Family Birthdays | Love | Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Family Birthdays | Love

Birthdays are a big deal in our family. We don't go super fancy and extravagant, but we always try to make it special for the person whose day it is. Our tradition is to go out to dinner at the birthday person's favourite restaurant, followed by cake and the birthday songs back at home.

This year my birthday happened less than a month after Mum's accident. She was still in hospital at the time and so we had pizza delivered to the hospital and took over the patient lounge for an hour in a makeshift celebration. I didn't care about anything other than being with my Mum & family and it was still a wonderful evening, despite the setting.

My sister A turned 30 2 weeks later and the Christmas in July celebration that had been planned was scaled right back to just the immediate family and a home-cooked Italian feast. I know it's not how A imagined her 30th turning out, but I think we were all just thankful that Mum was home from the hospital and able to enjoy it.

Zee's 1st birthday was also a quiet affair at Mum's, with pizza and lots of ice cream cake for the birthday girl. I plan on making up for the lack of a party for her 2nd birthday, when I will throw her the kind of celebration I gave Punky for her 1st birthday. It just didn't feel right to be going all out and having an extended family gathering if Mum couldn't be there, and so we made Zee's birthday special in other ways.

Yesterday was Mum's birthday. We were planning on having dinner at her house, whatever she wanted, and then on Tuesday night she sent us all a message saying that she wanted to go out to dinner at her favourite restaurant. So reservations were made at Bohemian Euro Restaurant at Narellan and off we all went.

It was so absolutely amazing to see Mum out of the house for something other than a doctor's appointment or funeral. I know her back was getting the better of her by the time we all finished our meals, but I thin just getting out and having a somewhat 'normal' experience will have lifted her spirits greatly.

After dinner we went back to her house and had not one but two cakes, and Punky and Zee helped Grandma blow out the candles. Zee thought this was the most hilarious thing in the world. We ended up getting Punky to blow out the candles three times just so we could hear Zee laughing hysterically. I've included a video of it at the end of this post so you be infected by her laughter too.






Happy Birthday Mum! We are all so blessed to have you in our lives and we just couldn't live without you! xxx

Do you do much to celebrate birthdays in your family? What's your favourite way to celebrate?

20 comments:

  1. This is just beautiful, Kylie! I'm glad your mum got the celebration she deserved. You all have such a strong family resemblance.

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  2. I prefer these kinds of intimate family celebrations to over the top parties. We'll usually go out to a restaurant or stay home. As long as there is cake it's all good! Such beautiful photos and I'm glad your Mum is on the mend. Kids always love blowing out candles, don't they? What a gorgeous chuckle she has! xo

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  3. That is the cutest little giggle :) We usually go out for tea or my mum likes to have a cook up and have everyone there, usually for pizza night.

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  4. Oh that is such an awesome thing to be thankful for - I bet your mum had a ball! And how cute is Punky helping with the candles?!

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  5. Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Everyone looks so happy x

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  6. That giggling just gave me goosebumps Ky........... thanks I needed that smile! What a lovely family you have xx

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  7. Such a cute giggle. So glad your Mum was well enough to enjoy the celebrations.

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  8. Baby giggles are just the best! Happy Birthday to your Mum x

    Thanks for linking up with us at The Lounge!

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  9. I love the laughs out of the little one. So cute.
    We normally don't do anything for our birthdays to be honest. Just go out for dinner and that's it.
    For the little one, he only had 2 birthdays so far and we had tea and cake and sandwiches at home and that was it. He hasn't got a clue just yet. x

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  10. We don't tend to do parties as the stress they place on the children outweigh any possible joy. And often, due to autism, the joy never comes. But, we still aim to make birthdays special with favourite foods and cake.


    Thanks for sharing your celebrations with us at #thankfulthursday

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  11. Thank you for hosting. I think no matter what you do, as long as you're with people that love you it will be a great day x

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  12. Haha, they so have no idea do they?! Punky will be 3 in November and she is just starting to get what the fuss is with birthdays. When I told her we were going out for Grandma's birthday the first thing she said was "Yay! Yummy cake!". She has her priorities right, that one!

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  13. Thanks for hosting! And yes, baby giggles are pretty much the best sound in the world!

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  14. Isn't it the cutest?! It was so good to see her get out and enjoy a couple of hours of normalcy (and good food).

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  15. Isn't it just the best?! I've been re-watching it every day since x

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  16. I think it's the first time since the accident that we've all been together and been able to just smile and have a good time. It was exactly what we all needed x

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  17. Mum had a great time, she was a bit sore and tired by the end but I know it was worth it for her.

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  18. How good is it just being together for a birthday, doesn't really matter what we do, does it, as long as we are with the ones we love xx

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  19. Yeah, I much prefer this too. Nothing like a good meal and those closest to you to make for a perfect celebration x

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  20. Haha, yep, everyone always comments on how alike we look. It was so good to go out and just enjoy having some good food and being together xx

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