As always it seems, the most important family events happen the last week before we leave the Landing. This week was definitely no exception. What I couldn’t write in last Sunday’s blog was that we, mainly Heidi and family, were planning a birthday bash for LeRoy’s 75th birthday. Since it was also Father’s Day, we decided on ice cream at Braum’s in the evening and invited long time friends to attend. We really did surprise him!
Our family and friends were already gathered when we arrived, but he still didn’t get it until he saw the cake and balloon. It seems that most of our close friends, whom we really consider family, are from Northridge Friends Church and he thought at first there was a church meeting there! We were missing a few family members but it was a great time anyway.
The next big event has to do with this sweet little thing.
Our family gets pictures and videos of Rae via Family Album app and I had permission to share this one. The exciting one for the whole family came later in the week when we got the first video of her walking all by herself! She looks as though she’s been walking all her life and we’re so proud of her. When we remember that tiny little micropreemie, this is a remarkable milestone. Congratulations, little one! We’re planning to stop and see them on Monday as we go to Colorado.
On Thursday, Ben came home from Tech School in Mississippi and we went to the airport to welcome him home. It was so good to see him again. He was already gone to school by the time we came back from Arizona, so we hadn’t seen him since his basic training graduation in November.
Since we will be gone on our 55th anniversary (July 10), we decided to take the family out to celebrate early at Longhorn Steakhouse. I’m so glad that restaurants are open again! We had a wonderful evening and very good food. Bailey brought her boyfriend Brett and we enjoyed getting better acquainted with him, too.
Jadelyn has enough activities to keep their whole family hopping, so we were thankful for a short period of time that we had them all together. We ate lunch together after church today, too. Storing up memories to last the summer!
Later this afternoon LeRoy will unhook everything and pull the RV out of the barn to hitch up to the tow dolly. Midmorning tomorrow I have an eye appointment for a followup and then we will head out of town toward Golden Bell Nazarene Camp. Going from 90+ degrees as daytime highs to 60s and 70s will be a shock to my system and will probably call for socks and real shoes for awhile, maybe even long pants until my thin blood gets used to it. LeRoy often tells people that our summers are cooler than our winters!
In this age of internet and cell phones, we’re easy to reach wherever we are, so it doesn’t seem like we are so far away. Come see us in cool colorful Colorado!