Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Family and Friends are AMAZING !

After my family's plotting and planning and hiding all the details from me of my 50th Birthday Party, the big day arrived on September 19th (just three short days after my real birthday on the 16th).

And let me tell you.....THEY ARE AMAZING PARTY GIVERS!!!! I never could have imagined all the fabulous things my family planned and executed to help me celebrate my 50th in such a special way! I guess after all these years of my being the party giver in the family, they really did absorb some of party planning tips I use. They are still assuring me that I remain responsible for our future family gatherings even though I am more than willing to step aside at this point :)

Mere words cannot explain all the wonderful details ... the barbque dinner, the cake, the games, the decor, the slideshow, the caricature artist, the flashing 50 pins, my crown and sash and ALL the FUN!

So enjoy a few of the photos from my 50th.....they speak for themselves. You will be able to see why I am so humbled by all of their efforts on my behalf! I LOVE YOU ALL....

Diva Debbie's 50th Birthday Party at Armadillo Place on September 19th.

The fantabulous Scrapbook Diva Birthday Cake.... The pics were edible and the cake was CHOCOLATE of course !!

The kids at the party enjoyed an imaginative game of "PIN THE CROWN ON THE DIVA"!
A pic of me and a bunch of cute crowns, a blind fold and the kids were having loads of fun!

It wouldn't be a party for me without a luscious strawberry margaritas in my hand!
Note: The Crown, Sash and Caricature Artist are normally optional at most parties but I highly recommend them :)

The guests enjoyed my favorite dinner....Bar-b-que of course for this Texas Native!

It is truly humbling to see 50 of your nearest and dearest family and friends at a party in your honor!

My Daughter Heather was the major planner of this shinding for me. She has always been so creative and this party really showed off some of her creativity....I wonder where she got that from :) Thanks for all your efforts was a wonderful party !

My Daughter Crystal even managed to find time to help with the party even though she lives out of town and just started a new job! I was so happy you could join us to celebrate your mom becoming "old". LOL

And my # 1 dear hubby Michael who worked so hard to plan a special night to celebrate!

I am not sure who is more of the character....the REAL Gary or the drawing of him! Thanks for coming all the way from OK to my party dear friend!

It was no surprise that the caricature artist made my dad's wild and crazy eyebrows such a feature in his drawing! LOVE IT and you too Dad!! I was so glad you were able to be at my party.

And we KNOW that my nephew Nicholas is the real cutie in this picture and the drawing just shows that off!
Crystal, Michael and me!

My oldest (not her age, just how long we have known each other) and dearest friend Anne. She made the slide show that both made me both laugh and cry that night! Thank you sweetie!

I was so thrilled to see my granddaughter Bianca and my dear friend Joan hit it off at the party. They are both such social butterflies it really shouldn't have been a surprise :) Thanks Joan for jetting in to help me celebrate!

Note all the western decor at this place....that is a real horse saddle with silver decor on it on display and loads of great western memorabila on the walls. And yes, the bar-b-que is as good as it looks here. YUMMY !!!

My dear in-laws and my hubby sharing some time together. Thanks Gladys for picking up the cake at the bakery. I hear it was an experience since the cake was so large !

My new dear friends, Rochelle and Rick. Thank you Roc for helping with the party. Heather loved getting to hang out with you during the party planning/shopping!
As you can see, the party was super fabulous! I certainly am thrilled beyond words...well almost! Thank you to all my guest and family who helped make my 50th birthday something special and memorable!
There were a ton of photos taken that night and I might post some more another time...sorry I couldn't post pics of everyone this round but know you are loved and appreciated too!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today I Reach One of Life's Milestones

50 Years...WOW !! You know when you are a kid, 50 seems like you are ancient. When you are a young adult 50 seems too far away to contemplate. When you reach 40, 50 seems like it will be here too soon! But now that 50 is actually is just a number.

I like to think of it as half way to the ripe old age of 100 which is my personal goal to reach. As I take a little time to enjoy my 50th Birthday, I am so thankful for the many blessings that I have obtained over the years.

I have been blessed with a wonderful family. And yes, I do know how lucky I am to be able to say that!
  • The best husband I could ever hope to have...I LOVE you soooo much honey :)
  • Two amazing daughters who make me proud every step of the way, even though there were times I wasn't sure which direction we were running :)
  • A bright, fun loving granddaughter who I treasure beyond words :)
  • Loving and giving parents....both my own father and my in-laws :)
  • Brothers who are great men and whom I admire :)

I have also been blessed with many, many friends. Friendships that are old are dearest, friendships that are newer are special to me as well. Friends help you when you are down or share joys when you are up! I have learned so much from all my various friends over the years. I hope I have always been the kind of friend that you can count on and you know how much you mean to me.

So Happy 50th Birthday to Me ! Watch Out World...I still have 50 to go !!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

She's Back !

I survived the whirlwind known as Creative Escape. Loved each and every minute of it !! So many great projects, so much amazing shopping, so many new friends met and old friendships renewed !!! I got back on Sunday evening and have been busy with getting back in to work and family life the past couple of days including attending a Texans game last night....the fun never stops :)

Tonight I hope to down load some pics of a few of the special moments to share with my blog readers, so stay tuned for that.

Hugs to you all. Sorry I didn't update during CE but frankly even if I took my laptop I am not sure I would have found the time to write plus I had to save room for all those wonderful things I received.


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