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finding beauty in the natural things around us makes for one happy self and a lovely life. ~marmee

dash home farm, leiper's fork, tennessee

Saturday, January 24, 2009

life is sweet

first stop on the birthday mobile...chuck e. cheese.
i for one loath this place but everyone else...loves this place.
so we took them out of school early to avoid the
crowds...that is the only way i can go.
abbey loves it.

and so do the big kids...
ethan...jess...brittani...ellery.



abbey's big kid friend...tine.



elle...having a great time, too.



next stop...sweet and sassy.
abbey has never had her hair cut by anyone but me.
yes i am the hair cutter too...
but i thought she would feel special going to get it done by a professional.
she had been asking for me to cut her some bangs and the length.



she loves it...i do too.



now to get a little pampering...



...painted toenails please.




final stop...home...for birthday cake...


...homemade with love by daddio...
strawberry cake with homemade strawberry
icing...with bits of strawberries.
...wishes really do come true...
...always included are coins ... put in the cake for the finding...
nutty buddies are abbey's favourite.


now for the gifts for the giving...and the receiving.


...thank you my lopez friends...just what i wanted.

it is all so exciting...especially to have your bff with you..
gwyne...also known as my niece.
the celebrations continue...
next stop mailbox...next day...a package arrives...
it is always fun to get good mail...from your sister...

the fun goes on and on...


...thanks for a great book... about secrets
and mermaids...i can't wait to read it...

...thank you esther and grace...i love it.
thanks to everyone for a great birthday...thanks for love,
gifts...and time spent together.

29 comments:

Darla said...

Wow! I want a birthday at your house!! Her haircut is precious!!!

marmee said...

thanks darla, someone said she looked like a mini-me now. we did have a blow-out bash here.

Rissalee said...

my, my...what fun...makes me want to venture north come april, to celebrate my bday green family style...chuck e cheese...haircuts and painted nails...presents and cakes...family and friends...what fun!! her hair cut is so cute (but you'd always done swell too!) and her nails are the cutest. such style! i want mine done like that now! SERIOUSLY!

perennialgardener said...

What a day full of fun & memories for a special birthday girl! Happy Birthday to your daughter. :)

marmee said...

rissa,
she is enjoying her hair and nails so much. i think it gave her a boost of confidence. she seems on cloud nine. if you want a birthday green family style come on up here and we will celebrate you like there is no tomorrow. i think having your toes done is so nice and with that kind of style you wish it was flip-flop weather.

marmee said...

pgl,
thank you we had a wonderful day and celebrated big.

Meems said...

(I came here earlier- started writing a comment and got a phone call right in the middle of my typing- ACK! not sure what happened to the beginning of that comment?) Thought you'd want to know all that. LOL

What a day full of fun and all the "things Abbey loves".

Marmee, you surely know how to make a special day come alive with goodies and memories for the special person! It's nice the whole family got involved at that place we all dread to go. I remember times when I was dragged there by the little ones and if I held my nose real tight and didn't look around too much it was actually kind of fun ... mostly because they were having so much fun. SO I know exactly what you mean.

Happy Birthday days to our dear Abbey... I really do like the new "do"... it is amazing what change a new style can evoke...with a few bangs trimmed... remarkably mature. She's ten now afterall. Oh my.

Well, I only wish I could have joined in... well, the cake & celebration anyway... maybe not CEC.

Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Frances said...

Hi Marmee, what a fun birthday. The hair cut and pedi are great presents for such a lovely and grown up young lady. I am with you on chuch e. cheese. During the birthday party phase of our kids, we had more than enough of it, always on a saturday though, arghhh! I used to call it hell on earth. HA
Frances

EstherLP said...

