The Birthday Girl

I went to a birthday party 2 weekends ago. I mainly, usually, occasionally dread going to parties. Especially birthday parties. Bleh. All the balloons and fun and food and excitement. Who needs it.  I have a new floor buffer.  I have all the fun and excitement I need.

Not this time. This party was one I’ve been looking forward to for the past 10 years. The birthday girl is one of my favourite little ones and this was a milestone birthday. Whenever you make it into the next set of digits and stop counting your age in “halfs” it’s a big deal.

Plus I just got my hair done and it gave me an excuse to wear a dress that I bought in Thailand and I look super-cute in it. Events are always WAY better when you’re super-cute.

I’m a size large in Thailand by the way.  No less than 5 times when I was in Thailand, I mistook a mouse for one of the natives.

So the party.  It was great.  The balloons were the classiest of all balloons (helium filled foil),  the kids were all well behaved, the cake was delicious and the birthday girl didn’t cry or throw a single tantrum.  Although she did spill a little cake on her dress.  She might have been drunk.

Aunt Jean turned 100.

And this is what she looks like.

 

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Aunt Jean looks better at 100 than I do most mornings.  All mornings in fact.  And she’s definitely sharper than I am.  You know how sometimes you see people celebrating their 100th birthday on the news and the birthday girl or boy is kind of propped up and about as lively as a head of cauliflower?  That’s not Aunt Jean.  She ate 3 plates of food, talked to me about politics, the latest reality star news and  her upcoming trip to the Cayman Islands.  I’ve never been the the Cayman Islands.  Although once I went to Toronto Island.

I’d like to draw attention to her bling.  Rhinestone bracelet, gold rings, diamond ring, citron green beaded handbag.

She spent most of the night laughing hysterically.  She has a good sense of humour this one.  She must have been sick of getting her picture taken with everyone, but she kept everyone happy and kept smiling through all the photos.

Worried she had to be getting tired of it all I took the liberty of changing up the rather bland “Say Cheese” for our photo with a “Say Penis”.

Here is the exact moment that happened …

 

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She looks super-cuter than I do.  Had I known this was going to happen I probably would have stayed at home with my floor buffer.  She’s 100.  I was out cuted by a super-cougar.

She’s lived through wars, the invention of the radio, television, and the death of her husband half a century ago.  And all the celebrity sex tape scandals.

The event was held at one of the world’s most prestigious private golf clubs, The Hamilton Golf and Country Club, where unfortunately for both myself and Aunt Jean … they did not serve Ikea hot dogs.

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I paid for it all.  No I didn’t.

I did, however, make the cake.

 

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No I didn’t.

I may  however, have hired this slick ride for Aunt Jean to get to and from her party!

 

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No I didn’t.  I didn’t do any of those great things.  I, like everyone else at the party, just showed up and marvelled at Aunt Jean.

The truth is, the greatest thing about the whole event was the people. The family and the friends. All silently thinking the same thing.  I hope one day that’s me.    100 years old and still eating prime rib and wearing lipstick.  100 years old and being celebrated at a country club.  100 years old and there are still things that make me laugh out loud.  100 years old and I can still make other people laugh out loud.  100 years old and still partying, vacationing and styling.

100 years old surrounded by people who love me.

One hundred years old.

Happy Birthday Aunt Jean.

 

 

*Aunt Jean will be reading this post and comments, so feel free to leave your birthday wishes.  Watch for “5 questions with Aunt Jean” coming up on Friday.  We get into the topic of wrinkle cream.




113 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    You do look super cute!

  2. Becky says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!!! What a fabulous tribute for such a huge milestone

  3. Cathy says:

    Although this was 2 weeks ago, it showed up on what would have been my Mom’s 97th (Aug10).
    Been singing to her all day long!
    Ps: you are a knockout in that dress!

  4. Cindy says:

    I typically don’t comment, just enjoy the hell out of you and your blog. But… I’m coming out of lurkdom to say “Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean”. I’m also going to add, Karen, you are one of only three celebrities I’d love to have lunch with…. the other two… Reba McIntyre and Debra Messing. Somehow, I think it would be a blast! Maybe for your 100th birthday.

    Lots of bloggy love to you and Aunt Jean.

