Happy Friday friends,
Last week you may recall me saying some people watch soap operas and some make them, let me explain. My life is pretty predictable with my work calendar, writing, meditation, and exercise. It’s peaceful and serene however with 4 kids, 6 parents 85-95, a dog and 2 cats, and a full workload it keeps things interesting. And I’m not gonna lie when I get a hit about something it, I trust it for better or worse.
I hope all of you Dad’s had a great Father’s Day and spent sometime honoring your Dad. We usually have all of the 3 generations over to our house and celebrate but this year was our babies 30th birthday and she had big plans and wanted all of us to go to Cancun, Mexico. Cabo is only 2 hours from us so we all were rooting for that but with her being on the East Coast and traveling so much she wouldn’t hear of it since she would have to go a lot further and after all, it was her birthday.
She must have looked at 200 sites and places and I just waited to hear how it would shake out (I’ve been down that path before…. smarter this year). There were calls, zooms sibling sessions, father daughter chats and a I just sat on the sidelines skeptical of leaving my hovel. After feeling so lousy for 4 weeks from the 2nd jab, I was reticent about being on a plane and going to another country where numbers were still spiking; even though I was vaccinated.
After 5 months of research and chatting, she came up with The Dominican Republic. Air fares were outrageous and the bantering went on and on and then she went radio silent. We tried to call her to sort through things but she wouldn’t call us back so my husband and I decided we weren’t going to go because who knew how it would go. It would be a sibling affair.
2 weeks before the sibs started talking again and hashing it out and finally came up with an All Inclusive trip to Cancun Mexico with airfare included.
Perfect! Non refundable tickets were bought, the decorations were underway with narnical at the helm with her Cricket, one daughter ordering a few things online and our son agreeing to go if they paid for some of his trip since he’s job hunting at the moment.
Everyone was packing and madly working like Santa’s Elves both at work and prepping for the trip. Tensions were high with lots to do but everyone was glad to finally have a plan.
I was getting up at the crack of dawn trying trap 4 unfixed cats and 4 kittens in the neighborhood before work and I don’t know how to trap cats. Then I took them to get fixed and picked them up after to recover, but that’s a story for another time. What was I thinking?….. a good question….but I wanted to help my neighbor relocate the ferals to her new digs and stop the multiplying of the kittens and have fewer coyotes in our yard; that’s what.
I started feeling back to my old self again and I said “Let’s go” and surprise her”. We rounded up our free miles and booked the hotel for 3 nights and now I was busy trying to reschedule clients and find animal sitters.
Last Saturday before the trip all hell broke loose when our birthday girl found out her passport had expired. You can only imagine the pandemonium around here, with everyone calling the airlines, each other etc. DETAILS, DETAILS!!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣
My husband and I decided to cancel our trip…. we tried but this was ridiculous.
Tensions were high and stress was mounting for everyone and the soon-to-be 30 birthday girl was going crazy trying to figure out how to get her passport expedited which you probably know is near impossible in Covid. She was up all hours of the night and finally found the one appointment in the country in Vermont and flew out the next day, running to catch the bus through a thundershower, traipsing through the mud holding hands with her b.f. The bus was no picnic with people yelling and talking to themselves etc. 4 hours later she somehow managed to get her passport expedited.
So the trip was back on and the elves were back at work.
We looked at rebooking but it would have been 3,000 dollars so quickly vetoed that plan.
We had 2 different Father’s Day celebrations for my husband with the kids before they left and we were going to try to take our Dad’s to our lake house and at 87 and 95, 3 hours away and both of them up and down to the bathroom all night it wasn’t sounding too great.
It turns out my FIL fell asleep in his chair and fell out and broke his collar bone. What more could go wrong. Don’t ask and I’m not going to go into it now as it’s almost unbelievable to me.
Soooooooo, the show must go on and they’re off to the friendly skies for the first time in a year and a half except the birthday girl in the Big Apple who visiting us twice.
But we’re NOT going to go but my husband is searching for flights because it’s Father’s day too and he’s sick of sharing me with all of the cats so we belabored it to death…. I mean this is our “baby” and we’ve been with all of the other kids for their 30th.
But seriously, this is ridiculous, we have no sitters now, we’re cat-sitting our daughter’s kitten, I have clients to see but it’s Father’s Day SOOOOO……anything for “my kids'”… (husband 🤣 too)
This place has 10 restaurants and we called each one to see if they had a reservation but sure enough, they DID NOT. So we walk to each one and can’t find them anywhere. All of a sudden a group chat came in about the restaurant they were going to and Bingo, we high-tailed it over there and asked for this private wine room and hid under the table. 30 minutes later…………
SURPRISE….. SURPRISE….. SURPRISE❣️❣️❣️
And a happy surprise at that. Most people said they probably won’t want to see you and whoever knows for sure. With all inclusive, they sure didn’t need us to pay the bills. My son and one daughter kept begging us to come said “We need you to keep the partying down”… LOL!!! That worked out well. Right!
We all had a blast…….
But the biggest fun was had by the Birthday Girl turning 30❣️
Happy 30th Birthday Bryana
Look out world I’m here so step aside
I’m gonna give you a run for your money
I’m not gonna lie
and believe you me you did and still do
Last but not least, I’ll take the lead
From my big sister and put the others in there place
So I don’t get misplaced,
no not me I’m in charge
And I’m gonna live large
There was no waiting around not even for the midwife
9 hours later 30 years ago today you did it your way
It was a theatrical experience, lights camera action with me directing
And dad running around heating blankets, setting up the video etc like a
Chicken with his head cut off
Some things never change
and this was the start of having every boy alive
Wrapped around your finger and succumbing to your every whim
And to be fair, how could they resist
With a full head of hair a bright beautiful smile
and a twinkle in your eye.
Those smiling eyes and beautiful grin
sparkly eyes became your nick name.
You were adorable, a pistol and loved life from the very start and had
A built in playground with your siblings, and your BFFs
You were born to break the rules and us to enforce them
And definitely spent some time grounded from sneaking out,
Boys with escapades and dad chasing them out.
And speaking of crushing it
You crush everything you do from that the fast ball and a drop ball
or setting to spike
All while being the star of the show
From California, Texas and New York the world is your oyster
And Quancast your pawn
The luckiest Cats; Tyson. Quinn and baby Louie ( her boyfriend… we call him her cat)
Killing it at Quancast
wheeling and dealing
Charming, determined and loving life
The Queen of inconvenience
To busy to pick up the phone or register her car
Somehow gets the only apt in the country
To renew and party in Mexico
Happy 30th Bronto, Brana, Brantavalo,
Who steals the show on Fathers Day
And everyones heart you touch
You still have the radiant untouchable radiance
And sparkly eyes
We will always love you!
We had an amazing time and I got to hang alone in the gym, dance of course, write a little and explore in my own peaceful way……and loved the critters off our deck and not our backyard and not worry about my animals getting eaten.
The animals all survived thanks to Hunter’s sister’s parents who took care of everyone❣️
And thanks to Narnia for all of the work in making this happen and the Birthday girl of course.
Thanks so much for stopping in and celebrating with us today…. lots of photos….. lots of fun…… and soon you will be heading out as well. In the meantime take care and enjoy the small moments and PREPARE for the bigger ones on your list. Key word…. PREPARE. Life is meant to be shared so enjoy and pop out of your bubble from time to time when it’s safe to do so. Remember life is not always predictable, orchestrated as planned or perfect so drop your expectations and go with the flow. Also, Happy Father’s Day to my Dad who I brought dinner to the night before we left. I Love you Dad❣️
FYI: I generally try to post at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Coast Time but I had so much trouble with uploading photos, block and spacing 😡 if it weren’t from a little help from my son, I’d have never been able to send it out. Thanks Sonny Boy❣️
Cindy, my goodness. Well… all is well when it ends well. The pictures are great and Happy Birthday to your baby. I love the poem too. Sending love to everyone.
Said sooooo well Gabriella!!!!
Yes indeed. Awwww thanks so much and glad you liked my poem❣️
Big hugs for a great weekend❣️
I loved the poem. Big hugs and much love to you too.
awww thanks tons💖💖❣️❣️
and back at you sweet one4❣️
do share ur opinion about my painting 🙂👆
I just did … it’s beautiful. Might I give you a piece of advise?
I’m worn out from reading this account. You all went all out. Good for you. Happy birthday , Bryana. Excellent poem. BTW.
lol… and me writing it but I kind of think of it as an achieve that will be here so my kids can hopefully have and read someday.. 🤣🤣🤣🤣❤️
Thanks for checking in Timothy. You’re sweet!
