Sunday, February 21, 2010


February 20th and it's our Granddaughter, Oksana's 15th birthday celebration. She selected the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate.

Mickey watching out the window for them to arrive. I had wanted to get a photo of them entering is why he was watching so intently.
Here they come, Deann, Aric, Oksana,
Tayler & Marc.

The lunch & celebration was set for 1 o'clock but Mickey & I arrived at 12:30. It was a good thing we did, because we turned in our names (reservations had been made ahead of time by Deann) but we did not get seated until 1:30. An hour wait for Mickey & I but believe me it was well worth it.

Our Birthday girl with her best friend, Tayler as they were looking at the menu's. This was the 3rd birthday celebration for Oksana. Deann had made a birthday cake Wednesday night and they had birthday with the 7 of their new family. Friday night Tayler had joined them and they had all gone out to eat Chinese food and then she spent the night. Tayler was also spending Saturday night with them.


Cousin Jessica with her boyfriend, Josh, Aunt Suzette

Uncle Dave, Suzette's husband, with Deann. You can see how happy he is that she is now part of our family. See Deann's arm and hand reaching for Marc :o)

Dad Marc & Deann. Newly weds of 8 days!!!

Brother Aric. He was giving me that false smile and then I ended up with no smile.

Grandpa Mickey & Grandma Susan
Missing were Aunt Jacque and Benny (Jacque had to work) Deann's 3 sons, Mason, Aaron & Cody (with their father) & Uncle David (in California - although he had called Oksana).

Time for the presents and cards. Mostly card with gift cards or money. You know when a girl reaches those teen years they like to do their own shopping :o) Grandpa & I did give her a little short sleeves white shirt with a big pink heart in the middle of it and 3 pair of the ankle high colorful socks (Pink poke-a-dots - bright orange - and black & lilac hearts) just to have a package to open and then a $30 gift card to Target.
She had cards & gift cards from Jessica & Josh and from Suzette & Dave. Here was her final card & gift. See the happy look with the $100 bill stuffed inside from Dad & Deann. The outside of the envelope with the $100 bill in it read: Phone??

Whatsoever you want....
BESIDES a kitten or a puppy!!!

With the merger of the two families of: 4 boys, 1 girl, 2 dogs, 1 cat & 1 chinchilla !!! another kitten or puppy was out of the question.

The complimentary birthday cheesecake with strawberry & candle
the wait staff singing Happy Birthday

It was a grand time of celebration for all of us. The food was delicious, naturally!!! Mickey & I SPLIT a BBQ Salmon dinner and SPLIT a slice of Key Lime Cheesecake. So I didn't totally blow the weight loss program and goal :o)
We had superb service with a wonderful waitress that handled this large group well and gave excellent service.

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Jillian, Inc said...

Happy birthday to your sweet grand-daughter! Loved all the photos.

♥Kristie Lynn♥ said...

Happy Birthday Oksana!!! My Katie turned 16 on the 20th, how fun!! =)

Civilla said...

Oh, that must have been a wonderful celebration! So beautiful! I love her name, by the way.

Sandra said...

Family and celebrations.....that's how God intended life to be and you and yours are setting a good example for others to admire and imitate.

Kathy said...

Does your family have ANY idea of the magnitude of your love for them? They are so blessed! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.

Mari said...

Happy Birthday to Oksana! Your family gatherings always look like fun!

Brenda said...

She's a beautiful young lady for sure! What the card said was funny. Gotta have some restrictions, right?

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Looks like a wonderful time!

Midlife Mom said...

Happy, happy birthday to your dear granddaughter!!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate at the Cheesecake Factory! Yummy! I'm drooling on my keyboard over the key lime cheesecake!!! How blessed we are to be part of our grandchildren's lives. So many of my friends have family spread out all over the US and more and only see them maybe once a year. God is good!!!!

Just Mom said...

Oh, how I <3 Cheesecake Factory.

Happy Birthday Oksana.

Oklahoma Granny said...

The Cheesecake Factory is a wonderful place for a birthday celebration. Belated Birthday Wishes to Oksana.

Sharon said...

happy belated birthday to your gd.
It sure did look like everyone is having a good time.
congrats to the new family.
May GOD bless you all.

~Ginger said...

Ohhhhhhhh, I LOVE the photo of the two of you! It's fantastic!

What a great celebration and at my favorite place! I can almost taste it!

Oksana, what a blessed 15 year old!

Joy said...

There is a always a crazy wait at that restaurant. What a treat for her and a special time. She's beautiful. I know she loved that $$$.
♥ Joy

PEA said...

Happy Birthday to your granddaughter:-) I so enjoyed looking at all the pictures and seeing how much fun you were all having celebrating her birthday. xoxo

Kahri said...

Great pictures! We love that restaurant! :-)

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

What a great birthday celebration! You have one great family there Susan!