Monday, April 26, 2010

Dogs, Cars, Family, and Celebrating my Beloved's 50th! Something Blue?

I think this year my fascination for all things French has taken a back seat to family, and rightfully so~ Yet, the love still resides within my heart to be on the search for anything to add to my collections when I get a chance... Life in the Family Lane has pulled me back into "real time" and it's far from French~ It's actually very my Beloved! I threw him a Surprise 50th Celebration just last weekend~ Note, the sweet cake above! He was blown away to see the 50 guests in attendance.Every man turning 50 wants a BMW Z3 convertible, right? Well, here is my beloved taking his mom for a spin in his new (used) car of only one day, she flew in from CT for the surprise!

This is at the end of the party where we got to give our sons a big hug goodbye. Peter is in the blue, and Jonathan in the white shirt. Our daughter Kim is below in the pic where her husband, Chip, is kissing her, and my grandson, Tyler, is kissing his sister, Cate. We are VERY blessed!
After the party was over, we spent the night at my husbands Aunts home where his mother also stayed. On the morning of his birthday, he kissed his Mother the last minute he was 49. And then he kissed her again the first minute he turned 50. He told me that was the highlight of his birthday...and that made my heart warm. Any son that loves his mother that much, makes a very loving & thoughtful husband, and that he truly is! You'd never guess that my Gorgeous Mother -in-Love is going to be 69 in June. Yes way, she uses Oil of Olay! ;)
Now for the dogs...all seen this week! :) This little pooch riding shotgun below in the rig was in a traffic jam on my way home from the birthday party on Hwy 85. I couldn't resist.

These little pooches are Australian Shepherd puppies, 9 weeks old. They are sisters...
Wait a minute...that doesn't look like they're sisters? Nope, they're not. Enters the one year old Great Dane...He nearly took her pretty little spotted head off after I snapped this pic. The Great Dane, a recent rescue, is learning manners her new owner said. Uh, gulp...manners? Rule #1, you never eat a puppy on your first day out trying to improve upon your manners. ;)
Now for some posies, these are near my patio...and I have rarely got to enjoy them this past week, as I've either been in Charlotte, NC for the surprise Party or in MN on a business trip. Yes, could you please pass me a bit of cheese to go with my "Whine"? ;) Ahhh, Merci!
Well, now I'm home....and I'm going to "make" some time to stop and smell the Irises this week. I still have many to bloom yet. Can you believe this Iris garden is only two years old? My window boxes are filled with a Hot Pink Ice Plant...and it's just beginning to bloom, I can't wait till it's lush in pink, they'll remind me of my Claudie friend when they do... :)
Next weekend I have a friend coming in...we are going to sip tea, eat scones, and "Enjoy Being Friends". Maybe soon I will get enthused about taking pics of my recent junkin finds to share with you. Right now though, it's all about Dogs, Cars, and Family...and, Oh Yea, posies too! :)
Be sure to visit the following this week for other special posts from super friends:
Blue Monday: Smiling Sally
Hugs & Have Missed You All Dear Friends...
~CC Catherine


Unknown said...

Wow, BMW. Im still dreaming for one. Lovely photos.

Romina said...

Nice series of photos. Love seeing a family that stays together and always gather, looks like your all having fun on the celebration. Dogs looks adorable and very cute.

Thanks for sharing.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi CC! Looks like you have been really busy! Happy belated birthday to your hubby! Cool car! Hang on to your hat! lol Your family is wonderful...and of course should come first! Cute puppies...well, except for the Great Dane requiring help from the dog whisperer! I would love to get together when you have time. I haven't heard of the thrift shop you menitoned. ..will check it out! Have a wonderful week with your friend...hugs...Debbie

SmilingSally said...

I'm married to an Italian, his name is Johnny, and I think he is special too. Your Johnny sounds like a good guy, and I'll bet he loves you for making his day so special. Happy Blue Monday, CC.

LV said...

That is a great way to celebrate a birthday. I have always heard if a man was good to his mother, he would make a good husband, It proved true in your case. Nice blog for today.

claudie said...

