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11-15-2014 Journal – The Birthday Celebration!   Leave a comment

The big day has finally arrived and now my better-half is one year older.  I’ve never been one to celebrate my own birthdays but for her I can make an exception. We started the day off perfectly when we looked out the window of our bedroom to see the first snow fall of the year.  We’d had a flurry or two a week ago but this snow covered everything just like it should and as you can see.

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She was on a day-off which allowed us to be bed buddies for an hour or so.  I brought her some excellent coffee and we relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the moment. Much to her surprise I’d hidden a birthday gift or two in the closet and brought them out.  Our normal routine has always been to open gifts at the end of the day but I wanted to change things up a little.  She opened her gifts and read her cards (one funny and one mushy) and we planned the remainder of our day.

It wasn’t long before we were in the car and on our way to Lowe’s.  What better way to start her birthday than with a snow storm and a flu shot.  That little chore took five minutes and we were headed out to Portland for a day of walking around, people watching, and shopping. 

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You’ve got to love shopping in Portland. Let’s see if you can guess what state your in by the merchandise they have available for sale.

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We made a few purchases and hallelujah, a birthday miracle, the sun came out and the skies cleared.  It was still cold as hell but it was turning into a perfect Maine winter day. We were thoroughly enjoying the day and decided to stop at a little out of the way tavern for a quick drink and some French fries.  They also have this great fish tank.

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It was while we were there that she contacted some friends who we socialize with occasionally and agreed to meet later for drinks.  We left Portland and made our way to my favorite coffee spot located inside the Maine Mall.  I ordered us both some excellent Ethiopian coffee and we split one of their triple berry yogurt muffins,  It was incredible.

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We had our dinner at the nearby Sebago Brewery which while being a small brewery is also a restaurant and bar and usually packed with people.  A Friday nite at this place is a freaking zoo and we were dropped right in the middle of it.  We finished our meal and a short time later our friends arrived  and the birthday celebration continued.  Her day was filled with emails, messages, and the dozen or so tweets she posted on Twitter. She also received calls from her children, siblings, and other friends.  She  was in heaven.

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We returned home at a reasonable hour, fell into bed and relaxed.  That’s when I brought out her quad-chocolate layer cake. She blew out her candles, made her magical wish, cut us two slices, and we pigged out a little.  What better way to finish our day right where it all started. More laughing and enjoying each other’s company and then to sleep. Isn’t that what it’s all about after all.

Happy Birthday Lovey!

10-11-2013   Leave a comment

I’m sleeping in a little today after the festivities of last night when our favorite and only grandson celebrated his first birthday. It wasn’t a huge party just a small group of family members to take a lot of photographs, eat some cake, and watch our newest member take his first steps into the world.

I haven’t had the pleasure of attending birthday parties such as this for a very long time.  As I recall the last time was decades ago when  my niece and nephew were new to the world.  Since his mother is a believer in traditional values the party was just as you might expect.  The star of the night was in fine form and hamming it up with everyone as soon as they arrived.  He was all smiles and attitude and I felt like he knew it was a special occasion of some sort but wasn’t quite sure what it was.  He knew he was receiving a lot of extra attention and really enjoyed himself.

Both of his grandmothers were there to coo over him as they’re supposed to do and he ate it up as usual.  All of the family pets were involved (2 dogs and 2 cats) and were running around, having a great time, and enjoying the excitement like everyone else.

Then it was time for gifts as we sat around and watched him unwrap a gift, play with it for a moment, and then go for the wrapping paper.  He enjoyed the stupid paper as much as the gifts.  He was quite taken by a huge bag of foam blocks that he immediately dove into and began to play with.  He’s either going to be some sort of engineer or possibly a Lego salesman.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

The highlight of the night for me was the cake presentation.  His Mom baked him a small green cake that he was expected to demolish and OMG did he ever.  In one short minute the cake was man-handled, smashed, and smeared over anyone daring to get too close.  Once he realized he could destroy it, he did so.  His face, hands, arms, eyes, were covered as he shoveled it into his mouth with both hands.  He was also nice enough to feed a good portion to the two dogs who were hovering around waiting for some.  He was a real mess and I’ve saved plenty of photo’s to prove it.  I’m looking forward to the day a few years down the road when I can show them to him.

He finally was dumped unceremoniously into the bathtub and scrubbed clean by an assortment of volunteers.  He was dressed in his new fancy PJ’s and settled in for his final bottle of milk for the day.  All in all quite a successful first birthday party.  I hope the rest of them as just as festive and filled with people who love him. 

What more can a person ask.