This time last week, Richard was still not home from his trip. He was flying home from England (and boy, were his arms tired! HA!) He believes that the whole trip from door to door, that is from his parents' home in Eastbourne to our home, took about 18 hours. Thinking about it through, it was a good thing he didn't book his return flight for the Friday (Dec. 8th) as that was the big snow day and the Atlanta airport was a mess with tons of delays and cancellations.
Now, why in the world would I let him go to England without me?
It was his mother's 90th birthday celebration! I wasn't able to go and Richard couldn't get too much time off, but we were both glad that he could go! Want to see some photos? Wait until you see her cake! Wow!
I asked Richard to take a few birthday decorations over from America. I sent the "Happy Birthday" banner along with some polka dot balloons. They were most likely all made in China, but hey, it 's the thought that counts, right? Don't you love their solarium overlooking their pretty English garden? (They don't say "yard" in England, it is always the back "garden"!)
Joan got such pretty flowers...
The ones on the left are from her grandson, Christopher! And the ones on the right from her husband, Peter! (Richard got her orchids, he didn't get a photo of them, but they are lovely.)
Yay, there is one of my polka dot balloons!
Of course, I had more that I wanted to send but Richard only took a few things. I didn't want it to be too much over the top, not like Buddy decorated in "Elf"... but almost! :-)
THE CAKE! Isn't it exquisite? It was made by a local bakery, The Cavendish Bakery, I think Richard told me. What do you think, is it as gorgeous as I think it is?
Now, notice the color of the candles and the piping on the cake, do you think that Joan's dress will match?
Of course, it will! Doesn't Joan look fantastic! That lace dress! It is lovely, isn't it? And it looks so good on her! Look carefully at her necklace...that is one of the gifts that Richard and I gave her and I picked it out. Those are Mickey Mouse ears, in sparkly crystals! (Wish they could be diamonds, Joan!) And guess what...Dec. 5th was Joan's birthday and she shares her birthday with Walt Disney! So, if any of you know how my mind works...you will see that this makes it more special!
Joan had on a different necklace but she wished she had something a bit brighter and then....Richard gave her the Mickey Mouse necklace! I think it looks really pretty with the dress!
Richard is so sweet, he took another photo of the "Happy Birthday" banner that I sent over! I hope it felt like a big hug when they looked at it!
If you would like to leave belated birthday wishes for Joan, please do! I hope she will see this and know how good she looks! Joan is in good company, my Dad is 90 and hey, so is Queen Elizabeth!
Look! Here are my sweet in-laws posing with my giant hug that I sent to them. They look like models! Pure elegance.