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90 Years: Celebrating The Life of Our Matriarch

The head of our Hungarian clan, my Grandmother, Helen, is NINETY years old today!!! WOO HOO! My Aunts have said that they couldn’t let this major accomplishment slide by quietly, and so have planned a nice celebration in her honor back near my hometown in Michigan.

90 year old Grandma

As we’ve grown and married, most of her Grandchildren have moved away from Michigan. Knowing how difficult it is for all of us to make the trip, besides Grandma never wanting to cause a fuss, my Auntie approached me with a request: Could I compile and edit a video of Birthday wishes from the out-of-state family members that would do it? I accepted, under the condition that I’d get all the videos a month out to be able to work at it as time allowed — yeah right! I did get Grandma’s DVD finalized in time – never you mind if I was burning the disc on my laptop (which had conveniently crashed) in the passenger seat as I slid into UPS, 2 minutes to close with the truck leaving. That’s what they designed 2nd-Day Air for people!

There’s a good cross-section of us out-of-staters represented in the final production. One of the things that I loved while working on the editing is that each clip so classically embodies each family. The beginning always makes me laugh, as it just so Grandma. Shortly after her 89th birthday, my Hubs and I visited and shot some home movies where we interviewed her for posterity’s sake. Good thing about Grandma – you never have to guess what she’s thinking, she’ll let you know. For real. She used to tell me:

I hope you get married before I die.

And I would respond,

I’m purposely holding out so that you will live longer.

Suffice it to say she lived to see me dance at my wedding, which not even my Mom (her daughter) had been able to do. Some may say she’s a tough ol’ Bird, but she’ll tell you that God must still have some mission for her.

Here’s a snapshot into my wonderfully talented and quirky family – wishing a happy 90th Birthday to our Matriarch! For those who hold out, there’s a bonus at the end.

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This One Goes Out To the One I Love

It’s not just an REM song, it’s also the expression of birthday lovin’ for my Hubby!

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I always ask him what he wants to do for his Birthday, and he just loves to spend quality time together. So we’ve both taken the day off tomorrow and surprises and new adventures await.

I’ll add some pics as we progress throughout the birthday ballyhoo, so check back later.

UPDATE:

Quality time was on the agenda for Mike’s birthday, especially considering how hard we’ve both working. A lot of people post birthday party pics from their kids; well, here’s a peak into the birthday festivities:

SURPRISE #1: Mike’s favorite dessert = Apple Pie. I went the extra a la mode step, with Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Ohhhhh wow. Unfortunately it wasn’t a complete surprise, as I had him stay in the back office while I made it, but come on folks, how can you not smell homemade Apple Pie bubbling up in the oven just the room over!

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SURPRISE #2: Kayaking White Rock Lake! Kayaking was one of my favorite excursions when Mike and I were dating. We haven’t really been since, so it was overdue. We’d never kayaked White Rock Lake, and with it right in our backyard, it worked perfectly with the other plans for the day. The amazing part was that it had rained in the morning before we got up, and there was unseasonably cool weather Friday morning. It was overcast but not raining, cool but not cold at an unreal 72 degrees for Dallas in August!

IMG_8594There even was a rainbow!!!

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Surprise #3: Picnic at Klyde Warren Park, Downtown Dallas. Since before this urban green space opened in the heart of downtown, Mike & I have wanted to go there. So glad we finally did. What a cool space — lined with food trucks, a Children’s park with sweet water features, reading and games areas, people tossing footballs in the open areas, others walking dogs, a Performance pavilion, trails, etc — definitely add it to your list if you haven’t gone already.

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The kids were having a blast playing in the water!
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Surprise #4: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, new to Richardson! How perfect that the night before his birthday, Mike suggests that we try out the newly opened Alamo Drafthouse to see a movie (his favorite past time for certain). Little did he know that I had already purchase a TravelZoo voucher for dinner and movie there 🙂  It was a beautiful facility, the burgers were great, the Popcorn had real butter, and the picture & sound quality excellent. They did a great job working around the fact that their computer servers were down, and manually had to write out our tickets, take our vouchers, as well as write out our meal tickets. We saw “Jobs” – the story of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, as played by Ashton Kutcher – who I thought was very convincing in the role.

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Surprise #5: Has yet to arrive yet, due to an eBay delay…but it is the thing that Mike was most excited about. We’ve invested in the Vitamix 750 Professional Series, as part of our plan to get more healthy. This bad boy has presets, a complete cookbook & DVD, a tamper to push everything down into the blade, a 7-year warranty, and actually liquifies whole fruits and vegetables – so not extracting the juice and leaving the fibrous good stuff as refuse.

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Our new Vitamix 750 will be arriving in the next couple of days, and we’re excited to have a plethora of ways to use it: from smoothies, to soups (it even cooks in the blender), to grains, purees, etc. There are 5 pre-programmed settings “to ensure simple cleaning, walk-away convenience, and consistent results for smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, and purée recipes.” We can’t wait to test our new machine out and share with you some of the great ways we’re utilizing it. So stay tuned for that!

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Double the Birthday Fun!

It was a beautiful South Florida day, round about 11 years ago—if my memory serves me correctly. My SIL was at her OBGYN appointment, checking up on the progress of her pregnancy. I was in-town, exhibiting at a conference in Miami, so had just left my brother & SILs home in a neighboring city.

Sitting in a restaurant, alone on a quick break to eat, a phone call from my brother came as a happy diversion. They had just gotten a Sonogram done, and his voice was full of joy and wonder.

“You’re going to be an Aunt……….TWICE!”

I’m sure he could hear my huge grin through the phone. “I know! Alyssa (the 4-yo at the time) and then now! YAY!”

“NO, no!” He replied. “It’s TWO. We are having twins! A boy and a girl!”

What. Just. Happened?

I must have been so incredibly caught up in that moment, in laughter and awe, you know…I have no recollection as to what I said next!

Fast forward to 2013, and here it is, their birthday!  And, as their proud Aunt, they still fill my life and many others with so much laughter and awe.

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My, how you’ve grown from what appears to be one the oldest pics of I can find on my computer now of you, Birthday Babies!

This one is with your Grandma, who is sending you hugs and kisses from Heaven, I just know it!

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Even though we miles away, we wanted to say Happy Birthday, kiddos!  Enjoy the day that brought you not only into our family, but into our hearts!

Love,

Your Aunt + Uncle

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