It’s official, I’m 31. I had a really fun birthday week, starting with dinner and fro-yo with a dear friend, trivia with some other friends (we won!) and beautiful weather all week. The celebration continued over the weekend with more fun with Mike.Michael sent me the most beautiful orchid for my birthday. I love it so much! I also got so many really lovely cards, a delicious-looking cookbook, lots of tea, a pretty succulent arrangement, some cash for new clothes and a new computer, which I’m currently typing on.For my birthday dinner, Mike and I walked to Sarma for a really delicious meal. We had amazing wine and drinks and spectacular food, as always. The dishes are so creative and flavorful, we always leave feeling satisfied.Saturday dawned a bit cool and rainy, but we stuck to our planned outing and went to breakfast at Tatte after a quick run. This is seriously one of my absolute favorite places I’ve ever eaten–I had the pancakes and a giant coffee and it was perfect.Then we packed up and drove to the North Shore to hike the dunes at Crane Beach. We discovered a quiet, peaceful network of trails traversing the dunes.Walking on the sand was a good workout, especially with all the up and down of the trail. The best parts were the glimpses of the ocean from the dunes.The weather turned out to be perfect for hiking. It was mostly sunny with a cool ocean breeze. We absolutely loved this activity and would do it again (and recommend it to others)!We worked up quite an appetite on the trail, so after our hike and a toe-dip in the ocean (brr), we went to Woodman’s of Essex for lobster rolls. They were our first of the season and we savored every bite–yum!After lunch we went to Richardson’s for a round of mini-golf. We both got holes in one, but let’s just say it wasn’t our best round. More incentive to return for practice later this season.After mini-golf, we snagged some amazing ice cream cones (peanut butter Oreo for me, pistachio for Mike) and took a stroll around Richardson’s to say hi to all the farm animals. Moo.Lastly, Mike hit some balls at the driving range while I lounged in the sun. I was lucky enough to continue the fun on Monday with a fun outing with my mom and aunt. We had lunch outside, took a lovely walk and went to a plant nursery all while chatting away. It was a wonderful birthday celebration and the perfect way to welcome in my next year of life!