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Monday, 31 October 2011

A Special Tea Time Tuesday


"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." ~ George MacDonald

Welcome friends to Tea Time Tuesday!

I am delighted you have stopped by today because this is a very special day in our family! The best thing about October 31st is that it is my grandson's birthday.

Our Brent is 8 years old today. Hard to believe! It seems just like yesterday that I cradled this adorable little boy in my arms and held him close to my heart. Oh, he still loves to cuddle but he's a big boy now!


Brenty is a unique little guy, and of my son's three boys, Brent is the most like him in that he loves nature and critters. Brent is charming, lovable, and he is inquisitive about everything!

So, please have a seat and join me as we celebrate Brent today for Tea Time.

Brent loves catching tadpoles and watching them turn into frogs. He loves butterflies and salamanders too.


He is curious about everything with four legs and everything that hops, flies, or slithers. Yes, he's all boy!
Anytime we visit, Brent almost always has a creature of some kind in a jar or aquarium. His father still brings home toads and other four legged critters to his boys when he's out and about. Some things never change! My DIL is learning a lot!

Brent also likes hockey....
They had a hockey themed birthday party for him on Saturday and his dad baked the birthday cake. As you can see, it is his favourite hockey team, Montreal Canadians. I must say, I'm impressed that my son made this himself!


Here is Brent blowing out the candles while his mom and two friends look on.


A picture of the guys celebrating with Brent. Brent is the one with the red hockey jersey on. His older brother Cameron is wearing the white jersey, and his younger brother is in front holding the hockey stick in front of his sweet little face. They all look like they're having a blast.


So, in keeping with Brenty's birthday today, I have a tea which is inspired, not by hockey, but by creatures. But do not fear, they are the cute kind!


Bees and butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs, all adorn the Maxwell and Williams china. I really like the shape of this cup. The trim is like that which is on the teapot I shared last week although they are made by two different companies.


Each piece is sprinkled with flowers and edged with gold as well.



Dragonflies also adorn this cute cloche which has a chocolate cupcake candle beneath it.


And since most little guys like chocolate, as well as most grandmothers, we are having chocolate cupcakes,  brownies, and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with our tea. The cookie jar is full, so please help yourself!





The tea table is strewn with smarties to make it more festive for our special little guy.



A cup of cranberry juice for you, Brent, and a cuppa tea for Nanny!




Happy Birthday Brent!



You are loved a lot!

"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; The fruit of the womb is a reward...How blessed is the man {or woman} whose quiver is full of them." ~ Psalm 127: 3,5 


Thank you for stopping by and celebrating Brent with me. I would love for you to join me for Tea Time Tuesday! All you have to do is share a favourite tea cup or teapot, a coffee mug, or something tea related. If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: apple cider, iced tea or iced coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, or punch. The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

Today I am joining the following parties as well~

Miss Spenser~ http://missspensersblog.blogspot.com/
Teacup Thursday

Kathy~ http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Martha~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Teacup Tuesday

Terri~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Pam~ http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Trisha~ http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/
Tea Party Tuesday

Trish~ http://angelwingsandapronstrings.blogspot.com/
L.A.C.E.

Bernideen~ http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/
Friends Sharing Tea

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

44 comments:

A Vintage Green said...

8 years old ~ so is my dear gs. Love grandchildren. Great teatime with the beautiful insects on the trio. Thanks for this sharing.
- Joy

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Sandi, what a dear little grandson Brent is. Well, I'm sure they are all dear to you. I'm sure they all enjoy their time with you. Your teacup and plate today are so pretty. Have a happy day! Pamela

Kathryn Ross said...

What a perfectly PERFECT active little boy tea! Every inch of your preparations are so clever and carefully thought out! I just love this!! I hope he enjoyed his chocolate cupcake - my personal favorite! ANd the cookies with cranberry - brilliant!!!!

I'll be called Nanny, too, when my little Mackenzie can talk . . .

