This February 16th Birthday has caused US a LOT of anxiety.


It turned out okay.

So I decided to play Lisa’s from A Long Road to China Black and White game.

Okay I cheated a little….


Shhh! Don’t tell her. Maybe she won’t even notice.

Tuesday we celebrated Margaret’s birthday just as we always have.


See how Brain Celebrates the Hot Fudge?

It is home-made you know.

You can find the recipe on my cousin Anne’s blog.

Her blog is amazing and Simply delicious!


It can be a little dangerous for your health.

It is helpful that she throws in little hints….Like don’t forget to breath

Which I personally find very useful.

If you know anything about us or read any of my cousin’s blogs you will know…

We have a little thing about chocolate.

Because my father’s birthday is today…February 17….We have all been very worried about just how we where to get through the week.

For Margaret’s Birthday I made a little chocolate.

Chocolate Cake…with Chocolate Frosting…and Home-Made Hot Fudge.

Once we were drunk from our very important chocolate fix

we decided to take a group picture.

We put the camera on the tripod and figured out

how to set the timer

In this picture not only did Margaret have her eyes closed,

Alex and Brian left to soon and Matthew started pinching Kathryn.

In this picture Brain is going to cry, Stephen looks like he just woke up from his nap

and I am not there!

After about 1600 times……We finally got it and it was just good enough




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None of us wanted to go through this day alone so we got together for one of our

father’s three favorite meals.


Aubry came and brought her mom.

It was really a great idea!

The men finished up their business meeting outside.


Aubry and Nana had a meeting of their own inside.

Even though there were tears and laughter………There was a lot of LOVE and DONUTS!

Chocolate ones of course.


You know what my dad would really like for this birthday?

He would love it if you asked Congress to support the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009 by signing the petition. It really is that important.

22 thoughts on “Black and White Wednesday & February Birthday’s

  1. Great post and it has been a nice couple of days. WE did it!! and I didn't have to hide w/the groundhog! 😉 Thanks. Also our Dear Father would really like it if your readers purchased some land! 😉 He'd love making a sale for his birthday week!! Love, Marg.


  2. Wow..what a beautiful way to celebrate a very special man. I am fairly certain that your father was with all of you that day.Your table looks scrumptous and your photos on the tripod came out GREAT…love them in BW and in color.Great story in photos…I felt like I was there with all of you.I will go over and mark my name down so count one more present for your Daddy's birthday.Lovely blog, really.


  3. I am going to have my eyes fixed, so I don't see so many lines on my face….NO MORE CLOSEUPS! My love is still with all of us, it was a really special day, thank you so much, this family, even extended, is fantastic. We are good with choclate for another year, that is until Jenny or Annmarie sends more to the beautiful south.


  4. What a wonderful day to celebrate….and I am sure your Father was right there….celebrating with you:)I LOVE the group shots….what a great progression….so happy you posted them all:)Your family sounds and looks like so much fun…..beautiful inside and out!!Thank you for participating…..and THANK YOU for your heartfelt comment. So many of them this week got me teary.xoxo,Lisa


  5. What a completely endearing, beautiful, and bittersweet post. Your dad was very lucky to have you all and I love how you celebrated in his honor. Families are amazing and I can tell you don't take yours for granted. Fantastic photographs too! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. 🙂


  6. Hi Lisa! Thanks for your super sweet comment on my blog today. I can't even begin to tell you how I relate to the apprehension of days when loss is felt the greatest. It takes so much courage and copious amounts of guts to brave it head first. I am so happy that your happy were all in it together. That is a gift in itself and your Dad would be so proud of the love and support that you all are showing to each other. I read on another blog a few weeks ago…"The greater the love, the greater the loss and I can tell just how much you all loved him. It still sucks though – we should never have to lose the ones that we love.I loved every single one of your pictures. Tell you Mom she is beautiful.


  7. What a great post…looks like a great time! And I LOVE that fireplace in one of the shots. It looks so cozy. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog :)Nice to meet you, and look forward to getting to know you better.


  8. Breakfast at Tifany's–Youe Dad is so proud of you all. The support you give each other is admirable and I know you will all be fine. You have had a good foundation to build on from a Master builder.I think your Dad's presence will always be with us all who loved him. He left a big Monument in our hearts that we will never forget. Auntie


  9. Beautiful, Lisa. I know this wasn't an easy week for you – but with chocolate ANYTHING, and I repeat ANY-THING is possible. Hallelujah, Amen, Thank You God for Chocolate. I was with all of you in spirit. And I still am… Love, Jenny


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