Last Sunday, I organized a family gathering in celebration of Gina's 36th birthday. We met at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to walk around and take some family photos, then we went to the Garden Restaurant for Sunday Brunch. The photos turned out really well, and the weather was semi-cooperative for us. The sky was clear and there was no wind, but it started to get really hot and humid by about 11:00. Thankfully, that is when we went in for lunch.

The brunch buffet was excellent, and there was something there for everyone. They had chicken, pork, fish, pasta, a salad and fruit bar, and an excellent choice of desserts.  Even Sam and Nate, who tend to snub their noses at food that looks slightly different or odd, dug right in and ate until they couldn't hold anymore. All I can say is, I'm glad we took most of the pictures before lunch because I'm sure I looked like a balloon afterwards.

After brunch, we all came to our house for cake and ice cream. As if on cue, the sky opened up and it rained for about an hour or so. We definitely needed it, but I'm glad it came after our outdoor adventure was over. The cousins played, the grown-ups visited and watched a movie, and everyone had a nice time. It was such an honor to be able to host everyone and celebrate Gina's birthday in style. We're already looking forward to the next one, even if she isn't.  Here are a few more pictures of the event.