Last June our extended family had the joy of honoring my mom with celebrations for two major milestones in her life!
The first occassion was her 70th birthday! I know, she doesn’t look it at all, does she?!
Since several of my siblings and their families live away, we found reason to get together more than once throughout the weekend that they were all home. We girls all headed to Birmingham on Saturday for lunch and shopping with the Birthday Lady! It was so much fun!
On Sunday we (men included this time) gathered for Mom’s birthday lunch after church. I snapped this pretty picture of my parents as they arrived.
You might remember my post from my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday. My sister-in-law had the great idea of doing an “I Love Lucy” theme because Bonnie has always enjoyed the show. Well, when thinking about how to decorate for my mom’s party and considering all the things she takes pleasure in, ZINNIAS kept coming to mind!
My mom LOVES zinnias because her mom loved zinnias, and that is a very special memory she has of her own mother. Madeline and I had planted zinnias in the spring and had plenty to clip for table arrnagements. I used the table runner from Abigail’s Sweet Sixteen and pulled all the zinnia colors with napkins and ribbons. My mom enjoys vivid colors so I wanted to make the table very bright and colorful for her special day.
Before eating we gathered for a few words and prayer for Mom. It’s a full house with our crew!
The ladies all ate in the dining room since it was decorated the frilliest.
Here’s a sweet moment between Mama G and Ada, playing “Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple”.
The guys were so sweet to take the kitchen table, although they probably didn’t mind less frills on their table.
My sister Allison prepared this beautiful Cobb Salad, Mom’s favorite dish from the Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios).
For the main course we served Major Domo’s Favorite Pie from Cinderella’s Castles (Magic Kingdom). Are you noticing a theme here with the food? In addition to her beloved zinnias, we incorporated Mom’s favorite restaurants from Disney World into the party planning.
Plating fun! All lined up and ready to serve!
Because there were many of us, we had several desserts to choose from: German Chocolate Cake from Edgar’s, Shannon’s Caramel Cake, and Katie’s Double Doozies!
Pictured above are MeMe with 14 of her 16 grandchildren!
These grandsons are taking MeMe’s birthday wishes very seriously.
The next big event that happened for my mom in June was her RETIREMENT from 30+ years as a school teacher!
Allison’s mother-in-law, Mrs. B, and my mom go way back to childhood. There’s even a sweet little photo of them playing together with their dolls! Mrs. B let us know early on that she wanted to give my mom a retirement tea at a tea house in town.
All the ladies of the family, including little ladies, enjoyed an afternoon of honoring MeMe with delicious teas, sandwiches, and sweets.
It was a very special time together.
My girls love this tea room.
Little Ada thoroughly enjoyed her first tea experience and has been playing tea party at home ever since!
June also included Father’s Day! The kids and I gave Joel a canopied grilling station kind of thing (I really don’t know what to call it?) for his grill, so he can be shaded from the intense sun that hits the patio right at grilling time of day. The kids also gave him their own smaller gifts.
We took him out to eat buffalo wings that night. Yum! That weekend we also got together with both sides of our family to honor our dads.
On June 14 Joel and I celebrated 22 years of marriage by having dinner out together. I’m so blessed.
And at the end of June, Abigail and her friends (and we mamas too) went to see Karen Kingsbury at a local church.
These girls are huge Karen Kingsbury fans! I have to confess that I had never even read one of her books before attending the event, but it didn’t even matter because I enjoyed the evening so much. She is such a warm and gracious speaker! I enjoyed her stories.
And when there is a Krispy Kreme located conveniently down the road from the event, that’s naturally where you find yourself before heading home! What a great way to end the night, AND this post!