It's My Birthday!
Well ... it was my birthday on Saturday ... and no ... I'm not admitting my age.
We drove up to Fresno ... my hometown ... for a big birthday bash.
The decorations were beautiful.
Complicated Kai (my daughter) ... Nick ( her beau) ... and my other half
were in attendance.
My mom looked beautiful ... the smile was for her grandson Shea ...
who was so happy to share a rare weekend with his grandparents.
My oldest ... Shea and wife Sarah flew in for my birthday.
My party wouldn't be complete without my 2 sweethearts ...
Parker and Olivia. How nice and sweet they look ... at least at the beginning.
Three lovely Mercado women.
Parker looked so angelic in his mother's arms.
The wheels were turning though ... freedom ... freedom.
Alright ... free at last ... hmmmmm ... which way to run?
Off to the races. Mom you can't keep up in those heels.
Okay ... we're ready to get busy.
Isn't that nice my mom and dad got ushered in.
Wait ... who was this gal in the white?
Complicated Kai looked so lovely with her handsome brother ... Bryn.
Uncle Bryn snuck a kiss from his favorite girl ... Sweet Olivia.
Yes ... the kiss of a beautiful woman can put a smile on your face.
Parker ... after his two mile walk over the golf course
(rolling around in every sand trap) ... was finally distracted by Uncle Nick.
(Alas ... Parker was always on the move and these quiet moments were far and few between)
Then it was time for some dancing.
Wait ... there's that girl in white again.
Trust me ... there was some serious dancing that went on ...
including a tremendous ... albeit hilarious rendition of
"Gangnam Style" ...
performed by my son Bryn and Nick ... both of which are normally pretty quiet.
Working on a video of that one. Definitely a highlight.
Of course the DeeJay had the audience sing Happy Birthday.
I requested a Money Dance afterwards ... but no one shared my enthusiasm for this
The little ones were winding down.
Complicated Kai ... the Queen of getting babies to sleep.
Parker-roo finally in the arms of his Dad ... Shea.
And just like that ... the evening was over for my babies.
My Birthday Bash ... was a huge success!
What made it special was having all of my family there to celebrate it with me ...
Parents ... Cousins ... Children ... and Grandbabies
... which rarely happens.
This is what I always wish for when I blow out my candles ... family.
It almost makes a birthday worth having.
The only thing missing was that the 200 friends in attendance didn't yell
I love that part.
That might possibly be because ... I guess the night was perhaps not all about me.
Okay ... it wasn't really about me at all ... though it was my birthday ... and they did sing
Actually ... we all came together to celebrate the marriage of ...
my Nephew Max and his new bride Jing.
It really was a wonderful wedding.