12 Oct 2011

Birthday celebrations....

 ....My baby, Tammy, had her 31st birthday on Sunday and my darling Dad will be 79on Wednesday so I arranged  Sunday off work and the man and I drove three hours to get to Tadley, it usually take us one and half hours to do this drive – too much traffic on the M25!  I read somewhere that the M25 is the UK’s largest parking area - and that is what it felt like on Sunday, the agitation at the time it was taking to get to our destination was making me feel ill. We eventually collected my Parents and we met up with Tammy and her family, my son and his family and our dearest friends Belinda and Tony at a brand new Toby’s Carvery for lunch. 
 It was so incredible to have our children and grandchildren and my parents and special friends all round one table, chaotic, but wonderful.  I was aware of all the other poor patrons in the restaurant, but I don’t think we made too much noise, hope not.
It was so chaotic that I only managed a very few and not such good photos of this important event (I had Matthew in my arms most of lunch time and really did not want to give him up to take photos)
We were so excited to share Tammy’s birthday with her.  Tammy, our beautiful girl.
She is our beautiful daughter who is amazing.  She has grown into a woman of note and is an amazing Mother – we are so proud of her. She is such a gentle soul who is so happy with her partner Neil and her twin boys. That is all you want for your children is that they are happy.
My precious Mommy and Jenny holding Matthew - yes I let someone else hold him just for a little while
Belinda and Tony, have been our special loyal  friends for the last 28 years. It was wonderful to have them with us and they got to meet our new daughter-in law to be, Jenny and Tammy’s partner Neil and of course Matthew and Alex.
A lot of the fun of celebrating someone’s birthday is buying the gifts and wrapping them isn’t it? Tammy is collecting beads and charms for her Pandora bracelet so that is what she got from us and her sister sent her some too and I was charged with wrapping.

I always like to put a lot of effort and love into wrapping a gift, if someone is worth it, it is worth doing it with love.

 Tammy is crazy about dragonflies so I decided this year she would get a dragonfly card.

My heart is so full of love for all these special people in my life and the man and I are so, so blessed with our stunning family and friends.  We so wish our much missed Hayley, Em and Livi, who live in the USA, could have been with us.  On occasions like this I miss them even more than I do every single day.


millefeuilles said...

I am sending many happy thoughts across the Channel to you and your happy family. Children are the most precious elements of our lives; they make us, most of the time, better people and we owe them love and gratitude.

I am in awe of your amazing parcel wrapping skills; stunning!

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Family is the best! Thanks for popping in and commenting on my Texture Tuesday. Wishing you a wonderful week.

Debbie said...

I love the card, dragonflies are my fav!!
So glad you were able to spend these special days with your special family.
Thanks for sharing!!

Tammy said...

It was an amazing day! Mom thank you so much for taking the day off to join me on my special day! I didn't want to open up my presents and ruin the wrapping - you are so talented! Like Jamie said ' wow, Granny is good hey!!'

Red Rose Alley said...

What a glorious day you had with your loved ones. I really liked the wrapping job you did. I, too, put a lot of effort into wrapping presents. It's fun, but it also shows how much we care. There's nothing more special to me than spending time with my family. Your dragonfly card was so creative. It sounds like this was a day to remember.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Rebecca Nelson said...

Thank you for visiting me Miss Cheryl!


I love your dragonfly card...A-MAZE-ZING!!!!!


Jackie said...

What a beautiful card and lovely family photographs. I, too, am in awe of your parcel wrapping skills, mine always end up like a sack of potatoes :o)
Jackie xx

Karie said...

What a wonderful birthday celebration! How blessed you are to have your sweet parents. You are such a creative talented gal. Beautiful wrappings. . .and lots of beautiful things to look at on your blog. I just love visiting you. Thank you my friend for stopping by my blog, it is always so good to hear from my friend across the pond. Hugs to you, Karie

Pomona said...

I am glad that you had such a lovely day!

Pomona x

Sherry said...

What a wonderful celebration. Family and friends together, nothing better. Thank you for the nice comment and I hope you enjoy visiting The Noble Wife blog. Have a great week.

Vicki said...

What a fun celebration. Those babies are darling! Beautiful card and wrapping too. Thanks for stopping by and entering my giveaway. Best of luck! Will post my win soon. We've been a way for the past four days. xoxo

Kit said...

What a great event! And your wrapping is soooo lovely! You know how to make it special. Kit