Monday, January 7, 2013

Birthday Highlights

 My sweetheart's birthday is today, and
 our youngest granddaughter turned 3 yesterday.
The New Year is off to a good start with mostly
 happy events, birthday's being especially fun! 
  My mother, and both daughters-in law have birthdays this month.
And my grandmother turns 100 
later this month! 

Happy Birthday Teddy and Ava!
Grandpa Teddy and his little sweetheart Ava ,  who share birthdays.
 He takes her out to lunch at his favorite local diner, to show her off!

 Happy Birthday, Mother!

Mom and me, last year, at a steakhouse!
 Happy 100th Birthday, Grandmom!
Here's Grandmom, a few years ago, with my daughter and me

Ah, I  fondly remember those          
 early childhood birthday celebrations!

Mama always baked us a cake and had the grandparents over,
and a few friends too,  as we got older.
Nothing fancy, or expensive, just cake and ice cream,
 and we always sang  "Happy Birthday".
She once told me that when she was a very young girl,
 she invited several schoolmates to her house for her birthday
 and sadly,  her mother sent them away.
  You see, there really was no party.
  That made her feel so bad, so she always had a simple
celebration for all seven of us, no matter how bare the pantry was,
 or how little she had.  She could always come up with something,
cupcakes,  or a layer cake from a mix.
She often made Betty Crocker cake mixes,
 and I thought she was Betty Crocker, because to me,
 she looked like the pretty brunette lady  on the box.

 Betty Crocker, artists depictions  of the average homemaker through the years.

 A fascinating article about Betty Crocker,  and how she changed through the decades at        

Here's some of the photos from our family's fun 
and memorable  birthday bashes.

 My homemade Elmo cupcakes for 2 yr. old Tommy's  birthday.

 Good old summertime birthdays on the deck.  
 Abby's ice cream cake, super yummy! 

Julie made Rice Krispie Treats in the shape of baseballs for Tommy's 1st birthday.
 They are big-time Phillies Phanatics!

Ava loves Dora!

The littlest granddaughter, Ava, turned 3!

She got a camera and took pictures of Buck all by herself!

Now, we always go see our grandkids on their birthdays, sometimes it's simple
 homemade cakes, and sometimes it's full-blown affairs with pony rides,
 barbeques, pizza parties, ice cream cakes, or sit down suppers. 
 But what's important is that we are all together, making the birthday person know
 how special they are and how much we love them.!

Now each month of the new year we will fill in the new datebook
 with everyone's special day, and in a big family there are  surely birthdays every month!

Wish you lots of  fun Birthday Celebrations this new year!

Love,  Linda

  :(    I just missed the party at
  We were supposed to write about our ways of celebrating birthdays!
  Check it out, it's great!  
 However,  I could not upload photos last week, due to a problem with
Internet Explorer and Blogger. 
I tried unsuccessfully to send feedback, and finally found out that if
I posted using Goggle Chrome as my browser instead,
 that I  might be able to upload.   Yeah!  It worked!

I've joined Grand Social at  


Mrs. Tucker said...

Who doesn't love a birthday or the yum that comes with it?! Happy Birthday to all!

J said...

Very sweet story and pictures about the importance of celebrating birthdays, no matter how simply done! Very cute grandchildren - I have an Ava, too....just 4 months old!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Linda, Oh I just love your birthday celebrations. Jan. is a heavy birthday month for my family too.
We always did the same with birthdays. A cake and ice cream with family and a few friends. I am so happy for your mother to celebrate her day with you giving her the party. I am sure it is a blessing.
You have a lovely family. Happy Birthday to all.

Thanks for stopping by and being a new follower.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Grandma Kc said...

What wonderful birthday pictures and memories! Your granddaughter is just adorable! Just stopping by from the GRAND Social Linky Party and it would be great if you would do the same!

Linda Young said...

Yummy is right, and all this right after the holidays too! Gotta get walking! Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments! Love, Linda

Linda Young said...

Thank you! Just loved your blog! Mom's 82 this year! Grandmom is the one that astonishes us at 100!
Love, Linda

Linda Young said...

Thank you so much! I am coming by to see you! Love, Linda

Linda Young said...

Thank you! Is Ava your first? They are such a joy! Love, Linda

Terry said...

Love these party memories. There is just something special about commemorating the day a loved one came into the world!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

What wonderful birthday stories! You are making wonderful memories for your family!
Don't you just love being a grandmother? I know you do and your little ones are precious!
♥ Jil

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Oh, such grand celebrations! My grandma would have been 100 in November but passed away last February. She almost made it. Like a dummy, I didn't make it to the 99th birthday, holding out for the 100th. :-(

Love the photos...and your admission you thought your mom was Betty Crocker. Precious!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK said...

What delightful birthday joys! Thank you for the sweet ideas and photos of your whole family - from grandkids to your beloved senior grandma!!! Happy Birthday to all!

Connie said...

That brought back some good memories of my childhood birthdays. We love celebrating the grand kids birthdays too. Thanks for linking with me.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Linda, thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. SO nice to have you visit. Enjoyed your birthday celebration pics once again. Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie
p.s.the little one is darling and Buck so precious looking on.

My Vintage Life said...

What a wonderful way to start the new year with so many birthday celebrations! Loved the photos!