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How to celebrate a birthday in two places!

Last week was my birthday and since it fell on a Wednesday, it turned into a week-long celebration. On the Sunday before my birthday, my parents-in-law and grandma-in-law (yeah, I just said that and if it doesn’t exist I am bringing it to life…) had us over at their house to relax by the pool and have a dinner of my choice. The choice? Well, easy! Grilled steaks, grilled corn, grilled broccoli, and grilled veggies (Do you think I like to grill?), potato salad, avocado….a feast! For dessert, New York style cheesecake. Everything was so delicious and we made so much food that even Chupete and Choripan got to eat part of the left over steak from our plates. My in-laws are the best. That same weekend John was coming back from a conference in Denmark, so we got to talk about his trip and how awesome it would be to visit Denmark sometime. La semana pasada fue mi cumpleanos y como cayo en un miercoles fue una celebracion que duro una semana entera. El domingo antes de mi cumple, mis suegros y abuegra (abuela-suegra, si no existe esa palabra no importa, yo le di vida ahora) nos invitaron a su casa para pasar un rato en la piscina y preparar una cena a mi eleccion. La eleccion? Bueno, facil! Carne a la parrilla, choclo a la parrilla, broccoli a la parrilla, y vegetales a la parrilla (Creen que me gusta la parrilla?), ensalada de papas, palta…un festin! De postre, cheesecake estilo Nueva York. Todo estaba muy rico y preparamos tanta comida que incluso Chupete y Choripan comieron parte de las sobras de carne de nuestros platos. Mis suegros son geniales. Ese mismo fin de semana, John regreso de una conferencia en Dinamarca, asi que pudimos converser sobre su viaje y lo genial que seria visitar Dinamarca algun dia.
On Tuesday at work for a little birthday celebration we had milkshakes from Mike’s Ice Cream shop in downtown Nashville on the department’s tab (thanks everyone!). On Wednesday (my actual birthday), donuts showed up magically at work – thank you very much Diane! That night, Leslie and I went to Five Points pizza for pizza and beer, and for dessert we went to Jeni’s Ice Cream! If none of sounds like part of the P90X diet…well it’s not. We are taking a break before starting a new program. What mattered was that everything was delicious and that I was born and we needed to enjoy ourselves! El Martes tuvimos una pequena celebracion de cumpleanos y tomamos milkshakes de Mike’s Ice Cream Shop en el centro de Nashville invitados por el departamento (gracias a todos!). El Mierocles (el dia de mi cumpleanos), donuts se aparecieron magicamente en la oficina – muchas gracias Diane! Esa noche, Leslie y yo fuimos a Five Points Pizza para comer pizza y tomar una cerveza, y de postre fuimos a Jenni’s Ice Cream! Si nada de esto suena como parte de la dieta P90X….es por que no lo son!. Nos estamos tomando una semana de descanso antes de empezar un nuevo programa. Lo importante es que todo estaba delicioso y que naci y pudimos disfrutarlo!
To complete my birthday week, we Skyped with my parents in Chile where mom, dad, Maca, and Alex where celebrating my birthday (my older sister Paula wasn’t there but I got to talk to her on the phone later). By celebrating I mean celebrating for real – it wasn’t just a call to say happy birthday. They had a cake (one of my favorite kinds – Torta de Mil hojas with Manjar) and candles, and they sang happy birthday to me….and then I got to blow the candles thanks to some special effects. It was a really good birthday spent with my family in the US and in Chile, and with tons of good food. It’s really amazing to think that I had cakes in both hemispheres of the world and my families were “close” to me to celebrate. Two families, two cakes, two countries, and two languages for one birthday…I am a really lucky guy! Para completar la semana, hablamos por Skype con mis papas en Chile. Mi mama, papa, Maca, y alex estaban celebrando mi cumpleanos (mi hermana mayor, Paula, no estaba con ellos pero pude hablar por telefono con ella). Cuando digo celebrando es la verdad – no fue solo un saludo de feliz cumpleanos. Tenian una torta (una de mis favoritas – Torta de Mil Hojas con Manjar) y velas, y cantaron cumpleanos feliz…e incluso pude soplar las velas gracias a los efectos especiales. Fue un muy buen cumpleanos que paso con mis familias en Chile y USA, y con un monton de buena comida. Es increible pensar que tenia 2 tortas, en 2 hemisferios, y mi familia estaba “cerca” mio para celebrar. 2 familias, 2 tortas, 2 paises, y 2 idiomas para un cumpleanos…tengo mucha suerte!

5 thoughts on “How to celebrate a birthday in two places! Leave a comment

  1. I hate the look on my face in that photo — thanks a whole lot for calling more attention to it, John! Anyway, Javi, I’m glad your birthday got well celebrated.

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