Two Birthdays and a Funeral


Last week in Santa Barbara, we feted the passing of time with two back-to-back birthdays for Averell and Olivia, and a Celebration of Life for my mother, who led and fascinating and full life and passed away at the age of 94. It was fun, exhausting and bitter sweet all rolled into one.

Averell and Olivia, though 10 years apart in age, were born a day apart. As a result, their birthdays always send me into overdrive to make each of them feel uniquely special, which they are.

(View from our house of the Santa Barbara at dusk)

Presents galore are wrapped, their favorite foods prepared and the activities of the day are planned out with precision. This results in all day celebrations ending with an evening feast of their choice.

This year for Averell’s birthday we chartered a sailboat and set sail out of the Santa Barbara harbor for a four-hour cruise. Later this week, you’ll see what incredible sights we encountered on the high seas.

Olivia chose to spend her birthday at Six Flags in Los Angeles. Despite all the moaning about the crowds and the heat, especially from little old me, we survived the death defying roller coasters. Something you don’t know about me is that  I’m terrified of roller coasters and only stick to the kiddie rides.

We later learned that the metal detector screening on entering the park and the heavy presence of the LAPD, was due to the fact that the LA gangs have chosen to have turf wars at Six Flags.  If I had known beforehand about this, I would certainly have put down my size 8 Jimmy Choo pumps in protest.

Anyway, one of my favorite memories of the celebrations was when Mallory and Olivia decorated our terrace for Averell’s birthday dinner.

Come see how magical they made it look.

“Olivia busy at work setting the table)

(Just love these custom M&Ms)

(The Smiling Birthday Girl Averell)




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  • Jim
    August 30, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    How wonderful! A lovely week for a lovely family.

  • Lou Ann
    August 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Jennifer, What a lovely way to celebrate your Mother and your girls. It must have been very special.

    I’m with Olivia – I love roller coasters! Thanks for sharing your day. xoxo

  • Diana klinedinst
    August 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    How wonderful, it is just like Mrs King herself put this together, very nice and thogful. I am sure she is very happy, Family was her more important things in her life .Blessings to everyone. LOVE DIANA 😙

    August 31, 2016 at 3:41 am

    My aunt lived in MONTECITO for years…………………

  • Jan
    August 31, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    It was great fun having the whole family together in Santa Barbara. We enjoyed every moment! Now how about another piece of Strawberry White Birthday Cake for breakfast? Pour the tea, and I will be right over!

  • Jennifer
    August 31, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    We loved seeing and spending time with you! Thanks for being a part of our many celebrations.

  • Jennifer
    August 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    My husband was raised in Montecito and we just love spending time down there. Did you spend a lot of time visiting your Aunt?

  • Jennifer
    August 31, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Great to hear from you, Diana. Mashie would have really appreciated having all of her grand daughters in attendance.

  • Jennifer
    August 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks Lou Ann! It was special, especially having everyone together. Looking forward to seeing you at lunch.

  • Jennifer
    August 31, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks Jim for your nice comments and for following my blog!