12 February 2013

Insta-Birthday: I'm 26!


For those of you who missed it on twitter... we celebrated a birthday this weekend!

Well, my birthday to be exact.  My 26th birthday.  

For some reason 26 just sounds and feels really old.  The whole quarter of a century thing has come and gone and the next big milestone I'm headed for is the big 3-0.  Still, I must say that my first 26 years have been pretty darn good to me and I'm genuinely looking forward to the years to come.  Marriage, careers, travel, houses, babies {god willing}... there are still so many exciting times ahead!


Happy Birthday poster from my classmates // Lots of presents waiting for me Sunday morning - some from Jurgen and some all the way from California // A quick lunch stop at Lucky Moo in Parkhurst - the Orange Blossom Chicken was delicious! // The best surprise birthday outing - the Joburg Zoo!


Quick snow cone stop at the zoo // Jurgen found a Pygmy Hippo! // This little guy wanted to shake everyone's hand // An unusually curious African civet

After the craziness that was the first two weeks of Master's, I told Jurgen that this year I didn't feel like having a party or doing anything with a big group of people.  I just wanted a chilled day together just the two of us.  He did a superb job of adhering to this criteria and we kicked off the birthday festivities on Saturday night by going to see Les Mis {which was amazing!}.  On Sunday morning I opened my presents and then Jurgen surprised me with a lunch at Lucky Moo in Parkhurst {which proved to be the best Chinese food I've found in South Africa to date} and a trip to the zoo, which is always a winner in my book!  That evening I popped popcorn and we lounged in front of the t.v.  Oddly enough, it was the perfect way to kick off my 26th and unwind from a hectic couple of weeks.  In fact, I wouldn't have had it any other way :)   

Thank you Jurg for another wonderful birthday - you sure do know how to make a girl smile!

{to see what the sneak did last year, see here}

19 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I'm gonna be 26 on Friday and I don't feel old at all!

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  2. Happpppppy birthday Jenna :) it sounds like you had the most perfect day! you and jurg are the best!
    im turning 24 this year and feel like it sounds so much older than 23 haha. so weird when that happens!

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  3. Looks like such a wonderful birthday weekend!
    Happy happy again special girl x

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  4. happy birthday, jenna!! that sounds like the PERF birthday!! i'm turning 26 this year + that sounds like a lovely time! it's funny, the older i get, the more laid back the birthday i prefer ;)

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  5. Sounds like a perfect quiet birthday celebration. I can't remember what you're studying, but I hope it has to do with animals, since you clearly love them so much!

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  6. Happy Birthday!!!! A nice, relaxing birthday sounds perfect! :)

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  7. happy happy happy birthday!! do i not follow you on instagram??? or was i just way too hung over on sunday and didn't have the energy or stomach to look through instagram

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  8. happy happy happy birthday!! do i not follow you on instagram??? or was i just way too hung over on sunday and didn't have the energy or stomach to look through instagram

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  9. Happy, Happy birthday, pretty lady!!

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  10. Happy Birthday girl! Sounds like you had the perfect day celebrating! I hope 26 is your best year yet! Xoxo

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  11. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a wonderful day, I hope you have another great year :)

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  12. happy belated birthday Jenna! wishing you lots of good luck (especially with your masters!) over the next year! I have a feeling 26 is going to be good to you. :)

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  13. yay yay and a happy belated birthday!

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  14. Happy birthday!! 26 is exciting and yes, it is downhill to 3-oh but 30 is fun!!
    Sounds like a great birthday (PS - I work close to Lucky Moo)

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  15. Happiest birthday wishes to you Jenna! I hope 26 is an amazing year for you!

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  16. Happiest birthday wishes to you Jenna! I hope 26 is an amazing year for you!

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  17. Happy belated birthday gorgeous girl! Sorry I missed it! Looks like you had an amazing time, Jurg is such a sweetie! :)

    xo Lisa

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