Glad you like my poem❣️
Happy Fri- yay!! Awesome poem , Cindy. Happy Birthday to your daughter!!! Glad it all worked out. Love the pictures, you have a beautiful family, my friend. Keep enjoying!!
Thanks Grace and same to you! So glad you liked my poem and pics!!! It was more than I usually would send but hey with a special occasion, I just had to. Awww thanks so much Grace. You do the same❣️❤️🌷🙏
Last Saturday before the trip all hell broke loose when our birthday girl found out her passport had expired. You can only imagine the pandemonium around here, with everyone calling the airlines, each other etc.
It’s serious, and heart breaking too.
Those family pictures are so beautiful. You guys are awesome. Keep supporting each other. Please take care. 😊
Wonderful post Cindy! It seems you had wonderful time. Happy Birthday to her!
Thanks so much Nawaz❣️ It was lots of fun and your wishes are appreciated. ❤️
You look beautiful in the photos too😍
awwwww you are the sweetest, thank you so much💖❣️
W😍W what a story Cindy!!! So happy it all worked out on the end. This is for sure an 4xample of how we surf the ebbs and flow of life, allowing what we can’t control to fall by the wayside and engage in the only thing we can LOVE ❤ loving all your pictures (except the one of your poor FIL, ouch!) Happy FriYay and here’s to a glorious weekend ahead my love ❤🙌🎉
Darling Maria.. so glad you liked this and got the essence of the underlying message as well. YES so true it’s the ebb and flow and love this line :” engage in the only thing we can LOVE ”
That’s soooo right on. I know my poor FIL.
Oh I should have mentioned how he did it.. going back on to say that now.. thanks tons.. xxoxoxoxo love you and happy weekend to you too💖💖💖❣️
That’s the great story of all the mess of life untimely stuff. After all, the celebration and the pictures stood an example of a family bonding and the grand happy celebration. Glad to see you sharing all your happiness my dear Queen. Stay happy always with inspiring sweet smile. 😇❤🙏
Yes soooo true.. that we can rise above our disagreements, our petty issues and all of the inconveniences and differences and love each other and come together. Glad you saw that piece and thanks for sharing and caring my friend. Thanks my princess. The Queen will be off duty soon… lol 💖💖❣️❤️ happy weekending 🌷
My pleasure always. See you Queen, carry on Happy weekend, take care 😘❤
WOW! Oh my goodness, um, that’s a real whirlwind. I cannot believe the passport got expedited; that’s awesomeness! Beautiful pics, lovely verse, and a wonderful post, dear Cindy. Just lovely!! ❤❤
I know what a shocker and if anyone would pull it off… it’s her. Thanks a lot we did have a whirlwind of a ball … so much fun and glad you liked my poem💖💖💖❣️❣️❣️Happy FRI YAYYYYY Jeff. ❤️
You surely have had a wonderful time with the whole gang coming together.
I also enjoy the video entitled “Birthday Fathers Day Fun”, though it is very short indeed, lasting only 12 seconds.
May all of you have a lovely weekend, the final one in June!
Thank you so much SoundEagle for enjoying and your nice words and wonderful quote. Have a lovely weekend❣️
We do have fun together for sure💖
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND❣️
💜 Coyotes, Dogs & Cats, Dingos and Dingbats, Beaching Sea Going Mammals, Snails, Slugs and ; so glad, at “30+” I AM a “ponsible” Rugrat; so, ALL Power to The KiDults Bowing To The Kids
I’m glad you had a great time, dear Cindy. An expired passport must have really worried her but I’m glad she managed to get it renewed! A very belated Happy Birthday to your daughter. The photos look great. That’s such a sweet poem. I loved it! Though it took you a lot of time, it’s worth it. WP does tend to drive us mad, especially if we’re working to meet a deadline. I’m glad you had your son to help you out.
For your heart
For your concern
For your getting how stressful it was.
For your awknowledgment and wishes,
Seeing my poem and geting it.
The wishes to my daugther
You’re knowing the frustration of WP.
The acknowledgement to applaud me for kepping on kepping on and giving credit where credit is due… my son.
