
I also received many emails from friends and family wishing me a Happy Birthday. I honestly can't remember a birthday that has made me feel so special.
Thank you, everyone!