After arriving, Rick's mom picked me up and a couple hours later we were back at the airport, getting brother Randy and his family. And then, back at 12:30 a.m. to get Rick, whose delayed plane caused a missed connection and late arrival. We were toast!
I was hoping for sun and something warmer and drier than the gray gloom and damp of Michigan. For the most part, it wasn't to be had! It was cold and pouring rain! But the company more than made up for it!
More family arrived the next day and on Saturday afternoon after the memorial and lunch, we headed to the hotel where preparations for the birthday were in order!
Some banners, balloons and lots of food were in order!
There's something about being with family for something like this -- loads of support, lots of energy, loads of conversations.
|Photo by Kim Arden|
And lots of activity! Rick was a hit, serving as the balloon guy. The kids had fun pummelling him into a corner with an attack of balloons!
He defended himself admirably!
And there were loads of smiles, which was extra fun.
Kitty was thrilled to be surrounded by her grands and great grands...
...and by her five boys.
Of course there was cake. And plenty of love to go around!
Needless to say, the most popular girl at the party was this one, making her first family appearance!
Most of the family left Sunday, which gave Rick and I time to spend with his mom, doing some household and legal things.
On Monday, during Rick's business appointment, I had the great good fortune to have breakfast with Laura Ingalls Gunn of Decor to Adore. We talked for a good three hours and every minute was delightful. And no, I didn't take photos. (But if you visit or know her blog, you'll know why the conversation was such fun because she's such an amazing woman!)
We made it home Monday night at about 11, totally exhausted but smiling with loads of good memories. Where we were greeted with lots of snow.
And this one.
And yes, the tree is still up. But I hope it will be down VERY soon! Because it's driving me nuts.