Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Solstice and a Big Birthday

This weekend, right before the Winter Solstice, I had one of those BIG birthdays that end in an OH! It was the best birthday ever because my husband pulled off a surprise party filled with my family, friends and glorious color! And a big whopper of a chocolate cake.

I didn't suspect anything until I started seeing all the cars at our house as I returned from lunch with a friend, then a trail of Hershey Kisses that led to a big colorful birthday banner on the front porch. The banner used an image of one of my quilts as the background, and the same image was on the cake.

Here is Mr. Wonderful after I came in the door. (Luckily, my friend Linda P. took pictures with my camera so I can revisit everything.)

I'm still speechless at how he tracked down emails for friends from all of my circles. Some didn't get the word, and I want you to know if you're reading this that you would've been invited if he would have had access to my complete friends email list.

This was the first time in a year and a half that I had both of my kids together with me. Here we are, also with two of my three siblings. The other sister was traveling and couldn't make it. I still can't believe we were all together, since they came from California and Wisconsin as well as here in Washington.

Here's the cake -- chocolate, of course, but they used white icing to highlight the quilt image. I'm still amazed that Dave pulled this all together and kept it a secret from me.

There was even a glittery birthday hat.

The next day we posed for our first family portrait of the year. The only one missing is our daughter in law, who couldn't travel because of work.

Here's another winter portrait -- The Feet and Forks' annual Christmas lunch. This year it was in Sumner, WA, where we browsed the shops and got in a little walk before eating.

And today -- the Winter Solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year -- we had surprise snow mixed with rain. Not much color, except inside where I'm still working on the cake.

Have a Happy Solstice


sonja said...

Happy Birthday solstice day Sherrie! the quilt cake is SO amazing and what a wonderful husband to pull it all together! congrats on the 60th tours of circling the sun kiddo! Aloha, Sonja

Edith Bieri-Hanselmann said...

Dear Sherrie, a belated Happy Birthday from Switzerland. How nice that you got this surprise birthday Party! It sure sounded fun!

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Sherrie, what a wonderful surprise! Tell Dave he's a champ in my book... amazing! And your home is such a lovely setting for all your beautiful quilts! Looks like you had a lovely Birthday... now, on to Sedona!

Susan Turney said...

Happy birthday! I love seeing all the snippets of your quilts and would love to see photos of them without the people in front of them! They are gorgeous and certainly brighten up your home during these dark days.

Lynda said...

Sherrie, What a sweet hubby to pull of that surprise. That sure took some investigation on his part. I absolutely love the cake! Looks like a lot of fun. Happy Belated Birthday and may you have many more colorful ones.

Robbie said...

What a special time! I'm still amazed at the great job your hubby did on the banner and cake! How cool was that!! Happy BIRTHDAY!!!!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Dave did such a great job and will no doubt be gloating about it for years -rightly so! I was so happy to get an invite, so sad I could not come. So to see these pics is fabulous. I was thinking it would just be area friends but my - to have family too from so far away arrive. Well, just too special a big "0" birthday.

The quilt on the cake is a particularly nice touch. Honestly, I wasn't sure he had it in him to put together something like this. :-) And the pic of the four of you in front of that quilt - well, it would have made a perfect pic for your Christmas cards but instead, you have this lovely family photo to remember the moment by.

Woo Hoo!