Birthday Weekend


This weekend, I turned the big 3-7. (I sort of can’t believe I’m three years from forty. In my head, I’m still 28. Yet, here I am!) Anyway, the boys were so, so sweet, and Alex and I went to two restaurants that were new to us. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…



Alex and I used my birthday as an excuse to go out to dinner two nights in a row! We’ve recently gotten stuck in a restaurant rut, where we go to the same three places on rotation, so it was fun to try some new spots.

First, we went to Semilla, a “vegetable-forward” restaurant in Williamsburg, which means that the dishes focus on seasonal veggies, while meat and fish are just supporting players. Guests sit around a horseshoe-shaped bar, with the waiters serving dishes from the middle.

Our favorite part of the meal came right at the start: tall, thin shot glasses with warm pear and cheese soup. It sounds insane, but it was so good; I would come back just for that soup. The other dishes were also surprising and delicious — lots of cabbage and beets and sweet potatoes, with great twists and textures.

Semilla Brooklyn bathroom

One funny part? The bathroom had a one-way mirror looking into the kitchen!

Babu Ji restaurant

The following night, we went to Babu Ji, a cool Indian restaurant in the East Village. Apparently, the Hindi term Babu Ji playfully means the self-appointed mayor of the neighborhood, who knows everyone and everything (and all the gossip).

Babu Ji restaurant

The restaurant felt boisterous and animated — we talked to the couples at the tables on either side of us, and the food was spicy and amazing. It was one of those nights that reminds you why you live in NYC.

Babu Ji restaurant

Guests grab beers from a fridge in the dining room, which adds to the relaxed vibe.

Babu Ji restaurant

The three dishes we loved most: the appetizer of cauliflower fried in a tomato chili sauce. The entree of butter chicken in a ginger, garlic, tomato and fenugreek curry. And the homemade dessert of cardamom, honey and pistachio kulfi, which were like chewy milky popsicles. So good!

Blowing out the candles

Birthday cake

Lastly, on Sunday, we had cake at home with the boys. We invited our friends, who have three children, and all the kids had to dress up in fancy clothes (although Toby went the race-car driver route). We served pigs in blankets and tater tots, plus Shirley Temples for everyone. It was such a sweet night. Toby and Anton also wrapped up some of their toys to “give” to me, which was so adorable (I got the toy guitar and lightsaber I always wanted!!!).


The boys couldn’t quite grasp my age, so I drew out fifty numbers and then circled our ages. The chart made the boys look so tiny, it brought tears to my eyes! And Toby kept pointing to numbers and asking, “Have you been seven?” “Have you been twelve?” “Have you been twenty?!” It was kind of poignant and amazing to stop and think about.

Birthday cake

Finally, we ended the busy weekend by watching House Hunters International and falling asleep at 9:30 p.m… all in all, the perfect night. :) The weekend was wonderful, I kept pinching myself. Thank you so much for reading, and hope you had a good one. xoxoxo

P.S. Two birthday revelations I’ve had, and beautiful gold candles.

(Semilla photos by Ed Lefkowicz/The New York Times. Babu Ji food photo by Tirzah Brott/New York Magazine. Babu Ji beers photo by Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times.)

  1. Shauna says...

    Happy Birthday! I’m a longtime fan of your blog, and my goodness I had to comment on how much your son Anton looks like your sister Lucy in your most recent posts. The last image on this post and the image of you and your sister on your weekend post – spitting image!

  2. Kari says...

    Happy belated B-day Joanna! I too am a late Jan birthday (the 27th); just turned 36. I’ve been reading your blog since before I got married (right after you got married), and love your posts. I haven’t been reading many blogs lately b/c I stay home with our two boys who are 3y and 1y and as you know life gets ridiculous, BUT every night my husband and I watch PBS Newshour after putting our boys to bed, and tonight your sister was on being interviewed about her late husband’s book. The whole segment was so emotional to me that I realized just how much of an impact your blog has had on me and I wanted to tell you so. Thanks for sharing so much of your beautiful, honest life with us! (and I bought the book :)

  3. natasha says...

