Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Catching Up: Tyndall Gals' Birthday Celebrations

Valerie kinda got the raw end of the deal this year. Because of schedule conflicts, breakfast was the meal out that she got. And because her birthday was on a Sunday, lots of the local places we like were closed... so, we did a birthday breakfast at IHOP. That was a first. She was a good sport about it, though, and definitely earned an extra special celebration next year for her 25th! :)Mom's birthday was different as well. We spend the morning (and most of the afternoon) moving Dan's furniture out and loading his truck. Tons of people showed up to help (even without being asked and even with very little notice), and one neighbor described the day as very 'cathartic', with which I completely agreed. But the people showing up was just another testimony of how much my mom is loved, which I think was special for her as well.After moving for hours and hours, Mom and I spent some time looking for the slide show we made for her 50th birthday, but we couldn't find it. Sad. We did some other browsing and laughing and playing around online. Then, I went home and got ready, and we all met up at a semi-fancy restaurant on Shem Creek called Water's Edge. (This was also where Matt and I had our rehearsal dinner and neither of us had eaten there since then.) It was nice to be dressed up and pamper Mom for her 55th birthday. We got her a couple of little gifts, but her big gift was a very nice amethyst ring (her birthstone) that Valerie actually cut part of. Val has been learning about cutting stones from a friend of hers, so this made it extra-special for mom.Mom's friend, Teela, helped with moving and also joined us for the birthday dinner. :)

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