Yes, it was my birthday on Friday, and my very sincere thanks to all of you who chimed in with good wishes. I don't think so many people have sent me birthday greetings since 4th grade, when everyone was required to say Happy Birthday to everyone else in the class on the appropriate date. All of my college kids who weren't home for the weekend called, and one even sent a present. It doesn't get much better than that! I have never really acknowledged to the kids how old I am, because I never wanted them to feel obligated to do anything for me, but I'm now officially 48 (or, as my kids say, 21). Anyway, I got an ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer for my birthday - the official story is that my dearly beloved called up Amazon.com and told them to ship one - and the boys wrapped it for me and surprised me. Life is good in my little world.
Friday and Saturday were rainy and crummy, so when the rain cleared Sunday, we hopped off to the pumpkin patch to get the boys their pumpkins. Wasn't it beautiful? 59 degrees, too - what more can we ask at the end of October? Afterward, we meandered over to the fabric store for costume inspiration. I have to create a wizard by Thursday, but Mark wants to use a dragon costume I made a few years back for Ryan - hooray! It was a great costume, although I may have to lengthen the legs, since Ryan was 5 months younger when he wore it than Mark is now. I'm sketching out the ideas for the wizard-wear; updates later in the week.
Wasn't my back terrace pretty yesterday?
And don't you just love my burning bush, which Ryan dubbed "absurdly loud"?