Apparently getting older leaves Isabel with mixed emotions...
Stage 1: Disbelief that she is getting that old
2) Shock as she finally acknowledges the fact that she IS getting older
3) Acceptance --- with a touch of humor..else she might end up crying?
The cake was a surprise -- baked by a good friend (who is crazy and sets the bar so far up that I can't even see it)
Grateful for all the family and friends who turned up (most who met Isabel for the FIRST time, which is crazy...and makes me kind of sad)