Tuesday, May 29, 2012

after the party

okay--maybe some of you would like to know what the perfect gift was----

after searching high and low---frank and i stumbled across an old adding machine---one that probably was used as a cash register in a store at one time--

i think my son colin liked it and he really liked the old oil can we got him too----

he got a really good laugh at an old restaurant ad----i had not opened it up since it was in what i thought was a sealed plastic container---when colin took it out, he opens it and says----"who the heck is that"---

seems it was just a service the restaurant had of getting ones picture taken while they were there eating---kinda funny couple----oh well, the front was neat-------

kelli liked her stuff also----she is into owls, so one of her presents were owl earrings--i was so glad, she didn't already have them---last year i gave her an owl------now this is where robyn wasn't right-----when i saw it, i told robyn i thought it looked familiar, but robyn insisted, kelli did not have this particular owl in her collection----well she did----she also liked her owl socks and even found an owl gift bag--

i cannot tell you the joy it brings me to look for gifts for people---the other day, when i wrote about my lack of things i was passionate about--i had forgotten that----one dear blogger friend, commented about one of her passions, being shopping, and i replied---oh yeah shopping!!

i love the thought process, the planning the looking for and the presentation of it all--sometimes i even go with a theme---i am not a gift card kind of giver---

back to the birthday party, memorial day celebration----i would like to share my menu with all of you----i am a menu nut---i am kinda abnormal about it---remind me to tell you a dream concerning menus, one day----any who--frank grilled hamburgers and hot dogs of course---we had chips and popcorn--note to self here---never again serve popcorn with grand-kids------i made a kinda like spaghetti pasta salad----baked beans, potato salad--mixed vegetables---cake and rainbow sherbert-----and yes those demon eggs-----that was a story in itself---but i will pass on sharing it---too dramatic-----

i wanted to have a humus tray and a pineapple with dip tray, since they are two of the birthday kids favorites--but ran out of time and money---also i don't want to set the bar too high, for the other birthday celebrations--especially since robyn's, frank's, and mine are usually just pizza-----

but it's just the getting together and watching everyone laugh and fight just a little and watching the grand-kids dance like everyone is watching that really is the important thing, and the joy i get and hopefully others do from the other trimmings, is just icing on the birthday cake--



























                    




48 comments:

  1. Love those pictures :) So fun! Sounds like an awesome evening.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  2. Lynn, I love all the photos! It truly looks like everyone is having a blast. Thanks for sharing this day.
    Julie

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    1. i love sharing them--so glad you liked them, julie!

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  3. Love the gifts--did you "garage sale?"

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    1. no, actually colin's adding machine, old papers and oil can--were from a local antique kinda flea market!

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  4. Hi Lynnie, don't forget to tell us about your dream concerning menus. ;)

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    1. thanks sandra--i was so glad colin liked it too!

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful party/picnic. I have a set posting of mine- a Family get together/baby shower. :)

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  7. Awww...I'm so glad you had a wonderful day with the family :-)

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  8. "Dance like everyone is watching"! Gotta love it!

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    1. they want everybody watching them donna!

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  9. There is nothing better than getting (and giving) a gift that actually means something!

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    1. i know--it's like a high, isn't it judy!

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  10. Glad you found the perfect gift. It sounds like you all had a great time - and your menu sounded delicious!

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    1. thanks sherry--i think the eggs actually turned out the best!

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  11. Great pictures! Sounds like a wonderful weekend. :)

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    1. yeah it was pretty much fun--thanks dana :)

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  12. Very cool gifts! It's so sweet that you put that much time and effort into finding great gifts. Your menu is making me hungry even though I just had lunch.

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    1. thanks so much danielle--it is so much fun for me---and i just had some of that left-over menu for my dinner!

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  13. I once bought my son a toy car. He spent the first hour playing with the box.

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    1. oh yeah--that's what's neat about all those toys--they come with the box!

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  14. Looks and sounds like a great family day for you! Thanks for stopping by "begin...begin again." It's nice to meet you.

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    1. yes we had a pretty swell day--thank you!!

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  15. Looks like a great time. I also love the getting of gifts for people. It's the thrill of just the right gift... Awesome.

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    1. it is a thrill isn't it--thanks juli!

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  16. I love to shop for gifts - as long as I have the $ :)

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    1. that's one reason i have to really shop around :)

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  17. What awesome gifts! I'm not a gift card kind of person either. Most of my family has gone that way, but I always try to think of something unique and meaningful. Love those photos! :)

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    1. oh i am glad there are more of us out there---thanks christine, i'm glad you liked the pics!

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  18. How precious the pictures of your family!! Those gifts you got for both Colin and Kelli sound great and it does sound like they enjoyed them! What a cute thing to collect with owls. Your menu too sounds delicious!! I'm not much of a shopper so I always need a list from the kids with what they want for Christmas/birthday. I do like the surprise on their faces when they do get what they want. I'm a gift card kind of person to give; especially to son. A variety of cards to local fast food places, gas stations, etc is what he needs and I don't like to give cash, know what I mean?

    Sounds like a lovely time enjoyed by all!

    betty

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    1. i do know what ya mean--it is fun if you are giving a card to where you know maybe they would like to go, but won't unless they are given a card and then there are people that only want the ones that they can use, where they go all the time---everyone is different--it's like kelli she got most of her birthday gift in a certificate, because that's what she likes--and i got to have my fun in a couple of small gifts, i picked out, haha---thanks so much betty:)

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  19. Now YOU know how to party!

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    1. haha, years of practice--thanks patty:)

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  20. Thank you for visiting and it is nice to meet you. Just in time, too, to see your beautiful family. Grand photos.
    Manzanita

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    1. oh thanks so much for coming by and i am so happy you enjoyed my photos!

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  21. Wow Lynn, it looks like you and your family had a really nice time! My husband collects old oil cans too! I used to work in a bank in the late 70's - early 80's in the cheque exchange, I was very young at the time, and we used adding machines exactly like the one you gifted. Brings back memories!

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    1. we really did--oh how cool, that your husband collects oil cans--how old is his oldest---we really haven't found out how old the can might be--my son colin has really gotten into the old stuff recently--too bad his wife kelli, doesn't love it as much haha--thanks!

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  22. Looks like a fun time. Can't go wrong with kids and cake and adding machines...

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    1. haha you got a point--thanks nate :)

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  23. I love pics from the 70s. My kids laugh so hard at them. We have a few family pics that could compete with the Brady Bunch. The horror! The horror!

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    1. well my pics weren't exactly from the 70's and i am pretty sure the old pic i gave colin was from the 40's---haha but i know what ya mean--our pics from the 70's are pretty hilarious--thanks stephen:)

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  24. I love giving people gifts. It makes me much happier than receiving gifts. I used to hear people say that when I was a kid and couldn't understand it, but now I do.

    Those kids are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    1. i really do too--awww thanks shelley!

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