I thought I'd share some photos from my birthday outings in the past week. I am grateful that my sister and I had parents and family that always made birthdays special. Although we no longer have our parents, we try to recapture that feeling each birthday with each other and friends.
I always tell people that I like to spread my birthday celebrations out over the month and normally it works best that way since it's often hard to see everyone at the same time. This year's Birthday was different though, and I got to see family and friends around the same time and enjoyed several fun outings that began a week before my birthday. However, the celebrations are not over yet. ;)
A week before my birthday, I went to a local fair... small and simple but fun to get out for an afternoon. They also had a 4H club exhibit of pets. I enjoyed seeing the bunnies, chickens, pigeons, and other pets there.
On the same day as the local fair, we also found a coffeehouse set up in an old Victorian mansion (I love Victorian houses!) - it was gorgeous and had so many beautiful traditional Victorian details. The mansion was built in the early 1860s. The coffee and treats were good too.
Because this used to be a wealthy person's home, the rooms for seating and eating are divided as they were when the house was built.
It had these amazing old lights strung in one of the parlors.
There were different rooms you could sit in to enjoy your coffee, tea and food.
The weekend before my birthday, my family and I began a day's journey to an old amusement park with stops along the way.
First we stopped at a large outdoor store.. it was huge. I loved these birdhouses they had for sale.
Then we stopped at a pizza shop we'd been to years ago that we enjoyed. We ordered a medium pizza with mushrooms, peppers and onions. It was delicious!
We walked around the town a bit afterwards and it was lovely, very charming.
I found these steps cut into some of the sidewalks very interesting!
Then my family and I went to a vintage amusement park that's been in operation since the early 1920s. It was amazing! It is FREE admission. I was absolutely shocked at how lovely and clean the park was kept and even the visitors were great - there was no rudeness or disruptive behavior like you may find at some parks. Everyone was respectful and nice.
At this park, many of the rides are very old but clearly well maintained. There was a lot to do - you could go on rides and buy food, snacks, and treats and drinks. EVERYTHING - mostly - was very inexpensive. Rides cost $1.00 to $3.00, and they actually gave you a nice long ride. I went on the Ferris Wheel and they took us around over 10 times!
During the summer, they have a giant pool built in 1925.
They had several of these massive vintage wooden roller coasters!
The paths were lined with many lovely flowers. They also have bridges over streams... the place is simply HUGE!
This was the fudge shoppe.
They also had a museum based on the local area industry. Very interesting!
We learned that the park owners and some of the workers LIVE on the property!
Here is the Ferris Wheel I went on!
Here is a view from the Ferris Wheel (I went in the afternoon while it was still light.)
I thought it was fun they had a birthday pavilion that you could rent out for birthday parties!
On my actual birthday a few days later, we went out for a long country drive, had lunch out, stopped at a few historical sites (which I love to do!) and then a favorite small museum:
I was absolutely amazed to read that THIS photo below was actually taken in 1860! It was a technique called combination prints.
Then we finished my birthday by stopping at farmer's market for delicious coffee and shared a snack. Then we drove home....
where we had Birthday cake! Here is my Birthday cake - my family tried a new bakery this year and it was beautiful AND delicious!!
Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed my Birthday celebrations. It was a wonderful Birthday!