Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy Memories

I am SO TIRED of SNOW (5 inches again today) I decided to post HAPPY shots from my birthday weekend.

Last month I celebrated my 75th birthday out at Douthat State Park where we go each year. This time it was special because all three of my children came...and, of course, Eloise, Jack, and Buster. It was gloomy and spitting snows off and on all weekend, but we still had a wonderful get together. There were so many of us that we had to have 2 different cabins this time.

 Gluten Free Birthday Cupcakes

My Birthday Sign Created by Eloise
I used to be teased with the Mrs. Robinson song from the movie, but now it is Lady Baga! 

Birthday Table in the Big Cabin

Opening Presents in My Traveling and Folding Rocking Chair 

Eloise and I always make her Valentines at my birthday wweekend. This is her Uncle Ridge. All I can say is...she ADORES him! This year she dipped her thumb in white paint and made thumbprints to make a bunny...Some Bunny Loves You. Then she added the whiskers, eyes, and nose with markers.

Most of the lake was frozen.

Yes, they are fishing.

The Dam

This is a typical Douthat hiking trail sign.


The skies were dark and dreary the entire weekend, but they were still beautiful.
Our cabin was the first on the right.

The reflection in this shot makes me think of a rotting canoe on its side.

I think the reflection of the fence is really neat.

This pond was absolutely beautiful.

"Thank goodness I have finally gotten a break from Buster."

"Where’s the birthday cake? I’m tired of waiting."

"May I please come in....I’m cold."

Eloise ready in her mom’s coat to race Ridge outside from one of our cabins to the other.

My Favorite Shots from the Weekend

Ridge Beside Lake

My Three Guys

Eloise and Mom...taken by Gene
You’ve gotts LOVE that red hair :-)

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  1. your boys made me smile. glad you had a great birthday celebration!

    we didn't have 5 inches of snow, but we had ice pellets and thundersnow yesterday here in texas. and temps in the teens overnight.

  2. Happy belated birthday... and the snow can't last forever ( I hope )

  3. You had a wonderful birthday Genie, lovely family photos and lots of lovely smiles. What a great family you have. We have had snow also, about the same amount as yours. Roll on Spring :)

  4. Wish you Happy Birthday ! ! !

    Hope you had a great time...

  5. Looks like a nice time by the wonderful set of pictures. My how Eloise has grown. Think she'll catch up to her mom?

  6. Good to see you having great time. Belated birthday wishes.

  7. Family time will brighten the dreariest of days. Especially since one special bunny loves you.

  8. beautiful, beautiful photos - thank you for posting these - and so much joy in your family :) happy belated birthday !

  9. Looks like you have a wonderful birthday celebration! What a beautiful place for you all to get together.
    I'm really tired of the snow and cold.

  10. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday, surrounded by so much love! Happy belated birthday Genie!

  11. How nice to come to your birthday party. Do I get one of those glutenfree cakes :-)

  12. What LOVE all around. Happy 75 Years!
    (and ...I must find me a traveling rocking chair)

  13. Happy belated birthday! How great to have all those loving family members there to celebrate with you!

  14. what a great celebration!!! happy belated birthday!!

  15. I love these pictures. Did I even tell you Happy Birthday.....geez, I need help.
    Love that Eloise. She is just a doll. So glad that you could be together with your family.

  16. Oh, wow, what a wonderful idea! I loved seeing all of these...and yes, I always love red hair. Now I don't know a lot of people with red hair, but everyone I have ever known with red hair I have liked.

  17. Happy belated birthday! You have a lovely family and it looks like you had a fun get together to celebrate. Love the name of that part. The coins looked very comfortable. Eloise's Valentine cards came out so pretty!

  18. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday

  19. Beautiful photos, it's wonderful! I like the happiness that off!

  20. Ah, this nudges some memories! It's been years since I went to Douthat, but I've been there several times. I remember seeing deer at the lake's edge… so pretty!

    Who fixed the special cupcakes? (I eat wheat-free but I my own.)

  21. A grand collection of memories. So many happy smiles in a wonderful environment. Adore the cute little Buster too.

  22. A very happy birthday to you, you doesn't look like 75 at all. I see you had a great weekend, hope you will have many more of them.

  23. Happy Birthday to you ~ lovely and loving family you have and great BW shots for BWW ~ thanks, xxx

    artmusedog and carol

  24. What a fabulous weekend...somebunny indeed loves you (in fact obviously a lot of sombunnies!). Great picture diary of a lovely family time.

  25. seems you had a nice birthday. :) You have a beautiful family and a gret surrounding nature. :) BTW, come over here. Our snow is gone!

  26. It certainly is better to focus on the happy times.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

  27. What a fabulous birthday weekend; such great memories! Happy belated wishes!


  28. Happy belated Birthday Genie! It looks like you all had a great time celebrating it.
    You have a lot of fantastic photos in this post.
    Those cupcakes look so good!

  29. I'm very late visiting, but just wanted to say (belated) happy birthday!
    I'm also sick and tired of winter and the eternal cold and snow...

  30. Happy birthday ! You were blessed with so many cool things on that very day, and reflections are not the most lovely... Nice family !

  31. Happy Belated Birthday, Genie!! Eloise is a beautiful girl. What a fun time and birthday celebration. And Buster the doggie is a cutie too. Wonderful series of images. Have a happy weekend.

  32. HI I believe, from the look of these photographs, yup really enjoyed your birthday. Like the 3 boys. Winter will soon be over for you, spring is just round the corner.

  33. What a fabulous way to spend your birthday weekend! Looks like everyone had a great time.

  34. I do hope you get a break from winter soon. Looks like the birthday bash was fun. What a cute dog!

  35. Beautiful photography. I love the father daughter portrait int he driveway