    I hope you had a great birthday!

  4. Marita says...

    Joanna, your blog has been one of my favourites for years and years. Many years ago now I wrote you an email (after you wrote about breastfeeding weaning-related depression, because I was planning on becoming a midwife – I’m now almost graduated my midwifery degree!) and you wrote back and it made me so happy. You have always been so relatable and kind, and even though I never comment, I had to write to say happy birthday!

    I wanted to comment on this post especially because I was so excited to see that you went to Babu Ji because I know the owners Jessi and Jennifer Singh, and see their posts about their new NYC venture on facebook all the time! I lived in Kyneton, Australia (near Melbourne) when they opened their VERY first restaurant, Dhaba at the Mill, probably 6 or 7 years ago. I actually worked there for a little while before moving back to Canada for school. They have ALWAYS had incredible food, and they are the most lovely family. So it made me incredibly happy to see a shoutout for their restaurant on one of my favourite blogs!

    Anyways, happiest of birthdays to you and your sister! It looks like it was great, and I’m so glad that you keep sharing your world with us. From a long-time fan <3

  5. Debbie says...

    Happy Birthday Jo……does anyone call you JoJo ? Lol I love reading the comments of all these amazing women !!!

  6. Lauren says...

    Like another commenter, I fall into the not-sure-I’ll-ever-want-kids camp, but your stories about Toby and Anton are one of my favorite things. You share their experiences in such a raw, poignant way that I get to relive my own childhood for a moment, such a special part of life.

    I’m sure you’ve received offers, but you should seriously consider writing a book, maybe a series of essays about love, motherhood, and personal identity. I would buy it in a heartbeat!

    p.s. cheers to 37! you look freaking fantastic!

    • Couldn’t agree more! Can’t wait to read your first book one of these days.

  7. such a beautiful way to explain age to young’ns!

  8. Katherine says...

    Happy belated birthday Joanna!

  9. f says...

    happy (belated) birthday! looks like it was really nice… i just turned 36 and in the same boat. i swear, i feel like i’m 28! but my grays peeking out say otherwise… ;-)

  10. Love the pictures of the boys! I have been following your blog for some time now and I can’t believe how big Toby is – it makes me feel so old!

  11. I met Lucy during a reading/signing she did for Paul’s book at Kepler’s last night, and wished her a happy belated birthday (because I’d happened to read this post yesterday!). I hope that wasn’t weird. :}

  12. Maria says...

    Happy Birthday! It looks you had a great time with your beautiful family!

  13. (a fellow) Joanna says...

    Happiest birthday, Joanna!

    I just want to say a huge thank you for sharing so many of your sweetest, saddest, hilarious and moving moments with us.
    I’m a long time reader and as someone who is 90% sure I don’t want children, I was afraid that I would lose interest in your blog when you had them. But since you had the boys, my love for your blog has only grown. Your birthday celebration with the boys and story about explaining age is just so precious.
    I truly appreciate the way that you have addressed the decision to have children or not in past entries; and created a warm place for women of all walks to discuss the issue. Know that for some of us without kids, hearing tales your sweetest moments together brings such happiness.

  14. Margaux LeBuffe says...

    happy birthday! You’re my favorite blogger, and I’m only 25! This post made me tear up, as many do! I enjoyed a meal at babu ji last year, and it was one of my favorite meals of 2016. Definitely agree with your sentiment about it being a night that reminds us why we live here.


  15. Tiffany says...

    Happy Birthday!! I wanted to mention, in the childhood photo you posted of you and your twin, I saw in her your son Anton :)

  16. jess says...

    Happy Birthday my favourite blogger. I too am turning 37 this year, but am not at all freaked out after my 35th (which was a scary one.) My mother in law and and her brother came for a cup of tea on my birthday and I was all “Ugh im ssooo old”… then realized how ridiculous I sounded moaning to a 70 and 75 year old about my age! Kinda put things in perspective for me!
    Growing old is a privileged, not everyone gets to do it. x

  17. Sounds like the perfect birthday weekend! LOTS OF EATING. And I LOVE the birthday chart you made for your boys! Your age being far from theirs must have felt weird to see on paper but having them ask if you had been 7 and 20 is so cute!

