Well, my mom turned 70 and we had to go big or go home! It all started Thursday… she and Dad babysit Asher and Summer and during their nap times Dad was sent out to “get something for my mom for her birthday.” Well 2 1/2 hours later my dad returned with Dawn from her flight. We met up for dinner that night at Tam’s Backstage and had an awesome kid-free birthday night out. Adam and I have a deal, since I was pregnant or breastfeeding for like 5 years, I get 10 years of drinking whenever I want to… so I used it this night! Steaks, drinks, dessert and lots of laughter!
Friday comes rolling around and little to my mom’s knowledge, Adam took off work so he could watch the sqwearts while I ran around getting ready for the weekend with Dad. With the help of Dad’s wallet, we had planned some local ladies to come up to Dahlonega for the weekend and do a wine weekend to celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday. So after getting the food, the decorations and of course the cake at Publix, I set out to pick up all the ladies from the house we rented for the weekend. We surprised my mom at Backporch Oyster Bar in Dahlonega square with some of her friends and some of her family. It was awesome – I think she was actually surprised! We had a fabulous dinner – with the whole tab on Dad – so if they liked a bottle of wine, I ordered 2 more. It is SO easy to be generous with someone else’s money! Hahaha! But Adam brought up the sqwearts and even though they didn’t stay long, mom was happy to have them there and they were happy to participate in eating the cake! So after a lovely dinner I took them all back to the house and they opened presents and talked and enjoyed the night.
Saturday AM comes and Dad takes Dawn and I to the house and we cook breakfast for the ladies – we gotta get them to eat because there is a lot of wine drinking in their future! An omelet and waffle bar – delicious and nutritious! Then the limo driver gets there at 10:30 and we head out to the first vineyard. Some of the women had never been in a limousine, some had never been to a winery… so it was awesome to not only surprise my mom and give her a treat, but to also give her friends an experience they had never had. So first a tasting at Cavender Creek vineyard, then lunch and a tasting at Wolf Mountain, then off to end the day at Three Sisters for another tasting and a bonus of chocolate… it was awesome. By lunch, I was pretty hammered, but tried to keep my cool since I was signing Dad’s name to the bill everywhere we went… but alas, I don’t really recall getting out of the limo… but I do remember making sure I pumped and dumped so my boobs wouldn’t explode! Mom had a great time, reminiscing with her friends since they never hang out — it must be a generational thing, because they said, it had been years and they hadn’t ever done an overnight trip! It’s nuts, because my girlfriends and I go to girl weekends every now and then and I think that’s what keeps up going… because we don’t check in all the time, but we can do a little bit every now and then to keep the friendship going. Hopefully this will initiate a group hangout with this set of friends to keep in touch and use their retirement wisely and go party together – because let me tell you something… it was fun and I wasn’t even their friends! These ladies can party!
They all got back to the house and got into the hot tub… and since I booked this house strictly because it had a hot tub, I am glad the owner finally got it back and running for them to enjoy when they got home. It was kinda weird calling my mom’s friends by their first name though… because these were mostly her teacher friends and I called them Mrs. So and So and not by their first names… but after the second wine tasting… anything goes!
Sunday rolled around and with the time change, they got an extra hour to rest and then we got to hang with Sherry and Dawn for a little while at Mom’s house reminiscing on the lovely weekend. And then she was lucky enough to be packing for a trip for the beach afterwards! I mean, 70 seems pretty good! So lucky to have her as a mom, and hope that 70 was one of the best years!