This time last Saturday we were all preparing for a 40th birthday for my baby boy! First there was the outside preparation of mowing, setting up games, cleaning up the paddle boat, most of which my hubby and my daughter did while I was at work.
Balloons in place
Seating for everyone.
Yard is mowed and gazebo ready for party.
BIG 4 0!!!
Saturday arrives and we’re doing last minute things at the farm. Heather goes to Roanoke to pick up the birthday cake and pick up the hotdog and hamburger buns I forgot the day before. The cake is designed to show the past and the present. Shawn had so many superheroes when he was growing up and it was appropriate that the new Superman movie opened this year the week of his birthday. He just graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia. He’s had his associate’s degree for quite some time and finally decided it was time to work on the other. We are all so very proud of him!!
Spiderman throwing his web over Old Dominion University. Spidey was Shawn superhero when growing up and he just graduated from ODU with a Masters in Civil Engineering.
Plenty of cold drinks on hand.
Now, all of the guests have arrived and here’s some pictures of the birthday party, guests, games and more!
Plenty of cold drinks on hand.
Volley ball was a big hit as was badminton.
Victoiria and Jason enjoyed themselves.
Keith & KIm, Matt, Tim and Jason, all friends of Shawns and work mates.
Shawn and Christine join Shannon and Lisa for the meal.
Shannon and Lisa meet Christine for the first time, I think!
Shawn & Christine wait for the guests and point to the parking.
Dad and Mom enjoy the festivities too! Our little boy is all grown up!
Dean, my baby brother that lives with us, even joined the festivities. He doesn’t like crowds.
Vicotoria was my photographer.
Hubby was the chef!!
And a few more pictures of the evening.
This is a family friend that joined us. Jimmy watched Shawn grow up right along with us!
Waiting for his guests to arrive!!
Keith, Christine, Kevin & Tim
Off to see Annabelle
Jason, Shannon and Shawn
Now it’s time for the wonderful slide show that Christine prepared. She used 155 photos I sent her along with some of her own and made a history of Shawn’s life from birth to the present. I got so emotional watching him grow up all over again. Shawn and I both cried at the end and ended up in hugging each other so tight and crying like babies. Christine did a wonderful job and Tim set up the movie screen for us. I’ll never forget the show for the rest of my life and am tearing up now just talking about it. It’s just so hard to believe he’s 40 years old. On with the cake!!
Waiting for the cake
The cake is lit!
Does he have enough to blow out 40 candles???
Keith, Kim, Matt, Tim & Ellen eating birthday cake!
And now the end of the party grows near and Shawn HAS TO HAVE fireworks!!
Fireworks last about 30 minutes.
The sky was lit up!!
The fireworks at the end of the night were awesome!!
And we couldn’t possibly end the evening without Victoria lighting up the group with sparklers!!
Victoria with some heavy duty sparklers.
At 10:30 everyone started helping clean up the aftermath, hugging and promising to come back to the farm real soon and going home!! I think it’s a party/birthday that Shawn will never forget!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY BOY!!! Mama loves you!!