One of the big challenges of the birthday road trip was figuring out how to drive the dogs in our fabulous new car. We didn’t want them slobbering all over the doors and windows, so we found this fabulous gate to keep them back in the cargo area. We loaded it up with blankets and their dog beds, and they had quite the posh setup back there. Even so, I think they were a little nervous when they first saw their new setup.
We rolled on through the mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania…
And eventually the dogs settled into their new digs. Aside from a few stops and potty breaks, they slept the ENTIRE 9 hour drive to Ohio – such good boys!
And there was just enough room between our bags for me to keep an eye on them.
As part of our road trip food stash, I had been eagerly anticipating what was in this box for two long days.
Ashley dropped by earlier in the week to deliver birthday cupcakes! I decided they would be a fun birthday trip on the road. Delicious red velvet and chocolate peanut butter heaven.
I busted them out during a Starbucks stop in a strip mall.
Totally delicious, and a perfect mid-day treat!
Back on the road, we continued our cross-country tour of the Midwest.
Casey was amazing and drove the ENTIRE nine hour ride! My hero.
The pups were precious angels in their backseat prison. When we finally got to Cincinnati, we took them to their favorite kennel where they are having fun playing with all their old friends.
Check out one of my birthday presents from Casey – my first pair of Tom’s! I am totally in love with them, and haven’t taken them off since I opened the box.
Finally after many long hours in the car, we made it to mom’s house for a delicious birthday dinner with my mom and Lindsey.
Vegetarian skyline chili – birthday girl’s request.
Set out on the pretty table – complete with cornbread, cheesy toppings, and homemade salad. So delicious!
After dinner we did gifts…
Check out these AMAZING dog coats for Huey and Indy embroidered with Daily Garnish logos. My mom is too cute! The boys are going to love them. That short hair doesn’t keep them very warm in the winter.
And after gifts is of course – DESSERT! Four ice cream options – vegan ice cream, two kinds of vegan sorbet, and Cincinnati classic Graeter’s Ice Cream.
Happy Birthday to ME!
A double chocolate vegan cake from Whole Foods. Incredible.
Lots of wishes for a healthy and happy year ahead.
It was the perfect birthday, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. While the road trip was long, it was actually really nice for Casey and I to both just unplug and spend quality time together on the road. We talked for nine hours straight, and then the fun continued when we got to Cincy.
Thank you ALL for so many wonderful birthday wishes, emails, and Tweets. I feel so loved!