Monday, May 18, 2015

A Weekend To Remember

Thank you all for the birthday wishes.  I appreciate it so much.  We had a busy weekend driving to So Cal for my birthday and Nel's graduation ceremony.  It was a fun filled trip with lots of happenings.  I can always tell we're getting close to So Cal by their tall palm trees.

We went to a charming town for my birthday and ate dinner at an Italian restaurant with pictures of Italy adorning the walls.   As I was coming out of the bathroom during dinner, you'll never guess what song they were playing......Sherry Baby!  I was thrilled! (and no, my kids didn't request it; that's why it was so wonderful).  Nel gave me a nice gift card to Macy's.  Jess knows I love children's books, so she bought me What a Wonderful World book, illustrated by Tim Hopgood.

The ceremony was so nice.   If you've ever heard of the PhD robes, they are very full and heavy with their big floppy hats.  I was filled with awe when I saw Nel receiving her degree.

I noticed a red rose in the distance, and had to take a picture of her with it.

Jess made this hilarious sign, and when Nel was walking down the aisle, she saw Jess waving this sign and couldn't help but crack up.

On the way home we stopped at the delicious Pea Soup Andersen's for their famous split pea soup.

Me and Jess browsed through the gift shop, and I bought her a tea cup ornament and some blackberry jam.

On the top of the door was this sign as we were leaving the gift shop.

Thank you for sharing Nel's exciting day with us.   You are always with me in spirit.......always.



Teresa said...

Best Birthday ever is always around the corner with your Lovely and Thoughtful Family.
Congratulations to Nel and I'm thrilled to imagine the souls she'll touch with her lovely demeanor and sweet ways. Wishing her nothing short of Absolute Success. Go Nel!
Buying that ornament was a wonderful and touching gesture. It will live forever with her the memories of this day, her achievements and living it all with your enthusiasm and love.
Best Mother and Daughters Team Ever!!!
Sending you all my Love,

LoveT. said...

Congratulation to Nel! The Photos are so beautiful ,she looks so lovely and happy :)

Much love from Vienna!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Marvelous! All round... With delightful bits of synchrinosity, here and there.


Congratulations to your amazing daughter!!!


Love that gorgeous palm tree. Sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration. What a sweet book. Congrats to Nel on a job well done.

CraveCute said...

What a wonderful celebrations! You've captured the spirit of the moment in all of your lovely photos!

It's me said...

Congrats to Nel !..what a lovely post Ria...!x!

Lowcarb team member said...

Many congratulations to Nel ... and what a truly lovely weekend. One that will be forever in your heart and mind.

Lovely pictures that you shared with us. I feel blessed to have been able to 'share' it with you ... thank you.

Have a good week

All the best Jan

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Sheri,

How very special your birthday was, seeing your sweet Nel graduate and I loved seeing the photos.
Glad that you had a fun time with all your family.
Enjoy the week

Draffin Bears said...

I forgot to say huge congratulations to Nel and how very proud you must be of her - she is very beautiful with a lovely smile.


Beatrice Euphemie said...

It is a wonderful world! So happy for all of you - a birthday celebration and an important graduation, all in one beautiful weekend! Isn't your daughter so must be so proud. Love all the amazing synchronicity....a big hug xo Karen

Susie said...

Sheri, Your daughter is gorgeous. Like mommy. :):) I think them playing Sheri Baby was meant to be. How fun. Did you smile? Blessings to your whole family. You raised your children right, take a bow. Love you, Susie

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful birthday and a degree to boot! Congrats to you on celebrating another wonderful year and to Nel for all of her hard work. Good for her.
Hope you have a wonderful week back in the "real world". xo Diana

Carla from The River said...

Wow, what a great post full of wonderful things. :-) Yippee to your family!
xx oo

Dewena said...

That was a big event, your birthday and your daughter's PhD ceremony! She is a lovely woman.

That was pretty cool having your song greet you, and looking up to see for the second time that it truly is a wonderful world.

And I've written down the name of the book. Must get one for Nora!


Holly said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks for sharing you weekend and Nel's graduation. I love how "What a Wonderful World" flowed through your post. Here's to a happy week to follow.

Weekend-Windup said...