    Cindy

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Cindy! You lurker you. Don’t feel bad … I lurk lots of blogs. And thank you for the lunching compliment! I was just watching Will and Grace the other day and was reminded of HOW great whoever dressed her for that show was! Great style. ~ karen!

  5. Mindy says:

    That’s awesome and amazing and awesome. I know, I already said awesome, but it is really awesome. Happy birthday!!!

  6. Shuckclod says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean. You look wonderful. We know where your niece gets her sense of humor from. 🙂 Karen you look super cute in your new dress.

  7. Muff says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! You both look great (and both outfits qualify as super-cute!) Keep up the laughter – it’s what makes it all worthwhile!

  8. Sarah says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Aunt Jean!! Wishing you the best.

    Hugs and penises,
    Sarah

  9. Sarah says:

    By the way, Karen, your dress looks super cute.

  10. motherhen says:

    Did anyone at the Country Club check her ID?
    I think there may have been an error, she can’t posssibly that age!!!
    A Very Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!

  11. Luanne says:

    Happy birthday to you, Aunt Jean. So happy they caught your laughter! The smiles are infectious – and made it all the way to Manitoba!

    May you have more happy days like this than you can count!

  12. Laura says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! I can’t wait to read all about how you’ve managed your gorgeousness and your joyfulness for one hundred years!

  13. Chris says:

    Aunt Jean looks absolutely fabulous! Must be all of the laughing and the love, and a bit of money doesn’t hurt either. You also look quite fab. yourself! What a great celebration, for a great lady.

  14. Cynthia says:

    What a fabulous female gene pool your family has, Karen. You’re a treasure Aunt Jean, but I am sure your wonderful family already has you convinced of that. These kind of stories really inspire me to live my life to the fullest. Thank you for setting such a great example that has flowed on to so many other women through Karen’s blog. 🙂

  15. Deb says:

    Aunt Jean! Way to hang in there! May you have many more days surrounded by a crowd of people who love you. Karen, thanks for sharing your family with us, you are inspiring.

  16. Melody says:

    Aunt Jean,
    You don’t “look good for your age,” you look good for any age. What a great life attitude!
    Happy Birthday!

  17. Louise says:

    Wow – Aunt Jean looks so much younger than her age! Don’t tell her I said she only looks 70 because she’ll probably get mad. My 85 yr. old mother was in a swimsuit at the club pool, and some old man told her she had the figure of a 40 yr. old. She was mad because she works out so she’ll have the figure of a 25 yr. old!

    And welcome back from your vacation – we missed you desperately! (I had to read your old posts so I could go to sleep at night.) I hope you had a great time and feel refreshed and invigorated!

  18. Karen says:

    Oh, what fun! Everyone looks great, is happy and laughing! Great way to celebrate 100. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AUNT JEAN!!!

  19. Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!! My goodness, that outfit is spectacular – I love the vivid colors and especially the bling; thanks for the inspiration and the reminder to wear more bling, more often.
    Karen, you don’t look half bad yourself – your hair & dress (and I spied some mighty stilettos, too) look marvelous. Yay for parties with the high class helium-filled mylar balloons. Ya gotta live a little.

  20. Kim Norgate says:

    Happy 1ooth Birthday Aunt Jean! You look smashing! I would love to set her up with my Grandfather, he’s 101.

  21. Ann says:

    Happy happy birthday to the awesome aunt of one awesome lady. It must run in the family, this awesomeness.

  22. Tigersmom says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! You obviously rock.

    Nice to see you all dolled up, Karen. Sometimes it makes it more fun and special when you don’t do it that often. I am remembering how cute you looked rocking a black fitted strapless number with a killer pony tail from your television presenter days. Of course, you also look cute building a pizza oven in shorts and a tee.

    I need to see a pic of you standing up in that dress, tho. I’m curious about the waist area and want to see you in it in its full length fabulousness.

  23. Beckie says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    (I love the beaded purse!!)

  24. jo says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!!!

  25. Su says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! you rock…. wishing you and those who love you all the best!

  26. Happy Birthday Aunt Jean. You are an inspiration to a seventy-three year old who is trying, like you, to attain one hundred in good health and lively mind.

  27. Mary says:

    What a lovely tribute! How nice that you would celebrate your Aunt’s with it’s very own blog post. I don’t know you Jean, but I trust you had a wonderful day. Best wishes that life will hold many, many more laughs for you. Cheers!

