Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Today is my Mother-in-Law's birthday..


..and she's actually in Las Vegas visiting her other son {Mr. B V2.0} and is having a wonderful time.  She'll be back with us next week..but I thought I'd tell you a little something about her..

Besides giving me the best gift {Mr. B himself}...

 she has led a very interesting life...

* Her Dad owned a carnival in Iowa for years - and she traveled around the Midwest with him.  She was even the "Head Without a Body" in the carnival..she tells us about driving into towns and seeing people sitting on their front porches drinking lemonade and waving...


* She lived in Iowa most of her early years...


* Worked for the telephone company for years - started out as a swithcboard operator..held many positions and  retired - then started a second career as a bank teller


* Has a gold belt {I think that's the color} in Tai Chi..and sometimes drinks Chi Tea {!}


* Watercolors like nobody's business

* Is on Facebook, plays computer games, crochets

* Watches Gene Simmons's "Family Jewels" show {wha??}

*Has been "Grandma Evelyn" to my kids..an "instant Grandma" almost 30 years ago to my 4 children when "Saint Mr. B" married and became Daddy to my kiddos - now she's a GREAT Grandma to my Grands..

* She gardens, takes wonderful care of the pups when we're at work or away, irons all of Mr. B's shirts and my ironalbe blouses {thank you thank you thank you}

* And...she can do more things with a pound of hamburger than anyone I know..{just ask me about the Bean Burgers!} and she makes a mean Rice Krispie treat..


* She has been a benevolent neighbor, helping with babysitting, gifts, food and even cash when needed and does not want credit or accolades..

So Happy Birthday Mom/Evelyn..we're so fortunate to have you in our lives..and you have been the Mother I always dreamed of having..


Soooo...
..the aMaZinG Mr. B..
and
..me
{of course I'm the cuter one..this is MY blog}

..PS - Braxton & Lulu say Happy birthday and when are you coming home??

15 comments:

wendy said...

Happy birthday to your mother inlaw!!! She certainly has had an interesting life!

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

How wonderful to have someone like that in your life...she sounds amazing!

Emmy said...

Happy Birthday :)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Happy Birthday to a great and interesting Lady!!!

Hope you are staying cool!

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY......to an amazing lady. WOW...what energy this woman has. Hope I can keep up like she does. It is always so wonderful to hear about women like her, they are are rare kind these days. May she share many many more with all of you.
Hugs, Pat

susan said...

Happy Birthday Evelyn! (We love those carny kids) Would love to know what that name of her Dad's show was. I have a nice collection of carnival history books. Her picture could even be in one of them :)

Laurie said...

Wow Colleen, how lucky to have such a great mother in law!! So many interesting stories to tell, and so much talent. And a great Mom to you and Mr. B. Happy Birthday Evelyn!

Pearl said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVELYN!! You look marvelous. Wow what an amazing life you have had. Colleen can I borrow her? please Mr. B?

Zuzu said...

I was here yesterday, getting ready to post a comment, when my internet service went to "National Access" - which is so incredibly slow that I just log off.

So I'm back to wish Evelyn a very, very Happy Birthday. I hope she had a lovely day!

Lori R. said...

Happy Birthday, Gma E. One can never have enough grandmas. So I say adopt her out!!! Then we can all be happy!!!

Vee said...

I love posts that are tributes to moms-in-law. It says so very much about the relationships. Hope that your hubby's mom had a great day!

Sue said...

Your MIL sounds amazing and you are so lucky to have her in your life.

A belated Happy Birthday wish to her!

Sue:)

Dapoppins said...

What a blessing!

Just Breathe said...

Wow, sounds like she has had an exciting life and many stories to tell. Hope she had a wonderful birthday. I have actually worked a switchboard like that!!

Melinda Cornish said...

she sounds like a wonderful lady........you are lucky!