Thursday, May 24, 2012
Today is my lovely mama's 60th birthday. It's astounding to all of us because we all so clearly remember her 40th birthday (I made her a card that looked like an Oreo because those are her favorite cookies).
For her 60th I wanted to do something extra special since I knew she'd be spending it in Florida, away from her family & friends. The past year has been an especially big & exhausting year--retiring, choosing to spend the bulk of the year in Florida, getting married, and getting custody of my nephew, so I wanted something to make her smile.
Yesterday we got the celebration started early with a spa day of new hair (her first time straightening her hair since her hippie days!), manicures, shopping and a delicious oyster lunch.
But her big present was this morning. Two months ago I asked friends & family to send me their favorite memories & wishes for Barb. I wrote them all in colorfully cards for her to open this morning. These will all go in a photo book accompanied by all the old pictures I've been saving.
She was so thrilled. The tears started flowing after the second letter & the process of opening them included lots of tears, tissues & laughs.
I'm so thrilled with how it turned out, and so grateful to her friends & our family for being so thoughtful.
Now we'll spend the day lazing at the pool, eating a delicious dinner out, and helping them pack for their cruise tomorrow (the Bahamas for 4 days, lucky duckies).
Happy Birthday, Mama. You are the best of the best.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
I have been very busy this week planning a little surprise for my mom's 60th birthday. I can't say what it is just yet, but it's been taking up a bit of time that normally goes towards blogging.
I leave on Monday for just over two weeks in the sun. I cannot wait to celebrate this huge milestone with my little mama.
Monday, May 14, 2012
This was one of those weekends where everything worked out perfectly, and yet nothing was planned. At the last minute, my boyfriend and I decided to take a little trip up to New Hope, PA after he finished work on Sunday. We were halfway to the little town, when I said, "Hey! We're always talking about stopping for a wine tasting at one of the wineries up here, why don't we do that today?" When deciding which one to visit, I remembered that my mom said that she was pretty sure that relatives on my birth father's side of the family owned one called Buckingham Valley, so we decided to stop there.
|Grilled Steak with corn on the cob, baked potato and pea shoots|
|Breakfast this morning, eggs cooked in a bread bowl topped with cheddar cheese and bacon.|
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Stand Up Paddle BoardingRisurfrider I think this would be hysterically fun to do with my mom. The possibilities for making fools of ourselves are endless, but it could end up being really fun & a good adventure. There are a bunch of places near the Florida house that offer half day lessons like the Sarasota Paddleboard Company.
Beach Horses One of my fellow contestants from last summer's Backyard Gems contest submitted an entry about Sarasota, Florida, and I was intrigued by many of her suggestions--especially horseback riding on the beach. That just seems like the perfect gift to give someone, doesn't it? I think a Beach Horses adventure might be just the thing for Barb.
If our plans are a bit more family friendly that day, then I might lean more towards a dolphin watch. My little nephew is obsessed with dolphins at the moment, so this would be the perfect family friendly adventure for all of us to do to celebrate the day with my mom. Plus, the Hubbard's Marina watch includes free wine and beer, so that is definitely an adults-only perk.
I head down to Florida in just about 10 days, I cannot wait!