OH there you are my sweet little French wantobe friend lol
LOVE the picture of you and Johnny and the boys. Cute one of the babes too.
Ok the car? TOO COOL FOR WORDS. Go for a spin and escape reality CC. Let the wind blow away all your cares. Enjoy Johnny.
Thank you for thinking of me. I have you scattered everywhere around my cottage CC. I'm taking pics today after I make a batch of dog cookies.
So glad to have you back. I miss you. Gotta talk on the telly this week ok?
Love you to the moon and back. I'll always remember that cup in your bathroom too : )
Love Claudie

My name is Riet said...

What a wonderful blue post. Happy belated birthday to your husband. I am sure he loved what you did for his birthday

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi CC,
It was so wonderful to hear from you! You've been a busy lady too. I dare not let my hubby see this post. That car is wonderful! Your hubby must think your the bestest ever! Loved seeing the pics of your kids too. You were in Minnesota? Hey, I am only 2 hours from the twin cities if you ever get back this way. Oh, and my surgery. I had my gallbladder removed 2 weeks ago. It was badly infected and I was quite ill. I am on the upswing now though.
Big Hugs,

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I loved this post, CC! Full of love, family and good times. You and your beloved make a very cute couple, especially in that very nice blue car!

Kindly, ldh

Marice said...

oh my! love that car :) nice birthday present! happy birthday :)

u may view mine here

JEANNE said...

Hello CC, thanks for stopping by today. I have visited you but quite a long time ago. I adored your fun time with Claudie and Julie. The photos Claudie posted were adorable.

Your post is fun and the dogs are sweet. My son has two Australian Sheperds and they are brothers. Darling dogs.

Happy birthday to your 'beloved' Your family is so handsome and pretty. The party sounds awesome. Lots of love in this post.

Our pup is really Cheri' and CC for short. She is the sweetest poodle and we adore her. Did you know Claudie's nick name is CC too.

Happy days to you CC, Hugs, Jeanne

Terry said...

Happy Blue Monday to you and yours.
WOW what an amazing post .
A very happy 50th birthday to your
sweet hubby Johnny and may there be many more birthdays to celebrate in the coming years.
Blessings of joy to you .
Until next time
Happy Trails

Nancy said...

I just had to stop by after seeing the beautiful Abbie on Claudie's blog. She looks so much like my Lillie Louise. Loved looking at all your parties. xoxo Nancy

Julie said...

You must surely be the wife of the century! A sportscar for a 50th birthday is totally over the top.

Did you get 2 sets of keys?
That dog lesson courtesy of the great dane cracked me up. You are so funny. I guess the thing about puppies and kids is that they bounce back pretty fast. It's the older you get that we don't recover so well from the snapping!
You sound fun and great.

joyh82 said...

Very nice car! Happy bday to your sweetie. The dogs are so cute. My Gpa had Great Danes. Great dogs when they are trained correctly.

JEANNE said...

Hi CC, Just a note to wish you a happy Sunday. I just read your post again and I have to tell you my iris plants have done the same thing. They have doubled in size and look fab. I too have ice plants. Here in the mountains thy bloom a bit later. They are looking good.
Hugs, Jeanne

Lady Katherine said...

Happy Birthday to your Hubby! So sweet of him to kiss his Mother at two ages! She looks as young as her son! You have a very loving, kissing family! That is wonderful! Love seeing all your happiness! Come join me for Tea Time Tuesday with your Tea and you know I adore junking and antiquing! lol Good to see you, you look great! Love those Iris!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello CC~Looks like a fabulous time was had by all. I would imagine you two have some crusin' plans in the near future.
My hubby adored his mom and in turn is as loving to me.We are lucky women. I think that's what makes us want to spoil them too.

We're finally getting some (long awaited) sunshine. Our Iris's are in bloom too. Isn't it nice to see spring colors after such a long colorless winter?
The cheery weather is also keeping us busy with visitors. It's always a good opportunity to exercise my (limited but willing)culinary abilities.

Sweet wishes,

Kathy said...

Looks like it was a very nice time! I was searching through A Southern Daydreamer's list of Georgia bloggers and found you! Love seeing all the Georgia Bloggers!