Monday, December 29, 2008

"Sunday Night..."

...We
(Dad, Mom, Jack, Sharon, David, Susan, Joya, Jillian, Scott and I)
celebrated my mother's birthday...

at the Tonto Bar and Grill at the historic Rancho Manana
in Cave Creek Arizona.

Luminarias greeted us upon our arrival...

and lead us in to the cozy interiors of this once historic Pony Express stop.

We enjoyed a festival of southwestern styled food...
(note that I had "prickly pear" dressing in an homage to Cactus Monday...LOL)
and
topped it off with a scrumptious
"dark chocolate raspberry whipped cream filled"
delight of a birthday cake.

As the evening ended...
we walked out into the crisp, clear, chilly Arizona night
with our hearts full of love
and let the
lush, black-velvet starry skies of the desert
guide each of us homeward.

Happy Cactus Monday All!
May your day be filled with love and your night sky...star studded.

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday MOM!

"Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world."
~Author Unknown

16 comments:

Kim Saxe said...

Margaret,
What a lovely posting of your mom's birthday. I LOVE the personalized & Margaret-ized menu!! SO clever.

I also wanted to thank you for your Dale C. postings. A friend of ours is coming to Pheonix, and we told her, and they got tix!!!!! They were told the tix were "going fast," so they are very pleased. Thank you!

Happy New Year!
~Kim

soulbrush said...

i am so thrilled you all shared this wonderful tie with your dear mom. these are memories that will live with you forever (better than any gift you could've given her). happy cactus monday cactuteer.

yoon see said...

Yeah, I am so happy here to witness your joy.
Happy birthday to your mum.
Happy Cactus Monday!!!

winna said...

Even if I am trying to stay away from desserts after the Christmas glut,I would LOVE some of that cake and the to walk amongst the luminaries! Wonderful spread!

Spinneretta said...

This is a great way to immortalize the occasion- i love what you did to the menu :)
My Mum is 'Nana' too :)

Teri C said...

happy birthday to your Mom-seems lots of important people have a birthday today. Marianne's Mom also.

Beautiful holiday scenery.

HCM

Lisa at Greenbow said...

thanks for sharing your lovely evening celebrating Mom's birthday with us... Happy Birthday Mom...
HCM too.

marianne said...

Hi Margaret,
Happy birthday to your mom!
We celebrated my moms today but this looks very festive!
Love how you made a typical Margaret piece os art from the menu! Wow!
HCM!

Serena said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum! What a lovely venue to celebrate at. I LOVE what you did to the menu...great keepsake ~ :)

bubblemunch said...

What a great idea to use the menu - like altered books.

MuseSwings said...

An award awaits you, my dear bloggyfriend!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom!!! Looked like such an amazing place to celebrate! WOW!!!!

Glad you got to try some prickly pear dressing...how was it???

Happy CM!!!

Jan said...

Hey! I forgot that I share a birthday with your Mom! Be sure to give her my best! Love the blog! Happy New Year! Love, Jan;)

Dream With the Fishes said...

Happy birthday to your mom! Sounds like a wonderful time! I wanted to let you know that I've passed on the "One Lovely Blog" award to you. I so enjoy the lovely virtual tours you take us on through your beautiful photos. Come get that award, here: http://dreamwiththefishes.blogspot.com/2008/12/next-award-to-pass-on-is.html.

Stapeliad said...

Wow, I left a comment on here this morning to say Happy Cactus Monday and Happy Birthday Margaret's Mom.

I am so flaky I forgot to submit it.

LOL
HCM!!

Sandy said...

Wow great post and beautiful art work. I enjoyed the photos!

and your latest pieces are as usual colorful and inspiring.

hope your new year is great.