A spring birthday…In October

I turned 27 last week.  But in 27 years, I have never had a spring birthday.  Until this year.

Gorgeous flowers

Gorgeous flowers

I’ve always loved fall.  In Texas, it means the weather may [finally] be cooling down, the leaves will be changing colors, and cozy weather will be approaching, with lots of hot coffee and tea.  But this year, while all my facebook and pinterest friends are busy pinning and sharing fall recipes, our cold, foggy, gloomy days are brightening with a little more sun each day.  And the spring fruit is making its way into the markets…peaches and strawberries, mmm! It’s such a strange thing, to watch everyone back home embrace fall, and to have spring showing up here.  But that’s what it’s like on this side of the equator.  Come visit us, people 🙂 While I’m not a fan of the weather that greeted us when we arrived in July, and hung around until a few weeks ago, it’s really getting beautiful now.  Every day new flowers spring up in bright colors. Every evening we watch the orange sun set behind a bank of clouds over the south Pacific Ocean.

27 was a great birthday. I had a mani-pedi last weekend and chose a spring rose color. I enjoyed time with my sweet family. And I felt loved by so many family and friends. On last Tuesday, John and I were able to bike out to the close neighborhood of Barranco. We visited Museo Pedro de Osma, which is housed in a gorgeous white colonial home.

The back building of the museum

The back building of the museum

The main exhibition is mostly renaissance-period artwork, religious paintings on wood and canvas and wooden carvings and statues.

Checking out the artwork

Checking out the artwork

This was an amazing figurine set of the story of Christ

This was an amazing figurine set of the story of Christ

Illustration of the Church, as used by the Spaniards

Illustration of the Church, as used by the Spaniards

The house itself was worth going to see – it had gorgeous stained glass windows throughout, and what seemed to be original hardwood floors.

Beautiful stained glass windows

Beautiful stained glass windows

Loved the wooden chest and the floors!

Loved the wooden chest and the floors!

The chandeliers were also beautiful!

Pretty chandeliers

Pretty chandeliers

The second building was setup with colonial furniture and Peruvian paintings of Spanish royalty.

A typical Spanish-Colonial home

A typical Spanish-Colonial home

The third building was a complete shock to me. We walked into the dark room and backlights illuminated silver for as far as the eye could see.

Silver armadillo...say what??

Silver armadillo…say what??

It was breathtaking. Some of the silver work was so intricate!

Silver basket

Silver basket

Silver horse saddle - thought of my sister, Ivy!

Silver horse saddle – thought of my sister, Ivy!

Silver fish

Silver fish

We weren’t sure what the fourth building was supposed to be, but it was interesting!

4th building

4th building

We had a wonderful time.  After enjoying the art for the morning, we stopped by a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant (literally – this is probably the restaurant that started that phrase…I wish I’d gotten a picture!).  It was a simple place, but served the most delicious Mexican food I’ve had this side of the equator.  It just may save me from my [constant] craving for Mexican food for the remainder of our time here.  They have wonderful, big, Chipotle-style burritos. And chips!  They have chips!  In all the restaurants we’ve been to in Peru we’ve only been served tortilla chips ONCE.  It’s sacrilegious if you ask me (okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic…but still…)  Anyways, it was a great way to celebrate and we thoroughly enjoyed our burritos and chips. It’s really nice to be able to bike places here in Lima.  It’s so much quicker than walking and a bit safer than taxis, I suppose. We’re learning how to get around without a car…but more on that later 🙂

When we picked up the kids we enjoyed a leisurely stroll home through the park.  Cliff was a bit cranky (it was nap time).

Haha, cranky boy

Haha, cranky boy

Later, after dinner at home, we had three little desserts we’d picked up from a little pastry shop. Olivia was more excited about my presents and cake than I was, I think, ha!  It was pretty cute.  Love these kids….

Birthday dessert!!

Birthday dessert!!

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