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Celebrate Good Times - COME ON!

In my family, we don't have birthDAYS, we have birthWEEKS. We celebrated big all week long and I am sad to say that yesterday was the last of my celebrations (until August 22nd --- but more on that later).

Wanna see?

First of all, since I am in the big, bad work force, my mom always makes sure that I have something lovely sitting proudly on my desk on special occassions. She had this beautiful bouquet sent to me Thursday.

Can you tell what this is?

What about from this angle?

Give up?

It's a PURSE made entirely from FLOWERS!

It was absolutely and utterly exquisite! I was floored.

And decided that I want to be a florist if I get to make cool stuff like this.

Nevermind the fact that mine would turn out looking like some sort of mishapen blob-o-mountain instead of a purse, but hey - it's the thought that counts.


She also had THIS sent to me:

from here.

Carnegie Deli Cheesecake. Whew.

If. You. Have. Never. Had. Cheesecake. From. Here. Log. Onto. Their. Site. And. Order. One. This. Very. Minute.

I mean it.

It is blow-your-taste-buds-clear-off-your-tongue-and-out-of-your-head fantastic. She has ordered me one every year since we visited NYC and fell head over heels in LOVE with the cake-o-cheese. Thank you sweet mommy.

Husby carefully cut a slice for everyone.

We topped it with a fantastic raspberry sauce seen in the picture above, but later discovered putting fresh peaches and strawberries on it was amazing as well. Yum. Yum.

And don't think you won't gain at least 20 lbs. per slice. Because I promise you will. That is why I gained 60 pounds this weekend. It wasn't pretty.

Aww. Momsy even brought cups with my initial on them. How fun is she?

She also brought this:

Wowza!! It's GOLD! It's a purse! It's adorable! I was in love.

Until I had to take my knife and kill it. Moment of silence, please.

It was chocolate with raspberry filling. Are you noticing a trend here? Raspberries, purses...

Anyway - it was a lovely weekend with some fabulous celebrations.

And birthday is officially over.
I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! It all is adorable. How fun is your mom!!!

  2. Me again So I was wondering if you had tried to make the cheesecake on their web site? They have the recipe I think I might try I will let you know how it turns out.

  3. Remember when we just happened to stumble into Carnegie? And then we created our classic laughter pictures? And then our waiter broke out into "Oklahoma"? And then we had to leave? And we were sad? Let's go back. With the husbands. OK?

  4. I love your mom! She is so cute! What a great birthday celebration!

  5. happy birthday again! BEAUTIFUL cakes! my mouth started drooling at the it like the one on that friend's episode? :)

  6. What an absolutely adorable mommy you're so lucky! Happy Birthday again!


  7. Wow your mom is something else and I think she loves you alot or at the very least likes to lavish you with yummy stuff!

    Happy Birthday!

    ps plan one of your weekend trips to Eastern Washington, via N Cascade Hwy.

  8. Oh how lucky you were! I love the cake, I don't know if I could have eaten it--it was so pretty! Glad you got spoiled for your birthday week, I celebrate mine the whole week too. When I was younger I would tell my mom she couldn't make me do my chores because it was my birthday-week. Sadly, none of my family celebrated the whole week with me ;)

  9. Your mom is so sweet and thoughtful!!! We are about three hours from Seattle, and I think we are only about an hour from the Roloff farm! You can stay with us next time you come and you can visit the farm :)

  10. Way to go on the birthday surprises, Terry! Your mama is always so thoughtful! Looks like you had a lovely birthday. What did you get?

  11. I do birthday week too. Wow, beautiful flowers and fabulous cakes! So glad you had a great birthday week. And though it's now over, I hope this week is great too!

  12. Your mom sounds like so much fun! I LOVE the purse ideas. Glad you enjoyed your birthweek!

  13. Wow - you're mom is seriously amazing! The flowers were awesome as was the totally cute cake!!! Love it!

  14. Holy cow. I've never SEEN such fancy cakes. That's what happens when you live in rural Indiana. That's breaks!

  15. Can we switch? I'll do your birthday week and you do mine? I promise yours will be fun if you do, you'll just be a lot older than 25 and I'll get to be a kid again:-)

    Those flowers and cake and cheesecake are to die for!

    Lucky girl...

  16. I see a CAKE theme! :) Yum! I'm trying to talk my husband into taking me to NYC around the holidays. I have so many great childhood memories of NYC around Christmas. My grandparents used to live within driving distance of NYC so we'd go there sometimes. It's so much fun!

  17. Wow! You do birthdays right! The cake is amazing!

  18. Raspberry, purses, cheesecake, nyc, toile, flowers, birthday/weeks... we are sisters from another mister! SWEET!! what a perfect birthday!! i'm for sure going to order me cheesecake.


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