Thursday, May 10, 2007


Grandma will celebrate her 83rd birthday on Saturday. For those of you who are new, Grandma lives with us. The entire family is excited. We're having company coming in tomorrow afternoon to spend the weekend. And Grandma doesn't know it!

When Grandma moved in with us last year, she knew that she wouldn't be seeing other family much. We live six hours away from our closest relatives. Tomorrow, Grandma's oldest son and his wife are coming from the north, and my cousin, their daughter, is coming from the south. I can't wait to see the look on Gram's face when they arrive!

I've still been busy spring cleaning. I have only the boys' room left. It won't get done until next week. I've been slow this year because of a bit of bronchitis. After a major grocery trip yesterday, I worked hard cleaning our entire living room from floor to ceiling. Washing walls, moving heavy furniture, scrubbing the hardwood on my hands and knees. It looks and smells wonderful. I'm sore today!

So, I've been busy planning out menus for the weekend. Friday evening will be:

Baked Ham
Baked potatoes
Garlic green beans
Tossed salad
Apple Pie

Saturday's Menus starting with breakfast:

Choice of homemade granola or muffins
Fresh fruit

Turkey salad with pecans on croissants
Vegetable tray
Iced tea

Chuck roast
Roasted potatoes and carrots
Ice Cream Cake for the Birthday Girl

Sunday's menu's beginning with breakfast:

Coffee cake

Cabbage, Bacon, and Noodles
Leftover desserts
Iced tea

Our company will take leave around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon.
Today I get to have lunch with friends and relax.


Anonymous said...

Oh Tracy what a bountiful celebration for a beloved lady! Your tenderness and hospitality clearly shows your affection for her and for others. I can visualize her excitement when relatives surprise her (we did this for my mother-in-love's 80th). Her cheeks will be moist with tears from a full heart. Wonderful.

And your menus! Okay...the Hardt's will want to pop in for a few of those yummy meals. By air we're only about 4 hours away!

Rent your lungs and muscles today, if you can. Doing too much can cause a relapse..we don't want you ill again. Bronchial illness is not fun stuff.

Have a delightful and precious time blessing this sweet lady.

Sweet blessings and prayer...

Lori B said...

Yummy! Your menu sounds delicious.

Wish your mom a Happy 83rd Birthday.

Have a fun weekend with your family.

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Penless Thoughts said...

Oh what a sweet, wonderful surprise for her. I love surprises.

Karen said...

Oh how much fun you all will have! You make me tired, Tracy, with all of your preparations you're doing.
I hope you enjoy your lunch with friends!

Trella said...

Wow! You sure have been busy, between cleaning and planning.

I am sure your grand mother will be thrilled. What a wonderful thing to be doing.

I pray everything goes well, and that all enjoy themselves.

Momma Roar said...

What lovely preparations you have made Tracy! It sounds like a wonderful weekend! I hope they'll be pictures - especially of your Grandma when her suprise guests arrive!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and calm nerves (I know I'd be a mess, lol) :)

Anna S said...

Tracy, happy birthday to Grandma and good luck with all the preparations!

Becky said...

Gram will be tired after this fabulous weekend of fun. What a wonderful legacy she has to celebrate. Have a great time and take some pictures for us.

Anonymous said...

***oops*** !

I meant reSt your lungs and muscles today, not reNt them. silly me.

Sheri said...

Congratulations to Grandma! 83! I pray she has a wonderful and blessed birthday... what a fun surprise too.

And, your menu sounds scrumptious!

Beck said...

I can't imagine planning surprise party for someone who lives with me! I hope it goes wonderfully.

Jodi said...

It sounds like a truly wonderful birthday/Mother's Day weekend! Your menus sound delicious. Enjoy! :o)

Ruth said...

Wow! What a menu. I think my family would pass out if I were able to do all that. I hope you all have a wonderful family time together and your gradmother is blessed with a memory-making birthday.

Christie Belle said...

Yummy! But I am a little tired for you just reading this. I know this will be a wonderful celebration, I can't wait to see the pictures that I hope you will post:)

Happy Birthday to your dear Mom too!