Aquarium, Shrimp, and Early Birthday Celebrations!

This past Monday, my fiancé and I both took the day off work and decided to have an early birthday celebration, 5 days before my birthday. After brainstorming ideas, I decided I would like to go to the aquarium! I love zoos and aquariums and thought it would be a fun excursion to enjoy together. We headed to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and had a great day there!



We had so much fun roaming around the different exhibits and learning about all kinds of marine life. By noon, we were both ready for lunch and headed to Cafe Scuba, the aquarium's on site grill. I ordered a chicken breast lettuce wrapped sandwich with a side salad. I was pleasantly surprised with how yummy it was!



After lunch, we walked around a bit more and watched two informational videos in 4D! Pretty cool!


We got done with the aquarium around 3...and really wanted to eat at Bubba Gumps for dinner, which is right next door. We rested a little and then decided to just have an early 3:30...yes we are 80 years old haha but it was actually a good idea to eat early because we ate a ton of food! I have never been a shrimp person, but after trying both popcorn shrimp and grilled shrimp, I will definitely be eating and cooking shrimp more often!



We started with the popcorn shrimp, which was not only shrimp but had fried vegetables too! It was SO good! As my dinner, I got the salmon and veggie skillet without rice, and my fiancé got their jambalaya! We also added a skewer of grilled shrimp because I wanted to make sure I would like grilled shrimp and not just the fried version! Grilled was delicious as well!




We were so full and happy after dinner! We decided to go to a nearby Barnes and Nobles and peruse the bookstore, which is one of my all time favorite things to do! After some reading time, we both wanted something sweet and headed to Yogurtland for dessert before heading back home. I walked in, and knew I just wanted all things sugar and chocolate. I have been trying to go for healthier options at froyo lately, but that night, I wanted to go big or go home.


And I did! And to be honest, I did feel a twinge of guilt because it had been a while since I had had sugar like that. But I told myself one treat is not going to kill the progress I have made lately, and sometimes I just have to let my sugar dragon win. Not all the time mind you, but once in a while, a huge sugary yogurt is completely acceptable.

I had a great early birthday celebration with Vasken this week. I can't wait to see what other adventures God will bring to us as we prepare to begin this new phase of our lives. 215 days until we get married!