Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandma Silly!

Saturday was a big day here for us. It was my Moms 59th birthday and we did A LOT of celebrating in her honor!

First we all wrote her a letter and attached them to balloons.


We climbed to the very top of the red rock by our house and sent them up to her in heaven one at a time.



I sent mine with a special hug and kiss.


I like to think she snatched mine up really fast because we were on top of the red rock with a perfect view of the sky in every direction, but right after launching mine - we couldn't find it anywhere in the sky! She must want a hug and kiss from me just as badly as I want one from her!




Then we hopped in the car and drove to Star Nursery to pick out a couple of trees to plant in her honor. We knew we wanted a Wilson Olive but we were not sure about the second. We spent an hour or more looking and finally came up with this tree.


After we amazingly fit them into our car (with me crammed in the back to hold them still) I realized that the tree we had picked out was a Carolina Cherry! It was so perfect but so funny that it took that long for me to get the significance!

We had a blast singing Sweet Caroline on the way home. The boys think that song is so much fun and that it was written especially for Grandma! They are pretty good at singing it too! All day long we would hear them singing it to themselves!

John and I spent the next 3-4 hours working hard in the yard planting the trees, planting melons, mowing, weeding, bug spraying, weed whacking....it was busy! Here is the Wilson Olive tree.


Its just a little bitty thing right now. I am so excited for Grandpa Lew's wheelbarrow to all fill in again. Last year it was amazing! And this is our front porch and window boxes before everything has had a chance to fill in too.


I think it will look really nice - especially if the honeysuckle will fill the lattice in. You can sort of see our brick pile on the right. John finally found a brick building being demolished and was able to score us the brick we need to fill that sitting area in. We are SO excited about that brick...now we just need the time!

We finally came in got our yummy dinner prepared! I had asked my Mom what she missed eating the most and she said if she could have any meal again it would have been Flank Steak, baked potatoes, Caesar salad, and homemade lemonade. She has such great tastes! Since our Bountiful Basket had come with all sorts of veggies but no lettuce I decided to do her Smoked paprika veggies instead of salad.


It was yum-my! We ate on her china and the boys got to use the cups and silverware that were given to them at their blessings by Grandma and Grandpa. They get to use their silverware all the time but I keep the cups for special occasions.


John and I finished the night off by watching a couple episodes of The Young Riders. We are always looking for good clean shows and its been fun to go back and watch these since both of our families use to love that show!

Happy Birthday Mama!
We love you....we miss you!

5 comments:

Our Family Est. 2005 said...

What a great day! I bet it made your mom smile :)

jakenapril said...

oh, happy birthday to sweet caroline! i was thinking of her on saturday too. looks like you had a wonderful day celebrating and spending time together. and i can almost taste that flank steak! i do remember you making it back in our byu days. now i'll have to pull out the recipe you gave me for larry's flank steak marinade as i feel a hankering for it myself.
love you lisa!

Sara said...

Happy Birthday Caroline! I absolutely love the way you celebrated!!!

Sara said...

Oh and since you asked about my blog not too long ago, thought you'd like to know that I actually blogged today. Nothing too excited but I did it! :)

Pam (Haslem) Dana said...

Loved this post! All the pictures were amazing! Everything looks great in the yard! Can't wait to come see it in person! Love you guys!