As you saw in part one of this post, we were preparing for Kitty's 80th birthday party held at her church. I won't fill up with loads of stuff because we'll share our photos but I wanted to just show you a few of my favorites.
Our day started with finishing up Randy's cake. It weighed about 35 pounds and there was about a third left over. I hope someone remembered to freeze it!
Meanwhile, the kitchen was a hub of activity as the caterers were making papusas, an El Salvadoran dish similar to a quesadilla and we were busy setting out the fruit salad, punch and other items.
When done, we headed to the church next door for a lovely service.
I found the building elegant in its simplicity and the stained glass was beautiful.
The back to the hall for the party. A good sized crowd of more than 70 of all ages joined in the festivities.
The food was plentiful -- papusa, spaghetti, cole slaw, fruit and of course cake!
There was lots of memory sharing prompted in part by the slide show of photos from the past. Rick (below) spoke often of the time he was at Boy Scout camp in New Mexico and his mother sent him a cake for his sixteenth birthday in the mail.
There were plenty of hugs.
And a song from the the children in the youth group. Then Kitty introduced her boys.
Cake time! (We opted for a nice selection of pretty candles rather than making her blow out all 80!)
Then it was time to blow out the candles! and I think she got them all!
After the clean up, those of us who hadn't flown away went to a pub near our hotels. Let me just say that if you are in Irving, TX and see a pub called 10 Downing Street in a plaza on Walnut Ridge with a Boston Market in the plaza, stay very far away. The food came in batches over a half hour (they never told us they only had one fryer) and was cold when it came. The waitress made herself scarce. And apart from three at the bar, we were the only people there! Still, we managed to have a great conversation and of course, do the restaurant selfie!
All in all, a glorious time, and a wonderful tribute to a terrific woman.
Thanks for coming along for the ride!
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