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,