Eat cake we did! Happy 90th Birthday Mom! We went to Chicago this weekend to celebrate and gather as a huge family and lots of friends to honor my Mom's special day. Not only cake was consumed but every food imaginable from chicken to cotton candy!
The tables were set.
The jumpie house ready...what, you don't think 90 year olds enjoy a good time jumping?
Popcorn, snowcones, and cotton candy machine all ready.
The best candy bar birthday card made for Mom by Donna..it was a big hit. Mom couldn't wait to show it to everyone and read it. Thanks so much Donna!
Cousins meeting up after a few years apart. Picking up where they left off without missing a beat. (lft to rt...Jack, Craig, Bill)
All four of my brothers coming in from all over the map...well, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Florida! (from lft to rt..Ricky..the youngest, Jimmy #3, Greg #2, Phil #1...that's brother birth order, not ranking!)
Lots of twirling! My niece's daughter, Ella..or as we call her "Ella Bean".
We know that silly face...Jack!
Chubbs had to make friends with everyone.
Let's not forget our guest of honor....Mom!
You're never to old to eat cotton candy...
After you blow out the candles of course.
Open up presents...like a letter from the Pope and a special Rosary blessed by Him. That was very special to Mom.
Lots of photos from Mom's life and the bouquets with pictures of her children (6), Grandchildren (16), and Great-Grandchilren (31..with 32nd one due in Sep!)
You might wonder why I put this photo in. My brother got my Mom an apple tree for her birthday. A strange gift? Not at all. We always had apple trees. Over the years they died due to storms and such. My Mom makes the most delicious apple pie and what we call "apple slices"...it's like pie only made in an 11x16 sheet pan. Anyway, Rick thought this all out and picked out a Jonathon apple tree for a few reasons. First, Jonathons are great for cooking. Second, my Sister's youngest son, Jonothan, was killed in a car accident when he was 18 (in 2004). So, to include him in Mom's celebration and to honor her baking skills and to replace the trees that were gone, he planted this tree. The tree in the pic is leaning against the outdoor oven waiting to be planted. When I looked at this shot, the sun was shining down right on it and it's encircled by a pink light. Camera and lighting tricks....maybe...or maybe not. Perfect gift. The weekend was perfect from the weather, to the guests, to the family, to wonderful feeling of gathering and celebrating. Every day is a gift and to have lived a life full of good days, sad days, incredible days, life changing days, and just plain ordinary days that make up an extraordinary life is amazing. I have never won a lottery and probably never will. But I did win the lottery of an awesome family...for that I'll always be grateful. Love you Mom!
This was a long post so I'll leave with the thank you gifts for the guests...
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?