Today is a very special birthday celebration on the blog! Our very own Director of Operations, Aimee Filimoehala, is celebrating a birthday today! She is such an amazing lady and we're so glad she is one of the great leaders of the Graphic 45 Team!
We have gotten together a fun interview of Diane Schultz, Aimee's mother, and Charee Filimoehala, Aimee's sister. This should be lots of fun!
Interview with Diane Schultz for Aimee's Birthday :
1. You had mainly sons, and then were blessed with Aimee as your first daughter. Were you so happy to have a little girl?
Diane: After having four sons, I had pretty much given-up on having a girl. Because my children were born C-section (under general anesthesia back then), I got to be surprised, incredulous and thrilled three or four times as I surfaced in and out of anesthesia. When they finally laid my beautiful baby daughter in my arms I couldn't stop crying!
Aimee and Diane at The Louvre in Paris
2. What is one of Aimee's defining characteristics that differs from your other children?
Diane: Aimee was born "knowing" what she wanted—even at two or three she was very determined. That trait has served her well. She has always worked hard and been undeterred in achieving her goals.
Aimee shopping for inspiration in a local consignment shop in Portland.
3. Aimee and you were the sole employees of Graphic 45 when it first began. How was it to start a business with Aimee?
Diane: Launching Graphic 45 was hard work involving long LONG hours—but we laughed a lot and had so much fun doing it. I think we realized it was the beginning of an amazing significant journey and how lucky we were to be sharing it as mother and daughter—together.
4. What wishes would you like to share with Aimee today?
Diane: I am so proud of and grateful for my "Meemers"—she is an extraordinary woman! I wish her strength, clarity, courage, acceptance, peace and great joy in continuing to follow her own unique path.
Charee and Aimee Filimoehala (from left to right)
Interview with Charee Filimoehala for Aimee's Birthday:
1. Aimee and you are very close, and she was also your only sister in your large family. Were you such good friends all growing up?
Charee: Yes, Aimee has always been a best friend, and at times like a second mother to me. However, when Aimee became a teen the last thing she probably wanted was having her pesky little sister following her around. As she matured and exerted her independence she became an even greater role model to me.
Aimee age 5, Charee age 1
2. Rumor is, Aimee had you carry her around when you both were little. Tell us a little about that funny story.
Charee: Aimee has always been a health nut, and to get me into her workout routine she would have me give her piggy back rides up and down the stairs. It was a sister sister strength training program.
3. How is to work with your sister Aimee in the Portland office?
Charee: Working with family is a great blessing. Aimee is one of the hardest working people I have had the opportunity to work with, in the last 4+ years she has taught me invaluable skills. Plus, we get to create new products, travel, teach and meet great new people, and we get to do it as a family.
4. Does Henry have anything special up his sleeve for Aimee this birthday? :)
Charee: I wouldn't be surprised. He's always has something up his sleeve (most the time it's kisses.)
5. What would you like to say to Aimee in honor of her birthday?
Charee: Happy Birthday to my sister, boss, best friend, and Auntie Mimeers! Remembering all of the good times we have shared so far, makes me excited about the days/years to come. I look forward to the giggle fits, the long late night talks, pedicure, and holidays filled with boardgames and green bean casserole. Enjoy your travels on this joyous day, I love you!
Charee, Aimee, and Diane at Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
We certainly do wish Aimee the BEST birthday! She is so fantastic, a wonderful hard worker, and always with a smile and a laugh. We hope your birthday is as great as you, Aimee!
Next, we have a couple birthday cards found on Pinterest which are perfect on this blog birthday celebration!
First, we have this Secret Garden "Happy Birthday" card found on Pinterest, but it was pinned from the Scrapbook.com Gallery. This card was made by user, TheCharmedOne, and uses Secret Garden simply beautifully!
Next, we found this fun Le Cirque card on Pinterest, which had also been originally shared on the Scrapbook.com Gallery! This is by Scrapbook.com user, Asassyscrapper, and she uses Le Cirque so wonderfully and we love this sentiment!
Thank you for joining us on the blog for this special birthday celebration for Aimee! Also, thanks to our amazing G45ers who make such beautiful creations with our product! Amazing work and we cannot wait to see you tomorrow on the blog!
Your Friends at Graphic 45