Happy 60th Birthday Mom!

Hello everyone! Sorry I have been a little MIA this weekend. I was involved in a little surprise for my mom’s 60th birthday down in Virginia, and since she is an avid blog reader (Hi Mom!), I had to stay off the blog and twitter!

Fiancé and I went down to Virginia on Friday evening and got to see two of my best friends (and bridesmaids!), the Michel(l)e’s! We had a blast catching up, brunching, talking wedding talk and just hanging out. I love these ladies – but before I knew it, I had to say goodbye to my friends and head on over to my parent’s house to help surprise my mom for her birthday!

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My dad went all out for the surprise this year and rented a limo to meet on the next street over from our house.

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I felt pretty big pimpin’ hanging out in the limo all night!

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Jackson even got to come help surprise my mom!

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It was his first time in a limo, so he was pretty pumped.

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He was just maxin’ and relaxin’

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Also in the limo – Fiancé, my uncle John, my brother Michael, his girlfriend Joan.

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We all met at the limo early just to make sure everyone was on time.

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And yes…Jackson is wearing a bowtie. That’s how he rolls.

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My dad told my mom he was taking her out to dinner, but when she stepped outside, she saw a big white limo!

And when she looked inside the limo she saw her family waiting to surprise her!

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My mom was pretty excited to see us all waiting to help her celebrate her 60th birthday! It was a great surprise!

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My dad pulled off a pretty sweet birthday surprise. He even had her favorite drink (pomegranate martini) waiting in the limo for all us to toast with!

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No one had any idea where we were going in the limo. My dad kept everything a secret, so where we were going was a surprise not only for my mom, but for the rest of us too! It was nice to sit back and relax in the limo with a drink and enjoy the company of my family.

Before we knew it, we had arrived at our destination. Any ideas as to where we went?

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We dined at the incredible L’Auberge Chez Francois, which is a fancy French restaurant that serves 6 course meals. It is a place my parents go to on very special occasions.

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We went here in October 2009 to celebrate our engagement!

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This picture looks familiar!

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My dad, fiancé and I enjoyed a bottle of Pinot Noir with dinner.

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The birthday girl got a Cosmo.

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Before I get into dinner, I would like to let you know that the lighting was very dark last night so the pictures of the evening were a bit difficult. I did manage to get the exact same meal that I had last time I was dining at L’Auberge Chez Francois, so if you want to see better pictures of the food, check that out here.

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Back to the eats! The evening started off with a lovely tasting of a spinach and onion quiche. It was delish!

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Next up I had the French Onion soup.

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My uncle was super adventurous and got the Frog Legs. He said they were delicious! Fiancé was brave and tried one and said it was good too.

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Next up was a fresh salad. The garlic crouton on top was insane.

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Then it was time to cleanse our palates with some grapefruit sorbet. It was out of this world good! Yum!

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Are you full yet? Because the main course is about to be served. Fiancé and I shared the Châteaubriand which is filet for two served with assorted fresh vegetables, béarnaise and truffle sauce prepared tableside

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It was very tasty – but SO MUCH FOOD!

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My dad, uncle and brother waiting for the next course.

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My brother and Joan.

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Fiancé and I – he was unable to keep his eyes open in about 25 pictures taken. This was the best one. Tear. I wanted a nice one of the two of us!

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We tried to recreate our toast from our engagement dinner, but it didn’t work out so well.

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Happy birthday Mom!

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Then it was time for cake!

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Cheers to 60 more years!

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The cake was chocolate with raspberries. It was amazing.

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With a side of truffles.

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We also got dessert with dinner, aside from the cake. Half the table got sorbet.

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I got the plum tart and had a bite or two, but I was SO FULL!

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Fiancé had the best cheesecake I had ever tasted. It was delish!

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And then after 6 + courses and a full belly later, it was time to head back out to the limo and head home.

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It was an amazing meal and such a fun evening. I am so happy I was able to spend the night with my family and help my mom celebrate her birthday.

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Love you Mom! You are the best! XOXO!

Happy Birthday!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Tricia January 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    What a great time! Happy birthday to your LOVELY mom!

  • Reply steph January 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Adorable !! Happy Birthday "Little Dog Too" Mom 🙂

  • Reply Becky January 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    What a special night with the family! And Jackson…precious.

  • Reply runninginpinkproject.com January 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    What a fun day! I adore French food. Yum!

  • Reply Evan Thomas January 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Happy birthday to your mom!

  • Reply Carly January 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Awww…how fun! Happy birthday to your mom!

  • Reply VeggieGirl January 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Aww happy birthday to your mom! And those photos of Jackson are too cute 🙂

  • Reply Sana January 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Your mom celebrated in styleee!

  • Reply Lauren January 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I'm glad it all worked out! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LESLIE'S MOM!

  • Reply Green Dog Wine January 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Cutest 60 year old Mama ever! 🙂 What an awesome idea! (I just sent it to my dad and said HEY – make note of this for mom's 60th!) 🙂 Such a sweet family! Happy Birthday AHLDT mama!

  • Reply patty O January 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Loved my birthday celebration with my awesome family! Loved your post Leslie and I love you bunches too! Don't know what I would have done without you in my life! Can't wait to celebrate with you in Vegas Baby!
    You're the BEST…

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