Friday, July 30, 2010

It's My Birthday!

[Hi friends, this is Stephanie surprising Mom on her birthday...]

count them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

and they are your biggest fans

first grand-son, first grand-daughter

noah carter grayson abigail ivy jack



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fivetwo - four - six

"Guess what?"


We gave Jack a stick to chew on. True story.


This is your (circle of) life





Happy Birthday, Mom!

Thanks to Beth for the birthday banner. Isn't it great?

If you're stopping by today to say happy birthday, please also let Mimi know what your favorite Elvis song is, or your favorite thing to order at Olive Garden, or the craziest thing you've ever done (that you'll admit!)


Adventures In Babywearing said...

I'll go first!!

My favorite Elvis song is every single one in that "Elvis & Me" movie that I watched so much I wore out the VHS. And also Little Less Conversation really has grown on me!


I love soup salad & breadsticks from Olive Garden!!!

Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you.


love said...

happiest of birthdays!! i can see how much your loved and how very special you must be to have raised a daughter like steph. i'm so thankful for thank YOU!

hope you have a great day. you have beautiful grandkids!

[one of the] craziest things i ever did was parasail in hawaii immediately after watching the couple before us have an accident on their trip back down to the boat. i don't know why i still agreed to do it, but we did & it was fun! =)

love said...

ack! i want to delete that comment so it reads "how much YOU'RE loved" but i have to go to bed. =) happy birthday!

Amanda + Michael said...

Happy Birthday! I have a July birthday, too and it's great, isn't it?

Enjoy your day with your many blessings!


tmk said...

Happy Birthday!!! May you be surrounded in love, and overwhelmed with blessings to start another year. :)

chrissy said...

Happy Birthday!! I love that Steph took over your blog and did it up well for her mom!!!!!!

se7en said...

Oh Happy Birthday - You have the most gorgeous grandchildren!!! Have wonderful day!!!

Fawn said...

Happy birthday!

Gosh, how can anyone pick just one Elvis song? For your birthday, though, how about "Love Me Tender"? Ahhhh.

Oops! I hear a baby calling!

(Happy birthday again!)

Sara @ Life With the Two said...

Happy Birthday!

My favorite Elvis song is "Love Me Tender".

Favorite Olive Garden food is the Zeppolis. So yum!!

Lori said...

I don't know the name of the song, but it's the one with all the horns. It's so sexy! I love the salad and bread sticks. Crazy? I bungee jumped right after high school graduation. Happy Birthday!

Erin said...

Steph, this is great! LOVE the photos.

Rhonda, happy birthday! My favorite Elvis song is "In the Ghetto." I'm not a huge Olive Garden fan, but I LOVE the breadsticks.

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

I love the breadsticks from Olive Garden and the raspberry lemonade!

Happy Birthdya (I adore your daughter Steph!)

~Mendie~ said...

Ohhhh Happy Birthday Rhonda! You are so loved by your beautiful family, what a lucky bunch of grandkids you have!

My favorite Olive Garden dish is the Chicken Scampi with a glass of house white wine...yum!

jil said...

I hope you have a wonderful day!! You are so special and have encouraged and loved so many people and made a huge difference in our lives. Um, I guess Blue Christmas? It's the first Elvis song that came to my head. I haven't been to Olive Garden in years- but I would always order the Chicken Gardinera or something like that.
You have such a beautiful family!!
Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Steph . . . you did good! What a NICE surprise! Happy Birthday Sis! I love you and wish I was there to give you a Big Hug and Kiss!!! My favorite Elvis song is Jailhouse Rock & I love soup salad & breadsticks from Olive Garden! Hope you have a Wonderful Birthday! I know you will!

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

What a special and wonderful surprise! The photos of your grandchildren and parents must make you want to SING! I'm here to wish you the most lovely, beautiful and perfect birthday ever... with more smiles and songs and cake than you can imagine!!

My favorite Elvis song... If I Can Dream

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can`t my dream come true
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away
All the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won`t that sun appear
We`re lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We`re trapped in a world
That`s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there`s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there`s a beckoning candle
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
Oh yeah

I have ALWAYS loved Elvis!!

My favorite thing at Olive Garden... of course, the minestrone soup and all-you-can-eat salad and breadsticks!

Craziest thing? Hmmmm. Jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet on my 57th birthday and LOVING every second of it!


Jamie said...

Happy Birthday!!

My favorite Elvis song is "Suspicious Minds" and I always order the mushroom ravioli at OG, and when I don't...I regret it.

You have a beautiful family :) blessings to you on your special day!

Jen @ One Moms World said...

Oh Steph! What a beautiful post with all these super wonderful pictures. All your family is beautiful Rhonda... I know you are so proud! Here is to a wonderful and super fab day. I wish I could give you a birthday hug in person but hopefully a virtual one will do. (((((HUG)))))

and My favorite Elvis song is Blue Suede Shoes and the best thing that I always order from Olive Garden is their unlimited salad and breadsticks :)

Shari said...

Happy Birthday!!!

My favorite Elvis song would be Jailhouse Rock. and if I ordered at the Olive Garden I would just get the All You can Eat - Soup and Salad. *Sadly we dont have an Olive Garden close to use.

Happy Birthday and I hope you get to celebrate this lovely that is dedicated to YOU at the Olive Garden. ;)

Bacardi Mama said...

Happy Happy Birthday my sweet friend. Thanks Steph for doing this to surprise your mom. She is going to love it.

