... and this was unquestionably the highlight of her day here. she asked for a ride, mike cheerfully obliged, aaaaand they saw a bear cub ... which added immensely to the excitement of tearing around on a quad. a very good birthday.
my gluten free black voodoo cake meant much less, but still made my stomach happy. the neighbors all showed up to sing and help celebrate, adding to the festive end of things. and it was all over by 5:30, when michael took her home. i sat on the front porch like a zombie, no words left. it's never a relaxed time, tensions are always high for a myriad of reasons, and when it goes of without any major hitches it's always a huge relief.