The end of November is always special to me. I’m a November Sagittarian which most years, has my birthday on the 29th coming right on the heels of Thanksgiving.
Some years, I celebrate it quietly and other times, I feel like a party. One memorable year, I decided the week before Thanksgiving that I was in the mood to party and planned to have a Birthday Luau complete with Tongo Hiti, a local band of a friend of mine, a Mai Tai signature cocktail and dancing hula girls (my daughter, daughter-in-law and nieces dressed in sarongs and bathing suit tops with fringe sewn on by one of my sisters.)
I had no idea how many people were going to show up, being only two days after Thanksgiving and all. But, that party, although a last-minute adventure, turned out to be one of the best ever.
About eighty people drank nine-gallons of Mai Tai and danced the night away, along with the hula girls.
This year, I won’t be having a Luau, but I have a lot to be thankful for. One of the highlights of this year was the birth of my granddaughter. Last summer, my daughter Amanda gave birth to Amelia Rose. I was able to be there for Amelia Rose’s birth, but she lives in Orlando so I’ve only seen her once since, and now she’s five months old!
I’m excited and grateful that I’ll get to see her today for the Thanksgiving holiday in Orlando.
After a short stop in Orlando, we’ll all head down to Sarasota for another nieces wedding. The coolest thing ever is that my sisters and all their daughters (who also gave birth to baby girls this summer) will be there with their new baby girls making it a Babypalooza weekend! How fun will that be?
I hope each and every one of you are able to experience deep moments of gratitude and joy this week wherever you are, and whatever your circumstances. And if you happen to be having your own version of a Babypalooza enjoy every minute of it!