Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I'm Not TOO Old!

I'm taking a break from my vacay photos to post a few from my birthday (which was yesterday). Yesterday was also Brittany's first day of the new school year, which means we are back to having Emma & Giffy days, my favorite kind of days! Emma arrived at 6:45 AM, dressed and ready to take me to Starbucks for breakfast. We rarely eat doughnuts, but Starbucks has two that Emma and I love (and which are gads better than any other donuts): apple fritters and old-fashioned buttermilk. We only go there on special occasions because they are waaayyyyy too bad to eat just because. Anyway, Emma had her heart set on going there for my special birthday breakfast, ordering one of each and sharing them. Sounded perfect to me! So we drove 15 minutes to the first Starbucks. Guess what? No donuts. So we drove another 10 minutes to the second one. Guess what? No donuts. Apparently their suppliers hadn't be able to make deliveries because of Hurricane Irene. What a lame excuse! LOL Emma suggested we make a different plan: go to Dunkin' Donuts! (Exciting for her, not so much for me. Soooo not a DD fan, and I wasn't smart enough to get my coffee at Starbucks.) Well, guess what? Dunkin' Donuts was out of apple fritters and buttermilk donuts! So we changed our plan again and nibbled on a few donut holes and called it good. Of course, I am still craving the yummies from Starbucks. Gotta get my mind off of those!!! 

Anyway, here's my Emma quote of the day, spoken lovingly in Dunkin' Donuts in front of some very amused customers.

Emma: Giffy, how old are you now?
Me: I'm 49.
Emma, patting my hand quite sympathetically: Don't worry, Giffy. You're not TOO old!

From the mouths of babes...LOL

After the Big Birthday Donut Disappointment, we snuggled and watched Beauty and the Beast (my favorite princess movie). After Emma's nap (during which I relaxed and read The Help which, so far, is wonderful), we went shopping and met Brittany for pedicures. Then we met Rick and went for dinner at my favorite restaurant. It was really a wonderful day!

Simply for your enjoyment, here's another funny conversation (via voicemail), this one with my older brother Dave. Just FYI, we love to spar back and forth, all in good fun.

Dave: Happy birthday, Sis! Now that you're soooooo old, you must be taking a nap!
Me: No, in fact I was not taking a nap. I was much too busy getting my diaper changed.
Dave: I laughed so hard at your message that I dropped my phone!
Me: No wonder you dropped it, what with your arthritic fingers and all.
Then we called a truce and had a normal conversation just like normal siblings have: we blamed everything on our parents! JUST KIDDING, MOM! 

Emma has been dying to give me her gift. It literally drove her crazy to wait all day. She painted this picture for me. It's of me, Brittany, and Emma wearing princess dresses in our favorite colors. Emma is in the pink dress, with the long flowing Rapunzel hair that swirls all over the page. Brittany is the green dress. I, of course, am wearing a purple dress and a huge purple bow in my hair. So huge, in fact, that I thought it was a fascinator. Maybe it's one of Princess Beatrice's, LOL.
 Now look at this close-up of the painting. Take a good, long look.
Anything catch your eye? Well, it's a really good thing that Brittany informed me that the circles on our dresses are princessy puffy sleeves. I thought they were something else. Actually, two something elses. Not only that, but I thought that Emma had drawn mine to accurately portray the effects of nearly a half-century of gravity and I was more than a bit envious of Brittany's perkier placement. That made me feel old! Now that I know that they're just princessy puffy sleeves, I feel so much better about myself.

Back to my gift from Emma and Brittany. This is our new living room, aka our wine and cheese room, aka my reading room.

I've been looking for some kind of tray to set on the ottoman. Well, Miss Emma decided that she wanted to make something special for me to use on the ottoman. She came up with the idea of making a plate for each chair. Then she decided to decorate the four plates like the four seasons so that each chair would have a unique plate. I can't believe she had such a well-thought-out plan! Check out what she did:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Emma chose all of the colors and did all of the sponge painting by herself. Then she used her fingerprints to make the centers of the snowflakes, the tulips and butterflies, the ladybugs and roses, and the acorns and pumpkins. Brittany added the details. Are these not the prettiest things EVER
(Sorry about the flash spots.)
As if Rick hadn't already spoiled me with the pedicure and dinner, he also gave me a few glass beads for my Pandora bracelet, as well as some Pandora earrings. My Prince Charming sure does treat me like his princess even after 31 years. 
Me and my two beautiful sweethearts! 
 You'll never guess what Emma ordered for dinner: salmon! I told you that she loves it!
 Here we are blowing out the candle on a piece of cranberry bread pudding. YUM!
The only really horrible, terrible, so-not-what-I-wished-for part of my day was that my beloved Red Sox lost to the Yankees. Guess I'll serve myself a slice of humble pie on one of my beautiful new plates. :)


Christy Lynn said...

My mom said that her grandmother turned 55 so many years in a row that Mom thought she'd catch up with her. She finally did last year, I think she might stick with that number for a while her own self :) Had to giggle about Emma's puffy sleeves on the drawing, 'cause I was thinking the same thing you where but then I remembered that Emma didn't want "chest balloons" per Brittany's blog and she had puffy sleeves on her dress in the drawing. Hehe!

I did send you something and it's late so you get to celebrate your birthday for longer than just a day. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! Happy belated birfday!

P.S. The word verification for today is "fluty", which is funny 'cause I used to play flute :) And piccolo! So did my mom.

arlene said...

I can see Emma gets her talent from Giffy, those plates are beautiful and absolutely perfect. Love the colors she chose. When you said to look closely at the picture I too thought the same thing. Thanks for the clarification.

As usual another stupendous birthday and the salmon picture is priceless. But hey, she could love a lot of worse things.

Sorry I missed you today. Enjoy your time at the library.

Lori said...

Love the plates. What a wonderful gift. I especially like the tiny waist that she gave you on your princess picture. I guess staying away from the Starbucks donuts is paying off :)