  18. Thoa says...

    Happy Birthday! I enjoy reading your blog immensely. I also have two young boys and graduated from Umich. You are the sweetest! Cheers!!

  19. What a lovely post! Looks like you had a great birthday! I have to try out Babuji! In our part of the world, it is also a respectful name for your father. (my dad and mom called my grandfathers by that name but it has slowly faded away). I still call my father’s older brother who is the patriarch of the family by that name.

  20. Happy Birthday! A fellow Aquarian. My husband and I celebrate birthdays this weekend.
    Looks like it was a lovely birthday..

  21. cristina says...

    Happy Birthay Jo.
    On 27 of january it was my 37 birthday too..and it’s so very strange but I do fill like 27..also have a son of may he’ll be 6 years old…also like house hunters international..apart of all these matches i’ve discovered you recently and just love your blog. I’ m not s native english so I apologize if I made any mistake.
    I fortgot to mention- I live in Spain.

  22. Happy birthday, Joanna! Looks like a lovely birthday!!!!

  23. Bridie says...

    Happy birthday! I live in Australia near the original restaurant by the same owners of Babu ji, and you’re right, it’s bloody brilliant food! :)

  24. Happy belated birthday Joanne! Your photographs tell us such a wonderful story! Warm regards!

  25. Beatrice says...

    Happy birthday !!!

  26. Anna says...

    Happy birthday! Babu Ji in Melbourne is on of our favourites for date nights! Glad to see the ny branch has taken off

  27. Belated happy birthday! I just celebrated my birthday last week as well. Missing the food in NYC for sure on special occasions, but the Bay Area isn’t so bad either. My toddler remembers my age but somehow thinks that my husband (who’s about 10 years older) is only 1 year old. Go figure.

  28. Renae says...

    Oh happy belated birthday! Lovely photos – I thought at first the bowl of tater tots in the first shot was a bowl of caramel popcorn – and determined the kids must have loved that as a side dish!

  29. Melissa says...

    Happy Belated Birthday, Joanna! It sounds like the sweetest time with your dear ones.

  30. Happy Belated birthday Joanne. You do have the sweetest boys and I love looking at your little family. So sweet. Did they help you with the candles?

  31. Ingrid says...

    I’m glad you had such a nice birthday weekend. Thanks for sharing it with us. (I’m 68 and I STILL feel like 28 on the inside! Outside, not so much…)

    • Sally says...

      I’m 67 and feel exactly the same.

  32. Shane says...

    Joanna, that is a wonderful way to demonstrate ages!! Maybe also giving each person in the family a jar and put in beans to represent each age? You’ve got me thinking! Great idea!

  33. Kristi says...

    I love those pictures you took, of your family — the love in their eyes is heartwarming :)

  34. Irene says...

    Joanna – where did you get that blue/navy shirt?! It’s awesome.

  35. JF says...

    Happy birthday! Next time you should check our Wildair and Contra in LES – both really amazing restaurants!

  36. Amanda says...

    Such a sweet idea to explain age! Oh, and House Hunters International is the best!!

  37. Have you been seven! Yes you have :) so so sweet.

    Sometimes I think about how kids under the age of 10 really do have their whole lives ahead of them–you just think about all the things they have yet to go through! It feels like it whizzed by, yet also feels like a really long time!

  38. Alice says...

    Anton eyeing the cake in the last pic is priceless :)

    I’m 37 too, but during the birth of my first child a couple of years ago I got my age mixed up and always state I’m a year older. Number 2 due in 2 weeks, maybe I’ll grow a year older again!

