We have lots to be thankful for this year and started Thanksgiving Day/my birthday by attending mass as a family. After mass, Jake and the kids surprised me with birthday presents.
I’m thankful for my family and the opportunity to spend another year loving them ❤️
My aunt and uncle are in town to celebrate Thanksgiving with my cousin and his family. Part of their stay involves having the older two grandkids stay with them at a hotel so they can swim. My aunt invites us to bring the Shecklets down to meet their cousins and swim. The 6 kids had a great time spending close to 3 hours in the pool!
After having pizza for dinner, everyone sang HBD to me and we had cupcakes. Yum! Then my aunt gave me a small gift bag containing a Christmas pin of my Grandma Fran’s and the pearl ring she always wore. The pearls in the ring were given to my grandma by my Grandpa Bill – he got them in Japan during WWII. I am thrilled to have this piece of jewelry to remind me of my grandparents 💗
I’m turning another year older in a few days – and it’s a “special” birthday.
My friend, Michelle, planned a get together at a local restaurant and a great group of friends showed up to help me celebrate! I wish I had had our server take a group picture of everyone, but one of my friends did capture these pictures for me. (The lone color one is of the ladies I know from our old parish – several who have known me since before we had kids.)
In the invite, Michelle offered to put together a spiritual bouquet for me. On the vase that held 40 roses are the prayers she collected. I can’t tell you how much the love, support, and friendship of the ladies who came tonight (and many others,) means to me – especially as I close in on the “T-2 months til surgery” mark, which coincidentally is my actual birthday. I am truly blessed to have so many beautiful women supporting me in the rough times and celebrating with me in the joyful times. ❤️
Family and friends gathered this afternoon to share food, cake, and ice cream to celebrate Shecklet #3 turning 7! She is so full of life and I am so grateful to be her mom 💗
Shecklets #3 and 4 were invited to a birthday party today. The weather was unseasonably warm so swimsuits and water play were part of the fun. There were inflatable pools, a bounce house and a blow up obstacle course! Aunt Larissa was also there, which made it even more fun!
Scrolling through pictures brings back so many memories of this guy. He is full of life, laughs, tricks, creativity & determination. This past year we have seen him grow in so many ways, both academically and physically. (Every time I turn around, I notice that his pants are above his ankles!) As a 3rd grader, he tried basketball for the first time and loved it – wants to play again next year. He enjoys time with his friends (at school and in the neighborhood) and is always up for working on a project or craft. (Pinterest is one of his favorite places to find new ideas to try.)
Happy birthday Shecklet #3! We love you so very, very much!
Here’s a few pictures from our family celebration with the new 9 year old tonight.
Shecklet #2 spent the day with his godmother and her family today. For Xmas, Michelle gave him a coupon to spend the day doing Pinterest projects. In addition to the projects, they took the train to the MOA, went to the Children’s Museum and ate at A&W. Lots of awesome memories were made!
Auntie Stacie took Shecklet #4 to Build-a-Bear Workshop for her birthday. (She did the same for Shecklet #3 a few years ago.) Afterwards, we went to Panera for lunch. It was nice to have a chance to catch up with this busy lady!
Love this little girl to pieces!
We met Jake for lunch today and ended up eating in the natural light (due to the restaurant’s power going out.) We told the owner our reason for dining there that afternoon and he surprised us with a piece of cheesecake and a candle to celebrate our youngest Shecklet turning 4!
We celebrated Shecklet #4 turning 4 with family and friends, cake and ice cream and temps in the 50s. Unheard of for MN in February. I thought the weather we had for Shecklet #2’s fourth birthday was amazing (when we celebrated outside) but today takes the cake – haha!
Just a few photos from the day.