Monday, August 13, 2012

My Birthday & a Giveaway

This past week I celebrated my birthday. (If you missed my "36 Things" post click HERE.)

My husband and I dropped the kids off at my parents' house and went for a long drive along the lake shore and hit all the antique stores we could along the way! Coincidentally, it was the weekend of the annual 200 mile stretch of garage sales/antique sales! Yay! This wasn't exactly my husband's idea of a fun time but he humored me very well! And it was pouring rain - and I mean POURING! (Notice how his shirt is wet in this picture?!?)

Had to stop and take a picture of the huge waves from the stormy weather!
The picture doesn't really do it justice!

The weather didn't slow us down. We made lots of stops and saw lots of beautiful things!

We made a few purchases - a blue carnival glass compote for $5.00, a red polka-dotted half apron from the 1950s, and a few little garage sale finds.  Ryan got a book of short stories about fishing that he was excited to find! I was glad that on my day out he found a treasure too!

We had a wonderful dinner together too. Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of it. We had smoked salmon with a dill sauce for an appetizer (it was amazing and I want to try to copy the recipe!), salads, and sour dough bread.  I had a grilled chicken breast with a marinara sauce and peppers, onions, and cheese (yum!) Ryan had prime rib. I also enjoyed a very large and quite potent margarita! Hey, it was my birthday!

When we got home we had birthday cupcakes to celebrate with the kids. They sang to me!

There's really not much I can wish for - I am already so blessed!

The next morning, my sister and mom hosted a lovely lady birthday brunch for me...

(Sorry about the photo - couldn't get a better copy on here!)

It was definitely lovely...that's just the way my mom and sisters do things!

The brunch menu included:
-zucchini bread
-creme puffs (they put candles in them to sing to me!)
-peach juice

My sister, Julie and niece, Addie

Me and my daughter, Claire

My sister, Cherie with my daughter, Claire. (Cherie doesn't have a daughter - two little boys!)

The girls played beautiful music for the lovely lady party!

Opening Gifts       

Birthday hugs from my girl!

My friend Kathy was there to celebrate with me! She is such a dear friend!

The lovely ladies in my family!
The whole weekend was a wonderful birthday celebration filled with great memories! honor of my birthday, my friend, Sarah from Jubilee Jewelry is sponsoring a giveaway for this necklace...
Isn't it adorable? It would be a perfect gift for a milestone birthday like 16, 21, 30, 40, or 90!!!

Here's how to enter...

1. You must be a Sister-Dipity follower. If you are not, it is easy to join! Find the button on the right side of the blog and follow me!

2. Visit Sarah's Etsy shop HERE and tell us what is your favorite item!

3. "Like" Jubilee Jewelry on Facebook.

Okay - 3 chances to enter. Leave a message for each separate thing you do so you can increase your chances of winning! A winner will be drawn by on Friday, August 24th!


  1. I had a hard time deciding, but I think the necklace with the chrysanthumum is my favorite, or the one with the key. I love all her creations!

  2. New blog follower. :D

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  3. The Lucky Mom Combo Soldered Necklace is cute!!

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  4. I "Like" Jubilee Jewelry on Facebook.

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  5. like jubilee jewelry on fb.

  6. my fave is the blessed mom necklace! <3 it!!