Sunday, July 15, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 28

I haven't written a post in this series for about a month because we were away on vacation. I am so glad you all enjoyed my vacation posts. It really was a trip of a lifetime.
This week was special as well. It was my 60th birthday. There were several small celebrations this last week which ended in a beautiful party with lots of surprises planned by my husband, sons, sister and friends.
There were beautiful flower arrangements

and lots of friends and family.



There was tons of laughter


and a fabulous menu


The party was held at the restaurant where our son is chef, just so we could see him too. We knew if we had the party anywhere else there was no way he could have gotten a Saturday night off to attend.  I don't know about you other moms out there, but for me if one of my boys is not at a "family" event, I really miss them. So the night was not complete until Evan came out and brought me a birthday cake and took a bow. The meal was fantastic and all the guests were so impressed with the restaurant and his skills as a chef.




In 1997 my boys had this photo taken and gave it to us for Christmas. It was displayed in our family room until about a year ago. They are each "wearing" the things that they were interested in at the time.


They thought it would be fun to recreate the photo, this time "wearing" things that represent their career choices.


This was my reaction when they gave me the photo.

Paul wrote to all the guests in advance and asked them to send in a letter, photo or message to me to be included in a photo album that he put together. I was very touched by all the nice things people said to me, but especially what my brother wrote. I really wished he could have flown in from Ohio for the party.

I also received some beautiful and generous gifts. My sister drew a caricature of me and even included actual images from my granny square quilt. I love it and can't wait to hang it in my new sewing room.



I love it so much that she made a blog button, too. So go ahead and grab my button if you want to. Or go check out Geri's other art work here.
Geri also gave a special toast to Paul and I for our anniversary and asked the 5 people who were at our wedding to stand up. That was so special to have three of my bridesmaids, a groomsman and my mom all here to celebrate with us!
Our youngest son, Kyle, had people send him photos and he made a video. As soon as I get an actual DVD I will load it to YouTube so you can see it if you want to.

With everyone in town this weekend, we scheduled a photographer to take a nice family photo. We went to the park and he took about 500 shots. Hopefully, we will get a good one! Afterwards, we went to Wahoo's for lunch.
I am so incredibly blessed!

Tomorrow, I will actually get back to sewing. I can't wait to set up my Bernina again. 



Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

21 comments:

Danielle Hudson said...

What a great birthday! One you will never forget! Love the button!

Geri - eatpaintlearn.com said...

I can't believe you posted that nudie picture of the guys! We all sure had a great time. The only one I really missed was Rick!

Flying Blind... said...

What a fantastic and amazing birthday party!!
Your sons crack me up - I am not sure which photo made me laugh the most.
More happy memories xxx

Patchwork and Play said...

What a memorable week it was! Your sons.....what fun you must have had while they were growing up! Still having fun! Off to grab your cute button!

Linda Coleman said...

Oh Diane, what a wonderful party. Love the gifts you received. They all had a lot of thought put into them. You are very lucky to have such a wonderful family.
Best Wishes

Dianne Neale said...

Oh wow Di, what an absolutely fabulous weekend! You family is so great. Love the photo of the boys!

Cindy said...

What a fun 60th celebration you had! Your family sure put a lot of thought into making your night special! Thanks for sharing your celebration evening with us all!

Tamie said...

What an incredible birthday celebration. You are obviously surrounded by lots of love. The picture from your boys is hysterical.

Cindy said...

I know exactly what you mean about wanting all of my chickens together for a celebration. It just isn't the same when one is missing.

Your party looks like it was fabulous...probably has something to do with the one they were celebrating!

Happy Birthday!

sukie said...

You have an awesome family! I hope that when my kids grow up they're like yours. xoxo sukie
p.s HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

It sounds wonderful Di! I'm so glad you had a great time!! Your boys are a blast - LOVE the photos!!!

Lee said...

Oh wow! I can only hope to be so lucky as to have my family and friends celebrate me that way someday! What amazing sons and husband you have! : ) Love the pictures, btw—and I love that they're okay with you posting them online for all the world to see. LOL.

Katy Cameron said...

It looks like an absolutely fab night, Maple's rather sad he missed that menu! ROFL at the photos of the boys :oD

Lynn said...

Happy birthday and what a lot of laughs!

Cindy said...

Talk about a small world! I have so enjoyed Geri's art blog, then came here via pinterest and found...her sister! I so loved seeing your birthday presents! So funny (the photo from the boys - both photos) and wonderful...

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Brigitte said...

Oh my, Di, what a wonderful day! And you really deserve it - you did a great job as mother and wife and have four gorgeous, handsome sons. I'm sending you a belated birthday hug

XO
Brigitte

Mermaid Sews said...

What great pictures! Your boys are sooo sweet. And funny. Glad you had a great time.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Beautiful photos, as usual Diane! I really loved what your sons did, it's hilarious! And I see some crying in the future after the youtube video is uploaded :) Thank you for sharing such a special day with us, your readers! :) Your family proved again how special they are!

Danny Heyen said...

OMG. Your boys are hilarious!!

Vesuviusmama said...

What fun! Sounds like a great time, and wow - those photos made my mouth drop open. Hilarious!