Friday fun slid into Saturday afternoon party mode! Family and friends gathered and enjoyed the lovely weather, delish food, great company, and many laughs! Party on Mom!
Speaking of food...here's Jack spearing the lamb...
Every good Greek gathering should have a few nice hunks of lamb roasting on the spit....basted with lemon, butter, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper...and the main ingredient??? Beer! I don't drink it, but I'll be glad to baste with it!
Two of my favorite men, Jack and my brother Phil. ( I have 3 other brothers who are also in my "fav men" club!)... When I was young he always told me he was going inspect my boyfriends and if they weren't up to par he was going to kick their butt.....Unfortunately for him he had to go to war in the 60's...fortunately for me he really didn't inspect my dates....hey, I'm no bone head, I had good examples of what I should look for in a man and I found that in Jack....and he and Phil get along wonderful. It helps that Jack can also work on Phil's aches and pains and make him all better!
The party Princess receiving some awesome gifts...No matter the age, gifts are fun!
This is Fr. Damien...he and Mom have been friends for many years. He's been there for our family in good times and bad and we have come to love him. He's promised to come and visit one day soon. He wants to see and visit the Amish..that should be interesting! Now I'm going to just show some pics of the characters of this special day. I sat and watched my nieces and nephews with their children and found it hard to believe how time has passed. My siblings and I used to be the kiddos running crazy...we used to be the Moms and Dads chasing our own kids. The torch has been passed and we are so blessed with good health, happiness, and close knit relatives that love to celebrate life:
Amy and Parker...(the newest kiddo on the block at 3mos old)
Her Daughter Ella..almost 2!
My Nephew's little girl Alexa...she's 1-1/2 and all cuteness with her curly locks!
Amy is a nurse and my brother Jim burned his hand doing a repair on his car on his drive up from Georgia....she took matters into her hands and fixed him up! It was pretty bad and swelling..she did good! And she did it all with a cigar in her mouth! (Not hers....my brother's!) There were many more faces I could have shown here, but time and space make it impossible...but the final shots are of the lady of the hour. My Mom...(her name is Mary)
Working side by side with her as we made some Greek food.
I'm going to close with a picture of her hands. I always thought she had the most capable hands in the world. I remember going to the hospital where she worked (and where I later worked as an adult). Mom was the switchboard supervisor and I would sit at the switchboard with her and marvel as she plugged and unplugged those phone lines...that's how it was done in those days....I will always remember her working in the kitchen and teaching me how to cook....her hands trying to teach me to sew...not my talent at all, my Sister was the seamstress! Her hands grabbing a tissue..adding a little spit and cleaning out ears in the car on the way to church! Her hands guiding me in life....holding my hand...letting it go when I married. Holding my kiddos...clapping at our successes...holding tissues when the tears needed wiped....waving goodbye as we leave after each visit. I get to help hold her hand every now and then....yes, the torch has been handed to us too.....So we will continue to celebrate each birthday, holiday and any time we can gather as a family in the way we were taught...with those capable, loving hands. Happy Birthday Mom!
Welcome to the Pines! I'm a wife of many, many years with my Chiropractor hubbie, the Mom to 4 all grown up boys/now men...and Grandmother to 9 super Grandkiddos. I work in surgery and my simple adventures are here for your amusement..can you take it?