Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Consider Me Celebrated

I'm sorry I've been gone so long, but I think that the 10,000 pictures in this post will get you caught up (if you make it through them all :)). I feel like people have been loving me way too much lately. After uploading these pictures from the past week and seeing everything all together, I'm feeling pretty spoiled rotten.

Let's start back at Mother's Day.
002
When Ashley dropped off these little dreams (Can you see the one I couldn't even leave alone long enough to snap a picture?):
004
And these:
007
And then took our children so that Jeremiah and I could go here:
004 The Alabama Theatre to hear NORAH JONES!!!! There was a girl who sang at dinner every night of our honeymoon who sounded almost exactly like Norah. It was such a fun surprise and a romantic night.

My birthday always falls right around Mother's Day, and I received a BIG gift from Mrs. Linda just a couple of days later:002 EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It let me take some pictures like this:008
and this:
006
Then, just before I headed out of town, sweet Lauren invited the girls and me over to have lunch in her backyard to celebrate my upcoming birthday016
018 This picture of their backyard makes me want to cry. So many, many memories.

Then, Jeremiah flew off to Las Vegas for a spine conference, and I loaded up the girls and headed to Auburn for Caroline's graduation:041
The ceremony was at 10 on Friday morning, so we spent the night on Thursday night in Kendall's college apartment...without Kendall there:023
There was something very funny to me about tucking the girls in bed for the night on a futon :)...in a college room...with twinkling lights. I felt like I was in some twilight zone. I couldn't decide if I was back at college--with kids. Or if I was getting a glimpse of 18 years down the line.027
(Thank you Sarah for letting us take over your room! I'm not sure if you even knew we did :))

Then the next morning, we watched Caroline Clark Blair officially graduate as an Industrial Engineer!033
And the girls were surprisingly well behaved...031
...despite this mischievous look that would make you think otherwise.

And when you're an Auburn Tiger, did you know you can even tailgate for graduation?!037
We got a few curious looks, but I'm convinced they were just jealous that we weren't having to wait in any long lines.

My Dad's mom, Mimi:
081
My Mom's mom, Grandma
078 And my Mom's Dad, Grandpa:
077
Were all there, and made the day extra special.

We managed to celebrate my birthday as well:051
And this was the first birthday I've had that I did not like the numbers glaring at me from the top of my cake:
071
It looks like I was trying to suck them right off, instead of blow them out :)

And you'd think that would be quite enough for any one birthday girl, wouldn't you. But no. After graduation, I dropped the little chicken wings off with Popon and Moogie and headed down to the beach for the remainder of the weekend with

Kendall (my baby sister)
138
Alex (Jeremiah's baby sister)
148
Berkley (ohhh Berk, what intro can I give? :))
149
and Ashley (Jeremiah's other sister)
143
And despite the fact that my birthday cake didn't survive the car ride down:
111
I'm pretty sure I was THE HAPPIEST birthday girl around.
105

13 comments:

Susannah said...

Happy Belated Birthday Abby! Great pictures on this post as always!! You really look like your mom in that last picture! :)

Kendall Clark said...

So glad I was with you this weekend! I love you and happy birthday

Brandi Bartee said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time! You definitely should be celebrated and I love the new pictures.

Blueprint Bliss said...

So glad I ran into you yesterday... so great seeing you. Happy Happy Birthday!

Mitzi said...

How fun!!!!!!

Haley said...

Abby- This is your 2nd cousin Haley Perkins (now Ryan!) I just wanted to tell you that I just read your blog for like 3 hours and found myself experiencing so many emotions! I laughed, I cried, gosh!! You are an extremely talented writer and photographer. I look forward to reading more. What kind of camera do you have? The pics are amazing and Im looking to get a new camera...

Darby said...

Where the pictures on the beach? :) My husband may never speak to me again after my email response, I think I embarrass him to no end. Oh, and this post! You deserve to be celebrated in every way! Looks like y'all had an awesome weekend, lots of laughs and lots of sun which always makes for the best combination!!!!

Lydia said...

Happy (Belated) Birthday!! Looks like you are quite loved! :-) And your girls are just precious!!

Congrats on the Tamron lens. Awesome!! (and I'm a little jealous!!)

I have to ask about your neighbor's utensil chandelier. That's about the cutest outdoor accessory I've ever seen. Can you get the scoop on it?

Natalie McGough said...

Happy belated birthday!! Looks like you had a fun weekend. Love all of the new pictures and I love Mary Aplin's little look she gave you: )!
~Natalie

melissa richie said...

so glad you had a great birthday, friend. your pictures look awesome!

Gail said...

HAPPY BELATED B'DAY! What wonderful memories you can now store! Glad it was a perfect day, for such a giving, loving, kind woman! Keep celerbrating! :O)

Heather H said...

what a fun weekend! i was on a girl's trip in Seaside ... and thought i saw you.then, i thought how freaking weird that would be to actually SAY hi to you! but, nevertheless .... now it confirms that it "WAS" you!

looking forward to hearing about your adventure to a new place.

Heather
(friend of brian johnson, sister of Adriane Ohly from auburn) -- for some reason I have to show you that i'm not a total stalker!

kendall Boggs said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!!!! You are considered celebrated always in my book!!! SO glad everything went so well and you had a great time! Congrats to another brilliant Clark girl!
xo
kendall