Sunday, May 30, 2010
Our joy was so much more complete in that Jeff, Cindi and Mom and Dad were with us.Cindi gave Tori a gorgeous bouquet. We all thought that these type of flowers might be perfect for the fall wedding we are planning.
The glorious weather was an added treat as we walked through Christendom College's small but beautiful campus.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
We had to take the boys for lack of a babysitter and they did very well.
After an hour and a half, Meg was completely overwhelmed. We took a break for lunch.
While the kids played, the girls and I thoroughly discussed the choices.We all liked one in particular.When the decision was made, the dress was purchased at a very reasonable price. I won't show a picture of it, of course!
Monday, May 24, 2010
We celebrate birthdays in a very understated way. There has never been a Moon Bounce, clown or magician here to entertain the birthday child. We've never been to Chuckie Cheese or any other birthday destination.. We have had pony rides but that was a matter of the girls saddling up the ponies who lived here! We do one or two birthday parties with friends per entire childhood!
We decided many years ago on a standard birthday gift for our children. Up to the age of 11, the gift is 15.00; 12 years old and up, the gift is 25.00 dollars.The kids actually look forward to this and are satisfied with it. This works very well for me. I don't enjoy shopping at all. I've never had time for it with a large family.
While nursing babies for years, I was not able to do anything extra beyond the regular grocery shopping without overdoing myself and becoming ill.
Truly, the best gift is to just be together.The entertainment for this party was Bubbles (and chew!)on the deck!
There were costumes at this party ,too.
With Cindi here, we talked a little about Wedding plans. Although I couldn't find my veil, I did come across my original nursing cap. I actually wore this to work daily for 10 years. Miss J. modeled it willingly! I love it .
We wish both Jeff and Tori, both celebrating milestone birthdays, a great day and a happy and healthy year!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Aunt Cecilia's crew was also able to make it, in fact wouldn't miss it, and that made 20 grand-children ready to party with their Grandma!
I may be mistaken but I didn't see that anyone of us had brought a present for Mom.WE KNEW that she would be so happy to spend time with us that " our presence" was the gift.We knew that that was the best gift of all. If she wanted something, she could easily go buy it. What she really loves is people, especially her own family, so that is what we brought her and not out of a sense of obligation, either. We LOVE to spend time with Mom. If we all weren't homeschooling a hundred kids, we'd spend even more time with her!
It was a beautiful day together celebrating Mom's birthday. If it wasn't for her life, almost none of us in these pictures would exist. With all of our love, we wish her health and every happiness in the coming year.