Dateline: Sarasota, FL where the sun is shining on a beautiful day for niece Laura’s wedding!
Early Thursday morning we packed our bags and gathered up Phyllis, who, at 91, is still jet-setting across the country.
We met Gail, fresh in from Montana, at the Tampa airport and we arrived Sarasota in time to share a late dinner with a surprisingly relaxed father of the bride.
I thought we would skip my birthday this year (if you don’t celebrate does that mean you don’t age?) but the ever-thoughtful CE filled his suitcase with presents for me and even brought along the birthday cards I’d received.
Gail and Phyllis also showed up laden with amazing gifts for me and we went over to St. Armand’s Circle yesterday for the most lovely and memorable birthday lunch ever at Cafe L’Europe. We sat on the shaded terrace – a perfect spot to celebrate!
Our charming waitress noticed that we were celebrating a birthday and surprised us with a dense and decadent slice of flourless chocolate cake. So much for that diet…
Last night we headed way out Fruitville Road to the rehearsal dinner barbecue at the groom’s family’s country spread where we felt right at home – cats and chickens! It was so much fun to meet up with sister-in-law Jean’s family, most of whom we hadn’t seen since Mark and Jean’s wedding 30+ years ago.
Late last night my best birthday present arrived: Taylor and Daniel flew in from NYC to be here for the wedding. We’re headed off to breakfast with them and then the wedding this afternoon. Such an exciting weekend for our family!