Friday, July 16, 2010

Birthday Dinner...

Ok, so I stayed up super late last night getting a bunch of things marked off of my work list in order to feel ok about taking a few minutes to gather some photos from our 4th of July/My 30th Birthday Dinner with family. I knew that if I didn't look at them soon they'd get buried in a hard drive, not to be seen for a long, long time. :)

My mom & Wayne always host 4th of July every year and it's one of my all time favorite holidays! I just love the relaxing, family & friend atmosphere with great food and I've always loved fireworks since I was a little girl. As a child our family would take our Jeep downtown Corvallis and park along the river (with the rest of Corvallis) and open the back end of the suv. We'd roll out sleeping bags, eat red ropes (my dad's favorite candy and for sure one of mine too) and listen to the music while we watched the fireworks in the sky. I just LOVED it!! (Thank you Dad and Mom for always making that tradition so much fun! Because of those memories it's a favorite holiday today.)

Since it's always tricky to get all family together in the summertime I figured the 4th would be a good time to celebrate my 30th with them since most of us would already be gathering anyway. Mom and Wayne offered to host a birthday dinner and let me pick the menu and I got to pick out the table settings, dishes, napkins, flowers, etc. too and put it all together (thank you for that gift Mom & Wayne). It was a lot of fun!! I loved it! I wish I had some photos of us actually enjoying dinner, of all my sweet family, and of all the fabulous food Wayne cooked (all gluten free!). It was sooo delicious! But once we sat down to eat, my camera was put away. :(

One of the greatest treasures in my life is my family. I couldn't love or adore them all more. I love every minute I get to spend with them and always wish I lived closer to them (they're only an hour or so south, but still). :)

That night we watched Wayne's firework show there on the ranch too, cuddled up in our blankets and chairs. It was a great time.

Thank you family and friends for making it such a fun holiday celebration!! :) I love you all to pieces!















I'm 16 weeks on Monday... I've got a little baby bump goin' on. :)

Thank you Mom for making it all happen!

This photo of Jude & Selah cracks me up...

Getting cozy watching fireworks...

Fun night! :)

8 comments:

Janine the Bean said...

What a beautiful set up! I'm glad you had such a special day. And welcome to the 30's!

the o's said...

that looks beautiful! what a fun celebration of 30 years. and you are looking so cute! 16 weeks hooray!

the o's said...

i know, bethany! i thought of that when you posted about 4 weeks ago :) only a month a part how fun!

Chelsi Ritter said...

your mom's place looks so beautiful, bethany. and can i just say that those photos of the table and placesettings is something i would see in one of my country living magazines? i wish i could have been there to celebrate with you!
by the way i have that same necklace you're wearing; it's one of my favorites. and your baby bump is adorable! you're so cute pregnant it's a little disturbing.

Jessica Jordan said...

BEAUTIFUL! That looks like a wedding table, so gorgeous. B ... you did NOT have that much of a bump when I saw you on Wednesday ... you must have eaten a lot of bday food :) J/K, you look fabulous, and so does Erin (saw her yesterday). Both so cute with these teensy bumps. Too bad the bump on the way "down" post-baby is so not cute because I have that going on :). Just love these photos. Can't wait to meet new babies F & O this Winter. Congrats again Bethany & Erin! ~ Jess

Erica said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! Your baby bump is just too cute!!!

amandasweddingshoppe.blogspot.com said...

The table looks like it could be a wedding!!! LOVE it, LOVE the color combo! :) cute baby bump Bethany :)

Amber G. said...

Okay, I'm about a month late with this, but Holy Smokes that was one AMAZING party! Wow! Happy 30th and many, many congrats on baby #3. I've got a few more months of 29 left still... and hoping for a baby bump by my birthday in Nov. ;-) You're beautiful!