So delightful seeing this sweet, curious, healthy little boy - blessings upon you and your family in all God's riches and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Joy!
Kathy

Linda said...

Hi Sandi,

Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday to your handsome Brent! Your tea looks really yummy.

One of these days I'm going to join you for Tea Time Tuesday. Please forgive me, I'm 'new' to blogging and yet to figure how to do lots of stuff where blogs are concerned. LOL But when I do, I'll be there! My nephew is coming home for Christmas and he is a computer whiz, so I am hoping he will show me how to add some features that I've seen on other blogs but have yet to learn, that is if I don't work it out before then :-)

I'll be drawing for my give-away (something nice for Christmas) at the end of this night - hope you're lucky cause I know how you love them! Haha

Hope it's not too cold where you are.

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Charmed by Beauty said...

Grandchildren are a joy to the Grandparents heart. I feel your joy as you speak of your dear Brent. He turned a dark day into bright sonshine. A happy day to you....Auntie P

Marydon said...

TOO quickly our kid-lings grow, but oh, for the beautiful heart warming memories of those wee days. So love the cake, WOW!

That teacup is awesome. It has such elegant lines & stature.

BOO-T-ful Halloween wishes
TTFN ~
Hugs & love,
Marydon

Johanna said...

Dear Sandi,
what a hearttouching post. Your grandson is such an handsome and dear boy. I love that he loves animals. And your tea time is more as perfect for him with the wonderful insects. I am sure he loved this and the sweet treats, too. Thank you for sharing this special tea time and Happy Halloween to you and yours.
Best greetings, Johanna

Anonymous said...

I was so excited to see your George MacDonald quote! He is my favorite author and I've learned more of God's Love from him than any other author! Do you read him? All his books are once again available in print! You have a charming blog. Bless you. Beth K.

Nancy said...

Dear Sandi,
What a wonderful post about your grandson. He is lucky to have such a loving Grandmother!
I have three grandsons who are in hockey and enjoy going to their games. Grandchildren are such a wonderful blessing.
I also really like your teacup and plates with the nature pattern.
Thank you for hosting Tea Time Tuesday.
Blessings to you,
Nancy

paperbutterfly said...

Looks like Brent had a wonderful birthday. A very special dessert table for a very special young man. He sure is cute!
So pleased you could stop by and share with us this week. Such a loyal supporter of tea! Thank you for your warm welcomeback.
Blessigs,
Pam

Antiques And Teacups said...

And a very happy birthday to Brent! Love the bug china! So cute!
Ruth

Wanda Lee said...

How precious Sandi! Your dear grandson, Brent shares the same name as my husband, who is also a 'Brent'..,

He looks like he had a grand old time at his birthday.., Incidentally, he is the same age as my dear nephew; that is such a precious age!

What a wonderful.., All creatures,'cute and small', teatime!.., Too adorable!

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Happy Birthday Brent! I love that cake, what an amazing job Dad did, wowzer! Hope you have a great week. The cup is gorgeous..I have seen one similar here at home goods and have enjoyed its beauty. Blessings to you, thanks for hosting.

jeanetteann said...

Hello Sandi, Your little man is gorgeous, what a lovely family you have. Your china teacup is divine,so appropriate for the theme too.
It was my daughters birthday on Monday too. We celebrated with a dinner at our home. Good time had by all. xx

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Nothing more special than celebrating with grandkids! Your tea looks perfect for a guy. Hope you all enjoyed it!
Cheers!
R

Flora said...

What a wonderful day! Great tea pictures...and yes grandchildren are so wonderful and loved!

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

how cool to have your birthday on Halloween! and is he cute! great post...

Karen

Sarah said...

What a little sweetie! I love the little tribute you made to your sweet grandson!

Thanks for the opportunity to link up today!

Sarah

♥ Miss Tea said...

