Celebrating Life


Celebrating Life

For my family November holds extra reasons for celebrating. There are 2 birthdays that occur around the Thanksgiving holiday – my niece Brenna and my father, who turned 80 this year. So when we gathered together this year we celebrated this milestone in my father’s life.

Allow me to share a few moments from our celebration.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Dad BD

Great Cake!

BD Cake

Happy Birthday Brenna! (niece on left)

Breleigh – niece on right


Focused on making a great dinner.

Making Dinner

Kenny – oldest sibling


Dorothy & Jan (on right) – youngest sibling


Greg – no relation & Alissa – niece by marriage


Enjoying great food & conversation.

Happy Birthday

There were many more great moments but this photographer is no photographer, as evidenced by these photos. The important thing is that everyone had a good time and the milestone was celebrated. Dee, my sister not represented in these photos, has a creative side I can only envy. She produced a ‘money tree’ with 80 $1 dollar bills.

Money Tree

This work of art will have a place of honor in my father’s house for many years to come. Yeah, he decided to admire it rather than spend it.

Filed in: family activitiesHolidayHome Tags:

Comments (17 )

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. My wife's sister and her family all have birthdays around thanksgiving. And then my wife's birthday is just after Christmas. This means some busy times between October and New Years for us.

    • Geek Girl says:

      I have a birthday shortly after the New Year so I understand.

  2. JeriWB says:

    My family is also heavy on the November birthdays as well. Looks like your dad and niece enjoyed their day πŸ™‚

    • Geek Girl says:

      Yeah, everyone enjoyed themselves.

  3. namirusso says:

    Love the money tree! Maybe I'll try that for my money-hungry seven-year old. And I don't know what you're talking about – the pictures are fantastic!

    • Geek Girl says:

      Glad you like the money tree. I would bet that your boys would enjoy one. Glad you like the pics.

  4. cassi9879b says:

    My son's birthday was on Thanksgiving this year! Dee made a cute money tree. I haven't seen one like that before!

    • Geek Girl says:

      Dee has a talent that I can only envy… πŸ™‚

  5. Susan Cooper says:

    That is so sweet. Family gatherings like this hold a very special place in my heart. I think your pictures were great and I loved that money tree. πŸ™‚

    • Geek Girl says:

      The money tree was certainly a hit. πŸ™‚

  6. patweber says:

    I LOVE that money tree too! What a creative way to give someone the gift of money. Cheryl, these pics are wonderful. For me they captured the moment perfectly.

    • Geek Girl says:

      Thanks Patricia. I am not a photographer, but I try. πŸ™‚

  7. LOVE the cake! And the money tree is a really creative idea indeed! I sure wouldn't mind to be the recipient of one of those! Happy Holidays, Cheryl.

    • Geek Girl says:

      My father loved the money tree. He wanted to know how to make it grow more. If I knew how to do that, I would be a very rich blogger! LOL

  8. Very nice post and pictures, Cheryl. Celebrating life and people that are important to us is so important. Truly wish my parents were still alive and could be celebrated.

  9. Dan Meyers says:

    Wow, the big 80, that's fantastic! Looks like you guys made it a great celebration.

  10. Arleen says:

    Cheryl you are so blessed to have your father around to celebrate his birthday. I love the money tree, but what you really have is a blessed family, of which money can't buy