  28. Happy Century! That is something to be proud of.

  29. Cindy says:

    Happy birthday, Aunt Jean! You look beautiful. Karen, you do, too.

  30. Sarah In Illinois says:

    Happy 100th Birthday Aunt Jean! You look AMAZING! I am glad you had such a wonderful party!

  31. marilyn says:

    happy ,happy birthday Aunt Jean ..bless your bling loving,bedazzled shoe wearing heart!! certainly someone to emulate and admire! and Karen your dress is spectacular!

  32. Janet says:

    Happy birthday, Aunt Jean!!

  33. Jebber jay says:

    HAPPY 100th Jean!

    I’m deeply tocuhed by the lovely and uber stylish celebration of your 100th. You are clearly adored by your family, and from what Karen wrote, with great reason. I wish you continued health and laughter. :o)

  34. AmyKate says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. Wish I had a cool Aunt Jean. Karen you are lucky!!

  35. Cathy says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Jean! Best wishes for a wonderful year ahead!

  36. Patti says:

    A very happy birthday to you Aunt Jean! And Karen’s right, I was looking at your picture thinking I hope that’s me someday!

  37. Traci says:

    Can I be adopted by your family? They are awesome! You too! Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! I always say age doesn’t matter, just how you feel and what you do with yourself. Looks like you’re beating us all in that department! Can’t wait to hear your words of wisdom on Friday! Keep laughing and having fun! You’re an inspiration!

  38. Jodi T. says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean!!

  39. Talia says:

    What a fantastic post! Happy Birthday to your Aunt Jean! She looks and sounds like an amazing woman!

  40. Ruth says:

    Wow! Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! If you look carefully to the southeast when you’re in Cayman, you will be able to see me waving over here in JA. Enjoy!

    Side Note: I’m going to need a photo of you in standing position, Karen…. That colour-blocked fabulosity you donned appears to be a prime candidate for one of my future knock-offs. Ca-yute! (My philosophy… if you can’t afford it, knock it off. Hehe…)

    • Karen says:

      Um … there’s a photo coming up on Friday but I’m almost sure I’m crouching again. I can’t remember. 🙁 ~ karen

  41. kipper says:

    Happy birthday Aunt Jean! How are they going to top this year’s birthday celebration next year? I love the photo of you and Karen.

  42. Anita says:

    Happy Birthday to your Aunt Jean! She sounds like the coolest new kid in the centenarian club! (I had to look that word up on wikipedia!) 🙂

  43. Wendy W says:

    Aunt Jean you are FABULOUS! Happy 100th Birthday! And just so you don’t feel left out, Karen, you are FABULOUS too!

  44. Lesley Williamson says:

    I think Aunt Jean needs a blog. In it she should describe all the things she’s done, eaten, drunk (drank? Oh, please tell me there was drinking) over the years to arrive at this sublime level of fabulousness at age 100. Seriously, it would be a public service, a charitable endeavour and an inspiration to those of us in the murky 50s who are sitting on our couches at 11:40 a.m. Monday, still sporting ratty pyjama pants, t-shirt and bed hair, forcing down lumpy breakfast smoothies and getting raspberry seeds stuck in our teeth. Hypothetically.

    Happy birthday, Aunt Jean. You totally rock!

  45. JF says:

    Happiest of Birthdays, Aunt Jean!

    I have a favorite Aunt Jean as well but she’s just a kid. . .barely into her 80s!

    Looking forward to hearing more from you on Friday!

  46. Lisa says:

    Way to go Aunt Jean!!

  47. Mary Werner says:

    Aunt Jean is fibbing just to get a great party – she is only 70 – IF that!!!! Don’t let her fool you but don’t let her fibbing stop you from having a celebration worthy of 100 years. Aunt Jean, please invite me to your 110! A few years ago, someone asked Dolly Parton what she wanted people to say of her in another 100 years and she replied “My, doesn’t she look good for her age.” Aunt Jean must have a little Dolly Parton in her – can she sing? Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean – you sure have a great smile!

