A 90th Birthday Party

Well, what a winter it has been.  And not because of weather.  There was the pneumonia in December and the government shutdown in January.  Then in February all hell broke loose.  My brother had a heart attack that resulted in quadruple bypass surgery.  The day after he got home from the hospital, my mother fell in the bathroom and fractured her femur, resulting in a hip replacement and a stint in rehab.  Good grief.


I was beginning to feel as though I should hide behind a tree, as well

I had been planning to visit for my mother’s 90th birthday on March 11.  My nephew was also looking to celebrate her birthday, persuaded my niece to come from New York City, and enlisted his mother in acquiring and making food.  He brought his family down to central Illinois from north of Milwaukee.


I flew in on a Friday and Mom wasn’t out of the rehab center yet, but that allowed me to go spring her along with my niece.  I had thought we’d get her out in time to settle in a bit, but the party was already starting when we brought her home.


Vicky really laid on the luncheon.


There is always something interesting on the fridge.

It lasted into the evening and then started again at breakfast on Sunday.


Mom, with her grandson and youngest great grandchild.

We had not all been together at once as a family in quite some time. And for some of the newer family members, we had not been together ever.  It was nice to catch up with my nephew’s wife Beth, and she and Elisa were catching up as well, with a blur of children around them.


My mother was surrounded by great grandchildren for the opening of her gifts.


And she got to enjoy having all of us around including some of the youngest members of the family.


My brother was looking pretty darn happy to have all those grandkids running around, too.


Some of the grandkids felt others had taken their chairs.


Elisa did a lot of communing with her nieces.


There was multi-tasking, and


we did manage to take one big family picture because Elisa knew how to use the timer on my iPad.


The food was fabulous, and of course, there was enough to nosh on for a couple days.  We’re hoping we can get together like this again, but maybe without health issues preceding it.


I’m itching to get into the garden.  It was a lovely day today and I had lunch with my friend Paul, then we went to Dumbarton Oaks.  The snowdrops were out, but not the flowering quince, though it’s budding.  The Yoshino cherries look to be about two weeks away. Spring will come, and more family visits, as well as gardening.


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28 Responses to A 90th Birthday Party

  1. Good heavens Lisa – I knew some of this but not all – sometimes life just goes swoosh doesn’t it and knocks us off our chairs! I am really glad to see those photos of your mom and brother looking quite well and happy again. And you too – do hope the pneumonia is well behind you now. How wonderful that you have all those grandies running about – seeing the generations flourish like that must be so heart warming. I’ve lost connection with your shutdown, presuming that all is sorted and you are all back at work again……… but, as with ‘assume’, one should never presume!! Also nice to hear you have had a chance to pop into Dumbarton Oaks in time to assess the advancement of spring. It’s coming ❤ I know because it's getting darker sooner here and the nights are much cooler.


  2. smilecalm says:

    having nice family
    time 🙂

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  3. What a fantastic birthday party! But great Scot! I never realized life was being churned through the mill!


  4. KerryCan says:

    What a lot your family has been through! A happy gathering was definitely in order–and it looks amazing. I love seeing all the little kids in the mix. Your mother had a hip replacement at 89?! She must be a tough cookie. I hope she gets to use the new hip for many years to come!


  5. Good to see that the tide is turning. A great event. It does help having someone of the right generation to sort out our technology

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  6. Glad to hear that things are sorting themselves out – it must have been a worrying time for you. The family gathering looks a lot of fun.

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  7. Sylvie Ge says:

    I am glad you are coming out of winter with some of the health problems sorted out and hopefully with a nice spring and summer ahead of you with family and friends.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, what a winter you’ve had! Sounds like your mom is a real trouper, too. So nice that all the family gathered round for her 90th, an event worth celebrating!

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  9. Carolyn Heyer says:

    It does look like a wonderful gathering, especially with all those adorable grandchildren! Glad to hear your mom and brother are on the mend.

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  10. Phew! Tough times this winter, but what a joyous way to end it. Your mother looks fantastic and the children so bright and lovely. Happy, happy to your mother!

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  11. Lisa, I’m behind on my reading, and as such am catching up in reverse order. I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s fall. What a strong woman she is, recovering so quickly and looking ready to take on life again. I’m very sorry to hear about your brother’s heart attack, and all in the same month. I can’t tell you how often it seems that families have everything happen all at once, unrelated health issues or loss all at once. It’s very hard to deal with when it is all coming at you at once. I’m glad your’e back in the garden, and happy to hear the snow is gone, the rain is falling and your planning and planting are under way. Sending a virtual hug your way.

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  12. Maria says:

    Definitely, a memorable event.

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