Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Celebrate the Good Things !

I escaped Black Friday to Montreal, Quebec where Thanksgiving is celebrated in October, and where shopping and bargains have nothing to do with the traditional festivities.

I instead got to surprise my sister Natalie and most of my family by showing up on Sunday for a birthday lunch in Montreal’s Chinatown.





My Mom and I arrived a little early so we walked around and played for a bit, trying to stay out of sight of the restaurant where we were meeting.


It was a blast to see the looks of surprise on my sister’s face when she saw me, and also to hear Miss Katie yell out “Kimmy !!!” when we made our entrance.


Then it was time to decorate the birthday girl a little.

My beautiful sister, Natalie in her birthday regalia !

(Today is her actual birthday. Happy Birthday, Sista !!! I love you !)

My Mom and I hit the dollar store before the party so we all got to take part in the fun !


Thomas reviewed the technique for eating periwinkles in black bean sauce for those who were new to the game, and for us old pros who have been eating them since we were his age.


It may look a little gross but man, are they yummy !


Kate wasn’t into the periwinkles. Rice was more to her taste.

Check out her special chopstick style !

We sang a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday very loudly in the restaurant, with noise makers hoots as a finale.

Then we gathered in the street for some pictures to document the day.


Thomas really makes this one of my Uncle Charlie, my cousin Mathieu, and his beautiful girlfriend, Nadia. Typical Thomas pose !


I love this one of Mathieu swinging Katie around. She kept her legs pointed straight, like a ballerina !


Charlie took this picture of all the girls and our hambone, Tom.

Lots of happy faces !

It was kind of a whirlwind trip but so worth the time driving there and back.

I love my family very much, and being there to celebrate Life and all the good things about it is very, very precious to me.

Okay, now it is time to buckle down !

The craft fair benefiting the Manchester West High School Theatre Knights program is on Saturday, December 3rd !

Off I go to finish crafting !

Happy Tuesday, Beautiful Ones !

I hope your day has a little bit of life celebration in it too.


Sherry Smyth said...

Life is good and surprises for those we love make it even better. Life is about being twirled in the air with strong arms and being able to say "this is all that matters" -- joy. Making someone else happy. Bringing a smile to someone else's face.

I love these photographs of your family time...from young boys making goofy faces, to little girls with chopsticks twice their size...and birthday girls wearing silly glasses.

Love the photo of you and your beautiful mom -- the one where you are making that face of "hope no one sees us before our big entrance"!!! And I love your mom's hair...what a gorgeous colour!!!

Chel said...

How awesome! I can guarantee that you guys had a much better time than all those people lined up at 3am to try and get a good deal! <3

Elena said...

Oh this made me and my heart smile. Beautiful!

Kate said...

It looks like you had a blast with your sister and the rest of the gang. Happy crafting.

patti said...

I love happy families!

jgr said...

What a great celebration!

Carmen said...

your mom's hair is delicioso beautiful!
love love love it!!!!!
glad you had so much fun and took lots of pictures, too

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Wow, what a special whirlwind. The family always looks so happy and in love with each other. Fantastic! Swinging in the air is oh so fun, especially with ballerina feet. xox Corrine

Nadeja said...

Kimmy, your post is heartwarming and a good way to relive the beautiful time we had in China Town celebrating Nat's birthday! Thank you for sharing them and thank you to your blog friends for their appreciation and complements of us. Much love to you and all.
You are a very special daughter. I love you,

priti.lisa said...

Fun is something worth seeking.
Joyful post, Kim!
And have fun at the craft fair!

Cinner said...

You can tell how much you have a loving family. so lucky you got there Kim. One day I want to visit Montreal. I have cousins living there. Good luck with your craft show. hugs to you sweet friend.

Stephanie said...

What a bunch of beautiful women!! and of course Tom...

sounds like the perfect way to escape the black Friday madness (of which I hid out in the Mango Studio!!)

good luck with your holiday sale!

Olivia said...

What fun, and what a wonderful family My Queen has. Thank you for sharing your lovely time with us. I stayed home for Black Friday and enjoyed the solitude :) xoO