Monday, March 29, 2010


How cute are they?

Getting help, haha

On Friday night while Mel was here we decided to have a SURPRISE birthday party for my youngest son Jimmy. He will be 30 years old on April 7th! I honestly cannot believe my Jimmy Mike is 30 years old. Where oh where did that time go? He had already planned on coming up for the day anyway to see Melody, so it really was a good time. We told him that we had made a plan to have dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 6:30 and that John was bringing his new girlfriend to meet everyone. That gave us the excuse to dress a little nicer than we usually would have, haha. Though after we all got ready he did say he felt he was underdressed, haha...His wife Larissa and I had been planning this for a few weeks. It was soo hard for both of us not to say anything to him, though I imagine it was a lot rougher on her. She did manage to get a hold of his two best friends growing up who have remained his friends to this day. We had quite the turn out. I think there were around 40 people. It was such a good time. We had a whole room to ourselves and the kids all ran around and played to their hearts content. I think we really had him fooled and we all got quite the kick out of it.

Melody left early Sat. morning but Jimmy's family had spent the night and decided to just spend all day Sat. over as well. How we enjoyed them. We had not seen this little family since the baby’s birthday's in early Feb. with me being sick and all. How I had missed them. This gave me a VERY pleasant diversion on Sat. to Mel having just left. I always go into a couple of day slump when she does. But like I said, this helped a lot and I was really grateful. Capri and I got some alone time and did a little shopping at Target. How I enjoyed her. JD is his daddy's boy through and through. It's like watching Jimmy grow up all over again. Dontella is just such a sweetie. One look from those big blue eyes and you are just toast, haha. Jeffie had come over on Friday and spent the day as well, so the cousins got lots of playing time together.

Melody and I met Jessie and Danae on Wed. of last week down in Newport and Mel got her hair done by Jess. She was in REAL need of a highlight and cut, and she got herself a Bazillion blowout as well. Sure helps having a cousin in the business, haha Then my mom joined us and Jessie treated us all to lunch. After that we got to see both the bridesmaid’s dresses and Jessie's wedding gown. How fun that was. Jessie looked soo beautiful. And the bridesmaid’s dresses are REALL Y cute. A really pretty shade of light lime green, and they are going to wear fuchsia pink shoes and flowers of fuchsia, orange and yellow in their hair. Soo cute, AND soo Jess. I am really looking forward to that day. We had dinners out and lunches out and a nice long visit with Mike's grandmother. She lost her mate of 53 years a couple of months ago, but is doing pretty well I was happy to see. We watched some of our fav TV shoes together, went to the movies, shopped, and talked and talked and talked.

Well, that's about it I guess. I am not quite as perky yet as I had hoped, but I will get there I am sure. It really just one of her best visits so far. I think maybe it was because she had a whole week instead of just 3 or 4 days. I will take whatever I am offered that is for sure, but those LONG trips are definitely my favorites.

I am posting one of my little videos of the birthday party. Be sure to pause the music on the right hand side of my blog page, and click full screen to view. Click escape on your computer to exist. ENJOY.....

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A couple of my fav. pics of the night so Mel can copy, haha

One for each...

Jim & Mel


  1. Wow - your party looks like a great time...such a good memory during the time Mel was home! I am SO looking forward to WHENEVER Jordan can come home for a visit. I've been really disappointed that yet another holiday is upon us..and no Jordan. Some days the empty nest thing is okay...and some days it just stinks!:)

    So happy you had a great time while Mel was home...and you look beautiful there with your sweetie and those cutie-patooties!!

    Have a wonderful week, friend.

  2. What a beautiful family! So glad you got to spend some time with them! What a blessing to get a week with Mel! I pray my daughter and I will be as good of friends when she is grown as it seems you are with your daughter!

  3. Well, it certainly looks like you all had a great time. Such wonderful photos of the family. Everyone is so photogenic too!

    I always enjoy reading your posts and the special relationships you have with your daughter Mel.

    Love you,

  4. There's nothing like family time!!! Great pics. Beautiful family.
    What fun. Thank you for the birthday wishes too Debbie. And you look terrific girl!!

  5. Sounds like you've enjoyed a lot of good family time recently Debbie. I'm sorry you've been a bit down since your Mel left. I imagine thatis so very hard. I hope you are feeling a bit better soon!

    Maybe you should buy yourself something fun and new?! That always makes me feel better! :)

  6. Hi Debbie,
    Looks like you all had a fabulous time at Jim's party! You have a wonderful family! My youngest son Jordan, will be turning 29 in a couple of weeks. That too is hard to believe! I'm so happy you stopped by for a visit. I always enjoy your company and your sweet comments! Wishing you and your beautiful family a Happy Easter!

    Blessings and hugs,

  7. What a fun time! I could also relate to your previous post about feeling sad because your daughter lives in another state. Our eldest lives in California and I do miss her lots.

  8. Hey Debbie!

    I just read this post and the one under this so I thought I'd comment on them both here.

    First off, looks like a GREAT surprise party for your son!! What good memories you've made and the pictures that you took are outstanding, I thoroughly enjoyed your slide show. I love when you do those!! So glad that you had such an amazing week with Mel!

    Second, and lastly, I think it's normal to feel those feelings when she leaves. I do not take for granted how close I live to my Mom. My sister is in Oklahoma and I honestly don't know how she does it. I love my Mom and the time we have together is wonderful. I wouldn't trade it for the world. My kids get to grow up with Gwamom and Pop Pop so close, it's awesome. I know when Stacy leaves after a visit I have those feelings. Our kids won't grow up together. I don't get to go see her whenever I want. I haven't been out to Oklahoma since her wedding. I have to wait for her to come visit. When Tim and I have money to go somewhere, it's usually to see his parents up in Oregon. It's hard to have family so far away. Especially your daughter, I can imagine what it's like, but I don't want to. I know that it's really hard on my Mom and having daughters myself, hope that it never happens to me.

    I say go ahead and vent it out. It's not supposed to be easy to live away from your loved ones and if you never get used to it, that's okay. As long as you are happy that Mel is happy, that's all that matters. You are a good Mama Debbie and have so much love for your family. Hope the next few days get easier for you, and you can start looking forward to the next visit.


  9. Morning Debbie,
    Yes, I have seen your smilin face around blogland as well. So nice to meet you hon! What a lovely family you have. Your son is a cutie, and your daughter is beautiful too, looks a lot like her Mom, and all those adorable grandchildren. Hope you are feeling a bit better after your daughters departure. I know what you mean, my son used to live in Kentucky and we only got to see him twice a year, but now he is back in Florida and even lives nearby, so we get to see him a least every 2 weeks sometimes more. Never thought that he would be living that near us again. Ya just never know.
    Daughters are harder I think...mine lives close too, but the thought of her moving away, makes me sad to think about it.
    Thank you for your sweet Birthday wishes, that was so nice!
    Thanks ever so much for coming by,
    and hope to visit again soon.
    Blessings, Nellie

  10. Hi Debbie - hope it is a great Wednesday for you! So funny that you do things for awhile, get in a rut and then call it a tradition!! HA HA...that would probably describe most of my "traditions"!! Nice that you are going to your son's house for Easter...the guest this year:) Enjoy it for all its worth!! Talk to you soon...

  11. Easter blessings coming your way!!!

  12. Looks like you had a great time celebrating your son's birthday. Love the pictures of you and your husband. You look beautiful! Enjoy your day!


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