My parents bought me a new vacuum cleaner - a canister cleaner called a Mighty Mite. Now, I'm the kind of person that loves (!) practical gifts. Our house has wood floors, ceramic tile, flagstone, and marble. I was desperately in need of a good canister vacuum. This one is light, it's super-powerful, and I don't have to carry it like I did my last one. To not have a killer headache after a weekly cleaning is the best birthday present ever!
They also gave me some "mad money" - I intended to buy a bathing suit - and I tried lots on.....but, not so much.
Then, my mom made me this - the flower arrangement she made in my Dad's pottery vase has been brightening my foyer table for the past week. Tulips are my favorite!
Then, on Sunday night, we headed to my parent's house for a feast extravaganza. My dad and I had shopped at the Reading Terminal Market on Wednesday. Such choices!
Reading Terminal Market is a nice conglomeration of vendors, restaurants, and sights. Even though we suspect some of the Amish are fake, you could find just about anything here! If you're visiting Philadelphia, you definitely want to come here - especially around mealtime.
|now I know where the kids get their "fake smile" from!|
|my Dad and sister talking with Wan, the fishmonger|
|marinated octopus - ready for grilling|
|Josh thought the results were "okay"|
|fried calamari and grilled baby octopus|
|steaks to round out the meal|
|Emma kind of liked the seafood|
|Kate - not so much!|
|waiting to pig out!|
My dad really liked the octopus - I kind of liked it. It was novel, I'll say that. Josh liked it, Rob really liked it - and my mom wouldn't even try it!
It was so fun to celebrate together and of course, I felt very special!