Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

happy birthday declan!

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This little goofball turned two! Tully and Megan invited us up for Declan's big birthday bash. And it was big! There were easily 50 people there, at least a third of whom were kids. A lot of family traveled in to make it, plus friends and coworkers with their kids in tow. Brian and I came the night before and helped with setup. In all, the backyard held a tent for shucking oysters, a wildly popular inflatable bouncy house, a cool sandbox house, and Tully's newly licensed and purchased hotdog cart (Hero Dogs). That doesn't even account for the food and drink spread. At first I thought, "why would you go through all this effort" but then I saw the massive windfall of gifts – plus the fun of hosting a party – and my mind totally changed. Big birthday bashes for everyone! :)

birthday part II

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Our last-minute plans to drive to my parents' meant that lunch with Brian's mom and sisters got postponed a week. But instead of them coming to Old Town for a picnic lunch, Brian and I drove down on Saturday and we had a celebratory dinner at their house. Sarah decorated the kitchen and picked out coffee ice cream to go with the decadent double-chocolate cake we ate for dessert. Elena made me a pair a turquoise earrings and Sarah got me a handful of things, including an oversized coffee mug and a fall weather blouse. The group of us chatted around the table, and chatted on the deck (easily my favorite part of the house), and that evening we drove to the water and chatted on the dock while watching the sun set over the bay. It was a great birthday celebration, one I will not soon forget.

birthday part I

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This was a super last-minute trip, to the point where Mom wasn't sure whether to mail my birthday card or hand it to me. Ha. Sorry, Mom. But it wasn't really indecision; more like a lack of time to make a decision. Brian and I had a lot going on leading up to Labor Day weekend: Brian had just started a new job and was spending a lot of overtime there even in the first week. He spent his remaining waking hours studying our budget and spending trends. I was busy with a couple big work projects, and all my free time was spent on homework for this certification I'm trying to get. We were also looking into flights to MN that turned out to be prohibitively expensive. Our only two sources of relaxation were walking Sasha and watching the US Open (btw, how fun is professional tennis??).

baseball and family

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This was the event I was most looking forward to while Mom and Dad visited. It was also the most expensive – ha! But definitely worth it. Brian and I took Mom and Dad to the Nats game, and there we met up with Bill, Maura, Samuel, Elena and Sarah. It made me so excited to have them all together again. I think the last time (and really, only time) Brian's parents and my parents saw each other was at our wedding nearly three years ago. So much has happened since then! We did a lot of rearranging seats throughout the game in order to give everyone a chance to chat with each other. Most of the time was spent talking; I'm not even sure if anyone followed the game! Well, other than Samuel, who took some impressive photos (see below). Can I also just say – my husband is such a character! I really love spending days like this with him. He makes everything fun.

ice cream and sunny days

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THIS GIRL had a birthday last week! We celebrated in style by walking outside and eating our homemade lunches in the sun. ;) But wait, it gets even better: Christina's birthday was also Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's! We speed-walked over and got in line. Apparently free ice cream is a popular concept! …Though probably not the best business model. It was fun to see the local police officers help out behind the counter and chat with people outside in the street. Made the whole event more festive! It seems like everyone was celebrating Christina's birthday. :)

I’ve committed

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…to this decade. I am a full earth's orbit past 30, and there's no going back.

Christina bought me the cutest birthday gift – a card came called "Marrying Mr. Darcy." She and I played her copy of it once, with Brian. It was a tough fight but I walked away with Mr. Darcy's proposal. Brian technically won, though, with his wit, beauty and inheritance outmatching ours. I think it's hilarious that Brian won that game. Poor Christina wound up an old maid but at least she was a rich and respected author. And at least she didn't get roped into marrying the terrible Mr. Wickham!!! ;)

sea isle city

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It was the best of times. :) Brian and I spent the weekend at Megan and Tully's in Sea Isle, NJ. So did Maeve and Majella, and Cathleen and Mike! Mags, stopped by too, so including kids there were 15 of us! Plus Sham and Shan when they came over for dinner Sunday night to celebrate Shan's birthday. It was a full house for sure. There was something going on all weekend – meals, beach, birthdays, naps, the Olympics, fireworks, and just general running around. None of us would have it any other way.

sweet 16

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It's official! Sarah is 16! Sarah, you are an absolute joy, and all of us in your family couldn't be prouder of you. You truly are a sweetheart with hilarious wit and a sensitive spirit. We are blessed to call you ours. Happy, happy birthday!

whatever is true

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Samuel just turned eighteen, which is the reason we went up to NY last weekend. Birthday celebrations were in full swing, and we hardly saw the man of the hour the entire time! It was touching that all the men in his life (including his brothers) encouraged Samuel and gave him godly instruction for the next chapter in his life. Some spoke, others wrote letters, and a few made short videos. Brian and I made Sam a video while we were at the apple orchard. It turned out pretty well. I hope it was encouraging to him.


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