    Though honestly, with weekends, days, moments like these who cares about the number – what joy we have.
    Many wonderful wishes for the year ahead Jo x

  39. Sophie says...

    Happy Birthday, Joanna. Very glad to hear you had such a lovely weekend.
    You look so beautiful in the black and white photo with the boys!

  40. what a sweet weekend! the part of “have you been seven?” really touched me! it’s a very pivotal moment in life when you realize your parent was once your age too :)

  41. Happy bday to you! Another year wiser :) Glad you went for the chocolate cake at home. And your restaurant picks sounded perfect. A two’fer! Awesome!! For my birthday each year my husband and I go to some ridiculously Hollywoody-celebrity sighting-expensive-food made how food was supposed to be made-restaurant. It’s a ball.
    ( Sidenote I saw your brother-in-law’s book reviewed I’m my People magazine … I’m still thinking a lot about your sister and her family. xo )

  42. Suzanne says...

    A birthday poem for my favorite blogger from my favorite poet. A thousand thank you, Joanna, for so poignantly sharing your beautiful life and family with so many, including me.

    The Summer Day
    Who made the world?
    Who made the swan, and the black bear?
    Who made the grasshopper?
    This grasshopper, I mean-
    the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
    the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
    who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
    who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
    Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
    Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
    I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
    I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
    into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
    how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
    which is what I have been doing all day.
    Tell me, what else should I have done?
    Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?
    —Mary Oliver

  43. we miss you guys so much! happy birthday. <3

  44. susan says...

    Happy Birthday Joanna! Your boys are so sweet!

  45. I turned 37 & feel like I have lived 3 lives. Childhood/teenage yrs w my parents, college years trying to become myself (mostly lost & low self-esteem), magic 30’s marriage, mom life and finally getting to know myself (self-esteem on the rise!). I so don’t want to be 28! Haha!

    I love the chart you made to visually explain your age to the boys! Must save that tip!

    Happy for your happiness! Sounds like a wonderful birthday!

    Xo Lendy

  46. Jess says...

    You guys are just the best. What a lovely weekend celebrating you! Here’s to another year of adventure and growth xo

  47. Lauren says...

    Happy birthday Jo! You are beloved by many of us here in Internetland, and I am glad you had such a lovely weekend with your family.

  48. Amy P says...

    I’m laughing out loud at “I got the toy guitar and lightsaber I always wanted!!!” – I have a 4yo and 2yo (and a 4 month old) so I’m forever receiving things I never knew I always wanted ;)

  49. I hope your sister and yourself live your life to the fullest. Age is just a number not a state of being.! It looks like you had so much fun!

  50. Aileen says...

    Happy Birthday Jo! Looks like you had a very nice celebratory weekend.

  51. Julianna says...

    Your little numbers chart just brought tears to my eyes!

  52. Courtney says...

    Happy birthday to you, Joanna! I hope this year is full of joy, adventure, laughs, and time with your loved ones. I look forward to reading your blog every day. Thank you for being candid and sincere with your readers. I always find inspiration here. :)

  53. Allegra Liu says...

    Happy birthday Joanna! Sounds like a wonderful and delicious weekend. I’ve had similar thoughts about how mindboggling it is that my kids (who are 8 and 5 yrs old) have been on this planet for such a relatively short time yet it’s impossible to imagine life without their amazing little presences now.

  54. Olivia G. says...

    Looks like the sweetest birthday weekend! Loved your age chart…

  55. Lisa says...

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Thanks for sharing your life. There are so many little things I’ve gotten here that make my life better over the near decade (!) that I have followed your blog. I feel like I should be sending you a birthday present! or a least a card. But this comment will have to do. Love from Seattle.

  56. Dear Joanna,

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays from a tiny apartment in Paris! 37 looks wonderful.

    I read back to your birthday revelations post and worrying about my place in life at my age is a huge part of my life (27). I’m currently doing a masters degree at the Sorbonne and I pretty much worry every day about time passing, whether I’ll finally have a steady “adult” job upon finishing, a family, it makes me feel like a teenager daydreaming in my room! In my mind, the 30s is when everything should be figured out, which makes aging feel like an impossible race! (So silly right?). Anyway, I adore your blog, the friendly voice in which you write it, and the plethora of marvelous little musings that repeatedly make my day and inspire me to go outside the box a bit (whether it be try new restaurants or do small things for myself).