  48. Irene says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean!
    I DO so hope you have been writing your memoirs for atLEAST the last 50 years; the stories you must have to tell, past, present and future, must be a treasure.
    You have lived through and experienced what, to the cocky know-it-all youngsters, is unbelievable; I still remember my friend’s then 12 and now 33 year old asking which button one presses to select the next track on the giant black CD with the hole in the middle. Imagine them trying to grasp the idea of a life without TV! 😀

    • Irene says:

      Oops, pressed ‘post’ before I could say, HEEEOOOOOGE birthday hugs to you, all the way from South Africa!
      Karen, you do look super cute, and that hair! Gorgeous!

  49. Grammy says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! Have a wonderful time in the Cayman Islands.

    Karen, obviously good looks and good humor run in your family. Both you and Aunt Jean look so cute in your nifty party duds, and all of us love seeing Aunt Jean laugh at your joke with such gusto. I hope you’re still posting in thirty years so I can laugh at whatever you say when I’m a hundred, too.

  50. Elen Grey says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! May I say that you are rockin’ that outfit. Rockin’. It.
    May your coming year be filled with adventure.
    I have an Aunt Jean, too. She’s 91.

    Karen – I saw your article in the Lee Valley Garden Newsletter! Heh.

  51. Karol says:

    Aunt Jean is adorable and I love love her blingy self, and that spectacular beaded purse.

  52. Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! I don’t have an Aunt Jean, Infact, all of my aunts and uncles have passed on, so I would love for you to adopt me as Niece Janet. At age 50 I can barely talk politics so you and I will have to just laugh our asses off and talk about penises! Plus having Niece Karen around can’t hurt either. Enjoy life everyday, laugh, eat what you love and surround yourself with happy people…here’s to many more Aunt Jean, Thank you Karen for sharing, wearing and swearing!

  53. Jess says:

    Happy birthday Aunt Jean!! Looks like a blast and you both look awesome♥♥

  54. West Coast Nan says:

    I may or may not like to wish Aunt Jean a Happy 100th Birthday. Okay I do, she looks fabulous and so very lively and you don’t look half bad yourself Karen. Need to see your dress full length though, love the shoulders but can’t quite imagine how the waist goes…

  55. Codi says:

    Happiest birthday, Aunt Jean! Is this Betty’s mom? If so I hope you inherited THOSE jeans! Also, that dress is fantastic – even if it IS a large!

  56. Stephbo says:

    Happy, happy birthday to Aunt Jean!! Laughter keeps us young, no matter what our chronological age is!

  57. Barb says:

    What an amazing lady. Happy Birthday Aunt Jean. This post is so timely, I’m turning 68 soon & feeling a little jaded; this post is a reminder that there’s plenty of life ahead, you just have to think positive & keep putting one foot in front of the other every day. Look forward to hearing her secrets.

    Barb

  58. Madge says:

    Happy birthday Aunt Jean. You and Karen are both super cute and you just cheered me up so much!!! Thank you for that and have a blast in the Caymans.
    Xoxo
    A fan (who is now having to revise her view of turning 40 this summer as a “mid-life checkpoint”…)

  59. Deana says:

    Oh my goodness, Aunt Jean does set the bar rather high. She’s going to be a hard one to live up to and anyone that can laugh that hard at the penis has gotta be one heck of a woman. I think I’ve laughed that hard at a penis or two…….that’s another subject, sorry. Happy 100th Birthday Aunt Jean and many more to come. Enjoy Cayman and sit at the high bars.

  60. Ella says:

    Happy birthday, Aunt Jean! Karen your hair and dress do look amazing!

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  62. Alton says:

    Have to leave my best wishes too, Happy belated Birthday

  63. theresa says:

    you both look fabo but I quite covet Aunt Jean’s purse. and how is she related to the “rack” grandparents?? Seems you come from good jeans/genes of humor loving people. Putting on the kettle for a cuppa to go with that slice of cake.

  64. Jennifer Devereaux says:

    Have a great year Aunt Jean. Just got back from my Mother Vera’s birthday Aufust 1st (born in Verdun Canada) she was only 94. Have a wonderful vacation.

  65. Jennifer says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen’s Aunt Jean! I must say that I never wanted to live to 100, but if I can do it with the style and humor and love of living that you seem to have, I will welcome the century mark! (only 47 years to go)
    I hope your 100th year will be full of wonder and love.

