Kathryn’s Birthday Celebration 2-5-12
What a beautiful day to celebrate a beautiful person’s 21st birthday.
1.) We started by doing some house cleaning as Kathryn and I would always do before a party.
2.) Went on a nice bike ride with all of the kids.
2b.) A friend that we haven't seen for a while came by today with a wonderful idea. She is a pastry chef and is going to get several local bakeries to join in a create special pastries to be sold in their bakeries and places like Star Bucks. Then part of the proceeds form these items will be donated to Camp Goodtimes in honor of Kathryn (Panda). She brought by these amazing panda cookies today. They were delicious!
3.) We decorated with balloons. We really should have done more but I think in our situation Kathryn would understand. Next year we will go all out.
4.) Made bacon and turkey bacon for dinner to go with our pancakes.
5.) We all took turn making pancakes of different shapes in honor of Kathryn. We had a unicorn, cats, pandas, a rainbow, flowers, and other shapes. Kathryn would have loved this. She would have loved watching each person make a pancake or two or three. She would have been in there making them and showing us all up with her creativity yet cheering each and every one of us on. Kathryn loved to have pancakes for dinner. She loved to have pancakes in shapes (like the clouds on the ceiling of her bedroom).
6.) We made Tequila Sunrises in her honor.
7.) We said a little prayer while holding hands in a big circle.
8.) We then sat down in the dining room with the fine china and ate all of those fabulous pancakes. We also had mandarin oranges another favorite of Kathryn’s.
9.) Then we burned our Christmas tree in pieces in the bond fire. Before the fire was lit we sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KATHRYN. As we sat around the fire we shared special stories or moments we had with Kathryn. It brought on a few tears but we also laughed and remembered the joy she brought to all to us.
10.) Then in true Bradley tradition we set off a bunch of beautiful fireworks for Kathryn. You know the big, Bright beautiful ones that go way up in the sky. Our neighbors commented on how beautiful they were.
11.) We came in to warm back up and have dessert and continued to share stories. We even watched a short little video of her playing with the Norwall and Unicorn she has. I believe her math teacher at SOTA bought them for her as a pair. This video is from just last year.
It was a wonderful night. Kathryn would have loved each and every moment. I just wish she were really here in person to have shared such a special night with all of us. It was perfect in every way with the only flaw being her absence.
Happy 21st Birthday Kathryn Margaret Kahiwalani Bradley (Panda)
We love you so much!
Remember all of the info for the service was in the last blog.