Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Birthday Celebration!!!!

Monday, March 15th was my 56th birthday and was I ever celebrated. I felt so loved!!!
The celebrations actually began on Friday, when my sweet daughter, Lauren, and my amazing son-in-law, Thomas came to visit. (Their picture is a little later in the post)
We went out to lunch with my precious parents and kicked off the weekend of birthday festivities. This picture was actually taken on Sunday night when Adelaide and I went out to eat dinner with my dear friend, Sherian. We went out for Japanese and had the best time talking and visiting with each other. Sherian had some awesome gifts for me. She always gives the best and the most meaningful gifts.

Here is Lauren, my Mom and I as we were leaving to go to lunch on Saturday and out for some girl time. We went shopping! What else is a girl to do for her birthday?
Lauren surprised me with this gorgeous cake! I was so excited, because for those of you who know me well, I LOVE sweets. And this cake was decorated in my favorite colors...shades of blue. It was so pretty and it tasted as good as it looked. It was a 3 layer cake. There were 2 fillings between the layers. One was cappuccino and the other was almond. The icing was buttercream. YUM! My cake was one of my favorite birthday surprises! Thanks Lauren!
Here is a picture of the top of the cake. It was decorated and then air-brushed with more blue along the top. I loved the writing!
Here is a side view of the cake on my pretty Martha Stewart cake stand from Macy's.
Here is the happy couple, Lauren and Thomas! They have almost been married 3 years. Their anniversary is in May. I love them both, so much! We had such a good time having them here with us for the weekend. And their little dog, Chi-Chi came too, to wish me a Happy Birthday.
This is my birthday dinner that I ordered on Friday night when we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Liberty Oak. I had skewered shrimp with a tasso ham cream sauce served over a fried potato cake along with sauteed vegetables and roasted asparagus. Delicious!!! And it looks so pretty!
This is our group at the restaurant. The waiter took our picture for us. That is my husband Tom, my son-in-law Thomas and my daughter, Lauren.

On Sunday, we went to brunch with my parents, but my camera battery had died and the pictures we took are on Adelaide's camera, so I don't have them to post here. Sorry.

As you can see, I had a very nice birthday. I always treasure time with my family. And the celebration is still on-going. I am eating dinner out tonight with 6 of my dear friends. We have known each other for about 25 years and raised our children together and went to the same church. A very special group of ladies.

This weekend we are going to the mountains to visit with my sister, so the celebration will continue. I have not seen her in a while, so it will be fun to visit and spend time together.

Thanks to all of you who sent birthday wishes and also special gifts. It meant so much to me. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. Thanks for helping to make my day so meaningful!! I love you all.


  1. Happy birthday! Why don't you come to our town in April to celebrate again?!

  2. YEAH!! You got your new cord....and it worked!!!

    Your cake is SO pretty...and it sounds like it tasted great! Your daughter was so sweet to do that for you. You are loved.

    Again, Happy Birthday!

  3. What a gorgeous cake! Glad your day was so special.

    It's great to see pictures again : )

  4. Happy Happy Birthday! I am so happy to see that you had a wonderful birthday weekend too! You look so pretty in that blue sweater! Your pictures were so fun to look at!

  5. Happy Birthday! The cake is lovely. Looks like you had a lovely birthday and a lovely time!! xoxo

  6. Happy Birthday! We share the same one! :) What a great time - my mouth literally watered at the site of that cake and your dinner! YUM!

    Sounds like we both had great celebrations, let's extend it to be week-long! ;)


  7. What a wonderful birthday celebration! Good times with family and good food can't be beat. The cake looks delicious!

  8. What a great celebration! Happy Birthday!

  9. Happy Birthday! Your cake is absolutely beautiful!! Looks like you had a very nice and fun time on your birthday! That's great!!


  10. Happy Birthday! That cake is gorgeous and the layers sound so yummy! Did your daughter make it?

    I agree with you that spending time with family is the greatest gift!

    Lee Ann

  11. Happy Birthday! Beautiful cake & family..thanks for sharing. Hope you have many, many more happy years.

  12. Happy Birthday! What a nice family. god bless you in the year ahead!We're not getting older, we're getting better!!

    Jennifer aka Gigi

  13. Yay....pictures!
    The cake is so beautiful & your dinner looks delicious!
    I am so glad you had such a wonderful birthday.
    You deserve the best of the best.

  14. Glad you had a great birthday. That cake looks so good!

  15. Happy Birthday! No wonder you felt so special! With all that excitment going on you have stretched your birthday out for a long time! Way to go!

    Your cake was very pretty and you don't look a day over 29!


  16. Wonderful photos! I guess you finally received your new camera cord. Yeah!

    I'm so happy that your birthday was so special...and is on-going too.


  17. I forget where I popped from but I'm here now.

    What a beautfiul family you have. Sounds like you celebrated your birthday all weekend. All birthdays should be celebrated like that. I can't muster all it takes right now, but someday...

    The cake looks to pretty to eat!! I, too am a lover of blue!

    Take care,

  18. Happy Birthday -- sounds like you had a great one!

  19. What a wonderful birthday celebration! I'm glad you had so much fun:)

  20. I am so glad you got a camera cord so we can see your beautiful family and you celebrating. And that cake - oh that cake! So beautiful and sounds so good.

    And every time I read your posts I just know we really would be friends in real live as well as blog life. :)

  21. I can't believe I missed your birthday...alas, I'm destined to become a Saturday or Sunday afternoon blog reader. I'm so glad that you had a good day. You DESERVE to be celebrated and it appears that the even was done up just right. The cake is indeed gorgeous. Enjoy your time in the mountains and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!

  22. Guess what!? I am wishing you a happy belated birthday and you won the little heart giveaway on my blog!! A little extra gift to keep your birthday going! :) Please email me at www.sweetcottagedreams1@comcast.net and send me your address.

    Your family is so cute! That cake is almost too pretty to eat. But hey, it cannot just go to waste, now can it?


  23. Wasn't that a fun weekend?! We had so much fun celebrating with you and Dad! Your cake was delicious! I can't wait to use that bakery again!