  66. Sally says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!

  67. Bobbi says:

    Hap-py Birth-day Aunt Jeannnnnn, Hap-py Birth-day To Youuuuu !!!!

  68. dana says:

    Aw.. She reminds me a lot of my mom who was also named Jean. Her nails, her jewelry, her glasses. I can still remember my mom calling QVC & rattling off her member number. She loved a dirty joke. Aunt Jean looks like she does too. I can not imagine losing a husband 50 yrs ago. Wow. Love the cake. You did a great job. It looks like a breaded chicken cutlet on top. Lol! Glad you are back!! And you should wear that dress every day. Its adorable on you! How can you possibly be a large in Thailand?!

  69. Patricia Arnsberg says:

    I just got home from a weekend celebrating my 50th high school reunion! I thought we all (well most of us) looked damned good! Aunt Jean just out shined us all! Happy Birthday to Aunt Jean!!!!!

  70. Merrilee says:

    What a remarkable milestone! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Aunt Jean! Absolutely love the matching citron bag. I kind of have a thing for beady little clutches.

  71. Carol says:

    Happy Birthday from Kingsville, Ontario!!!

  72. Jody says:

    Well Happy Birthday Aunt Jean. Aunt Jean, I don’t know if Karen asked this question but…. What invention in your life have you seen and thought it would be a passing fad–but wasn’t. For example I thought in-line roller blades would be a fad. Apparently not. I also thought the TV show “Friends” would fizzle after the first year. Not.

  73. Janet says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean. I love all your bling… even your shoes have bling! You are a classy lady, there’s no doubt.

    My hubby’s Aunt Maggie turned 100 a couple of years ago. She has since passed away, and the family has nothing but happy memories of our dear aunt.

    When she turned 90 there was a huge party and I distinctly remember this: She greeted me, pulling me down to her 4’11” height for a hug, and whispered in my ear, “My pantyhose is so tight, I’m afraid if I fart my shoes will blow off!” 😀

    Happy Birthday!

  74. Ev Wilcox says:

    You are one stylish lady, Jean! Happy Birthday to you! Must have been one heck of a party. Leave it to our Karen to “say penis”!

  75. kari says:

    Hi Karen,

    You are yanking our chains, there is just no possible way that your Aunt Jean is 100! If so, I think I should move to Canada and drink her water.

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! The live, laugh and love motto has worked well for you. Blessings!

  76. Happy Birthday Auntie Jean. You’re looking gooooood! Here’s to another 100! Cheers!

  77. Diana says:

    Hey even from Germany are coming the best birthday wishes! All the best Aunt Jean. You are looking great!
    I can understand, that Karen makes a post only for and over you!

  78. Barb says:

    Sending Aunt Jean a Happy Birthday Wish!!! I hope the Caymans are prepared for her because it looks like she has a lot of spunk!

  79. BamaCarol says:

    Happy Birthday to Aunt Jean! What a blessing it is to have seasoned relatives who can give you life lessons and family history (re: dirt on the family). I hope she enjoys her trip!

  80. Ember says:

    Happy birhday to Aunt Jean! What a blessing to have a loved family member reach that age!!! Here’s to a bunch more!!!

  81. Debbie says:

    Must be great family genes in your family. No, 100 (so far) people in our family. Happy Birthday Aunt Jean. Sorry to be a day behind. By the way, those shoes make the flintstone feet look fabulous.

  82. Fritzy Dean says:

    Another lurker down here in Texas. Absolutely must come out of the lurker corner to say Happy Birthday , Aunt Jean! I LOVE the bling! and the smiles! and the love surrounding you all! Hope this is your best year EVER!

  83. Amy in StL says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! You look fabulous, I love that shade of green. Someday I hope that I’ll get to be that age and be that much fun.

  84. Joyce says:

    Happy belated birthday Aunt Jean! You are so beautiful!

  85. Lis says:

    Many happy returns, Jean!

  86. Maureen Locke says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean, you look amazing. Wishes for many more years of life, love, health and happiness. Remember life is a journey. enjoy every mile. 🙂

  87. Laurinda says:

    Aunt Jean has a very classic sense of style- very beautiful! Gosh I love matchy matchy outfits <3 Right down to her perfect little shoes & bag!