Happy Birthday Brent! such an adorable boy with his love of critters! he's just so cute and what a sweet birthday with the special birthday cake and treats from you! i love your teacups, it's so beautiful with little critters on them too, yummy food too that i'm sure he enjoyed them! Thank you for sharing and hosting another Tea Time Tuesday! Blessings, Susan

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday Brent! That is a special cake your dad made...well done I'm adding. What a special tea time, Grandchildren are in my camera lenses also. I so love your tea cup and tea saucer. This week I've been beading dragonflies and butterflies for the upcoming homepreneur Expo, I sure hope you come out on Nov 26th.

The dragonfly cloche caught my eye, nice piece, it must be wonderful to display. It made the chocolate cupcake for Brent look so tempting. Brent reminds me way back when...of mom checking my brothers pockets before she put them into the washing machine for worms and toads. Thanks for the memories

Brenda said...

Your Brent is a precious little guy and I wish him a very Happy Birthday! I love your beautiful tea set you chose in honor of your grandson's birthday. So delicately and tastefully done with little friendly insects. My dad was a bee keeper and honey bees are always my favorite. All your tasty treats look so yummy, I am sure your little one enjoyed his share. Your post today was a delight!! It brings a smile.
Hugs,
Brenda

Heather said...

What a nice young man! I love the bumblebee and dragonflies. The pattern I got when I was married had those and ladybugs on it.

Marianne C. said...

Sandi, Happy birthday to Brent!! What a sweet child. Psalm 127 is quite poignant.

I love your 'critters' tea cup set. The dragonfly and bee wins are so beautifully colored! What a happy design.

Have a wonderful day,
Marianne

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How blessed you are to have such a beautiful family. How do u have time to do such pretty posts?

FABBY'S LIVING said...

First: Your grandson is the most beautiful young man, I want one too!!lol (got grandgirls only)...I fixed Sandi, thak you for telling me, wow, so stupid of me! I love your tea cup with the butterflies, it looks so much like mine from Bavaria! Absolutely gorgeous post with such pretty cloche too. Beautiful family. Thank you for hosting and having me and also for the lovely and generous visit. Lots of hugs, FABBY

Stella said...

Isn't be a granny a joy. They are such a wonderful part of of our life. Love all the little critters on the teacups.

Shelia said...

Hi Sandi! What a doll of a grandson you have! I'm sure he is so much fun too! :)
Now your teacup and saucer is so pretty and you always have the most gorgeous dishes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Sandi,
What a nice party you prepared for your birthday boy!
They're all so cute!
And the tea cup with the flowers and insects is a true beauty, as well as the dessert plate.
Thanks for sharing it all.
Blessings

Kathy said...

Hello Sandi,
Brent is adorable - so wonderful to have grandchildren! I just adore this teacup set - love the bees and the flowers! Your tea looks so great - perfect celebration for a young man's birthday! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,
Kathy

Carolyn said...

Brent looks like a sweetie and your creatures are cute indeed on your pretty china.

Carolyn

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Sandi
A special tea for a special little fellow. I like it when you use this cup and saucer, it's one of my favourites of yours.
I wasn't able to serve tea today so I'm just visiting everyone.
Judith

Anonymous said...

Sandi I so enjoy the relaxing pace of your blog...each post is a treat without my cup of tea.

I am a hugh fan of Tea Shoppes and would go to one in a minute. As a great-grandmother my trips out to tea are less but it does not mean I enjoy them any less. My daughter took me to High Tea last week for my birthday.

Your post about your Aunt and Uncle touched my heartstrings. It is so wonderful that your generation keeps in touch with the older generation with such love and care.

My eldest son was also born on All Hallows Eve and is now in his fifties. He does not live close by though. That is where email is a blessing.

Your chinz china is like you ... pleasingly lovely and appreciated.

With gratitude,
Sylvia Faye

Lily-Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sandi, thanks for sharing your grandson's special day with us.
Brent is a very handsome young man!
Happy Birthday blessings to him!

What fun it must be to have grandchildren to celebrate with :-)
I love your setting with the pretty dragonflies and bees - so summery and delightful!
Bugs and boys just naturally go together, don't they ?lol!
Your son did a great job on the birthday cake.
It looks like everyone had a ball!

