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Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Celebration!

After that very depressing and sad last post about the house next door and the trees, I figured it was time for something a little happier. I came home from the lake last week for several reasons, including doc appointments, book club, a gallery opening and a massage. But the main reason was that it was Rick's birthday.


Now, this wasn't a "five" or a "zero." But I'm a firm believer of continual celebration till everyone is tired of it! We started with just us on Birthday Eve. Rick wanted to cook out so we had a really good bottle of wine...


...steaks, potato salad and toasty roasty tomatoes! I made carrot cupcakes for dessert -- his fave and by making cupcakes, we'd have treats ready for the upcoming celebrations!


The next morning he did a birthday ride with friends, followed by beer and snacks on the patio.


And that night, a celebration with friends. We met at one of Rick's fave brew pubs.


Our gang included Cork Poppers and other good friends. We munched on pizza and paninis.


I had sheets of old photos of the birthday boy to pass around for some good grins.


Everyone took home a cupcake with a complimentary baby picture!


And Rick loved it!


But if he loved that, he loved Celebration Three more -- because it was the kids and our Baby Grand.


Rick and little Carson seem to have a thing going on.


One thing is sure, he adores the little guy -- and so do I!


And so does Uncle Greg!


Kevin managed the grill -- wonderful ribs.


We enjoyed salads and yes, more cupcakes!


We tried to get Carson to nap. Even his pretty Mum couldn't make him go to sleep. You can tell these two are really bonded!


And of course, Dad and Sons photos are a must!


Best part of it? Seeing loads of smiles on Rick's face for three days!


And smiles on mine, too!

36 comments:

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Happy happy birthday to Rick. Wonderful celebrations, and that baby boy is so adorable! -Jenn

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie, happy birthday to Rick. Looks like some fun times with the family and birthday celebration. The little one is adorable. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Valerie-Jael said...

Happy birthday and lots of good wishes to the birthday boy, sounds like you celebrated really thoroughly, well done. Glad you had such a fin time with friends and family. That little boy is growing so fast, what a cutie! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Now that's what I call a celebration! Happy Birthday Rick! You both look like you are having a great time.. Carson is such an adorable child.
Enjoy your weekend.
blessings,
Penny

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy birthday Rick! Now you all really know how to celebrate! Have a wonderful weekend. Hope there's some cake left...I'm on my way over! Hugs to you both, Diane

Tammie Lee said...

Looks like you had wonderful birthday celebrations. Many smiling happy faces! So much fun!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Happy Birthday Rick! I love having as much fun as possible during my Birthday month! Yep Month! Celebrate Life!

My name is Erika. said...

Now that is how to celebrate a birthday. None of this little one day events. I agree. To live another year is a big deal so celebrate. :) Carson has gotten so big. He is adorable. Rick has lots of love in his life, as do you. This is a really up lifting post. Hope the camp situation works out too. Spruce sound like a very good choice indeed, and then you can add in some pretty plants-of course. :) Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

Red Rose Alley said...

What a wonderful celebration, Jeanie. Happy Birthday to Rick! That picture of the father and sons is a treasure. The food looks so Yummy, especially those ribs. I have a thing for ribs haha. What a special picture of mom and baby, and I love the one of you and Rick. And the baby is darling. What a great idea to have everyone take home a cupcake and a baby picture. Special times, indeed.

~Sheri

Joanne Huffman said...

It sounds like the perfect celebration. I definitely believe in drawn out celebrations. For me, after 60, birthdays get month long celebrations and 5s and 0s should be celebrated for the whole year - remember that in 2018:)

Olka said...

Hey!
Thanks for your visit.
Poland is really wonderful country, you should visit it one day. Also Czech Republic (which is adjacent to us) is worth to see.
Unfortunately I have no one to ask for help Adam witk Misio. My mom is going with me on the next trip, she's the only one person, who can handle with it.
But it's possible, that my mother-in-law will take care Maja for some time, Adam will be able to visit vet this time, it should help him enough - I hope so ;)

The meal you show on the photo looks delicious! I love steaks - we have few nice restaurants in Warsaw, which make really good steaks. I'm thinking about buying circulator, it'll help me to make the nice one at home :)

How old is Carson? He's so cute when he's smiling!

Joyful said...

What a fabulous birthday celebration! Happy Birthday to Rick. I really like your "loot" bags and baby Carson is just such a handsome little guy.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...


wow what a great three day Birthday Party. You did a terrific job, cudo's to you for all the planning.

That baby is so darn cute and I can see why everyone loves him. Are you on your way back to the Lake?

Mary

Sandra Cox said...