  88. Jasmine says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! You look Fabulous! Karen, you’re okay too. 😉
    But it’s not your birthday so stop complaining.

  89. kardan says:

    Wow. Jean… you look amazing. Happy Birthday! Can I borrow your awesome little purse?

  90. Deb says:

    Happy Birthday, Jean. What amazing stories you must have. I think Karen will give you a run for your money in terms of aging full tilt and filled with joie de vivre.

    I also love Debra Messing; however, I remember the one episode where her assistant told her espadrilles were NOT in, and never had been (I ignored the advice, myself).

  91. Debbie D says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! Rock on party girl. Say penis! LOL!

  92. michael says:

    Hippo Buddy Aunty Jean, love to see Centenarians(Hope I spelt that right) celebrating life to its fullest.

    Karen… Lookin good honey!! <3

  93. Tracey says:

    Happy Belated Birthday aunt Jean!!
    Wow, you are a beautiful woman. Karen didn’t have to point out your bling, I noticed right away. Simply stunning outfit ..i adore your beaded handbag and Love the shoes too. You even have beautiful shapely ankles.
    What a lovely tribute for you.
    Maybe you could share some tips on how you’ve stayed so happy and gorgeous. I’m 51, and you are an inspiration.
    And Karen, I love, love your dress and you sure do look super cute!! The picture of the two of you sharing a hearty laugh has made my day!

  94. stefani says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!! What an amazing woman you are with you style and sense of humor!! Everyone at the party is very lucky to know you.

  95. Ru says:

    What an inspiration.
    Happy birthday Aunt Jean!
    Please tell us the secret for your youthful appearance and sparkly eyes. I would love to look half as good as you!Best wishes and may your centenary year be the most amazing yet!

  96. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Happy birthday Aunt Jean. You look marvelous!

  97. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Sorry I’m late Aunt Jean..you have seen so many changes in the world..I wish I could sit and talk to you for a day..or two..or three..Hey Karen..you clean up pretty good there don’t ya??

  98. Safetydog says:

    Happy birthday Aunt Jean! My own Aunt Jean just celebrated her 90th birthday on August 10, with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids around her.

  99. Sandra says:

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday, dear Jean
    Happy Birthday to you

    And mannnnyyyyy moooorrrrrree!!

  100. Pam'a says:

    Please add my most sincere (and tardy) good wishes to the big pile for Aunt Jean’s natal anniversary. And Karen? I have just two words for you:

    Treasure Her.

    You’re so very, very blessed. 🙂

  101. Sam says:

    Sorry to be so, so late, but Happy Birthday Aunt Jean. You are both looking fabulous and like you’re having a wonderful time.

    Thanks for sharing Karen, I love meeting your family.

    Sam xx

  102. isabella wigrenini says:

    Just stumbled upon your site looking for ways to transfer images and Voila!, got sucked into your comments and love your sense of humor ( which of course mirrors my own-BRILLIANTbeing the best descriptor)
    Happy birthday to dear aunt Jean. If only and I wish. I have only 30 years to go but should probably have chosen better genetics but oh, well.
    I also liked the simple instructions for the wax paper transfers and will scrounge for appropriate wood in about five minutes. Thanks for all and I look forward to reading more of you. Thanks for brightening my day so early. Isabella

    • Karen says:

      Hi Isabella! Thanks for the note. Perhaps one day we’ll meet and share a litany of hilarious knock knock jokes. You’ll LOVE the wax paper transfers, but consider yourself warned about the addictive qualities. ~ karen!

  103. Alin says:

    I hope Aunt Jean is reading this on her new Ipad! Did she get one?
    Happy birthday, dear lovely Aunt Jean!

  104. Alicia says:

    Happy, happy birthday Auntie Jean! You are probably still out celebrating, so I won’t apologize for the late post! But OMG if you don’t look a day past 70! I was so hoping Karen would have posted your tips, aside genetics, to your longevity. Do tell! May the good Lord bless you with good health, and the best ipad on the market!

  105. Kate says:

    I just now saw this post, and had to leave belated birthday wishes for Aunt Jean. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEAN! You look marvelous, and so does your young kin, Karen. I see where she gets her good looks from.

  106. Barbie says:

    What a sweet post! I don’t know how I missed this one! I must’ve been on vaca or something.

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