happy birthday mama

Confession: It’s taken me almost a year to calibrate my monitor at home. Now that I edit and work solely at the Cottage I got lax about my home computer. But my home computer is where I edit all of my personal pics and after editing pics for this post (and subsequent, queued posts) I was finally disgusted enough with the quality to get it done. So forgive the wonky color for the next several posts and know that the good stuff is coming soon. =)

My family is notorious for surprising each other with visits. It began about twenty years ago when my Aunt Lori flew cross-country to show up at our door for my mom’s 40th birthday. And it snowballed from there. In fact, we’re such constant surprisers that even when there’s not a surprise in the works, we’re convinced there is. Which can be really sad when, say, I’m absolutely convinced that my mom is sneaking out to pick my sister up at the airport for Christmas…and she’s absolutely convinced I’m doing the same. And neither of us are. Because my sister’s not actually not coming. Talk about devastating.

But I digress.

Our family loves a surprise visit. So the impending 60th birthday of my mama was a no-brainer. I rallied the troops (my sister and my Aunt Lori) and we cooked up our plan. And then my mom unwittingly put the cherry on her own surprise sundae by flying my grandmother from California to Tennessee for a few weeks. Which meant my sister, my mom, my Aunt Lori, my Grama and me would all be together for mom’s 60th…our entire Red Thread! Hooray!

Aunt Lori and Meghan flew into Huntsville a few days prior and we headed up to Nashville on Friday. Mom was as unsuspecting as a birthday girl in our family can be (read: very, very suspecting) but was a good sport nonetheless. The kiddos were good sports too…they managed to keep the surprise for the two and a half minutes between when we arrived and when Meghan and Aunt Lori rang the doorbell. Pretty impressive for a 5 and 7 year old.

We rewarded them with cake.

(Every time you see a picture of my Mom in this post ask yourself, “does this look like a 60 year old woman?”. I’ll answer that for you: NO.)

As Mom was blowing our her candles I caught a glimpse of my Grama watching quietly from the corner. And it made me feel thankful all over again that she was there.

And then I said a quiet prayer that I’ll get to watch my own daughter blow out 60 candles one day.

Speaking of women that don’t look their age…my Grama will make 80 this year. Go Grama!

With iPad in hand, I might add…

(and stylus!)

The main goal of our birthday celebration weekend was our favorite pastime: thrifting. Before we headed out we stepped onto the porch for a few generational pictures.

Then we spent the day hitting every thrift shop, coffee shop and vegan restaurant in Nashville (for the 60 year old vegan in the bunch).

Happy Birthday Mama…I’m so proud to call you mine!

TerryApril 1, 2013 - 7:19 pm

I love you, Deed! Thanks for making turning 60 so memorable! Love these pictures and especially the ones with my mama in them!

NikkiApril 1, 2013 - 7:49 pm

…”and then I said a quiet prayer that I’ll get to watch my own daughter blow out 60 candles one day”…Oh, that got me! So beautiful! My Nana turns 90 this May…I LOVED this post!!!!

MichelleApril 2, 2013 - 5:33 am

Absolute sweetness. You have an amazing family.

AnneApril 2, 2013 - 8:53 am

After getting to know your mom and seeing your grandmother, you and your sister have nothing to worry about – you are going to rock the aging thing. Happy 60th Terry!

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaApril 2, 2013 - 10:05 am

Love this! Happy Birthday to your sweet mama!

Jessica WApril 2, 2013 - 11:28 am

Looks like a wonderful time!

AshleyApril 3, 2013 - 6:03 am

Any chance that you’ll post a How-To for color calibration?

NikiApril 3, 2013 - 9:27 am

“And then I said a quiet prayer that I’ll get to watch my own daughter blow out 60 candles one day” – totally brought me to tears. LOVE that.

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