Tina’s engaged! One of my BFFs, Tina, got engaged to her good guy Jeff this week on their third anniversary. These are two people who went through some really hard stuff and deserve this wonderful happy news. We were there when the two met. The sparks were flying that night and ever since! And Jeff set up a wonderfully romantic way to ask her. He took her to Canlis — only the swankiest place in Seattle—for their anniversary dinner, got the corner table, and the waiter brought out a silver platter with a huge rock from Tiffany’s on it “for the lady” while Jeff got down on one knee. Ahhhhhhhhh, pass the Kleenex box please. : ) Tina was totally surprised but in absolutely the best sort of way of course. She couldn’t quit smiling all day and I think I’m the third happiest person after the two of them. : ) It’s just a really wonderful thing for two wonderful people. Happiness always you two!!!
What would I do without my girlfriends? What fun they bring to my life! Every one of them. Last night it was Tina and Mitzi and me that were the three amiga’s enjoying a girls night out for Mitzi’s birthday celebration. Tina belongs to a wine club in the area and they had put together a fundraiser for two deserving organizations. To get in you simply needed to bring some non-perishable food items for the food drive and $5 each. For that, you got two glasses of excellent wine each and Tina treated us to a super delicious cheese and cracker platter that went perfect with the wine. So fun! But the really cool part of this evening was the activity. Because this was a “cause” event, we each were asked to make sandwiches and fill lunch bags in an assembly line sort of thing and then the winery was delivering them that night to our local “tent city” occupants. Loved this! It was meaningful and a lot of fun. I’m thinking about ripping the idea off for my own party use. You should feel free to steal it and make it your own too. You’ll impress your friends and there are loads of needy people out there that will welcome our efforts. We rock!
After a fabulous lunch with Jen and Rod we kept up the fun that night at a super duper birthday party for Tina. She turned 40 this year and her great guy threw her a wonderful celebration at a local winery called JM Cellars. After trying both the house red and the sauvignon white I can give both enthusiastic thumbs up. yum! JM Cellars is a small winery in Woodinville in a really magical location — wooded and intimate. It somehow matched so nicely with Tina’s personality a little quiet, real warm and welcoming. She had her family and close friends there (her mom flew in from London!) Jeff had it catered so we all got to enjoy ahi tuna bites, cheese and meat platter, herbed cashews, crab cakes (loved these!), chicken sate, pork sliders, panzanella salad, brownies, cheesecake and birthday cake. Our weather continued to cooperate into the evening last night and most the party was held outside on the patio. Honestly, I looked really close, and I think I saw some magic in the air. (Okay fine, maybe it was, as Glen says, a bunch of tiny mosquitos but they did sparkle when the moonlight caught them just right. : ) )
Oh did I forget to mention in that last post that the wonderful fiesta for Tina featured music? And not just music — music by the great “Heart of Gold” band! They rocked the house. Every party is more fun with live music and this one was no exception. The band just keeps getting better and better (and bigger and bigger! They now number five members!) Mitzi was in an especially festive mood last night — maybe it was because she was flying to Japan this morning for a week’s vacation with her daughter who is a Japanaholic and over there on a school trip right now. That would probably make most anyone smile.
Hey and the first photo here is one of my favorites ever. I just love the happy faces and unposed shot.