1 Mar

This Saturday was my dad’s 60th birthday.

It was glorious and wonderful.

We had it at the McMenamins Grand Lodge, in “downtown” Forest Grove.  Delicious food, great friends and family….and a wonderful surprise.  My dear sister and her family surprised my dad on Friday by flying up from Arizona!

We were all surprised (except my sneaky mom) and it was wonderful to spend time with them.   Yesterday I even got to take my niece horseback riding with me.  She is coming up with her brother this summer to spend time, and we’ll get to ride again.  While we girls went riding, the adults took naps and the boys came over to our place to shoot some guns off our back porch.  They love the fact that we are out in the middle of nowhere and can do that.

Now, I was planning to get some of the great shots I took on Saturday at the party on Saturday.  All McMenamins are re-purposed historical buildings that are decorated with amazing eclectic artwork and paintings and just so wonderfully fun.

Unfortunately…my computer decided to commit suicide this weekend.

My dear husband went to change out the hard drive that had been donated by a great friend.  When reloading the OS though….he managed to wipe my external hard drive.  The one with all my backups.

Please send healing thoughts for my poor external.  And be with me in hoping that not only can we recover the images, but that the computer will work now and be worth the stress.

So, instead of really pretty images of my fantastic father, his amazing birthday party, my family and the great horse-back ride…all I have to offer the image gods are these pictures of the cute birthday card I made my dad:

Birthday Card Envelope
Birthday Card Front

Birthday Card Inside


Oh!  And PLEASE go visit Aunt Becky!  Not only does she have an incredible new blog design (gorgeous!) but she has a chance to get some of her humor published.  Her agents are looking to submit information to her publishers to see interest in her books.  So please, even if you could care less about Aunt Becky (which would be silly) go visit her here.  Fill out your name (fake name even!) and an email address (you’ll get a free chapter of the book too!) and mark either yes or hell yes.  They aren’t counting names.  Just the people.  So it would be awesome to have your “vote”.

Especially since People of Walmart beat her in the Bloggies.  Stupid content submission sites…don’t know what real funny is.

6 Responses to “Birthdays”

  1. Jennifer B March 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Awwwwww!!! I’m so sorry! That has to be traumatic as hell. I hope you are able to recover your pictures at least. Who cares about the rest. Pictures are so precious. And I don’t know what part you played in AB’s new site, but dayum…. it’s fine. Great work twin!

  2. Jennifer B March 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Oh, and how do you get your comments to be emailed to the commenter? You seem to be much better at this than I, and I am hanging my head in shame, because I thought I was a computer nerd. Turns out, there is lots of stuff I’m a dummy at. Doh!

    • mrssoup March 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

      I know! I really hope I get the pictures back…

      And the emailing feature, I just hit reply when I get notification of a new comment. With WordPress though, thanks to threaded comments, you can get it to reply into the post. So this reply back to you is both in an email to the commenter AND a reply on the website. It’s fabulous over here in WP land. 😉

  3. Jade @ Tasting Grace March 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Happy birthday to your dad! And I’m sorry to hear about your computer – and all your data! Oh that is so sad. I hope you are able to get them back, and soon!

    • mrssoup March 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

      I’m hoping to have some good news this afternoon…

  4. Deanna March 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    That’s the best Birthday card ever! Sending good thoughts to your hard drive – I hope you get your photos back!

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