16 December 2008

Two Birthdays...

Yesterday, 15 December there were birthdays for both Ken and my mum. Mum turned 89 and Ken was 80. Unfortunately, because Mum lives in another country, she wasn't able to be at the birthday celebrations last night. However, when I rang her, she toasted Ken with a glass of wine and we, in turn, toasted her.

Our neighbours, Wendy and Roger, were there with their kids, as was Fred's mum, Sylvia. Roger, Jane's brother (yes, I know, two Rogers...confusing at times) is a chef and he volunteered to cook dinner for us all, and this was on his day off. Jane had made dessert of pavlova and tropical fruit salad (fresh mango, melon, banana and pineapple), plus there was a chocolate birthday cake. Roger cooked up fried rice, crispy beef chow mein and sweet and sour prawns...ohhhh yummmmm. We had pink bubbles, white and red wines, plus soft drinks for the kids and the guys had beer, except for Ken who can't stand the taste of alcohol so has never drunk any...wise man.

When dinner was served it was greeted with sounds of pleasure and then there was an appreciative silence as we savoured the delicious meal. After dinner, we sang Happy Birthday and Ken gave a lovely speech thanking his family and friends and giving thanks for the fortunate life and wonderful family he has. I felt a bit of a tear in my eye.

It was a lovely evening, Ken received lots of loot, the kids had fun inside with SingStar and we sat and chatted. Here are some photos...

Roger cooking the fried rice.

Pouring the sweet and sour sauce into the prawns.

Tossing the veg...see the flames.

Sylvia (Fred's mum) alongside Ken.

Wendy looking quizzical with Michael (her son) and Victoria (his girlfriend).

Jane, Roger and Ken (with some of his loot).


Gattina said...

That seems to have been a wonderful party !
I am taking the train today together with my friend Ilona we go to Cologne to see the Christmas market !

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I love birthday parties! Unfortunately, I've not attended one in a very long time.

Angelo said...

A belated Happy Birthday to your Mom and to Ken! That looked like a great party, it's got me hungry with all the talk of sweet and sour prawns....drool :9

StandTall-The Activist said...

Happy belated b'day to the celebrants. Thought it were the feline kids that turned 89 and 80. I was about to ask how (lol0

Walker said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum and Ken.
Looks like you all have a great time eatteing good food and partying.
Good food and good friends make the perfect combination.

Merle said...

Dear Robyn ~~ Sounds as though you all had a good time with good food
and I hope your Mum had a lovely birthday. Thanks for your comments, yes Kathy is good to still always include me in their Christmas, Says it wouldn't be the same without me.
Peter and Vicki seem to be enjoying being with the family and having fun.
Take care my friend, Merry Christmas. Love, Merle.

RennyBA said...

What a great party and lovely celebration and even more: Delicious food - one can almost smell it in the pictures and my mouth is watering - thanks for sharing!

I can also tell the different in our climate this season; it would have been cold to have a cook out in Norway during Yuletide you know :-)

Merle said...

Hi again Robyn ~~ Glad you liked the Atheist story and the jokes and also
the TV show titles. Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Sounds like you have been having some wonderful fun with friends..that is wonderful.
We leave in the morning sometime going up to the frigid Northern state of Illinois. It was 85 here today and this is going to be hard to do for us..WHEW!!
Hope you have a Merry Christmas...

Peter said...

G'day Robyn, just sneaked a few minutes to catch up on a few blogs, thanks for the good wishes for Vicki, they are much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to Ken and your Mum. Looks like a good time was had by all and that dinner sounded delicious. Food always tastes better when someone else is cooking it don't you think?

karisma said...

Happy Birthday Ken and Mum! Looks like a great time was had by all!

Just wanted to stop by and thank you for your kind words regarding our ordeal with my daughter this week. I think Peter was pointing you to the post below that one, where I talked about Vicki! (It was a Fun Monday post) Either way your taking the time to read and comment meant a lot to me! Thank you! Hugs and blessings xxxx

TorAa said...

You make food the way I love, even though it's Winter and dark up here in Norway (Sunrise after 9 am and Sunset before 3 pm - the Sunlight Day is now 13 hours shorter than Mid Summer).

It seems we have something in common:
Our, still living Mothers, both 89 young years in 2008.
As my Mother does live in our area, we will have a 4 generation dinner on X-Mas Eve. That's great;))

btw. If you want a delayed X-Mas card from Norway, send me your e-mail adress here: