Birthday Weekend

My mom and I share the same birthday. I guess you can say I was her birthday present! This past Sunday, my mom celebrated her 70th. We threw her a party at my brother’s house in Southern California with 40 of her closest friends and family. Some of her girlfriends are from back in her Junior High days and it’s always fun to see them together laughing and having a good time.

While we got things cookin’ in the kitchen, my mom relaxed and knitted a sweater she’s working on. Since it was my day, as well, I made sure to take a break from all the prep to do something nice for myself (as us Ladies Who Launchers would say). My brother has a nice swimming pool in the backyard, so in the afternoon I went for a quick dip to cool off. It was fantastic and just what I needed! And earlier that morning, my dad took my mom and I out to brunch at a yummy place called Dish.

My nephews are so cute! Matthew donned chef’s attire and served his specially concocted appetizers of “mini sandwiches” while dapper Austin greeted guests at the front door and took their coats. Matthew is very artistic and Austin is very athletic. It’s fun to see how different they are. Matthew, being the artist that he is, drew a handmade card for my mom. It was so darling and included a picture of a “grandma” knitting on the front, similar to the photo I took above!

For my gift, I had each guest write a special message on a little card to place in a handmade blessings box for my mom. She was touched by all the wonderful sentiments that people shared.

I hope that when I’m 70 that I am still as creative and active as my mom. And that like her, I am surrounded by so many people who love and care about me, too.

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