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Sharing My Birthday Celebrations

Monday, September 16, 2019

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! emoticon emoticon
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    Karen, it looks like you had a wonderful start to your celebrations!! Happy Birthday!!

    43 days ago
    Wonderful blog! emoticon for sharing your pictures and your celebration. Where is this delightful amusement park with all the old wooden coasters?
    58 days ago
    Wonderful! Great to see your enjoyment.
    62 days ago
    What a wonderful birthday week you've had, and with more memory-making days to come! I enjoyed seeing all your photos and reading about your excursions with your friends and family. I'm so glad you were able to celebrate by doing things you love with those you love!
    64 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your birthday adventures with us! The pictures and your explanation of each one was like a viewing tour of your birthday with your family and friends. What a beautiful birthday cake. I feel like I was on a grand tour with you! emoticon
    65 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/16/2019 10:16:45 PM
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    Wow, great pictures. It looks like such a great place!! Your birthday cake looks yummy...can I have a piece? emoticon
    65 days ago
    Thanks for sharing Karen!Glad you enjoyed your Birthday
    and still enjoying it! emoticon emoticon
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    65 days ago
    Wonderful birthday celebrations . . . I am so glad that friends and family know how to choose activities that are really special and which honour your particular interests!! The Victorian house and the amusement park both look terrific . . . and as for the cake, it takes the cake!!
    65 days ago
    I've been in a Victorian mansion like that, on the Oregon coast. It was pretty. It's a museum, about how rich people lived then.

    That amusement park looks like great fun! I'd like to know what town that is in. Those prices are super emoticon !!!

    You guys went to a lot of great places. You all know how to have fun! I love museums too, and had to look up that technique with the print being in the background. Way cool!

    emoticon to you and many happy returns!
    65 days ago
    I couldn't decide which ones I liked the most, so I liked them all the most! What a fabulous way to spend your Birthday...full of wonderful memories!! Thanks for sharing with us... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    65 days ago
    Karen I felt like I was with to enjoy the lovely sites the fair, the coffee was the local fair, felt like we had joined you for coffee and treats . the rooms and lights were emoticon
    Felt like i was at the fair and enjoying the rides reminded me of the park we had when i was growing up we had a huge roller coaster made of wood. The Merry ground was saved thankfully and is in our Down town park it was built in 1910 as a birthday gift . (. i will get a picture for you) love the art work pictures too . You did have a great birthday party . thanks for sharing . the cake looked great thanks for sharing your cake emoticon
    65 days ago
    I love the old houses etc. as well. The park sounds wonderful. And for it to be inexpensive. A miracle in these days lol. Glad your month has been fun. I'm with you. Spread the celebration for a while. The rabbits are so pretty. emoticon
    65 days ago
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    65 days ago
    Wow I loved it all. The fair and all the animals. Wow the Victorian, always wanted to live in one, gorgeous. The emoticon emoticon I am hungry. The amusement park, would love to see that. You have so many wonderful places to see near you. A magical time for your birthday.
    The birthday cake is just beautiful. So glad you had a good time.
    Thanks for sharing Karen, loved all the pictures emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    65 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/16/2019 1:36:39 PM
    YOu have a lovely birthday week, to be sure! Thanks for sharing! HUGS
    65 days ago
    Karen, you created some wonderful memories this week. I love the animal pictures and the old Victorian house. Looks like you had so much fun. I'm jealous!
    66 days ago
    Wow Karen! You have been to a lot of amazing locations for your birthday! It looks like you had a lot of fun for sure! I loved the old Victorian house and the amusement park you visited....looks like everyone there was having a wonderful time!
    66 days ago
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