The celebrations started on Friday. We went to Shelley and Harold's for a communal birthday party. There are a lot of summer birthdays in Shawn's family so to make things easier, Shelley holds one big party for everyone. It was great getting together with everyone being able to laugh and joke around with everyone. Always fun.
On Saturday, we went to my cousin's place to celebrate his little girl's Rachel's birthday. She is now a grand total of four years old. I still remember when she was born. We were trying to decide if we should go to the hospital or wait until they got home. Rachel was born at the tail end of the SARS epidemic and we weren't sure if they were letting people into the hosptial or not that didn't need to be there. We ended up waiting until they got home. I remember thinking how little she was. My mom loved holding her too. She was in her element with babies (she did have four kids after all). Now she's starting kindergarten in September.
In the evening we went over to our Natasha and Deepesh's house as today is Natasha's birthday, so I'd like to say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!". Natasha's brother was there with his little girls and the older one, C, fell in love with Shawn. She wouldn't leave his side and insisted that he read her stories, play soccer with her and go for a walk with her. It was very cute.
Then on Sunday was my big day! We invited friends and family over for my 21st birthday (don't laugh!). I love having people over at our place, I go all Martha Stewart trying to make everything "just so". It's a sickness, yes but I enjoy it. We had a BBQ with all the trimmings! I must give a big thank you to Shawn who organized the BBQ and got everybody over to our place, including Kathy and Joel, K1 and K2, Rhonda and Josh and Lisa, Craig and their Special K. It was so great seeing them again.
Here are some pictures from the big day.
Shelley and her son David.
Close up of Deepesh.
Me and my little bro' Miguel.
Getting ready to blow out my candles (though the wind was sure giving me a run for my money)
My Harry Potter birthday cake! Does my husband know me or what???
Here are some of the fabulous gifts I got. Thank you everybody very much!!!
From the 2 K's.
A home "spa" from Vivienne and Jay.
A beautiful necklace and ring from Khal, Sarah and Tara.
The big bag I was looking for from Tammy, Brian and Philip.
Thank you everyone as well, that made a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and the Children's Wish Foundation.