Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic home -- no fat, no carbs, and no calories .. and all of the flavor and taste you can imagine !!! I made up coffee, hot cocoa, and hot tea .. all of which can be chilled if you prefer !! :) Help yourself and welcome !! :)
As you can see .. I kind of slept in .. I think a mixture of nerves, and excitement, and food, and drink caught up with me .. because I'm not leaving far from a restroom this morning ..
Hubby offered that we do another walk like yesterday, and I'm going to have to turn him down .. He walks his long walk (3 miles (my goal walk) ) and I walk the "Hideaway" walk .. (1 mile ..) and leave about 30 minutes after him .. when we meet, I turn around and we walk home together .. :) He suggested it yesterday and it actually worked out .. and got ME motivated .. and I like that idea .. however, he suggested it this morning, and I have to say no thank you .. because well -- I need to stay close to a restroom ..
My Princess party started out wonderfully .. and we went to get mom .. :) My belly was doing mega flipflops .. I'm not used to be the "center of attention" .. :) and I kept hearing daddy's voice in my head ..
When we got married, he drilled into my head .. "this is YOUR party .. and these are people that YOU invited .. YOU are NOT to spend time with your friends, and ignore the others" .. I had to walk around the hall and socialize throughout the evening .. (which is fine with me because I love being a social butterfly .. lol ) But I laughed, because daddy's voice was echoing in my head all day yesterday .. thankfully there were only 3 tables that needed floating in between .. :) lol lol ..
I put mom with Linda and Tommy, and I knew that she would be fine, because Linda is one that can keep a conversation going ... I went back at one time and she was showing mom pictures of her Vegas trip .. lol lol ..
For some reason my party was themed "casino" .. I just sat and laughed ..
The food came out in platters, and served family style ... I was proud of mom .. she ate good . .. and took a slice of cake home for Ciele .. :) lol lol
After dinner, Jimmy got up and "made a speech" .. I had everything in my power to hold it together ... he made it sound like "I" was the one that kept the business moving, "I" was the one that kept an even keel when things were crazy, "I" was the one that did everything ... and they hoped I would stop in and visit... I told them, I'll have time to make up lunches and bring them in .. :) lol lol ...
I'll probably do like I did when I passed the torch at puppy club ... I'll stay clear for a few months ... give the a chance to adapt, and then I can stop in for a visit ....
I did get photos of the people that were there .. so you can actually put a face to those that I talk about .. :) even though I've posted photos before ..
It was a wonderful time .. and hubby just suggested that he may just go to a mall for his walk .. I told him I would go with that . that way there's a restroom close at hand, and I can still get my stepping in .. so that's what we're going to be up to .. I wore shoes that were comfortable but were higher wedges (felt like I was walking on stilts all night ...lol ) ...
I am a bit concerned still .. Leonard made a point of saying he did not or would not sign my card, because "everything he wanted to say he didn't want everyone to read it, or was more than would fit into the card" .. Kind of took me aback .. He said I would get another "letter" from him alone .. (should I be worried ?? lol)
So -- it was a fun and wonderful time .. I loved everyone there .. it was a wonderful time and we got home and in bed by about 10:30 .. I was POOPED !!!!!!
Here come the pictures .. :)
the start ... I found out I forgot how to get into a car gracefully .. lol lol
Chocolate Raspberry cake . YUM YUM !!!!!
Maggiano's touch for "this is MY night"
Ken and Karen are from our sister store .. I've known him since he was our representative from one of our vendors, (he was my favorite back then), and then he started working for us, and then pulled off to our sister store .. I was so happy to see them walk in ... I haven't seen Karen since my wedding !!!!
I didn't get a direct photo .. but Lois is the one that is standing on the side in the green top .. she's married to Leonard, and Jimmy's and Ann's sister ..
Betsy is Jimmy's wife, and Gary and Ann .. Ann is Linda's mom, and she worked for us as a data entry clerk / purchasing and retired about 4 or so years ago .. and Gary was our "inventory manager" .. until his leaving last year .. Ben is Linda's son ... our shipping/receiving clerk .. and now inventory manager .. :)
Mom, Linda and Tommy (Linda's hubby) ..
The infamous, Leonard ...and then Kim ... and JT (yes .. they are a married couple ..we didn't get THAT carried away last night .. lol) and Jeff (the driver that we had and he just left at the end of May ..) and his wife Jenny ...
This was the banner that was outside the door ..
I got this from Jeff and his wife .. I thought that was so sweet .
Linda and Tommy gave me a "solar sunflower" for my garden .. :) Now I HAVE to start getting my gardens in shape .. :) ...lol lol
This was from Ken and Karen ... except I have to some investigative work to find out "how much" .. lol ..
A gift certificate from a B&B ... right in Oconomowoc, but evidently it's a castle theme .. :)
And to hold the theme of casinos .. a beautiful pair of earrings in a "horseshoe" shape ..
So -- my princess day is over .. and I have 3 days off .. the sun is out, my pooper's working, and I'm going to have a wonderful day !!!! Hubby is going to take me to the shopping mall to get my steppin' in ..
Looks like hubby is ready .. so I have to get myself going here .. :)
Talk later!!! and have a GREAT day !!! I'm going to !!!!!