My favorite Elvis song is How Great Thou Art. I love how he does it. I would really love to have it played at my funeral. My favorite at Olive garden is soup, salda and breadsticks. And...there is no way to top Sharon with a crazy moment.

Have a wonderful day and I hope I'll see you tonight, but I don't know for sure yet and it's not looking good.

Mimi's Toes said...

Steph.....OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I am speechless and crying and happy and proud and every emotion I can think of. This was like opening up the biggest, most beautifully wrapped gift and being awed by it. I can't tell you how much I love you and the work involved in getting all these pictures really touches my 54 year old heart.
My favorite Elvis song would have to be Little Less Conversation too! We are definetly mother and daughter. On a serious side, I love "It's Midnight", one that is not so popular. My favorite Olive Garden dish would have to be the Egg Plant Parmesean (sp?), salad and breadsticks. Oh, and I have another favorite Elvis song I forgot to mention and it's also Sharons...If I can Dream....Sharon even commented with the words spelled out, go figure! I was sobbing while reading each and every comment all of you dear people wrote to me....The Best Birthday!!!! Thanks...Mimi

Whit said...

Happy Birthday! I hope your day is great!

Cappelini Pomodoro is my favorite thing at Olive Garden. It's really just pasta, basil, olive oil, and tomatoes, but there's something about not having to fix it myself- or clean it up that makes it so yummy!

Elizabeth @claritychaos said...

Happy Birthday Steph's Mom!

Favorite Elvis song? A Little Less Conversation, most definitely.

And Olive Garden? The salad and breadsticks could sustain me for a lifetime. :)

Happiest of birthdays to you!!

Michelle said...

Happy birthday!

Look at those beautiful grandkids of yours!

the grumbles said...


oh, ohhhhh! when i go to olive garden i always order that alfredo cheese as a dip for my breadsticks. it makes my heart flutter.

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designHER Momma said...

Happy Birthday to steph's mom!

I love Olive Garden, yet rarely go. When I'm there, I'm a sucker for alfredo pasta, the salad and breadstick!

Kristina Joy said...

Happy Birthday!

I love Olive Garden's Stuffed Chicken Marsala. Yummy! But when we are at home, I love to make their recipe for Toscana soup:


Spicy and creamy and perfect for a cool evening. mmmm.

Have a good day!

casual friday every day said...

This is so wonderful! Oh I hope to be this blessed when I become a Grandmother. I'd love to be surrounded by so many children!

Happy birthday Rhonda.


Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day celebrating the wonderful, warm and caring person you are!

When I go to Olive Garden, I must have a side of alfredo sauce to go with my bread sticks. YUM YUM GOOD!

Kalee said...

Happy Birthday!!! What an amazing mom and mimi to be loved so much by them!

Favorite Elvis songs? If I Can Dream and A Little Less Conversation

Olive Garden has to be the soup, salad and breadsticks.

Craziest thing I've ever done? Explored Alexandria with a friend. People thought we were nuts for going off by ourselves there but we had the best time and were told we were very welcome in their country because we were respectful.

Hope your day is filled with sunshine and grandkids giggles!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday!! What an awesome post.
Oh, and I love the bowtie cheesecake from OG.

Tracy said...

What a great suprise! Happy Birthday!

Elaine A. said...

Hope you're having a wonderful day Steph's Mom! :D Happy Birthday!!

Crooked Eyebrow said...

that was amazing steph

Happy birthday MIMI!!

Mrs. Cline said...

Happy Birthday, sweet friend! (Steph, you are so sweet!)

My favorite at Olive Garden is the salad and breadsticks. Oh, yummm. Now I want Olive Garden. :)

AK said...

Hey, Chica! Happy birthday, from a guy whose craziest act was skinny-dipping in Lake Michigan on a frigid April 1 night along with Jason Zell . . . just 50 or so yards down the beach from your daughter (who, I presume, had no idea).

Kaycee said...

This is so sweet! Happy birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful day of family and fun!

And seriously, I think I could eat an entire dinner of just Olive Garden breadsticks.... oh YUM!

Warden of Chaos said...

Happy Birthday!

Hmmm, my fave Elvis song would have to be In the Ghetto and my fave thing from Olive Garden is their Chicken Scampi. Yummy! Hope you have a great day!

Kate (Belcher) Pantinas and family

Marcela said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday! May you be blessed today and always.

My favorite Elvis song, not sure I have a favorite but as I am trying to thing of one "Blue Christmas" is playing over and over in my head!

Sluiter Nation said...

Happy birthday, Stephanie's mom!!! I love Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis. It was ALMOST our first wedding dance song. And the Olive Garden? EVERYTHING is yum!!! But I always pick the black olives out of the salad just for me! :)

~michelle pendergrass said...

Happy Birthday Rhonda!! (((HUGS)))

Erin said...

I love you.

Stillmary said...

Happy Birthday, Rhonda!
What a great post and what beautiful grandchildren! Nice job, Stephanie.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!! What a bunch of gorgeous grandkids you have, too!

mandiegirl said...

Happy birthday! Hope it was SO much fun!

I LOVE the alfredo sauce with my breadsticks at OG!

Rach said...

Happy happy belated birthday!!!

Heather said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!

My fave from Olive Garden is Soup Salad and Breadsticks.

amelie522 said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! Hoping your day was filled with all the happy and smiles and sugar and sweet you could possibly take. You are one incredible woman.

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday to Steph's mom! You must be a pretty awesome woman to have raised such a kind, intelligent, and hard-working woman. :)

My favorite thing at Olive Garden is Zuppa Toscana soup. Mmmm.

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