    The warmest birthday wishes and regards!

    • Gabrielle says...

      This comment hit home for me. I’m 26, also living in a very tiny apartment in Paris getting my master’s. Reading Joanna’s blog, I can’t wait for a time when I feel more “settled.” I question everything and drive myself nuts… something has got to give eventually!

      I think what helps is knowing that there are many people in the same boat, we just hide it well ;) The fact that you already seem introspective and self aware indicates that you will find your path to happiness and success :)

      Hugs from another Cup of Jo reader in Paris.

  57. 40 is nothing. You’ll see. You’ll wait around expecting to feel and look old. That only starts around 44 as peri-menopause really ramps up. Manage your hormones. ‘Wish I had known that. So much brain fog and anxiety and achey joints. Then 48 is when you start to look older and no one is mistaking you for a 35-year-old. And then 50 is the age you’ll worry about. Fortunately, your friends will look great at 50, which makes it all better. So don’t worry about 40 coming up.

    • Sarah d. says...

      Thank you for this! From another 37 year old.

    • Ronda says...

      Truer words were never spoken!

    • Ursula says...

      I love this. Yes, so true.

  58. Cigdem says...

    Happy birhday Jo… Loves from Turkiye….

  59. Kate says...

    Happy Birthday!!! That sounds like a beautiful weekend – I also love to use birthdays as an excuse for culinary adventures, and yours sounds divine!

    In that last pic there I love how Anton is eyeing that cake… too cute!

  60. We’re about the same age. I turn 37 in April. Funny, I always thought you were older than me (not that you look old at all or anything). You just have that effortless and sophisticated city look that I’m always so jealous of. Happy Birthday!!

  61. Sara says...

    Very sweet.
    I admire you.

  62. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a birthday! So much fun and sweetness. I love that idea of writing out the numbers so the boys could understand ages; never would have thought of that but it is such a great way to visualize it! And it definitely makes you think about how far you’ve come :)

  63. Anitra says...

    I turn 38 this Saturday! I still can’t believe it either. I feel 22 most of the time :) Happy Birthday! Your weekend sounded perfect!

  64. Such a lovely birthday! Happy birthday! I hope Lucy had a nice birthday too.
    My kids wrap toys in blankets, give them to us and yell “happy birthday!”

  65. Happy birthday! Sounds like you had a really lovely birthday weekend with your boys!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  66. Rachel says...

    The age chart is brilliant! Can’t wait to use this next time my boys ask how old I am. And maybe we should all start asking, “How young are you?”

  67. Happy Birthday! My friend and I have been talking about checking out Babu Ji for awhile now. Glad you liked it!

  68. happy happy happy birthday, joanna! the whole weekend sounds amazing. i had to go to babu ji’s website to check it out.

  69. Louise says...

    What a fantastic way to explain your age to kids (by writing it out like that)! Glad had a lovely birthday celebration!

  70. Happy birthday Joanna! I love the idea of writing the numbers down to help the kids understand age. Totally saving that in my mommy pocket!

  71. Aww! Happy Birthday Jo! Wishing you a total fab year!! You have achieved so much :) you should totally let your hair loose and feel super epic!!

    Loved the post !!
    Much Love

  72. Tai says...

    Happy Birthday, Joanna. It looks like you really celebrated yourself and your life, and that’s what birthdays are all about!!

    I’m doing my best not to fall into that trap of comparing myself to you, but…I’m 37 and I don’t have a famous blog or a husband :-(

    I am happy to have two sweet sons, though. That we have in common!
    I’m glad you had a good day!

