Posted by: tgonzales | December 24, 2012

December 22-23, 2012 Weekend, My Birtday Dinner, a Hat Delivery, Breakfast with Mom, and a Few More Hats

First of all I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the birthday wishes. I was truly blessed with all the sweet comments here and on Facebook. I usually always reply to all your comments but I decided to include the thank you in my blog post instead since I ran out of time. Anyway, thanks again; all of your comments made my day even more special.


By the way my birthday dinner was amazing. These are the people that John invited to share my birthday dinner with us: Jennifer,


sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws; Ricci and CW,


Andrea and Patrick,



sister-in-law Helen, and my niece Maria (I had to steal this picture from Facebook; because the ones that we took at the restaurant were all blurry). The restaurant John took me to is Bella Vita Bistro and you can read about it here. John had been there with his sister Ricci for lunch and really liked it so he wanted to take me there. I’m sure you all will get a kick out of this; I’m really a very boring person and I have a hard time trying different things especially when it comes to food. I find a few places that I like and I don’t want to go anywhere else that I have never been before. That’s where John comes in, he is totally the opposite; he likes to try different restaurants and food all the time. Anyway I let him choose the restaurant for my birthday dinner and I threw caution to the wind and said to myself, “oh well what do I have to lose, according to the Mayan calendar this was my last day anyway?”


I dined on a Caesar salad,


everyone else had the house salad,


my main course was Chicken Parmigiana,


and Jennifer’s was Chicken Bella Vita, with horseradish mashed potatoes and sautéed asparagus. (which she shared with me)


the waitress also brought me a little dessert pastry and a lit candle for me to blow out. The whole table sang happy birthday to me plus the other people in the room.


Then just before we left the chef came out and sang “Happy Birthday Baby” a capella. John actually caught me off guard and really surprised me with that. I think I even had tears in my eyes? I asked him later how he knew the chef sang and he said that he had stopped by the restaurant earlier in the week and asked if they ever did anything special for birthdays; like a piece of cake or if the wait staff gathered together to sing happy birthday? The person he was talking to was the co-owner and wife of the chef. She told him that they could do a little dessert thing for me and she could maybe do something better than the wait staff singing. She said that her husband the chef loves to sing and if he had time he would come to the table and sing his rendition of Happy Birthday. John asked her how much it would be and she told him that there was no charge and that her husband just loves to sing for people and their enjoyment is all the payment he needs. Then as we were leaving the restaurant I ran into my friend Marla, her husband Randy and her sister Cheryl. Marla is one my schoolmates who shares my birthday and they were there celebrating hers as well, I just wished I would have known she was there so that I could have shared the special song that the chef sang to me. Anyway, I highly recommend if you live in Wichita or visit here that Bella Vita be one of the restaurants that you try. Cibo molto buono!! (no I don’t know Italian so don’t ask me any other words, I had to look this up on Google) 🙂


Saturday morning I made an owl hat for my Megan, now I hope she still wants one because I have added it to her Christmas gifts. I love the buttons and just wished I could remember where I picked them up so that I could go get more. 😉


I also made another sock monkey hat that would fit about a 7-12 year old. I’m not sure why I made it but I would really like to continue making these hats so that I can have a good stash of them for the market in October.


I asked Jennifer if she wanted to have lunch with me on Saturday and drive me to Twist to deliver Mimi’s penguin hat. Oh my gosh Mimi is so adorable anyway but with the hat on she was uber-adorable. (I know that’s not a word but I couldn’t think of anything else)


Saturday and into Sunday morning I finished up a bowl that I made for Jennifer for Christmas. I made it from a pattern in the Crochet Noro book that I just had to have.


I didn’t use Noro, but I did have this Bernat Mosaics yarn that is 100% acrylic and it looks just like Noro. I love how the bowl turned out and I can’t wait to make some more of the projects that are in the book.


Sunday morning I went to breakfast with Mom and while we were at our little neighborhood restaurant “Emilia’s” one of the waitresses ordered a sock monkey hat for her 3 year old grandson.


When I arrived home and while visiting with Mom I made another sock monkey hat.


After Mom left our good friends Gina and Kevin stopped in to pick up a hat that they had ordered for their granddaughter, Gina fell in love with this hat so I gave it to her and she promised that she would wear it. Gina just got out of the hospital a few days ago after suffering a heart attack, I’m so glad that the doctors found the right medication for her and hopefully she is on the road to a speedy recovery. I spent the rest of my afternoon crocheting on a triangle granny cowl from the Noro crochet book but I haven’t completed it yet so no photos of it. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I hope everyone is ready for Christmas since it will be here anyway. I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!


  1. Looks like you had a busy week making cute little hats and celebrating your birthday. Isn’t it fun being surprized with a singer/chef?Love you girl. sw

    • Hi Sue!

      Yes I did have a busy week and weekend, but what’s new right? It was really fun having the chef come out and sing to me. I hope you have a wonderful birthday today too.

      Love you Cuz,

  2. Happy Christmas! What a super birthday! Cathyx

    • Hello Cathy!

      Merry Christmas to you too and yes this birthday was extra special.


  3. Looks like you had a great birthday, I’m so pleased. That chickie with the parmigiana looks damn good. And as for the singing chef – hoo ha, clearly not just a pretty face… hahaha
    Have a lovely family day tomorrow xxx

    • Yes Jill I had a great time even though I was very uncomfortable trying something different. 😉 But I was so glad that I went along with it, I had fun. I wish you the best of holidays and try to stay cool!


  4. So glad you had a wonderful birthday!! I have eaten at Bella Vita before and it is good! Love your blog!! Merry Christmas!! Love ya!!

    • Hi Debbie!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment and for loving my blog. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

      Love and Hugs,

  5. Such a terrific b’day celebration you had! Ooo the food looks yummy — and they certainly do an exquisite presentation to boot! So John did not actually surprise you with taking you out for your birthday dinner .. but such a surprise it was for the chef to sing – so beautifully to you. And wow – what a surprise dessert!!!

    I *love* the bowl you crocheted for Jennifer. And it is great to see Bernat Mosaics on such a nice project. Beautiful & functional.

    Happy Christmas Eve, Tamara!
    Love ‘n HUG!!

    • Happy Christmas Eve to you too Kat! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Thanks so much for always being here to comment and for loving the things that I make and talk about. You make me smile!

      Love you My Friend,

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family/friends. You’ve got me addicted to Animal hats, just love making them, now if I could just do it as fast as you. I just HAD to have the Noro Crochet book too, several things in it that I want to make. Thanks so much for sharing your B-day party with us. Time to get back to my crochet…bye for now.

    • Merry Christmas Lindy!

      I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one who is addicted to those animal hats! Yea you also got the Noro Crochet book! Don’t you just love all the beautiful projects and photos? I’m on my third project from the book and I’m loving it too. I hope you and your family have a wonderful day; now I have to go so that I can check on my turkey dinner and of course get a few more rows of crochet done before my granddaughter arrives.

      Love and Hugs,

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