March 2nd would have been my dads 61st birthday. It was a somber day around our house but we tried to make the best of it. We had a few people over for dinner and dessert just like we have always done for his birthday. I made the cake he had requested just a couple of days before he passed away and we enjoyed some family time. This year we added a new tradition that we will continue each year on his birthday. We sent birthday balloons to "heaven." We wrote messages on them and sent them up into the air.
These little kiddos were pretty proud of their balloons and couldn't wait for Papa to catch them.
The big launch:1,2,3 "Happy Birthday Dad/Son/Papa/Steve"
And up to Heaven they went.
Although it was very cold the snow stopped falling just long enough for us to launch the balloons before starting again. It was a perfect moment.
After we could no longer see the balloons we ate dinner and this delicious cookies and cream fudge cake I made. It was so good!
I enjoyed some snuggles from this sleepy little cutie.
and so did Nana.
Happy birthday Daddy. I hope they had John Wayne movies (or better yet the Duke himself), NASCAR, and Chocolate cake present at your party in Heaven. I love you and miss you more than words can express. xoxo.