Monday, June 1, 2009


It's Emily's first HAPPY BIRTHDAY.....and Emily's very first Birthday cake...and her Grandma made it for her.. (my eldest son's wife, Cheryl.

...and Emily will cry if she wants too...'cause it's her party and the blinkin' water was SO cold!

...and these are the cakes for the adults...(see those two chocolate ones in front...I took those two home with me... (you will notice that my green stacked serving dishes are..still in the hands of my sweet Mary. I KNEW they would not come home any time soon! I was right! :)

This is Auntie Mary(D3) fixing up the food table...for lots and lots of guests..

Hotdogs and fixin's..

And baked beans..

Starting with fresh fruits...

A big tossed salad..different homemade dressings...

bean salad... and of course...

potato salad..

Auntie Mary (D3) feeding an orange to Emily after her LONG swim in her new pool that Auntie Erin (D2)gave to her. Uncle Brock looks on...thinking the orange ...sour? :)

...and she swam ...
....and she swam..

Mommy and Daddy, (Daddy is my first Grandson and second oldest Grandchild.)

Little table and chairs are a set that my friend in MO. paints and that was my gift to Emily. It is very old and VERY strong and I hope she saves it for her own children. From her Mom's will be saved! :)

About this time...Great Grandma gets tired...grabs a couple of cupcakes..and retires for the evening. ...and that was my Sunday adventure!

I didn't take pictures of the BBQ chicken, and the hamburgers with melted cheese on them....or the huge jugs of lemonade and sweet tea...or the ice chests filled with all sorts of cold drinks and bottled water..or the three different kinds of hand churned ice cream! Sigh...

What is so great about getting that you don't have to do all the prep any more. The daughters and DIL's are all doing what you used to do! Don'cha LOVE it! :)
A brave smile before was a LONG afternoon..and an hour later..Great Grandma was beginning to have visions of jammies, soft slippers and curling up on the sofa..and moments later she was....gone! Am I beginning to feel my age a bit?...yes..a bit!

I birthday's what happened on Sunday..and ..yes..tick..tock..tick..tock...I suddenly got so tired..I went home and when you are the OLDEST person in the family can do that!



  1. I enjoyed this sweet post! Little Emily is simply adorable. I have a daughter named Emily (D2).

    Mary has your mouth! She is your daugther, right?

    I truly enjoyed seeing pictures of the food and your family.

    Enjoy this stage of your life, as I know you are. It's stage is to be savored, isn't it?? I'm trying as hard as I can. I have this more year in my 50's! :)

  2. What fun. Kids will keep you young.

  3. OMG! What an absolute angel she is! And I am now officially hungry and have late-nite hunger pains now that I saw all that great food! LOL It looked like a lovely party. But, I hope you were able to get home to those comfy slippers and relax. :-)

    BTW, I have "tagged" you. if ya' wanna join in, just go over to my bloggy and get the details.

    Hope you're having a great week.

    Hugs, Barb

  4. What a sweet party! I love her cake that is so cute! She is a cute little girl! All the food looks great :) The cupcakes look great on your stacked servers! I would be tired too after all that socializing LOL. Your daughter is the spitting image of you! So cute! LOL.

    All the best,

  5. What a precious day....sweet memory! I just love to stop by....seeing you so blessed with that darling little baby, Emily, was good for my heart today.

    You bless me girlfriend! I'm so glad I found you again!


  6. What a lovely family gathering! Your great-grandaughter is ADORABLE!!! I want the inside scoop of those cupcakes, I can see this is a theme at gatherings and I want in! So nice to be surrounded my family, you are very blessed!

    Smiles, Nancy

  7. She is just gorgeous Mona!

    I just love it that I can sit back, at times, and take it easy while others do the work... since I waited on them hand and foot when they were children!

  8. Happy Birthday to Emily! Looks like a wonderful day! The food looks so yummy. Now I am hungry!:-) Have a great day!

  9. Emily is beautiful! And so is her Great-Grandma.

    We will be grandparents for the first time in September - and we are SO looking forward to it!

    Jan from the Sushi Bar

  10. Hi Mona :)

    What a little cutie the birthday girl is! Sounds like you had a great time :)

    Your porch is beautiful by the way!


  11. Hi Mona, Not boring at all! you are sharing what is an important part of your life, and that's what it's all about. Everything looked so good and yummy- I still need to eat breakfast, so I was salivating-LOL Emily is a cute little thing, never would have guessed you were a great-grandma! Hugs, Sue

  12. Hi Mona, you sweet thing,

    I love this post. Happy first birthday to little Emily...what a doll!

    That cake is fabulous!!!! I want some! All the food looks great. Yum.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Hugs, Barb

  13. Oh my goodness...this is anything but boring!!! I was thinking the whole way through hoh much fun it would have been to be there with your sweet family!!!

    This is such a treat to share in the lives of friends even if it is only through the magic of the internet!!!

    Little Emily is sooo adorable...such a perfect little face!!! You are so lucky to have that sweet thing in your life!!!

    This was sooo special...thank you for sharing it with us!!!

    Have a wonderful day!!!

    The umbrella is from Garden Ridge. I don't know if they have those where you is not the highest quality in the world but you can't beat the color and we usually have to change it out every other year or so anyway!!!

  14. This looks like the BEST little birthday party for a precious little girl!! I know everyone must have had a marvelous time.
    And, yes, I love it when all the kids and grands do all the work and I can eat and.....just get up and go home!! Hahaaa....Oh,....
    and you have the most precious porch!!

  15. Oh what a sweetie Miss Emily is! And what a lucky girl to have such an adoring family! Looks like your family really knows how to throw a birthday bash! Did they learn it all from you?

  16. All those pictures of the delisious food and cakes made me forget the text :-) :-)
    Have a great day now!

  17. Such a cute cake and kiddo. Looks like a fun party and a sweet post. xo Joan

  18. What a great day with your family. Happy Birthday to Emily. She is a cutie and looks adorable in her pink polka dotted bikini :-)
    All of the food including the cake and cupcakes looks fabulous.

  19. Oh, I have times like that too, Mona. I just get so tired I HAVE to get the jammies on and head for bed and it always feels so darn good too.

    But, what a wonderful party you all enjoyed together and the food looks delish.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  20. What a sweet family gathering and a darling little one!! I treasure these times so much, and enjoy seeing the happiness of others, as well.

    Lovely family, lovely day---thank you for sharing it.

  21. Hi, Mona... I'm so glad you dropped by to visit! I've been enjoying reading about this precious great grandchild of yours. You are entirely too young to have a great grand! :-)

    What a fun party, and that little chair set is adorable.


    Sheila :-)

  22. What a cutie!! Looks like a lovely party. Cute pictures.

  23. I just found your post by way of another I was reading. I just wanted to say that I have laughed and I have smiled as I read through your 'boring' normal, just to let you know that if it causes me to smile and laugh, it is not boring at all. I am going to mark your blog to follow and would love if you would come over and visit my blog. Thanks for the enjoyable read through your life!!


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