Sunday, July 1, 2012

It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

A full and emotional weekend. Emma had her high school graduation ceremony and prom yesterday. I am so proud of the person she is. I have always stressed to my girls that what is important is inside and not just outside, but will you let me tell you how very beautiful she was yesterday?

Did I cry at her ceremony? I cried before it even started when I tried to say a few words to her as she left to join her fellow students.

Today was also special. For those of you who visit my blog from elsewhere, today is Canada's birthday.  And it also happens to be my birthday although I feel like a youngster compared to her at 145.

The photo at the top shows the birthday gifts I received in the mail from my sister Nancy and her family. What a collection of beautiful things from people I love and admire: gorgeous earrings made by Nancy that I am wearing right now, napkins and a dish made by Bookhou and sticky notes featuring the beautiful paintings of Geninne. I'll admit it. I cried when I opened the gift.

I received the loveliest gifts from Jocelyn, Emma and Chloé: a stack of CDs, gift cards from iTunes, a collection of Woody Allen movies, flavoured olive oils, tea, and a big surprise--an iPad. I hope I get to use it  sometimes as it has been very popular in our house today.  Jocelyn gave me the iPad accompanied by the same Hallmark card he has given me at least twice before. Pretty sweet.  All in all, a lovely weekend. Hope you all have had one too. A big Canadian birthday hug to you all. xo


9 comments:

  1. Awww! Kathleen!
    Happy Birthday! Tears of joy are always allowed, especially on your B-Day.
    My in-laws, who are Dutch always say "congratulations" on birthdays and congratulate family members too. At first, I thought it was kind of funny, but, it's actually pretty nice. So tell your hubby, "Congratulations on your wife's birthday!" LOL.
    I hope you had a lovely day and I think it's very special you get to share it with Canada. :)

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  2. Aw Kathleen, it's totally normal to be emotional on such important days ! I'm emotional even on non special days !! LOL I am so glad you were such well treated, you deserve it all !
    Last summer we gifted each boy an ipad, which totally was a good idea. And when they're in bed, sleeping, I can use it in bed too !
    I'll make a little post soon about ipad & iphone apps that I've found.
    Oh, forgot to say that you & I are meant to get along ... I (and hubby) looove Woody Allen.
    Much love oxoxo

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  3. what a wonderful weekend you have had
    with fantastic family events and canada day to boot.
    in the words of woody allen "You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred."

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  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 21 again is it?

    You sound like you've had the perfect week, what better than tears of joy?

    And such a lucky ducky with those pressies! They are just gorgeous.

    Have a fabulous time away and eat like it's your birthday every day!

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  5. Sounds like you had a Wonderful B'day, Ipad, Wow, I know I would have trouble getting hands off one of those, but I've seen some artwork on them (including David Hockney) which is brilliant! The same card thing from your husb made me laugh, I'm sure that's happened to me.Have a great hol away, sounds like it will be totally fun filled! I was welling up just reading your intro thing too :)

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  6. Aw I'm so glad you like your presents. I've been collecting them the last couple of months for you. I was pretty sure you would love them - I was only concerned that you might already own them!! Happy, happy birthday!

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  7. what a wonderful weekend; there must have been fireworks in there somewhere too...

    All your gifts are so thoughtful; I know you will enjoy them
    and special congrats to your daughter

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  8. happy birthday, happy grad to emma, happy canada day, happy small celebrations that makes life worth living :)

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  9. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments. I appreciate them all. xo

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