Birthday Week Begins

And so begins the yearly big birthday week at our home.

Really, I meant it.

1st – Brother-in-law

2nd – Peanut and Sister-in-law (and my dear friend’s daughter and my trainer)

3rd – Step-dad

4th – Hubby

7th – sister

12th – Father-in-law

Here in NY, the week starts with Peanut.


She get’s pretty pumped about her birthday.

This year, we kept it pretty simple for the actual birthday and we will have a friend party at the end of the summer.  And yes, that is pie dough on my nose.


She picked her favorites for dinner – Chicken Cutlet, Fruit Salad and Potato Salad.  I am pretty sure it sounds really “New York” to say we are having “chicken cutlet”.  Am I right?

collage3 We hung out in the new screened porch and had family time.

But things also got a little silly.

Oh, this girl is something.

Such a great mix of so incredibly sweet and thoughtful and such a kook as well.  And yes, Grandma fell in to the kook category as well.


And there were presents from family here and family far away.

And for the first time, an auction made its way into the birthday mix.  Peanut has been “holding on” to my Snoopy for a while now, it helps her sleep.  A few weeks ago, a Snoopy about the same vintage (I am talking about the late 70’s here in case you are wondering!) as mine came up, and went home with me.  After a spin in the washing machine (inside a pillow case), he is as good as new – actually in even better shape than mine.


Oh, and my girl loves pie.  Any kind of pie, but especially cherry pie.  I am not much of a baker, but I must say that making a cherry pie is pretty darn easy.  So, the cake is for everyone else, but my girl has her eye on pie.


It was a great day.

A great evening.

I can not even believe that my baby is 9!

It is that never ending juggling act.

Trying to hold on to the the little girl but so enjoying getting to know the big girl she is becoming.

I am a very lucky Mom.  God blessed me so great with this girl.

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5 thoughts on “Birthday Week Begins”


  1. Laura yes it’s so NY to say chicken cutlet. I’m a Midwestern transplant to NY as my hubby is from Manhattan and after being here 15 years I can say it still bothers me to this day when MIL says ‘chicken cutlet’. Not sure why but guess it’s on of those NY things, like being ‘on line’ and not in line. Looks like she loved the party and the pie was beautiful.

  2. What a great day for her!!! I love the pictures and she is just so excited, which is how it should be. 🙂
    I am so glad that you had a great day with her and the family and I love Snoopy. 🙂
    Your summer bdays sounds like our winter ones, one right after the other. 🙂

    I hope you are doing well!
    Hugs to you my friend!

  3. I had a Snoopy, too!!! Lots of love to the birthday girl and the rest of you from this family of the other birthday girl 🙂 Thanks for sharing the great photos – so nice to see you all so happy and relaxed on your new porch! Hope Hubby has a great day tomorrow!!! Love, Betty

  4. Looks like Emily had a wonderful birthday, please pass along my best of wishes! The same to Dana & Lisa. Keep up the beautiful work!
    Much love,
    Your cuz