This last week has brought with it two very special occasions, our 11th anniversary and Michael's birthday.
Per our anniversary tradition we went out to dinner. This year Michael choose a restaurant in Turlock called Mi Casa which had a very authentic atmosphere including a strolling acoustic guitarist and an amazing dish called Mocahete.
Mocahete is a simmering dish served inside a lava rock mortar (mortar/pestle) it had steak, chicken, shrimp and octopus (Octopus?! I know but it was yummy) in a spicy tomato based sauce with a mountain of cheese on top. It was unlike anything we've ever had before. Then we drove over to Christmas Tree Lane in Ceres, after stopping to pick up some hot cocoa, and walked around admiring the lights and holding hands under our umbrella. We were the only people walking around that night because of the rain but tradition is tradition and the rain didn't bother us a bit!
For Michael's birthday he wanted to go bowling so after a day of "Pulling Rank" (our tradition of the birthday boy/girl getting everything their way on their birthday...if someone isn't complying you just "Pull Rank" and get what you want. Totally fun!) we headed out to McHenry Bowl where Mike smoked us all and I broke 100! We ate dinner at Fudrucker's. Michael had the Bison burger (tasty and healthy). Then we went home to eat cake and open presents. Mikey requested his favorite Chocolate Cheesecake Cake with Cream Cheese frosting. He got a new watch and the card game Five Crowns along with a load of well wishes and phone calls from his cousin Mick in Australia and his brother Arthur accompanied by our nieces and nephews. Thanks everyone for making his B-day so special!
Michael is a wonderful guy who makes everyday fun - Happy Birthday honey :)