  73. Happy birthday! I love the chart and the “have you been this old?” questions.

  74. Ugh, so so precious (your night with the boys). <3

  75. BABU JI!!!! i loved that place! my husband and i go on 1 date a month, usually to a new restaurant, and we went there sometime last fall. i cringe when i think of paying “regular” going out to eat prices at an indian restaurant (I’ve got the luxury of little india in jersey city just minutes from my apartment), but it was so so good we will definitely be going back! the food was just, so, good… it’s so fun to go down to that area, grab a drink at a bar nearby while you wait for your table, go out for dessert afterwards…. i do agree, a friendly reminder of why you live in such an awesome place :)

  76. Molly says...

    We went to Semilla 2 weeks ago! I concur that the best part of the meal was the pear soup – they should have given us more! We had a bit of cabbage overload and not sure what that green slimy cabbage thing was. Overall, I really enjoyed the meal though. I just thought it should have been maybe $20 per person cheaper? Fun experience!

  77. Kakes says...

    funny – we were at Babuji Sat night trying to get a table but gave up. You’ve inspired me to try again! Happy birthday, from Joy’s mom;)

  78. Happiest of happy birthday wishes! It looks like a fabulous start to your ninth 28th year!! Cheers!! Xokk @preppycrocodile

  79. ilene says...

    my 37 year old husband has decided he wants to wear a blazer (he’s usually pretty casual). i notice your husband wears one in pictures you’ve posted that look really nice and not too fancy. are you willing to share what brands he prefers?

    and happy birthday!

    • Ooh! Second vote for blazer sources – my husband always likes them when other men are wearing them but we’ve yet to find any viable options when clothes shopping.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you’re so sweet! he bought the blazer in the photo from Unis, but they’re not making suits any more, sadly. alex said he often reads the men’s blog Well Spent for great recommendations!

  80. Anna says...

    First of all happy happy birthday to you and your sister from good old Munich/Germany (Oktoberfest!! :D )!! I love you and your blog, you`re my lifesaver again and again- thank you so much!!! And here is my question: how was this birthday for your sister??? Where was she, who was around her? Sorry for being so straightforward, but I`m kind of really into you and your family and I was just wondering… She must be SUCH a brave and tough woman (as you are obviously) and I just wanted to send lots of love to the both of you and i hope, she is fine too…. <3 Happy belated birthday, Goddard sisters!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your sweet and thoughtful note. she had a great birthday! she had an outdoor picnic with friends and family in SF and ordered a bunch of bagels. xoxo

  81. jen says...

    Happy belated birthday!

  82. Isn’t it great how they’re so interested to know you’ve been all those different ages! The difference between 5 and 37 must seem a lifetime when you’re that little! I’ve been typing my granddads memoirs up for him recently, and I’m amazed how much he remembers from being so little, i’m sure I don’t remember things in so much detail! Maybe I will when I get to 84! Happy Birthday lovely lady xxx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what an amazing experience for you and your grandfather!

  83. Hunter says...

    Happy Birthday!
    What a lovely idea the age chart was…brought a tear to my eye to think about the time we’ve all been given and how special it is!!

  84. Talia says...

    Happy Birthday, Joanna! What a sweet weekend. Here’s hoping for many happy and healthy returns of the day!

  85. Laurel says...

    Anton’s got his eye on the prize in that last photo. So cute! And I love the number idea for birthdays. Have a wonderful year!

  86. I loved reading this post so much. I am the mom to a 1-year-old little boy and I am SO touched now when I read about your relationship with your little guys. Thank you for sharing those intimate parts of yourself. I hope you took the time on your special day to consider how many people are touched by you. Happy Birthday, Jo. :)

  87. Jamie says...

    Joanna, I don’t usually comment but I have been reading your blog from the start and it has remained my favorite over the years for it’s approachable, and relevant feel (I think of it as a little daily insight into one of my best girlfriend’s life and head).
    Anyways, all this is to say that I have noticed, especially this last year that you are looking more and more beautiful over the years. I don’t know exactly why but I have been so struck by that whenever I see the pictures you post of you and your family.
    Happy Birthday.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is the nicest thing, jamie! you made my whole day. thank you so much xoxo

  88. Happy Birthday Joanna! I love your blog and look forward to many future birthday posts!

  89. Dottie Louise says...

    Happy Birthday Joanna & Lucy!!
    What a fun few days! I love the age chart, what a good way to show them! The restaurant vegetable-forward sounds so neat!