What wondrous celebrations. The pictures made me smile:)
That Carson is such a cutie.

Marilyn Miller said...

I love seeing your Carson, but most of all the smile from you and Rick in that last picture.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday, Rick. Hope you had a fun three days of eating, good cheer, good drinking, and good holding that grandbaby. I'm sure this is one birthday you won't forget, even if it isn't a 5 or 0 number. Loved the photos, too Jeanie. They told the complete story of the days you two spent together.

Pam Jackson said...

Great pics and looks like a fantastic birthday celebration! Looks like lots of fun. Thanks always for your sweet comments on my blog. You were talking about a dresser that you needed to paint, I think I will do a post on one I did so you can see it.

Bella Rum said...

How wonderful to have so many celebrations, each with its unique joy. There's nothing like friends and family, and an adorable grand baby to help you celebrate life. Happy birthday, Rick!!
Notice how all those bikers are slim? Maybe I need a bike.

shoreacres said...

There are a lot of pleasures in this blog. And my goodness, isn't that baby growing up! Give Rick birthday wishes for me -- and keep smiling!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Jeanie! The celebration of another year is truly a gift. Everyone looks happy and what better time of the year is there to do such a celebration! HAPPY BDAY, RICK!!!!!!!!

Lynne said...

Delightful post . . .
Radiates with joy, love and your creative magic . . .
Friends, family . . .
I can imagine it was some of your "energy" that helped make Rick's,
of no 0's or 5's . . . the best Happy Birthday ever . . .
Loved the idea of photo sheets for everyone . . .
And "the little one" . . . isn't he adorable!
Doesn't summer and it's sun rays add such a genuine warmth to our faces . . .
Loved the picture of the two of you!
Happy Birthday Rick . . .

La Table De Nana said...

No 5's no 0's..


I can't for the life of me think of his age!
I am bad at that..age..

I am surprised when I see photos of myself..when did that happen? Not LOL..

What a sweet sweet fun post..you have a great life..Mommy sure is pretty..my girls are wearing those pretty off the shoulder tops too and that afmily pic of Rick and the big boys is precious..C is the magnet in all of the photos though..babies do that to me:)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very sweet post! Love all of your family and friends pictures. Happy Birthday to Rick! I love a birthday celebration that keeps on going....

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Happy belated birthday to Rick! Sounds like the perfect series of celebrations! I also think birthdays are meant to be really celebrated regardless of whether it's a significant birthday or not!

Your grandchild is so adorable!! I can't get over how fast he grows and changes between when you post about him! He looks like such a sweet baby!

Rita C. said...

What happiness I see in all the faces of all the people in this post! Happy Birthday to Rick - you both look so healthy and so happy!

Deb said...

Now that's a birthday celebrated. I'm glad to see Rick had a fun time. Lots of great shots and Love the last photo most.

The French Hutch said...

Jeanie, looks like a wonderful birthday for Rick. Spending it with loved ones and friends makes for a wonderful celebration. Baby grand looks adorable and so happy. Sending birthday wishes to Rick...........

Victoria Zigler said...

Sounds wonderful! Also, carrot cupcakes... Yum! I love carrot cake!

Happy belated birthday to Rick!

Pam Richardson said...

Happy belated birthday to Rick! Jeanie, the celebrations look perfect with friends and family and different events! Carlson is a doll! It brings me joy to see beautiful faces enjoying life! I love carrot cake!

Jeanne Washburn said...

What wonderful celebrations! I smiled through all of them...:)

Sally Wessely said...

You know how to celebrate! A belated Happy Birthday to Rick! I love how all your celebrations incorporated all of the best parts of your life: together alone, with a great group of friends, and family.

Your potato salad looked amazing. Yum.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Happy belated birthday to Rick! I like the baby pictures idea. I'll have to remember that for Nick's birthday.

Barbara Fisher said...

Hello Jeanie, what a lovely time you all had. Please wish Rick a very happy belated birthday from me. He looks so happy in all the photos. The little one is adorable and a really nice photo of you too.

Wandering Wren said...

Wow - your family are like ours. We like to have a birthday month! Well why not? It looks like Rick had some fantastic birthday celebrations beautiful happy family pics!
Wren x

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday to Rick... albeit a bit belated! ;) I like how you celebrate long, beginning with a birthday eve--love that! hhhmmm maybe month-long is the thing for birthdays?! So much fun... and Baby Grand too! How cute is that lil' boy??!! Such fun to see all the family pics... thank you for sharing so much, Jeanie! :) ((HUGS))

Karen S. said...

Awe, what fun, you have a lovely family! Enjoy.

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