Yesterday was my birthday. We love birthdays in our family, so my kids had been discussing what to do off and on for a couple of weeks. Well, mostly off during the time we were getting Bo and Em moved and settled. Dan and Em had mentioned it a couple of times, so I told them that my dream birthday for this year was a simple gathering at one of our homes so the babies could enjoy it, and we could enjoy them. Going out without them wasn’t even a thought, and taking them to a restaurant felt like it would put too much stress on all involved! I knew Arulai would absolutely love a birthday party, so I definitely wanted her involved.
Dannye and Emily took my wishes and gave me exactly what I wanted! Dan spent the night at Bo and Em’s Thursday night, and they prepared for the “party” there. I am amazed at how quickly Emily has made their temporary house a home! She placed their furnishings in just the right order, and while the house is old and definitely temporary, it is so very lovely as far as what she has done with it! Arulai was the main party decorator, and she took her job very seriously! It was adorable, and I’ve never been more blessed than when I walked into the house and she shouted, “Surprise!!”
Dan and Em baked a Pink Lemonade Cake, which recipe I got from my sister Bettye’s Pinterest. It was soooooo yummy! It’s made with pink lemonade concentrate in both the cake and the icing, and it’s wonderfully tart! And it’s pretty, too! We invited Gen, Amy, and Missy to come for cake and icecream during the afternoon. We love any excuse to get together, and we had a really nice visit with our yummy cake! I would have loved for my brother and sis-in-love to be there, but they both had to work. Bill was going to come for cake, but was expecting someone from work to come by, so he stayed home. Dannye and Emily also prepared dinner – Chicken Fricassee by Dan, and Antipasto Salad by Em!! – for just our family that evening, so he got to come over later. (He had to work for his supper by installing Em’s washer and dryer. )
Now for my outfit… My precious Tater sent my birthday package, and this was inside! I LOVE the dress! It is so rare to find a cute dress in my size that is long enough for my nearly 6′ frame!! I don’t mind some of my skirts being just below my knee, but because the bulk of my height is in the legs, skirts look much shorter on me than, say, my youngest (short) daughter!! Add to that the fact that I’m 52 years old now… well, I just like my skirts to be a little longer, and this dress is PERFECT!! Pam also sent the hat. I don’t wear hats much, but I LOVE them! When I walked out to show Bill my outfit, he said, “You look cute as a button in that hat!” That made me smile!
So Happy Birthday to me! It really was perfect, and I’m so thankful for a family who loves me so much!!