Dan and Mel are still chopping. What beautiful color. The younger kids tasted it too. We served it with bakery Italian bread. Some of them made sandwiches out of it.
Now we get on to the celebration. Joe and I both have birthdays in March. Just a few days apart, so we always celebrate together. This was not a party with a lot of plans. My kids are mostly vegetarians, so they brought the rest of the meal. My daughter started cooking her famous vegetarian chili at 4:30 AM. She planned for us all to have chili dogs. The dogs were veggie dogs...pretty good I would say. She brought fresh strawberries and cream. The boys and I took turns whipping the cream. They were surprised when their old Grandma took that whip and really let go with vigorous beating. They were a little wimpy with their beating skills. When their arms were tired, I brought out the little hand mixer. I just thought that they needed a little exercise :) Now, we get to the next part. Son, John, brought the birthday cake and to top it all a dozen subway sandwiches. What a conglomeration of food! Fried peppers, chili veggie dogs, strawberries and cream and subway sandwiches. Of course, I couldn't have them here without cooking something. My contribution was deviled eggs, shrimp and cocktail sauce, and a veggie pizza. It's a good thing that we all have stomachs of iron...I guess we could have called it A TASTE OF BYRON right here in my kitchen.
We ate a little bit of everything and then cut into that big chocolate cake. Don't forget the strawberries and cream on the side. Joe and I and Collin looking on. We could only find three candles. Glad we didn't put on for every year...it would have caused a fire.
The kids are admiring the cake. They were still hungry...most everyone had dessert. Here is the back of Xoie's head and grandson Tyler looking on.
My daughter LuAnn, is elusive, when it comes to picture taking...She has always shied away from the camera. Here is a side view of her, and then my grandson Collin and I must have had my finger in the frosting...licking my lips.
We went into the living room and opened gifts. Melody is on the floor saving the tissue paper. We are recyclers. Now it wouldn't be a birthday party without some party games. My kids have always loved games. We played lots of games, when they were growing up, endless games of Uncle Wlggley and Candy Land. They still love games today.
I read about a game on Britt's post from Norway...http://brittarnhildshouseinthewoods.typepad.com/ She posted pictures of her daughter, Marta, and friends building towers with spaghetti and marshmallows. I quickly emailed Britt and asked her for information. She was kind enough to email back so quickly...the original post from her archives. I went to the store and bought a couple of pkgs. of thick pasta and a couple of bags of marshmallows. The following pictures show what fun we all had building these towers. Tyler won for the tallest one. It's really fun to do and thank you Britt, so much, for getting back to me so promptly. This is fun for all ages, and it takes a lot of time, so if you are entertaining at a kids birthday party...this would be fun for them to do. Think how you could change it up...mini colored marshmallows and pasta.
Here is my son, John, sitting back and looking very proud of his creation.
Tyler the serious builder...he thought that there was a prize. Grandma didn't think of that.
It was a great day. After the cleanup and just relaxing in my chair...I thought about family and what they all mean to me. My kids and Joe's are such a great bunch of kids. Our grandchildren and great grandchildren are the bonuses in our lives. I think that Clyde and I... and Joe and Sonja did a good job bringing up these kids. It never fails...they come through for birthdays and other holidays and just visits.....and they've been here when we've needed them during health issues...whether they live close by or live far away...they have been here for us. Well, Joe is 75 and I will be 73 on Thursday. We just had a celebration to remember.