Friday, 27 May 2016

A Bit of This and That - Warning.... Picture Intensive!

Lots of family get togethers over this month. Between Mother's Day and my birthday we have had a lot of fun celebrating.

On Mother's Day I met with my youngest son Chris and his girlfriend Violet for a brunch. 

I knew that I would be meeting with all of my sons later in the month when it was more convenient for everyone involved. At that time we would have a delayed Mother's Day/ Birthday celebration.

Not being involved with the family on my special day meant that I could get together with good friends Paul & Michelle and Dan & Carol for a meal. We had a lovely BBQ with pork tenderloin, a favourite of mine and of course, birthday cake.

As you can see, it was a special birthday indeed! Oh no, the big 60 as my candles clearly state!

May also means the arrival of the Tulip Festival in Ottawa. This year's offerings did not disappoint! There was a new tulip introduced for the upcoming celebration of Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. It is fittingly called Canada 150 and is a red & white tulip in honour of our flag colours. Here are a few pics of the lovely displays.

The majority of the tulips are displayed at Dow's Lake where the park land is the perfect setting. More tulips can be found at Parliament Hill and at various downtown displays.

Then our holiday, Victoria Day weekend arrived and we were off to Quebec to celebrate with all my sons at my oldest's home. After an afternoon of visiting, I was treated to a lovely dinner followed by a stop at the local ice cream parlour.

Daniel - my second born

Jeff, my eldest and Mylene

Chris, my youngest and Violet

My granddaughters Oceanne and Summer

And of course, my hubby, Bob

It was a really lovely day and rare in that we aren't all able to get together very often. The boys surprised me with a very special gift for my 60th. 

I absolutely LOVE it!!! Chris found the artist on Etsy and the boys submitted photos for her illustration. Then Chris had the drawing matted and framed where he works. In the photo each boy is holding something that is a hobby for each. Jeff - a vinyl disc as he collects them, Dan - a writing journal and Chris - a microphone as he is the lead singer in his group. It was The Perfect Gift!! Thank you so much guys! I couldn't love it more!

There is one more celebration yet to come as Chris has his birthday this coming Monday. I'm not sure at this point if we will be able to meet up with him but you can be sure there will be a small visit at some point. 

Thank you to everyone for making this such a memorable month!


  1. What a great time! Your family seem like lovely people--and those tulips are awesome!!! Congratulations on a milestone birthday, and what a sweet gift from your boys.

  2. Happy Birthday! What wonderful celebrations. Loved all the pictures.

  3. It looks like you had a great May with family celebrations.
    Happy belated B-Day!
    Your gift is surely unique, what a great idea.
    The Tulips are beautiful.

  4. What a great celebration! Happy belated birthday. The photos of the tulips are stunning - and the birthday gift is awesome. How thoughtful.

  5. Happy birthday. You have a beautiful family. Love all of the flower pictures.

  6. Wishing you a very happy belated birthday Lynn. It looks like you had a wonderful time. A great gift too, truly unique. All of the tulips look lovely. I find it so surprising when you get a collection of flowers together that there are just soooo many variations.

  7. Lynn: Beautiful Family photos.
    Happy Birthday to you.
    I love Tulips I only wish they bloomed all summer.


  8. Happy, happy 60th birthday, Lynn. Your celebrations look like so much fun and your boys are gorgeous young men. Pretty tulips, too. hugs, Kaye

  9. Lynn: I just love the photo of you in red with the cake, oh so cute.
    Happy Birthday.
    Your Family photos are wonderful, the flower photos are beautiful.