Sounds great. You must have had a wonderful time on your birthday!

Angelika Bogusia said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! ;)

sophie said...

Happy birthday! My very best wishes to you and your lovely family!
congrats to Nel!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Congratulations to Nel. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip for your Bday and for graduation. Don't you just love Anderson's Split Pea Soup.
So glad that you had a wonderful time.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Sheri, I remember ANDERSON'S PEA SOUP! We went there 33 years ago on our trip up the coast to Carmel (where we are going in June!) What a great outing you had! From the graduation (gorgeous Nel!) to your birthday restaurant treat and all the family time. Belated greetings to you dearest friend, and HAPPY DAY! Love, Anita

Lucy martin said...

Happy Belated birthday and Congratulations Nell.
I love seeing your pics and hearing about your life.
Blessed indeed. xo

Patty Patterson said...

Nel looks absolutely beautiful. I think red might be her color. And I loved those little tea cup ornaments. Of course, I would. I love teacups. LOL

Barbara Lilian said...

Lovely to share some of your celebration times. A birthday you'll always remember along with your beautiful daughters graduation. What a magnificent graduation gown, do the graduates hire these, or do they buy them . a wonderful day for you all. You must be very proud.

Dee said...

Happy Birthday, Sheri! What a wonderful day you had... Wow! I'll bet watching your daughter graduate was the best present ever. She's so pretty, too.

Those palm trees were gorgeous and I love pea soup. I think I'm going to have to try to find a recipe for it because I haven't had it in years. Have a lovely rest of the week... :)

Sola Scriptura said...

Happy Birthday wishes to you! Congratulations to your daughter too. I just love the life-like sign!! That's fantastic :)

Attic Clutter said...

oh fun Sheri.. sorry I haven't been on here very much lately
... good weather and outside stuff..but sure looks like you had a neat Birthday (:)
love the red roses banner (:)

Nancy's Notes said...

What wonderful celebrations for two beautiful ladies! Birthday and Graduation, the best of the best! I love that photograph of Nel, she's beautiful and that rose behind her was just perfect too! Split pea soup, yummy!


Heather Lindstrom said...

From your sweet birthday, to mother's day to your color purple, I'm enjoying catching up with you today, sweet Sheri. What a celebratory weekend you had with the graduation of your gorgeous daughter (takes after her mama!). I know you are so proud of your girls and all of their accomplishments. Congrats to Nel and congrats all the way around! xx

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful post!!!!
Have a good week!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Bety said...

Dear Sheri!
He had such a pleasant and unforgettable emotions! Great gifts and many exciting moments! Congratulations on your daughter's graduation! There is a lovely smile! I wish you success!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Sheri, Happy Birthday and Congrats on Nels graduation day. Sounds like you all enjoyed a wonderful time and marked a beautiful memory. Love your pics and how special Nel looks in her robe and cap. It is a wonderful world. I just got this sheet music and every time I play it I think of you since I know it's a favorite of yours.
Have a blessed day and wonderful new year ahead.
Sending love your way, CM

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a fun trip. We used to stop at Pea Soup Anderson's when we lived in CA - our kids just loved it - me too. And what a darling children's book. I just recently got copies of Brambly Hedge books - they are such fun. They were a birthday gift from our son and his wife - I received five of them - one for each season - and two others.

Doreen@househoneys said...

What serendipity to hear that song! I would have freaked out :).

Nel looks like Jessica Alba. So pretty, and she looks so happy. Congratulations to your daughter on such a fabulous accomplishment.

Susan said...

Oh dear Sheri....What a celebratory time! Happy (late) birthday to you, my dear Sheri. SOOOOO glad you were born. And a PHd for Nel! Oh my GOODNESS. Your heart must be overflowing with wonderful pride over such an incredible achievement! Congratulations to her, too! And to all your family. Susan

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, what a beautiful girl you have there ~ Congratulations, Nel on such a huge accomplishment! So fun stopping by to visit and peruse your lovely blog! Pretty photos everywhere :) So nice to meet you!

Kindly, Lorraine

Rue said...

Pea Soup Andersons?! I lived right down the street for a few years and before that I lived in Santa Ynez. I can't remember if I told you that. I used to know the head chef there.

Congratulations to Nel :)