4 May 2012

birthdays + fancy dinners

yesterday was The Mama's birthday. she turned 21, of course. we decided that we wanted to make her birthday really craft-sy and different. so, after a day of pampering and walking and drinking coffee and watching movies, us kids made The Dad and The Mama a three course dinner.
and seeing as they didn't throw any of the courses back in our faces and seemed pretty happy while they were scoffing away in a secluded little spot, we figure it went pretty well.
we owed the table decor inspiration to pinterest (the best thing since can openers and toothpaste) and no, that's not just a jar with twigs tied around it...well, it is. but it has a candle in it. and that makes all the difference dontcha know.
but aside from all that. and aside from the fact that we've just started watching dowton abbey and I am loving it to pieces. and bits. and shreds.
so, aside from all that.

The Mama is the best mum in the whole world. yes, I have official rights to be able to say that. and, she is the best mum I have ever, ever had. truth.

she makes amazing coffee.
she is beautiful.
she's a nurse & midwife.
she is so smart.
she is the best bbc-period-drama-6-hour-long-film buddy ever.
she is so so so so patient.
she actually thinks I'm a lovely daughter.
that just shows you how bias mums are.
yeah. and then she stares at me with that mum look and says after a while, 'you're so beautiful'. does your mum do that too? I thought so.
she is diligent.
she makes the most amazing food (I know, but I had to say it).
she's a ballyjollytippitytopspiffing artist.
and? she's my Mama.

so, Mama. I hope that you had a delicious birthday and I love you. you're amazing. the end.

love you all.
be good, give a happy birthday to The Mama, and sing disney songs.

xox jess

p.s. downton abbey talk. which character is your fave? gush with me. matthew got me. I love bates. and lady grantham. oh how I love lady grantham.
warning: don't you dare give anything away or I will...I will poke you in the nose. so there.


  1. DUDE. bates, cora, and the dowager countess of grantham. she is so hilarious. oh my gosh.
    and happy birthday to your sweet mummy! i want to fishtail her hair. is that weird? probably.
    -jocee <3

  2. Happy Birthday to your mom! :) Oh my gosh, I love Matthew, Sybil, Anna, and Bates. And who doesn't love Lady Grantham? ;)

  3. i can't even tell you how much i loved this. gah, you are just too funny.
    happy birthday to your awesome mama! she sounds so sweet and fun.

    by the way, lady grantham dies. ...i'm so kidding. i have no idea whether or not she ever does. go ahead and poke the nose. :o) g'head.

    Jessica @ Diary of a Beautiful Soul

    1. soooo, I was ready to die too when you said that about lady grantham....so, I am going to come over and poke your nose. just for giving me a heart attack.

  4. Happy birthday to your mom.... Is she really 21? haha

    1. haha! no. she's double that plus 2. lol.

  5. Happy birthday to your Mum! I'm sure she had a marvelous day and enjoyed the three course meal that you and your siblings made. How fun to prepare something like that.

    I haven't watched Downton Abbey, but so many people have raved about it. So, I think I should watch it. :) My mom, sisters and I love watching BBC dramas our favorites are Sense and Sensiblity and Emma.

    Much love and many blessings!


  6. happy birthday to your mama! my brother and I like making dinner for our parents, too - isn't it fun?
    I just finished the second season of downton abbey! matthew is my favorite but all of jocee's favorites are good too. :)

  7. Happy 21st birthday to your beautiful Mama! ;)

  8. Happy Birthday to your mom! :) I love the candle idea, it is sooo cool. :)
    As for Downton Abby, I love that show sooo much! My sister Maddy got me hooked,I've seen both seasons already, and now we are so excited about the third season coming out next year!! Eeeep. Yeah, Bates is awesome, and so is Anna, so is Matthew, and Lady Grantham, LOL She's hilarious. I love Daisy too, and William. Also, I love Sybil too. I have other favorite characters too, one of my favorites I'd like to tell you, but I'm not going to say anything, because I don't want to ruin anything for you!

  9. happy birthday to your mama! mama's are so special, aren't they? (:

  10. You need to plan all birthdays for everyone from here on out. Those decorations are amazing friend...I'm certain your mama felt loved loved loved!

  11. OH MY GOODNESS - Downton Abbey - favorite show EVER!!!!!!! We finished both seasons and the Christmas special a few months ago and I am just DYING to see season 3!! (Whenever it comes out...)
    I AM IN LOOOVVEEE WITH MATTHEW!!!! Like, he is mine. At first I didn't like him so much, and as the seasons went on, I fell in love.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tell her I love her :)

    Okay Jess, I am an absolute no-good terrible friend. I can't BELIEVE I haven't written you back yet!!!!!! I am home!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D <--- My excitement (only a fraction of it) to see you again soon!!!!!!!!!!

    1. JAYNEY! you're home then? yes, young lady, here I was thinking that you had decided to stay in America and had left me for good! oh, you love it too?? yes, matthew is adorable. lurve his eyes!
      um, so we have to meet up soon, or I will die. seriously. ;-)

  12. A big happy birthday to your lovely mum! She sounds like such a sweet person.

    P.S. Downton Abbey is the best TV series I have ever watched! I'm only in the first season, but I am completely hooked to it. And my favorite...er, favorites? (I can't choose only one!) Yes, I will readily gush with you. Matthew is one, of course! Aaah, he's so honorable, so humble and so teachable, so gentlemanly and chivalrous! I am seriously annoyed with Mary because she doesn't see that. Oh, and I adore Bates. He's a wonderful character. And my other favorites are Anna, Sybil, and Lady Grantham!