Monday, October 15, 2012


I had a great Birthday Weekend of Fun. It was wonderful to turn 3old with my family. Usually my birthday falls before or after a family visit but this time I spent the actual day with them. It reminds me of a quote I once read...
"In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit." -- Marge Kennedy
 It started with a very eventful Friday. Max needed to be taken to the walk-in clinic and because of perfect timing... Mom and I were turned into ambulance chasers. After a little late night in the ER, he was basically fine.

This was a common sight:

The day of my birthday was perfect. Perfect weather - cold and rainy. We went out to breakfast and then headed to Synders Family Farm to pick some pumpkins. Before we left, I set up the mummy with Derek.

The pumpkin patch had sleds to carry your pumpkins... Cooper was more than happy to carry it when it was empty!

And Max was more than happy to be carried by Ian!

He was less than thrilled to take a picture with Cooper and a tractor...

Ian had kept it a secret up until the night before that we were going to the Cambridge Mill for my birthday dinner. It is a such a great restaurant. Great food. Great views. Boys agree.

Ian and I clean up nice.

Mom, Kamber and I in the usual "girls' picture.

Afterwards, Ian surprised me by having cake and presents back at the house. I can't remember the last time that I had a cake for my birthday. Pretty cool. Max clearly approved of the ice cream cake!

The last two days have been filled with relaxation because everyone is sick. Kamber took a picture of my favorite road.

She also can freehand pictures like no one else! I printed out some small images and she was able to trace and carve a few pumpkins for me. This is my favorite:

Even though Ian is really sick, I'm feeling sick, and I have to remove the pox from my house, it was a fantastic weekend. Thank you to everyone who made it so. 30 has had a good start. :)

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