You’re very welcome, dear ❤️🤗
Always a pleasure to read your posts 😃
Your family ❤️ So beautiful
💖 EC 💖
Thank you from the bottom of my heart❣️
They are and so are YOU💖❤️❣️🙏
Beautiful poem, beautiful pictures, beautiful everything! Happy birthday to the birthday girl!!! ♥♥♥
You’re so kind Sonali❣️❣️
Thank you sooo much❤️💖❤️
Most welcome my friend ♥♥
Looks like you all had a wonderful time, Cindy. Happy 30th birthday to Bryana!
We soooooo did Michele❣️
Thanks so much for the wishes as well.
Everyone looks so happy- it’s so lovely to see that! A very happy belated birthday to your wonderful daughter!
We really did have fun and your visit made the party complete. Thanks so much for the time and the birtthday wishes Pooja💖❣️
Happy Birthday to her!✨
That was a rollercoaster ride but I am sure you had a wonderful time, auntie!
Awww you’re sooo sweet and I hope she’s reading but I doubt it. You’re right… it was so up and down but so worth it. Thanks my dearest niece💖❣️
Thanks Sweet Akshita❣️
A wild ride at that but fun was had by all💖
Thanks dearie 🙏
How beautiful that after all the drama you made it to Mexico to surprise your daughter 😍 it looks absolutely beautiful 🥰 I’m hitting the big 4-0 next year and now I want to go to Cancun…😎 well, a girl can dream can’t she? ✈️
Thanks so much Ingrid and YES we made it to Mexico and the best news was they truly were happy to have us with them❣️I often think.. “they don’t want us” and then I have to pinch myself.
Wow, you could be my 4th daughter… 🤣❣️Stop it
you will not be 40.
Dreaming is what we;re made for of course. I actually loved the place but you need a kid friendly place. Start planning💖
We have Italy on our doorstep so maybe will revisit Rome…😍 relive my student days from many moons ago 🌝
oh that’s soooo fun.
I’m invited to a wedding in Gubbio that my “baby” is in and I’d so love to go but just not up for the distance, expense etc. 💖
Why do bruises always look so much more horrible on older people? I’d wrap our FIL in bubble wrap for a long time, lol
I know right?!!!!!
Good call on that!!!
Can’t belive he didn’t need surgery or something!💖
Cindy, a delightful post, but it makes my head spin! I am glad the festivities worked out well. Loved the birthday poem and the photos. <3 <3 <3 I am glad you are feeling better.
Thanks Cheryl… I think I can safely say… “We’re” too old for all of this but at least I’ve learned to go with the flow.
Sooo glad you enjoyed the poem as much as I enjoyed writing it. ❣️
I am sooo glad too❣️❣️❣️
Thanks a lot and have a great weekend❤️
Wowww..! What a wonderful and amazing and marvelous and funny and beautiful post..! Woww..! Very very happy birthday to you Amazing and beautiful baby my dear Cinderella..! She looks very beautiful..! And all the pics are really awesome and beautiful and pretty..! Looks so lovely..! And the poem was so fabulous..! She is very lucky to have a Amazing mom like you my dear..! And the surprise was really awesome and fantastic..! While reading your post..! I feel like I was there in that party and I had fun also..! So Marvelous my sweetie..! Have a beautiful weekend..!🤗🤗🤗💖💃💃
Ohhhhh Yay Filarance❣️❣️❣️
I’m so glad you enjoyed the party with us and you fit right in❣️. It was a crazy few days leading up and crazy marvelous fun like you said there with lots of fun. She is a beauty and you’re sooo sweet to say that she is lucky. I think so too 🤣🤣🤣
The poem truly depics her so I’m glad that came through and you enjoyed it as much as I did writing it❣️❣️ Thanks dearest princess and have a great weekend too💖❤️🌷
Awwww..! Yes my dear Cinderella I have enjoyed with you all the marvelous friends..! So happy..! And you’re very welcome dear..! It’s all my pleasure..!🤗🤗🤗❤️
sooo glad xioxoxoxooxxoxox💖
This is such a mad beautiful cliffhanger chaos Cindy, though it might not have appeared so beautiful to you experiencing it first hand. But in the end everything fell in place, with a surprise sprung and a happy reunion 👏
You got that right Deb❣️❣️❣️
The chaos and the whirlwinding leading up to a
4 day fun adventure and fun was had by all and we pulled the surprise off which was awesome.
Thanks so much for enjoying the beautiful cliffhanger chaos you so well described and happy weekending💖
I’m exhausted! Let’s see … Cabo, the Dominican, NYC, Vermont, & Cancun all mentioned, wherever you went, you had a good time and a wonderful celebration. Hope your FIL is healing.
