My brother had requested spring rolls for pre-dinner snacks and this marvelous saffron-coconut milk shrimp pasta that my mom makes. I found out the menu on Friday and had to wait until Sunday to see it unfold.
Here is my brother and my sister's boyfriend assembling the spring rolls. (My mom tried making the accompanying peanut sauce for the first time, and it was a winner.) Also, I love the wild phone cord.
Because it was a gorgeous evening, we gobbled the spring rolls out on the porch and eventually came back inside to eat dinner.
Wish and my sister caught up with each other:
We have some good birthday treat-related traditions in my family. My dad gets lemon meringue pie every year, and I get a lemon pudding cake. (I don't think that's the actual name, is it? Mom! Help!) My brother gets a green caterpillar cupcake.
I was loving the setting sun shining through the window and tried to capture it with my camera, to varying degrees of (un)success:
Unsurprisingly, we also practiced our family wave:
And, of course, we sang to him! Happy almost-birthday, Brother.