Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Pete and I arrived at this little birthday gathering on a bit of a fluke. We had dentist appointments scheduled yesterday for 5:10, which I confirmed with both my iPhone calendar and the reminder call we got from the dentist's office the day before. When we showed up, we were told it's actually scheduled for today at the same time. Argh!
Since we were already halfway towards my parents' house and it was my mom's birthday, we decided to head over there and have dinner and cake with them. My mom had had a hard day at work, so it pleased her to see us arrive with some cold beer (for the brats she was cooking, and our bellies) and smiles on our faces.
My mom's wacky sense of humor
After dinner the celebratory birthday pound cake was brought out, and it was ceremoniously lit aflame with a few molten number candles on top. Of course, Otto instantly began barking when he saw the cake being placed in the center of the table, and would not shut up, even after we were all done singing.
Matt and the honorary pound cake
Dad waiting to start the festivities
The gigantic knife my dad got out to cut the wee little cake
Mom laughing as...
...Otto entertains and annoys us with his usual birthday song barking
The cake aglow with birthday splendor
Mom blowing out her candles
Pete looking amused as my dad cracks joke after joke, heavily laced with puns
Me groaning at all the punnery involving the words "pound cake"
The aforementioned birthday-pun-pound cake
Otto waiting for some cake to be tossed his way
Some lovely flowers for mom's birthday
We had a great time, lots of laughs, and got to relax a little, which was nice. Best of all, it made up for my mom's bad day and gave her something to be happy about. That's the best gift we could have given her today, I think.