What is a blog for if you can't write about something personal? If you are wanting to read more about my cottage I'm preparing a new post with lots of good pictures of The Coral Cottage for Tuesday. Or you can check out the archives to see if you've missed a post.
Today I'd like to share one of the best birthday parties I ever had and it was given by my children recently at the home of my youngest daughter, Meghan, and her husband Tom, shown here with their 9 month old daughter, Josey:
It's been a hectic year and I haven't seen my children and their families as much as usual so we decided to just do a family party--all of my kids but one (Jordan and his wife live out of state) and all of my grandkids came. Here are a few members of the cast of characters:
|Our oldest child, Jonathan, with his four kids and holding his niece Charlotte, 3 months old|
|Our daughters holding each other's babies...Kristen (on left holding Josey) and Meghan (right, holding Charlotte) with me in the middle|
|My husband Henry and I with our grandkids (L to R Madeline, Anna Kate, Charlotte, me,Josey, Henry, Ella, Tyler, and Violet)|
Meghan decorated and set the table beautifully (more on that later) and everybody had a wonderful, noisy, happy to be together family time. Everybody loved on everybody's kids and we did the usual birthday things:
|Lunch--finally a photo that includes my wonderful daughter-in-law Lisa and my excellent son-in-law James|
|The kids table set with toys and crayons to draw on the tablecloth!|
|Gifts selected with love|
|Gifts made with love--Paintings done by the children for me to use at our beach cottage!|
|And of course, the birthday cake--this one was caramel--birthday girl's choice!|
It was perfect. absolutely. perfect.
Mucho thanks to Meghan who provided many of these pictures--she blogs at Loquacious Lady and I'm sure she would love for you to stop by. Do you recall a special birthday? Tell us about it!