Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A day to celebrate!


Dad, posing for his official "Celebrate" birthday crown portrait with the girls!


No amount of rain could stop us from celebrating dad's birthday today!


This wasn't just any rain....


It came down in BUCKETS... Non stop ... Almost all day!


This has been the rainiest summer I can ever remember, and today was the worst yet!


But I braved it because I had to run to the supermarket to pick up ingredients for a very special supper tonight - all dad's favorites for his birthday... sockeye salmon, mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, and dad's favorite zucchini, yellow squash, onion, & diced garlic tomato concoction! Supper was great...

...and then it was time for the cake (a variation of the Black Forest Cake I make for Amanda's birthday each year). I love this "cake topper" photo of my mom and dad. It was taken about 40 years ago in a little photo booth at Salisbury Beach in MA. It felt like Mom was right here celebrating with us tonight.


"Happy birthday, to you..." (we're singing to dad at this point.. he's anxiously waiting to blow out his candles and make a wish...)


May all your wishes come true, Dad.. I love you.
Donna

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aw Donna you tell your dad happy birthday from Ohio and wishing you all some sunshine out that way.
XOXO Jill

Claudia said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad! Rain can't stop a wonderful celebration - I'm glad to see him looking well - and with his lovely granddaughters!

Caroline said...

Beautiful post Donna..I love pics with Grandpa and the kids. Looks like your getting as much rain as we are. I have been off work for the summer since June 25 and I think the first 2 or 3 days were nice and since then it has rained every day :(

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Happy Birthday POPS!!! Sound like you all had fun. Though I am thoroughly sick of the rain at this point, I do still love to watch & listen to it. You had a torential downpour.

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~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. :)
Looks like you made a very special celebration for him; how touching that you included your mom.
~Becca~

Mary Ellen said...

I'm so glad your Dad had a wonderful day. You certainly make a lovely cake. And your daughters are beautiful. Dad looks so happy and handsome.
I know what you mean about the rain, this is the year summer never came.
Blessing to you and your family on his special day. (and many more to come)
Mary Ellen

Lisa said...

Oh Happy Birthday to your Sweet Dad! What a lovely party! Sorry it rained!
Hugs, Lisa

TattingChic said...

Awww...what a lovely thing to do for your Dad! Happy BIrthday to your Dad! I'm sure your visit was a huge ray of sunshine for him on that rainy day! :)

Allidink said...

Aw so cute! It sounds like it was a lot of fun! Cute idea using that picture as a topper :)

All the best,
Allison

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Belated happy birthday to Donna's Dad! Love that photo of him in the crown, and the photo of he and your mom on the cake is the real crown! laurie

Brenda said...

How sweet! He looks very happy, as do the girls. So happy birthday, dad! And I hope there are many more!
Brenda

Anne said...

Came across your blog and thought I'd leave a comment. What a heart felt post. And your right. I'm sure that all that rain didn't get in the way of your family's celebration!

cargol said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad, looks like it was a wonderful celebration! Wish you could send some of that rain this way, it's been over 100 for weeks and not a drop of rain!

Jean Tuthill said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. I hope he is feeling better and stronger each day. My Mom is having her 87th on July 29. I made her a birthday book, you can see it on my blog, if you get a chance. And I'll be posting about her around her birthday. We were just on vacation at her house in PA. 18 people staying in her house and more visiting during the day. It was very hectic but lots of fun!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

You did a lovely job even with the rain. I had to comment because I'm here in New England, too and it is just relentless. Whether buckets or bits, the rain just keeps on coming.

Here's to a sunny fall!

The Liberty Belle said...

A very happy Birthday to your Dad. Many returns of the day!