Thursday, June 2, 2011


My mom was always good about making us feel special on our birthdays as kids. I really appreciate that she would spend so much time thinking about us. It wasn't that we had elaborate parties or expensive gifts, but it was the small things. She would check us out of school and take us to lunch (returning us in time for our next class, of course) ask for a birthday list, leave a sweet card and balloons or flowers in our room when we got home from school, and let us choose the restaurant of our choice on the birthday eve.  She always had a way of making you feel remembered and very loved. I try to do the same for John and hope to do the same for our children one day.

Gift card for nice cheese at Pirate O's.

Petanque/Bocce ball set.

Giant Jareth Ball.
Cookie dough ice cream cake.

I also got him a wallet.  He loved his old one from Amanda, but the zipper broke (yes, a zipper!). I think he will save it and probably put it in his shoe box of special things. Also in the shoe box: nice notes from the 191st ward, letters from an ex-girl friend, pictures from a trip to the Nutty Putty caves, a harmonica from Italy, and some lose change.


holtkamp said...

i remember the nice things your mom would do on holidays too - easter baskets, flowers on valentines, etc. wish we lived closer to play bocce with you guys!

Emily said...

Your mom is awesome!

Love the gifts you picked, though I've never played bocce. I like the lighting and color in these pictures too.

beckie said...

haha. Steve had a shoe box of special things mostly from his mission.

And I still have most of my 191st nice notes. The best ones were always from John. In a platonic way :)

B.Mori said...

WOW that cake looks GOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

B.Mori said...

by the way that was Leah

Melinda said...

@Beckie when we read through the notes you're are always the most witty! Love them!