Lots of love to you, my friend...Trish

HHL said...

Sandi... happy birthday to your precious blessing! He will remember tea with Grand Mother for years to come!! beautiful memories...

Looks like everyone had a great time!!! and that cake is breath taking ..Happy Tursday my friend..xo HHL

Kim said...

I just found your blog today as I was looking for tea things. I love your Rose Chintz. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and a few pieces of this china were boxed for the taking. I love tea and I have a collection of tea cups that I use everyday. I just wanted to say hello and have a wonderful day.

Kim
http://kim-lettersfromtheshore.blogspot.com/

Curtains In My Tree said...

I have an 8 year old grandson and you described him also.

Yjey are precious

I really like that tea cup and sacuer with the bugs, or should say bees and dragonflies so pretty. I have started looking for different tea cups besides my patterns

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Brent is a handsome birthday boy! They do grow quickly! How appropriate to use the pretty teacup with the cute "bug". He is a lucky young man to have such a nice grandmother.--------Shannon

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Sandi,

Just a note to say thanks for coming by to say 'hello' at my other newest post. You never fail to be faithful, never fail to cheer.

I have nothing but the deepest admiration and respect for you!

..,(Also,I left a comment earlier on so, I will not re-comment on dear Brent's birthday tea, sufficed to say however, he is a sweetie)!..,


~ Sorry this is tad long, yet from my heart to yours!..,

It has been exceptionally lonely in blogland as of late for me personally Sandi.~ Even though I so appreciate the participation and precious comments each and every time; it just feels like I'm a new blogger all over again as of late. ~ I've loving and carefully visited and thanked each person the past two weeks and sought to always explain and amend always, as best I'm able..,

~(The week prior to last week I apologized, as I was unwell and unable to leave comments.~ Ironically we enjoyed the most comments and participation ever at that time.

Oh well.., I do love and enjoy each and every one. I respect and realize fully that they are busy also.

It's just that although it's been so blessed in my life, yet.., (It has also been exceedingly heartbreaking and excruciatingly painful due to life's circumstances,as of late and especially yesterday). That is likely 'the root cause', of why I feel this way.

~ God is most gracious however Sandi!!

I do NOT feel sorry for myself and am profoundly thankful for all of His provisions!

I love to blog, and most importantly, I love my dear fellow bloggers very much!.., So it's a fresh AND new day ahead!

Hugs and blessings, Wanda Lee

P.S. ~ You were actually the inspiration for my, 'Compassionate Blogger Award'; thank you so much for accepting what comes form the heart dear lady, in an 'award free' blog!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi, Sandi! What a wonderful post today! Brent is just adorable ~ wish him a hppy bday for me! All of your grandsons are such cuties. Looks like they had a blast and that cake looks great! Good job!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Barb said...

Hi Sandi,
Happy 8th birthday to Brent.
I like your 'critters' cup and saucer, and the lacey saucer with Brent's cup of cranberry juice is just lovely. I always enjoy your posts.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Sarah (Nikki) said...

Sandi I just loved reading this post...and Brent is adorable....A huge happy B day to him. Love that cake!!! Your love for him and your kids shines even through cyberspace....Tons of hugs to you. ☺☺

Charlotte said...

What a nice birthday for your grandson! Raising five boys, I too have lived with jar "homes" filled with creepy crawlers:)Boys are fun!!

Your china is gorgeous...love the bugs!

I'm sorry I haven't been by to say hello in such a long time. I've had some unexpected things in my life lately that have taken most of my "free" time. I hope to get back visiting soon.

Thank you for coming by and inquiring, I appreciated it very much.

Leann said...

Well Happy belated birthday to Brent. He sounds so much like our Flyboy (23 now). I love how you described him. The china is so sweet with the bees on it and your treats look fab!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Leann

Deanna said...

Sandi, What a sweetheart your Grandson is! You're a very blessed Lady!

So glad that you stopped by my place for a howdy. Good to hear from you.

God bless.
d

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