Monday, November 2, 2009

Mom Turns 60!

My dad has 6 sisters as some of you know. As the siblings have turned 60, they have tried to get together and do something special for them. You might recall my post from early April when I flew to Phoenix as a surprise for my dad's 60th - 3 of my aunts and one uncle flew in, too, and we had a great fun-filled birthday weekend.

My aunts wanted to do something for my mom that was equally as special. After a lot of planning, they flew my mom up to Seattle for a girl's weekend of her favorite things. I flew up, too, and was blessed to be able to spend her birthday with her and my aunts. AND my aunt Becky (my mom's sister) was able to come, too. All in all, it was a great time. You'll see a few pics below.

I got a ton of homework done in the airport on Friday before meeting my mom at her gate at Seatac. Gloria and Donna picked us up and surprised us by booking us a hotel room for Friday night. We met up with my aunt Anita, uncle Brian and my cousin Monica at a mall near the hotel and had one of our favorite Seattle treats: Taco Time! We then went to the movie: Couples Retreat, which was pretty good (3.5/5).

That night mom and I stayed at the hotel and I gave mom her birthday gift from me and Ben: an Ipod Shuffle! It is hot pink and adorable, and on the back it was engraved with "Happy 60th! Love B & T." We also gave her a set of headphones (so she doesn't have to use earbuds) and they are hot pink, too! I had loaded it with some of her favorite music, and charged it up so it was ready to use. It was the perfect gift for her!

The next day was a whirlwind. We met up with the girls for breakfast at Denny's and had a rollicking good time. We headed to my aunt Anita's house to relax and spend more time chatting. Then after lunch, we went up to Redmond to a little wine shop and enjoyed a wine tasting with appetizers. Really delightful. Then, while the gals were getting stuff together for the rest of the evening, I took mom and aunt Becky to a nail place in Kirkland and we all got pedicures!! It was my mom's first pedicure and she loved it! That night we had a great dinner together and created a scrapbook for my mom of memories from throughout her life. We titled it: "Recipes for Life", and it was neat that we all contributed pages and memories to it!

On Sunday morning, we headed to the Snoqualmie Casino for a terrific (and I mean TERRIFIC) brunch and a little gambling. Afterward, we headed to the airport via the Longhorn Barbecue shop in Kent (this is one of our other favorite Northwest spots). Mom picked up some sandwiches to take to the boys back home, and after a quick stop in Renton at my aunt Linda's apartment, we dropped her off at the airport. I left early the next morning. It was a super birthday weekend and I think my mom felt loved!

Breakfast on Saturday

Wine Tasting at Redmond Ridge


Some gag gifts got everyone laughing.

All the girls at Sunday Brunch!


bleev said...

OMIGOSH! I LOVEEEE this! :-) Look at how happy everyone is. Bet this doesn't happen too often with everyone. I love it!