Sunday, July 20, 2014


It was a big week for Mom, filled with lots of friends and celebrations. 
 She is feeling pretty lucky to be surrounded by her sweet amazing family and friends as she turned 40.  

 We all got to celebrate with her favorite cake and homemade pasta and
 Dad's first go at home-made sausage!
 He did great!  Plus it was kind of fun!
 Our garden is getting beautiful and we had some lovely days to celebrate.  After celebrating with the family on her actual birthday, she was treated to a lovely dinner and drinks by dear friends Val, Vanessa, Christina, Laura and Monica.  They enjoyed an evening at Yakuza and ice-cream (with special birthday sprinkles) at salt-n-straw.

 Saturday we had a everyone over for an awesome cookout filled lots of laughs, conversation, running around (and around... and around).  It was so much fun to celebrate with all of our friends.
 To cap it all off, our friends Tilly and Elsa are out visiting, so we go to spend lots of time with them this week too.  We had a blast with everyone and it is great to start a new decade surrounded by dear friends and great food!

 and laughs!  I could really get Tilly going with the giggles.  Baby laughs are totally contagious.
 Today we got up and hit the road to join many of the same crew on a hike up at Walcella falls in the Gorge.
 it was a perfect day out, not too hot, not too far and beautiful falls to see.
 and loads of wildlife to appreciate.  Owen and Ben spent a lot of time with their noses in the river finding all manner of critters, including this salamander (and probably at least two others), fish, all sorts of insect larve.

 I joined them for a fair bit of the explorations along with Charlie... or spent time chucking rocks into the river with Elsa, or climbing with Daddy!

 Yay!  we made it!

 There were also tons of cool old logs

 Then our Vanessa, Dave and Liam hosted us for dinner tonight and for another beautiful evening.  Man we are loving the summer cookouts and endless parties!  Babies Samson and Tilly spent some time working out on the rug
 E. cooked up special treats on the grill
all the kids enjoyed the tire swing, treehouse and slide,
 and fun company being able to run all together.

It was such a fun weekend and we are so grateful to be able to hang with and celebrate with all of our kind, generous, and wonderful friends.


James said...

Happy, happy birthday, Amy!! Looks like a great way to ring in 4-0.

Matthew Bracken said...

Happy Birthday!