Hello, Dear Friends, I hope you are enjoying
this unofficial last week of summer
leading up to the Labor Day weekend and
'Back to School'.
Last weekend, we celebrated our daughter, Heather's
birthday and before the guests arrived I took
a few photos of the preparations.
I had a little bit of fun with the crepe paper :)
It was a beautiful, sunny day, so we were
able to celebrate outside.
Heather's favorite flowers are sunflowers,
so I made cupcakes with that in mind,
using jelly beans and upside down chocolate chips :)
Paper plates kept things simple.
The gas grill was put into service......
on the menu:
Chicken-pineapple-sweet pepper kabobs
corn on the cob
assorted fruits, cheese and crackers
lemon cupcakes with orange sherbet
We had some extra special guests.....
Ramblin' Man's brother Dave and wife Katie,
visiting from 'back east'.
They had taken an Alaskan cruise and
disembarked in Seattle to spend the weekend with us.
It was a special birthday for Heather,
and we also celebrated Katie's recent birthday.
The birthday girls.
There was also a very special announcement.
Heather, Eric and baby Gavin had
Count the sneakers.......
Yes, they are expecting twins!
My dear daughter did not think she would
ever be a Mom, and now........
they are so very blessed.
We are over the moon with happiness!
The babies are due in February.
Gavin is just 9 months old.
To say they will have their hands full
is an understatement, but
luckily we live only 10 minutes away.
After that bit of excitement, it was time to dig
in to our cupcakes.
Our 2 year old grandson, Ethan thoroughly enjoys his!
'Big brother' Gavin gets snuggles
from Auntie Jennie as Uncle Dustin relaxes nearby.
My turn for snuggles.....
Ramblin' Man (Papa) and Ethan.
Mischief is written all over their faces :)
Ethan can climb in and out on his own!
Ramblin' Man and his brother looking
through binoculars at the mountains beyond.
It was a wonderful party filled with happy,
And now the house is quiet once more.
The 'kids' have gone home, David and Katie, too, and
the pets I was sitting for have gone home to their humans.
Now it's just me and the dogs, trying to stay cool.
Meanwhile, I have been watching the tragic events unfold
in the path of hurricane Harvey.
My heart is heavy and my prayers go out to all
those who have suffered so much loss.
Just a few weeks ago, life was normal there
and they had no idea what was to come.
We never know what tomorrow will bring.
We must cherish each and every day.