Saturday, July 5, 2008

The signing of ........ Matt's "declaration of independence" !!!


Grand-parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and...
....friends(not to mention his brother and parents, too) all came to Matt's graduation party yesterday to sign his ......... "declaration of independence" (i.e. his GRADUATION QUILT !!!)

In addition to signing the quilt, there was .....
.....eating and ....
.....more eating ....














......AND, we also had .....

...two Fourth of July Birthday Girls !!!! one is my Mom, the Birthday Queen, and the other is Matt's friend, the Birthday Princess (who was celebrating her Sweet 16 !!)...(note Birthday Crown on Mom .... that was made last year for her birthday by her grandaughters, Maura and Erin .... I think it's pretty spiffy!) ....and for the Sweet 16 Birthday Princess, nothing less than a sparkly "Birthday Girl" tiara will do! .... oh, and also notice that the Birthday Queen also has a sparkly sceptor that also lights up .... she was going for a kind of Vegas Look ....

Now, speaking of significant milestone birthdays .... yours truly has a whopper coming up about 4 1/2 months down the road .... and I'd really just rather ignore it ... HOWEVER, certain family members are NOT gonna let this go quietly or wait until I absolutely have to admit that it's my "significant" birthday .... oh, noooooo!!!!! they had to bring it up YESTERDAY already !!! UGH !!! It seems my sister, Boop, and my sister - in - law , Lori and their daughters Maura, Erin, Katie and Stephie have been planning behind my back already .... and yesterday at Matt's graduation party they gave me a gift bag full of clues/presents that lead up to the BIG SURPRISE ...... which is a girls' weekend in New York City, in November, to shop, dine , drink, and see "Mama Mia'" !!!!! WHAT FUN !!!!!..... and, now, let me show you some of the pictures that were taken with MY CAMERA as the surprise was unfolding .....
....here I am looking at my "Grow Your Own Enchanted Castle" ......really ... just add water (If you click on the picture, you'll be able to see it better ....) (OK.... and don't look at how BAD my hair looks ..... it was raining earlier .... maybe I should have a "Grow Your Own Hairdresser " .... just add water ....)
.....next is the new addition to my "Beauty Queen Sash "collection .... the "Birthday Queen" sash !!! .... and let's not overlook THOSE GLASSES !!! Those are real HUMDINGERS !!!

.... and , next ... since I started the Flowered Bathing Cap Tradition, they felt it only fitting for me to recieve a GOLDEN BATHING CAP for this stinkin' significant birthday of mine WHICH ISN'T FOR 4 and 1/2 MONTHS YET !!! (EAT YOUR HEART OUT all you "over 35" model wanna-bees on that show "She's Got the Look!" .... I'd say I've got THE LOOK !!!! and it's STUNNING !!!
.... anyhow, my dear sister - in - law wasn't able to find a gold bathing cap with those nifty flowers on it, so instead they decided to sign their names and decorate the gold bathing cap with "jewels" WHILE MY HEAD WAS IN IT !!!!

.....SO.... we had 4 celebration categories yesterday ...well 5, I guess if you count the fact that it WAS the Fourth of July ... so we threw in fireworks at the end of the day just to complete the Graduation Party Extravaganza !!!! (at least I get a 3 year break before Evan graduates and we do this again !!!!)

Well gang .... I'm POOPED !!! I think I'll get my jammies on and fall face down onto the first soft surface I come to .....

Be back soon!
Toodles,
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

11 comments:

Dandelion Quilts said...

Mar- Looks like a fun party! Your surprise sounds like it will be a lot of fun. A trip to NY? I am sooo jealous! Golden bathing cap. I think that says it all.

BusyLittleQuilter said...

You and your family are so much fun!

The birthday bash in November sounds great.

Nan said...

What fun you all had! Girl, you are da bomb in those glasses, sash and bathing cap! Remember, when you hit that "significant milestone", I am several years ahead of you, you sweet young thing! Jump in, the water's fine!

Mona said...

Looks like a great time was had by all! Milestone birthday coming up ey? That would be uh...29...Yes?? ;)

Stacy A. said...

Mare, those pictures are priceless! It looks like you had a great shin dig! Did I miss the cake? Surely there was cake? You know I like to live vicariously through other peoples cakes!
Actually I think your "big" birthday coming up has gotta be one of the best ages. You are old enough to be wise from experience but young and sprite enough to use that wiseness! And what a weekend that will be. Have a great week, get yourself some beauty rest. Love Stacy

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Oh you lucky gal. Looks like your about to have some real fun with the girls.
Congrats to the graduation boy. Bet he's glad to be finished with school for now.

debbie said...

Looks like a fun day! Cant wait for fall to come! You will be having so much fun on your b-day trip you wont even remember how old you are! ;o)

OldBagNewTricks said...

OMG, if you all don't know how to have fun then nobody does. Look at all this glee and levity -- graduations, Birthday Queens and Princesses, Independence quilts, Crowns, Tiaras and a Golden Birthday Cap. Holy Moly and all that eating too. That's the party to end all parties. Hot Diggity!

Jenny

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a fun celebration! I'm so glad I visited your blog today, I'm grinning from ear to ear. (Not in small part because of the Moonbeams music, that brings back sweet memories!)
xo Lidy

Jan said...

Hi ... just stopping by to say that the "infamous" graduation quilt is a real beauty :) You done good! I didn't see Miss Kittie at the party ... was she invited??? I visit your Blog periodically, but this is the first time I have commented ... just wanted to say that you brighten my days! I've enjoy your "journey thru life." God Bless :)

Happy Zombie said...

Happy Birthday... Happy Graduation... Happy 4th... happy, happy, happy! And where of where was Miss Kitty?