Saturday, February 28, 2015

Today Was A Day Just Like The Day You Were Born

Long title to this post....but those are the immortal words that my Mom says to me every year on February 28th.  She and Midge called this morning and serenaded me with a hearty rendition of  "Happy Birthday".  Too funny girls!  But I feel very blessed to have my 88yr old Mom with us and ready to celebrate with me! I wish we could have been together this year but the weather is not cooperating. 8-10in. of snow is on the way from Chicago to the East with us in it's path.  So  the phone has been our connector and I'm thinking some Skype will have to follow.  Jack celebrated with me by taking me out to lunch, giving me the perfect gift...a certificate to my favorite hair salon, and telling me that my Rueben sandwich and onion rings and the best dang fried mushrooms on earth have no calories on my birthday....thank goodness! I hoping that chocolate shake on Friday night is included in that pack! Ha! It's been a fun weekend of celebrating.  My BFF Donna and her sweet almost daughter-in-law stopped by this afternoon.  I got a lovely basket of goodies:
Tons of fun things in there but the best gift was a ticket to go with her to the annual home and garden tour in Bath, Ohio in May...thanks dearest friend! It's something so fun to look forward to.  And to top it off she put this in the basket:
Her homemade, special secret recipe hot fudge sauce...oh dear....
Not this deer!  This "dear" sauce is to die for! Thanks again Donna! I also got a special delivery today from Edible know, the yummy fruit people. Midge and Mom sent these:
Again, no calories in this group! Thanks you two crazy Chicago gals! To end the day we had a church social.  It was our annual Chili cook-off and talent show.  There was tons of chili to choose from and we had a panel of experts judging them.
I didn't enter.  I never even tasted any of the entries but I understand from those around me that they were all good!  I brought some chicken to the gathering.
That was gone in a flash! My good friend Brenda brought along a birthday cake for me.
Thanks Bryn...friends are the best! Yep, I did taste this! (Yummo) The talent part of the evening had little ones:
And bigger ones:
All doing something to share with us. We had flag twirlers, singers, karate demos and also a room that had hobbies and talents like photography and painting...we have some pretty talented folks in our church! We really had a lovely evening. My birthday was great and although growing older isn't all it's cracked up to be, I'm feeling good and very blessed to just have fun and celebrate being alive! Better than the alternative!
Any excuse for a party is a good one!
Oh, I forgot to mention the photo birthday portrait!


gin said...

Happy sweet birthday! What a busy filled birthday you had. Mine was yesterday. My cousin and I share the same birthday. I shared my 16th birthday party with her 1st birthday party, years ago. We are closer than sisters. Always have been, always will be. Always party together on our bday every year.

Shady Del Knight said...

Hello and happy birthday to you, dear friend Yaya! It does my heart good to see evidence of how many people love you and conspired to make your day extra special. I think the "no calories on your birthday" concept has merit and should be expanded to include all foods you eat every day of the year. (All of our waistlines would expand, that's for sure.) I hope you saved some of that chicken and a hunk of birthday cake for hungry Eddy and the snow creature that lives out there in the Creepy Woods.

Once again, happy birthday, dear friend YaYa. I wish you many more!

betty said...

Happy Birthday!! What great birthday celebrations and truly yes, your husband is right, absolutely no calories in any of it :) Seemed like a wonderful way to celebrate another year older with family and good friends and delicious food! May this next year of life be a great one for you!


Debby said...

Happy birthday. My mom will be 88 next month. Sounds like a good day.maybe this storm will miss us.

Stacy Crawford said...

Wish I would have known in advance we could have sang to you. I'm glad you had a great day.

Laurie said...

Ewwww girl, your chicken looks just like the kind Cliff's daddy used to grill. It was my favorite. Yum! Happy Birthday! You and mama share the same birthday. Looks like you had a great one!

joanne said...

Awww, Happy Birthday. What a wonderful way to wake up in the morning...knowing you are loved!

Hilary said...

What a wonderful day for a birthday. All of those goodies look amazing.. drooling over the chicken and the chocolate cake. And sure... the fruit.

I smiled to know your mother says the same thing to you each year. My mother used to say "oh.. I feel so much lighter" as if she had given birth year after year on my sister's and my birthdays. It's so wonderful that your mom is still with you to celebrate.

I realize your day is over now but belated Happy Birthday to you.. and your facial hair. ;)

Rick Watson said...

Dang, I wish I could have been in on that fun Yaya. Looks like it was a fun day.
So how does life feel to be 25?

acorn hollow said...

It looks like you had a great birthday! we are in for a dusting so that isn't to bad.
Happy Birthday

Munir said...

Happy Birthday ! Best wishes for you. Good health, happiness and rivers of yummy fudge( translating from Hindi).
I am so glad that you had such a fun filled birthday. May you have many more in the coming years.
Snow has been postponing a lot of fun plans for a lot of people here in New York as well. You and your mom can plan fun things when it gets a little warmer. She is a sweet heart !

CHERI said...

Happy, Happy Birthday. Hope your day and your year will be filled with much love, happiness, fun, and good health.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your post very much. And happy belated birthday. Such wonderful goodies, including the chili. Our ward's chili cook-off is coming up, that is if weather permits. Lots of snow here in Virginia too. Church cancelled completely, again, due to icy rain.

Have a wonderful March. I hope it warms up. I know the Chicago area very well, as that is where my late dear sister lived--in Naperville.

Cheers. Ann

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Yaya. I hope this year is one of your best

Cindy said...

Wow -- Happy Birthday!! I love that your husband said your meal was calorie free -- how sweet!! You are definitely loved as evidenced by your visits and gifts and treats. Sounds like a full day and a nice birthday! Making the big trip to Chicago can definitely wait until the weather cooperates!! Cheers to a great year!

Nonnie said...

Happy happy birthday to you. Yes, you are blessed to still have your Mom around, along with so many other people to show you all that love - calorie free, too!

Chicken, onion rings and chocolate cake!!! Oh my!!

CatieAn said...

Happy Happy Birthday To YOU!
It looks and sound like you had a wonderful birthday...glad it was such a nice day with such wonderful friends;

Kay G. said...

Oh, Happy Birthday! I am a day late but my wishes are sincere!
You look great even with that fake mustache, you doll you!

Julia said...

Happy Belated Birthday Yaya. You are quite the celebrity and everyone love you because you're so special. We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary on Thursday. How time flies.

I'm so glad that you had a lot of fun and some very special gifts.

The church social sounds like a lot of fun too. I'm sure your chilli would have won again.

So sorry, I'm running behind visiting my blog friends again today.

Our March entered like a cold lamb and warmed up during the afternoon, and just might go as a hot lion, hahaha.
All the best for a good year.

selvageedge said...

Every birthday needs a good photo booth picture. Yours got a great one. Happy Birthday!