Monday, February 9

Michelle's 40th

We had a great time at my daughter, Michelle's, 40th birthday. Some of the family gathered on Sunday afternoon to celebrate.
As soon as Melissa and Jack arrived with the boys, Michelle and Griffyn starting playing a game and here he is giving her a big hug.
Michelle, opening the spring cake pan that Mom gave her. Is this a hint that Michelle is going to be making our Christmas fruitcake in years to come?
Brandon and Jordan gave her a pumpkin teapot that we bought her in 2005 while we were on vacation. They kept saying it wasn't the right time until now. So she will have a nice keepsake of her 40th from them.
I made her a card with a picture of a beautiful Edwardian lady. The artist is Harrison Fisher. I have a disc of many of his ladies.

Michelle likes candles and so hubby and I bought her a set of three candle holders. Here she's holding one of the globes. There is an insert to fit into each. They are really nice and I knew she'd like them.

I also gave her the ring that her father gave me when we were married. I have kept it all these years for her and I thought her 40th was the appropriate time. Besides that ring, Barry gave her an amethyst ring. We were having so much fun that I didn't get to see it. I will be sure to make a point of seeing it next time I visit. I was a little disappointed that I missed out. I know how much Michelle loves bling.
Griffyn and I having a little fun. He is an adorable boy. So cute now at this stage and he gives the best bear hugs ever. He is already doing well in the potty training department and he's only had the potty a few days.

Tarryn and I. This boy has a beautiful smile and look at those eyes. Look out girls. He's a charmer.

Michelle and Tarryn. He's not sure what to make of it all. He's only six months old.
Griffyn and Michelle. They get along really well. They have invented a new high five game and they play it well together.
Melissa and Tarryn. He is still nursing and definitely a Mama's boy at this point. Michelle with her traditional Chocolate Fudge Cake. That is the kind that she asks for every year. We had a great time and a little cake and ice cream. I'm sure she enjoyed it and, as usual, she got lots of nice gifts.

Michelle has started her own blog here on blogspot. Please drop by and welcome her to bloggy land.

Have a great week, my friends and remember to do a random act of kindness. You never know what others are going through and at times, a smile can make someone's day a little brighter. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Looks like such a fun party :) How touching you gave her the ring that her father had given you. I'm sure she'll treasure that always.
    I'll pop in and say hi.

  2. I'm glad Michelle had a nice party. I'm sure the ring will be treasured!

  3. Yes all, the ring is & will be treasured very much. Thank you Mommy lol xoxo

  4. Wow....just LOOK at all the goodies! She is blessed. And your two photos of you and the boys -well, I love 'em. You look good Mary. And the chocolate cake? Oh be still my heart.

    I love amethyst too. You wonder why? LOL

    Have a great day. I'm trying to catch up on all I missed out on in blogland yesterday. Hope your day treats you well.

  5. A late Happy Birthday to Michelle! So glad you all had a great time at her party. Loved the pictures of you and the little ones-very nice.

  6. I just left Michele a comment, wishing her a happy birthday again and welcoming her to blogging.

    Lovely pictures, and thanks for including us in the party.

    Hope you have a great week, Mary. :o)

    Love and hugs,


  7. Happy Birthday to your daughter. She got some lovely gifts :-)

  8. Looks like alot of fun and a very special day indeed. How lovely to have given her the ring. It will be cherished forever.
    Those boys are the cutest!!! I can't wait to have grandchildren (nothing happening yet) so I can just snuggle them up..;)

  9. A Happy Belated Birthday to Michelle:-) Sounds and looks like she had a wonderful day and I really love all the gifts that she received. I'm anxious to see the ring you gave her and the one her hubby got for her so make sure you take pictures when you can! Hmmm...where's my piece of cake??? hehe The boys are so adorable and I can't get over how much they've grown already. xoxo

  10. Looks like a very fine fete. I think the ring was an inspired idea.

  11. I have an award for you.

    Coffee is on.

  12. Today i was at the food pantry and a man came by and needed some food . We did not have anything he could eat out of the can so i gave him enough money out of my pocket to buy a hamburger. I hope he used it for that. Looks like everyone had so much fun...m.

  13. What a wonderful family gathering! It sure does sound like Michelle had one terrific party and your gift of the ring was a truly beautiful gesture.

  14. Looks like Michelle had a great 40 and the boys are beautiful.

    I'll be sure to get by and visit Michelle's blog first thing tomorrow.

    Looks like we're in for 'stormy weather' tomorrow, so I'll be cruising...:)

    Saving and giving her the wedding ring was a beautiful thing to do - to her, it is most likely priceless.

  15. Great party pictures... sorry I did not get by sooner....... busy day yesterday and then the storm..Whew! what a night......... but the story of the ring that you gave her was so sweet.....what a wonderful gift for her 40th Birthday......... She will treasure that for many years to come........ and yeah yeah on that Christmas fruit cake ........ I have never made one.........No one around here eats them......... .

  16. What a great party and such lovely gifts she received!!! Enjoyed all of your pics, too!! The boys are adorable! Loved the idea of you giving her the ring her father had given to you, too! How sweet that was! I'm sure it will be cherished forever, Mary!

    And that chocolate cake...oh, my goodness!!! Wish I could have been chocolate is my favorite!!! It looked delicious!!!

    Thanks for sharing her party with us! I'll drop by her blog and say HI!

    ((( HUGS )))
    ((( HUGS )))

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