Lol… I was too… i just rolled with it but her BP must have been rising but she’s young.
It was a 4 day whirlwind of fun for us.
FIL is doing well … thanks❣️. He’s quite the man❣️
well this is so much fun to read and I can feel your happiness through the screen!!! All the photos are fun , I am glad you all enjoyed so much !!!❤❤❤❤
Thanks dearest Vani and so glad you felt my fun and photos and enjoyed it so much❣️❣️❣️
Hey congrats on the award you got..
You must have a new story coming soon❣️
Great pictures…..lovely sharing….like the poem….glad to see your papa is doing well….what a man, he drove himself…happy b’day to your daughter – Bryana…now you must be relaxing ❤️🥰✨
Oh Thanks dear Navin… honest living isn’t cut from a cookie cutter …haha… as we both know.
Glad you enjoyed my poem and pics.
I know he is something else right!!!!
What a man… you said it so well.
Oh no, I’m sure she’s back home living it up….🤣 Youth… 😘 Have a great weekend💖
Wooow! I’m glad everyone was happy at the end of it all.
Belated happy birthday, Bryana! Wishing you many more years of beauty, blessings and bliss.
That was a beautiful poem, Cindy. I’m glad you were able to finally upload all these photos. They are all beautiful 💛💛💛
Thanks my friend and so good to see you! It’s been awhile.
It was a joyful time and so glad you enjoyed my poem, pics and I appreciate your wishes for the birthday girl and my tenaciousness💖
Happy weekend my friend💖❣️
Happy Birthday to her!
So heartwarming 🙂
Thanks tons… You’re so sweet.
Great pleasure 🙂
I’m not seeing a blog from you or do I have to leave an email?
I don’t usually do.. 🙏
Hi Cindy, have you found my blog?
I can see that you followed me on WordPress. I do appreciate it. 🙂 Thank you!
I did and I followed …. YAYYYY! sometimes it’s tricky to navigate but it looks awesome💖
It happened to me too.
Thank you so much, Cindy 🙂
Have a wonderful week further!
Oh good. I will and you do the same💖💖💖
poor Papa 🙁
but hooray for your family getting together and having fun for your baby’s birthday <3
you guys look so happy!
I know what a trouper he is!!!!
Awww thanks, it really was great fun and she was in her glory.
I am the happiest when we are all together under one roof.. thanks David💖
Indeed. ❤ I loved your poem, very much. Have a lovely Saturday, Cindy! ❤❤❤
thanks so much Jeff and you too💖💖💖
Please follow my blog also please please please please please please please 🙏
Done… are you following mine? Glad you asked me to!! happy to see more of you and your work💖❣️❣️❣️
Thankyou ❤️ yes I am following you 😊
Oh what a great outcome to many hurdles – whew
And happy 30th birthday
I know Yvette… right! thanks for stopping in. xo Happy Sunday❣️❣️
Sounds like a great time was had!
And in the end that’s what matters. 💖💖💖
So true. Keep Smiling.
💖❤️❤️❤️I am ear to ear and you too Goff❣️❣️
Thanks. Happy Day.
Thanks Goff and Happy Monday❣️
and to you💖
Wow. What a frantic fiasco! But, by looking at your photos, all worked out in the end. So many smiles! Happy 30th to your baby, Cindy. And welcome home!
Lol 🤣🤣🤣 Right!!!! it did work out well Diana and thanks for the wishes. Hope your trip was awesome as well❣️
Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter, Cindy. A fantastic and fun thrilled time that you and your family enjoyed and can be seen in all your wonderful and marvelous pictures. Sounds like you all had a fantastic time. Thanks for the awesome share, Cindy.
Thanks for your heartfelt wishes Kamal. wer shoure did have a great time and thanks for joining in the fun and your lovely commnent. We really did have a great time.. xo 💖💖💖🙏
That is so nice to hear dear Cindy. Always welcome dear. Keep on encouraging us with your awesome posts too. Happy Week ahead.
Oh thanks tons Dear Kamal💖💖💖❣️❣️
Take care and stay blessed dear Cindy.
You too… didn’t see you writing but will check again later💖💖
I have already posted a post on Power of A Song.
oh that’s a great one!!!! I’ll visit later💖💖💖
Thanks dear Cindy ❤️❤️❤️❤️