Sunday, August 19, 2012

Birthday Dinner

There was no singing at DD Elaine's birthday dinner--that was nixed with a shake of the head, but we did have a good time and an unusual guest. The Italian restaurant she chose is a roadside institution of casual dining in Ojai (pronounced O-hi) called Boccali's; we sat outside on wooden picnic tables with umbrellas trying to provide shade.  It was still pretty hot, as the sun had not yet sunk behind the mountains, but we had just a bit of a breeze. 


Here's our unusual guest, craning his neck to see if he could join our table.

DD Erica is a bit freaked out by large birds and bolted with a yelp, but couldn't resist creeping back to take a photo.

This little boy in arms made the same exclamation as his mom brought him over to see the peacock, who soon wandered off to peer at other diners.

The lovely birthday girl took it all in stride with a serene smile.

Our equally precious daughter Erica and son Nick.

The whole family in tableau.  After taking this pic I instructed son-in-law Chris to act like he was having a good time...

And he obliged, causing plenty of laughter.  We ended our delicious Italian meal with fresh homemade strawberry shortcake and birthday wishes.  So glad we were all together to celebrate Elaine's 25th!

10 comments:

Barb said...

what fun...Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Kate said...

Happy Birthday to Elaine!

Michele said...

Happy Birthday Elaine!! What an interesting dinner guest :-)

*karendianne. said...

Oh what a great post. How fun. I love your instructions. Great dinner guest, too. Annie, you have a beautiful family. :)

Pokey said...

Happy Birthday blessings to Elaine! What a fun group, including
Mr. Peacock!
:-}pokey

Shay said...

Happy Birthday Elaine.

I love peackocks but they're always vaguely sinister....

One Minnesota Quilter said...

What a lovely family! :)

Judy

Libby said...

Looks like a fun party!

Candace said...

Looks like a fun time had by all, Annie! Happy Birthday to Elaine! When I was a child the peacock from the zoo down the street used to escape and land on our garage roof. My mom would feed him pancakes until he was retrieved! Maybe this guy was looking for some!
Cheers!

Patrica said...

I used to take my kids to see the peacocks at the Arcadia Arboretum all the time, lovely birds and such show offs. You have a beautiful family.