Friday, February 5, 2010

A Special Birthday Weekend

I had a wonderful weekend away with my sweetie. We stayed in a cabin in the mountains and it was awesome. Can you say fireplace and hot tub? What a great birthday present. A little extravagant but we don't indulge often.
When a storm came in Saturday, I must admit, I was hoping to get snowed in for an extra day or two. Alas, no such luck. My only consolation was knowing we were having a birthday gathering at the house Sunday afternoon.

This was the view as we were leaving. Completely dry roads, completely iced trees.

The trees were so beautiful.

After we got home and unpacked Justin, Heather, and Alex came by to wish me Happy Birthday.
Justin had to work so they missed the party, but I was so glad I got to see them.

Alex always has fun, he doesn't need a party!

My sister got here first and sent me to my room so she could set up the party. How sweet is that? It was supposed to be a surprise but I have been a mom too long, and it really is hard to get anything past me. After almost thirty years of constant parenting you just know when something is going on, good or bad.
We celebrate birthdays in groups because we have so many birthdays. (The grands get their own, of course.) This one covered mid January to mid February. One name is missing from the cake, DDIL (Dear Daughter in Law) Amy was the first January birthday. Mine was the 30th, then Stephen, Matthew, and last but not least Brodie.
Brodie is having his solo party tomorrow at Chuck E. Cheese. First time for all the grands to visit Chuck E. I can't wait!

Our sweet little Lauryn taste tested the icing and found it delicious. Too cute!

Kyleigh loved her some chips and onion dip.
See those eyes, that's why I call her my little ole livia (Color Purple reference).

Brodie helped his daddy eat his chips and dip.
See any resemblance?

I got some beautiful handmade cards from my sister and the grands.

Last but not least Kinsley (the oldest of the 7) made me this beautiful "Grand Garden".
I can't tell you how much I love this, the pictures are so....perfect. You can really see each of their personalities. Such a cute, sweet idea.

It was a great birthday all around.
Lots of love and thanks for all the planning and effort, that made it so special, go out to my sweetie, my sister, and the kiddos!
Love you all a bushel and a peck,


  1. What fun! I love all the photos of the babies! They are all so cute, and they all look so happy. And yes, Brodie reminds me so much of Daniel when was little.

    I am stealing the idea of having a photo of all the grands together--when they are all in Douglasville in March I'm taking them in to get a group portrait done. And we'll have to try to do it again next year so we can our new girlie in it too.

  2. We have a picture of Michael when he was a baby and it looks exactly like Daniel did as a little one, as does Brodie. So fun, it is like looking at a time line. Maybe the most powerful genetic footprint ever. lol
    Steal away! Nothing tickles me more than pics of all four grands together. The one they had done for us for Christmas was priceless. Can't wait till it's a group of six, though I am sure the moms are dreading it. It is so hard to get a group picture of them because they are still so little. They had to give them candy to get the Christmas pic. LOL!
    Wish we could spend a day stitchin'n'dishin'