Yesterday's birthday celebration was one of the best that I can remember. I was surrounded by loved ones and got to do things that I particularly enjoy for pretty much the entire day. You can't ask for much more than that.
I got to spend the morning taking pictures of the family for various uses. Barbie needed pictures of her and my nephew for Christmas cards (I took our Christmas card photo on Wednesday, and I was happy to get that chore out of the way), as well as to replace the photos that I took of them a couple of years back. My nephew has grown so much and he is maturing so quickly; time really does fly.
I also took some portrait shots for our family album as well as some shots of my mom with the grandkids. It's a bummer that my niece and nephew couldn't be here for that, but my older sister and my niece were jaunting around Italy (lucky dogs) and my nephew had to work (thank God, he has a job!). So, it was just my mom and the remaining three grandkids. Next time, we will get everyone involved.
After the pictures, my mom, sister, and I headed off for an afternoon of antiquing. We didn't find any treasurers that we couldn't live without but we had fun trying, and, we were together, which is really all that mattered to me.
In the evening, we all went to dinner at an Italian restaurant in Mount Pilot. The restaurant was converted from an old movie theater and they incorporated the name, Bistro Rialto, which utilized the old neon sign. Genius!
The food was also genius. I had spaghetti and meatballs and it was seasoned to perfection. I also had my first dish of spumoni and I totally get what all the fuss is about; it's like a party in your mouth! So, so good!
I ended the day with some relaxing conversation with the family and a good night's sleep. I really can't think of a better way to spend my birthday...
...except maybe by spending the day antiquing, taking photos, and eating spumoni in Italy.
Eh, there's always next year.