Sarah's birthday was August 3rd, but we waited until she arrived with Adam and Caleb on Monday to celebrate. Matt, Betsy, and Skylar came to dinner, and we had a great time. From elementary school on, the only birthday cake Sarah ever wanted was an ice cream cake, and that was her request again. There were three candles for 33 years. :-)
Skylar wasn't quite sure what to make of having another toddler in our house. Initially she told Caleb that the toys were "mine," but she soon recovered, and they had a lot of fun running up and down our driveway together, shouting and laughing.
Skylar kept losing one shoe, and eventually was running barefoot. I was just glad neither of them fell!
But this is my favorite photo of the evening --the two of them on our poor glider at the bottom of the driveway that's waiting to be refinished.
Here's the card I made for Sarah. Her personal "symbol" is a tree, and she has a wonderful one designed by Adam on her business cards and website. There's a tree hanging over their bed, a colorful tree that hung over the fireplace in Ashland, and one on her favorite totebag. When I bought the "All Seasons Tree" die by Simon Says , I knew it would be on her next birthday card.
I'm linking this up at the Moxie Fab Birthday Card challenge. It's the last of the white woodgrain cardstock that came in a Simon Says card kit mounted onto a green Memory Box card. The sentiment is an old wooden stamp from A Muse that I've had for years stamped onto one of Papertrey's banner dies.
Yesterday, all the cousins (but one who couldn't come) gathered at Conesus Lake. We don't think they've ever been all together in one place before. They arrived from Illinois, Arizona, Oregon, Vermont, and Louisana as well as locally. The only damper on the day was the my mother-in-law was too ill to join us. She had been looking forward to this day for months! But we got great photos. First, one of all the cousins and their children.
A pretty good-looking group, if I do say so myself!
And then one of all of us. I'm amazed that we actually got one with everyone (except Caleb) looking at the camera with a smile on their face, and their eyes open!
Tomorrow Adam heads back to Chicago. Sarah and Caleb are staying for the last two days at the lake (we drive back and forth each day), and we'll be driving them home. We'll leave sometime on Sunday and spend one night on the road. Tracy and I are planning to spend a week in Chicago, helping to unpack a house full of boxes and get everything settled. Once we get back home, my brother is coming for a few days.
I have a few posts to put up for the time we're away, but I won't have much time to visit blogs or comment. I'll be sure to catch up with all of you toward the end of August.