Hi Mom & Abbey,

I am so glad she had such a beautiful birthday-that was the perfect combination of things, I think. And I think I am with everyone else when I say that Abbey, your hair looks A-mazing! I am so glad you liked the book. I hope you enjoy reading it! Love to my family!

marmee said...

meems, i do like to throw a good party. even though as i go along it seems to be harder to muster up the energy to really go for it. i have been mothering for a looonnnnggggggg time. but at the end of the day when that special person does indeed feel special it seems worth it(until the next one.)
i really am thinking this hair cut made a difference in her looking more mature. she is so petite people do think she is younger than she is. some advantages there and a few disadvantanges. she is actually excited to go back to school after the weekend to show her do off. we all know that feeling.
we just got back from rachel's and she says ellery wants her b-day @ c.e.c. oh well it's a month away. i will have to gear up for it.

marmee said...

frances, that is exactly how i feel about carnivals, fairs, places like chuck e cheese. the kids do seem to love it. i think it is because they can run around inside and nobody is telling "just walk."
abbey and i are loving the hair cut and she is feeling bigger now.glad you like it too.

marmee said...

estee'

it was really fun for her to get it in the mail and have something to open the day after all the excitement. i do think she will enjoy reading it. we read the description and a few pages when she opened it. it sounds like the kind of thing she will want to read. thank you so much for being her kind big sis. i loved what you wrote on the inside of her book. it was so beautifully wrapped too. the sweet little card and bracelet from grace was so special.
we love you and i will see you soon.

Rose said...

Happy belated birthday to Abbey! Looks like she had a wonderful time, a special day for your special little girl. Her new hairdo looks very stylish, and those toenails are sure to keep her smiling!

Susie said...

I'm with Darla, I want a birthday at your house too! What loads of fun!!!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Looks like the birthday girl had a wonderful day. I've never been to Chucky Cheese. Am I missing something great?
Marnie

marmee said...

rose,
thank you i will pass it on to abbey. she has read this post and the comments. she is really enjoying her new look along with the lasting impression of her painted toenails.

marmee said...

susie,
one birthday celebration for susie @ chuck e. cheese coming right up! lol. we had a great day, thank you.

marmee said...

marnie,
it's hard to believe you have never had to suffer ur, i mean had the priviledge of going to chuck e. cheese. you should at least take a child of your choice to experience this place.
did you have a wonderful b-day?

Darla said...

Please come back and read what I wrote in my comments on my last post concerning my son.

One Woman's Journey said...

Thank you for your first comment.
I know your area well. A dream area. You will see from my profile that I am relocating back HOME.
I tried Nashville to be near grown children and 2 little granddaughters.
Grandma is not a city girl.
Take Care.

Gail said...

I was thinking that every little girl wishes she had a mom like you! Thoughtful, fun and loving! Marmee she's a lovely girl and not at all self-conscious with the camera going! Gail

joey said...

I must say, Marmee ... looks like you all shared in a memorable birthday ... 'as good as it gets'!

Cheryl said...

What a lovely day for Abbey....a girls perfect day. The cake looks so yummy, my mouth was watering. I'd ask if you could send a piece in the post but I somehow don't think it would make it...sigh!

The hair and toes look fab Abbey.....

Maday said...

The party was so much fun! Abbey looks so pretty with her new look.. they grow up so fast. We must enjoy every moment we have with our children!!!!!!

marmee said...

owj,
thanks for checking out "things i love." i hope you will visit when you can. where were you relocating too? i missed that. i do love our area so much.

marmee said...

no gail, she really doesn't mind the camera thus i take lots of photos of her. she lets me practise alot which is great for me.
thank you for your kind words, my kids of course think oh that's just mom. no big deal.

marmee said...

oh joey it was so much fun and she did really enjoy herself. don't we all wish we could have happy well celebrated b-days.
hope all your b-day ocassions went well.

marmee said...

cheryl,
the cake was very good i had to pass it by for days and not nibble. but i had a piece on abbey's birthday, yummmy goodness.
thank you i think this new look gives her a bit of a more mature look. little girls grow up so fast these days, i want her to remain sweet and innocent as long as she can. my other to girls are 30 and 26 with baby girls of their own. it all happens in a flash.

marmee said...

maday, you are so right and how well you know with your very own grown up girls. all these precious moments make up our lifetime.