Tuesday, March 22, 2011


the six weeks or so between february 14th & april 1st,
we celebrate 4 out of 6 of our birthdays,
valentines, april fools day and our anniversary.
we've also turned birthday celebrations into a 3-4 day gig.
do ya'll do the same?

friday night, caroline wanted everyone, "sissies and trevor too", to head intown and eat at willy's on caroline street. we are a suburban family who basically spends our weekends intown. dan & i would move there in a heart beat!

we were headed out for desert later
& madison would be making an ice cream pie for her actual birthday,
so i just picked up a little mini-cake for her to blow out candles at dinner that evening.

we headed over to decatur to visit yogurt tap.
i practiced my evening photography on (yikes) manual setting
while dan drove forever trying to find a parking spot.

savannah demonstrated "the eighth grader" pose.
emily, the token eighth grader, appreciated big sis's humor.

one of the sweetest things is when my girls make birthday cards for each other. precious.

i think more than one of my daughters has a crush on trevor,
who showed up later in the weekend with some tennessee garb for his fellow UT fan.

for her birthday dinner she requested edie's spicy tomato soup.

i ordered sourdough breadbowls from publix

drizzled with evoo & sea salt and baked them to make the already fresh bread nice & crusty

chopped some fresh basil

add some crumbled blue cheese & voila

the weather has been glorious
so we've been enjoying dining al fresco

the end.


Katiebee said...

what a fun evening! i'm envious of your warm weather~ we're doing a birthday celebration this weekend~ would you mind sending some of your georgia warmth our way?



Dana said...

Totally relate to those 3-4 day birthday celebrations!! How does that happen?? Our "Birthday Season" is in the fall. Don't you just love those special outings with the WHOLE family?! Your photography is amazing and that tomato soup looks so yummy!!

Heather said...

i love that you make birthdays so special.

the pose that dantheman is in w/Caroline reminds me so much of my dad. i can't tell you how many pics i have with him in that very stance. now ... i have ones of him and annie like that. it's like immediately he goes down on one knee when it's picture time!

also, the the cupcake earrings are the EXACT earrings that annie lou wore this weekend for her bday celebration(s).

love you girl.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Looks like you all had such a fun time. Hope your daughter had a great birthday! We celebrate weeks on end for birthdays, why not, it took 9 months so a few weeks of celebrating is well deserved. That soup looks yummy too.

Cheryl said...

I love that the girls don't fight posing. Alexandra wants me to be "stealth" in my photography... thinks she should not have to pose... ugh... never ending battle. And Graham.... heaven help me on that one!!! Love them!!! But they don't make my "photo shoots" easy!

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

What a great evening out! So so cute of her on Caroline Street. I love that her big sis was taking care of the birthday candles. Your photos tell the story of their love for each other. Beautiful Family!

Shell in your Pocket said...

So wonderful! That cookbook looks great...I will have to check it out. My husband is from the South and I wish I was:).

sandy toe

annie said...

I love seeing your family's birthday celebrations~ they remind me so much of the ones my family shares. Such fun memories! (And now I'm convinced that a picnic-style table is going to be mandatory for that porch I one day will have! :))

traci said...

you guys know how to do a birthday right!!! i want to celebrate with you. tomato soup is my all time favorite. yours looks amazing. glad you had a great day.

Kelli said...

All I have to say is that my birthday is November 8! What a sweet way to celebrate another sweet girl. You guys really do it up and I love it. I think it is cute that she may just have mini crush on Trevor.

Alecia said...

Soooo fun! And 3-4 days of birthday celebrating...I usually celebrate all month....is that too much?!?! LOL I love that you all stretch out the celebrating...it's a MUST!
Your girls seem sooo sweet...I love their relationship...you can tell they really LOVE each other well. Caroline St. picture...AH-Dorable! Does Trevor know how special it is to be invited by the little sis to B-day celebration...that's HUGE! Major points for him!
Tomato Soup is one of my FAVES...it looked delicious...I would've never thought to do EVOO and sea salt to get them crunchy...great idea!
The pics with Caroline and dad were PRESH!
Great job Paige...the cake was cute, the food looked amazing, your photos are fantastic, as usual and you're such a COOL mom!!!

Happy Birthday Week Caroline!

Courtney said...

happy b-day to sweet Caroline! Looks like she had lots of fun with her family and trevor, too! :)

the soup and bread bowls look yum-o!

The Avery House said...

We always seem to celebrate our birthdays for ar least a week. Its so much fun that way! We will have to visit Caroline Street soon. We are coming down to Atlanta for the weekend of the 15th of April for the Mets/Braves series. Any must go to places while we are in town? So glad y'all had such fun celebrating Caroline. Oh and I especially love the Tennessee paraphernalia.

Curtis said...

I am envious of your great weather!! We live in California, on the far northern end, and we had SNOW on Sunday!!!! The 1st day of Spring and snow!!! Your family is so sweet, hold on to those girls for as long as you can they grow up so fast!!!!!
Blessings to you and yours
Curtis & Sherrie

Jboo said...

Such a sweet celebration and family time!! Love it!


Dawn said...

what a fun night...your Caroline is soo sweet!
I cannot wait to have a teenage Girl in my house....after 3 boys, it will be a welcome change :) LOVE Savannah's big silver watch :)

Christine said...

Paige, I've been following for your blog for a while, but I don't know if I've ever commented. I wanted to say how much I adore your sweet family. I love the bday celebrations. And back porch dining is the best!

Anonymous said...

1. You have a beautiful family! The love just oozes from the pictures!

2. That bread in a bowl looks delicious, and I will be trying it over hear in my kitchen.

3. Your porch...OMG that porch. Wonderful.

Thanks for sharing. I think you did great on the manual mode :))

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

What a lovely birthday!! Happy day Caroline!!

Tammy said...

Awh! I loved this post!
Happy Birthday Caroline!!
I'm gonna try Edie's soup...looks very yummy with the bread bowls
Nice going Momma!
Have a greeat week!
Tammy :-)

3 Peanuts said...

Oh it all looks delightful. I kinda wish I had all those girls. They are so different than boys:)

We live in the city here and we love it.

Caroline is such a CUTIE!!!

Kat said...

Love these pictures. What a precious birthday for Caroline! I recently checked both of those cookbooks out from the library, Mary Mac's Tearoom and Screen Doors and Sweet Tea. Both are fabulous. I too would love to live intown. Love Decatur, having lived in the city for most of my life, suburban life is still an adjustment. I miss being able to walk everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Looks like everyone had a great time..I love the weather you are having there..We here in Western Pa. are expecting snow in the next day or so..YUCK..Happy Birthday to all..

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

So fun to see your family. That tomato soup looks really delicious.

LuLu said...

What a fabulous celebration!!!

Lorri said...

Beautiful! All of your family and the pictures! Looks like fun was had by all!

puredesign said...

I love that she wanted Spicy Tomato Soup for dinner. Such a mature palate! That recipe looks delish. I want to come have dinner on your porch!

Jen Kershner said...

Happy Birthday Little Bit!

I do believe there may be a little Trevor crush going on there. So sweet. My Little Bit calls her big sister's boyfriend "Maddie's Thing". Nice.