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Happy Birthday, Brother and other adventures.

My brother turns 30 on Sunday.   It shouldn't shock you when I say that we like to celebrate.  This is what we did for my 30th and this is what we did for Kyla's.
So for my brother, we knew that he and Jen would be coming home over Easter and we tried to put together something that would be meaningful and intimate and would include his family and some of his closest friends.  That last part was a little more difficult to do with it being Easter, but I think he still felt the love.

Without going into too much detail, I want to share with you how we celebrate our baby brother, because really, he is a great brother who puts so much effort into his relationships and he should be celebrated.

1) Kyla orchestrated a personalized Easter hunt for Rob on Saturday morning for when he woke up. His family contributed reasons why we loved him, so for each egg he opened he had a specific thought or memory.  There were also a couple of gifts for him.

2) We had a MarioKart tournament during the day.  Willis won the MarioKart tournament and pocketed 26$.

3) We did some day-drinking and grown up napping.  Rob's friend, Jess stopped by for a visit.

4) We had a great supper with family and friends.  It was a packed house with my aunty Chris, uncle Lionel, Grandpa, cousin Devon, Shae and their baby, Nola, along with Rob's friends Brody and Jan-Marie.

5) and my FAVOURITE of all!!!  I made a video.

A little about the video, first.  It took me approx. 15 hours to compile.  I had to stay super organized so I didn't forget anyone, even though in the end I missed a video from my parents' group of friends and missed emailing a couple of Rob's friends.  I bawled the whole time making it, but Rob man-cried the whole time watching it, so I win.  I have to "see" a video before it makes sense and the music has to speak to me.  I picked "Home/Dirty Paw" by the Gardiner Sisters, "Orange Sky" by Alexi Murdoch and "Sweet Child of Mine" by Taken By Trees.  If I had my way, I would have travelled around to see these people in person, using my camera and microphone to ensure top quality.
I included Grams.  I wish I had the foresight to have asked her to do a video in the fall, but nobody thought she'd really be gone. So instead I doctored up the clip she had sent for Kyla's video 2 years ago, knowing damn well that she would want to be a part of this.

Here it is for you to enjoy, I gotta say, I'm quite proud of this one.

Rob is 30, a documentary from Dee on Vimeo.

Linking up with The Hill Collection,  Momfessionals & The Farmer's Wife

Have a great weekend!


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