Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Matt's 31st

Last week marked Matt's 31st birthday. 
Possibly the neatest homemade birthday card I've seen, crafted by the lovely Michelle.  The inside message was "I hope you don't get so excited you wet your plants!" as well as "Sorry the worms can't spell." 
This card from my dad made us chuckle....how appropriate for such outdoorsy folk!
I like this happy look on his face.
We have two mounts for flags at our house so Matt had been wanting a flag for some time.  Our friends, Scott and Kris, have an Earth flag that we'd always admired and now we have one of our own.  It looks real nice flapping in the breeze, too.
I bought Matt a pair of alpaca socks, raised, sheared, spun, and knit right here in Montana.  He wore them 7 days in a row and they still never developed a smell.  He said they are far and away the most comfortable socks he's ever had.  Alpaca fiber is amazing stuff, if you ask me.  We learned quite a bit about it from another craft vendor, which  is where I got the socks as well.  They even have little alpacas knit into the bottoms of the socks. 
Matt insists on making his own birthday dinner every year.  I don't know if this is a statement on my cooking skills or not.  He says it isn't, that he just likes to cook.  I say, its his birthday so whatever makes him happy.  He make enchiladas every year, I swear. 
Dave and JoJean came over for dinner to celebrate with us.  It was kind of funny actually.  We made dinner plans with them before realizing it was Matt's birthday.  So it turned into a birthday dinner party!   The more the merrier!
After dinner Josh and a few other friends came over for cupcakes and making music!
And playing games!  Michelle was pretty excited I owned Guess Who?
This is your captain speaking.....
The next morning I smiled at the "aftermath" of our celebration.  Kitchen chairs pulled out into the living room at every angle.  Cupcake wrappers discarded in stacks on the end tables.  Guess Who? still spread out in the middle of floor.  Empty beer bottles in a line on the kitchen counter.  Guitars, a flute, and sheet music taking over the coffee table. 

It was fun.  Matt must have commented on how much fun he'd had a half dozen times the next day.  I guess I can be confident it was a birthday success story.

11 comments:

  1. Hi there looks like y'all had fun. I'm intrigued by the alpaca wool socks, maybe we can buy them here in NZ since some folk do rear alpaca. I bought my hubby socks too for his birthday, but they were made from possum wool! The possum is an introduced pest in NZ (from OZ) and does great damage to the native trees and birdlife, so turning a pest into a resource (and it has very warm wool) is a good thing.

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    1. Possum wool!?! That is such a clever use for an invasive, undesired species! Is it soft and fuzzy or more on the scratchy end?

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  2. YEAH! Sounds like a HAPPY Birthday was had by ALL!!!

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    1. Totally. What more could we possibly ask for!

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  3. I love the alpaca socks. Happy Belated Birthday to Matt.

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    1. He does, too. I finally snagged them off his feet and washed them!

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  4. I love these photos! What a happy time. Blessings on the year to come for Matt and you both xxx

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    1. Oh, thank you, Pen! It was delightful and here is to another year of delight!!

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  5. I love it when people really celebrate their nativity! Oh, and I'm a huge fan of alpaca too. It is an amazing fiber. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It IS amazing. We were next to the alpaca vendors (who have the largest alpaca farm in MT) at a recent craft show and I was pretty much blown away by the awesomeness of this animal as livestock and its fiber as a resource. We're hooked. I am saving up for either a nice shawl or sweater--both of which were quite a bit more than the socks so I couldn't rationalize buying them on the spot, but are totally worth saving for.

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  6. So jealous I missed it. And yes, I still haven't mailed Matt's present...but it is filled to the brim with good tunes! I will get it mailed out this week. Love you guys!

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