  90. Maywyn says...

    Happy Birthday! You’re so young!
    How sweet the numbers!

    Kulfi is such a beautiful word I had to look it up. Officially the new ice cream in my life once I learn how to make it. I love especially the versatility for flavorings.

  91. I loooove this idea of the writing out the numbers! I remember so distinctly discovering that my mom had once been my age!

  92. jill c says...

    Happy Birthday! I love how you wrote out the numbers and circled your ages – so clever and sweet!

  93. tiffany says...

    Happy birthday to you and your sister! Your boys are so sweet <3

  94. stasha says...

    Happy Birthday! 38 was one of my best years ever, so the best could be yet to come! ;)

  95. Happy Birthday to you! Your weekend sounds absolutely lovely. Both restaurants sound fantastic (makes me nostalgic for New York, which I left a little over a year ago) and I especially loved the age chart idea. Enjoy a wonderful year ahead :).

  96. Sounds like such a lovely, love-filled weekend. Happy Birthday, Joanna! Thanks for being such a bright light on the Internet. I really cherish the community you’ve created.

  97. lomagirl says...

    I love that last picture so much. Anton just wants CAKE!!!!

  98. Monica says...

    Happy Belated Birthday, Joanna!

  99. Marilee says...

    Happy birthday Joanna! It was my 37th birthday this weekend as well. My oldest daughter is 5 and she asks me all the time “if I was 5 once”, or 2 or 10! It’s so sweet to see her eyes get really big when I tell her about what I was like at her age and what things are still the same.
    Sounds like a great birthday weekend – Cheers to 37!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so, so sweet! i remember loving when my parents told us stories about when they were little. :)

  100. Amanda says...

    You still look 28. Happy birthday, Jo!

  101. allie says...

    Happy Birthday Jo! It sure sounds like a dreamy weekend! And so glad you loved Semilla – that is where I took my husband for his last birthday. But I have to know, what are the three regulars on your rotation? I am currently trying to branch out in the next 3 months before our first child arrives in May!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we love buttermilk channel (carroll gardens), fort defiance (red hook) and frankies spuntino (carroll gardens). congratulations on your baby news! hope you’re feeling well xoxo

    • allie says...

      Ohh I will make sure we get to each of those in the next few months. Thanks Jo :)

  102. Kate says...

    Aww sweetness! Happy belated, gal! Xoxo

  103. Happy Birthday, Joanna! What a sweet celebration. I really love the idea of the chart of numbers — such good perspective!

    • Kara says...

      I know, that’s such a great idea! Though I’m feeling like you should have written the numbers all the way to 100 so they don;’t worry that you are nearing the end (yikes!).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      kara, you’re right, i should have!

  104. Darcy says...

    UGH – I don’t like that idea, of writing out all the numbers – I am 43, and my boys are 3 and 6 — I feel soooooooo OLD! Seeing it written out like that is kind of jarring, really!

    But I love how super sweet it is when my boys ask me if I was ever 6 years old! We have been talking a lot recently about when I was around 10, because I had rabbits, sheep and a pony, and they love to hear stories about that!

  105. Christie says...

    Happy Birthday! I can’t imagine anything better than a birthday with my two boys followed by House Hunters International (not kidding, I love that show). I have 6 more months until I turn 37, so I have time to plan.

  106. This is so sweet! I love the age chart idea. Happy Birthday!

  107. I love how you explain things to your boys — you are such a sweet mama. Happy birthday joanna!

    • Aya says...

      Agreed–you always seem to come up with thoughtful, patient and creative ways to explain things to your boys. Your relative ages anecdote brought tears to my eyes.

    • Sara says...

      Yessss! As a mom, I can sure relate to the feelings.