Sunday, February 9, 2014

Dad's 70th Birthday

Bob and Lana came to Texas for a visit and we were some busy little bees.  Here is the list of projects we (they) finished while they were here for ten glorious days:

1.  Fixed the outside outlet fixture.
2.  Cleaned and re-painted the front porch light.
3. Caulked around the kitchen sink.
4. Caulked around the master bathtub.
5.  Primed over the red stripe in Chip's old room.
6. Repainted Chip's old room - now the guest room.
7.  Remounted the upholstered headboard in the guest room. 
8.  Refinished my sweet friend Sarah's front door.
9.  Painted the ceiling in the kitchen.
10.  Fixed the dining room chairs that were losing screws.
11.  Fixed the toilet in Harry's bathroom.
12.  Put an extended height shower arm and new shower head in Harry's shower.

Isn't that a relaxing vacation?  I tell you what, Bob and Lana are the dynamic duo on getting crap done.  They love staying busy and are so good at figuring out hard stuff.  All you have to do is feed them on a pretty regimented schedule and let Lana slip away for her 3:00 nap most days.  Throw in some Good & Plenty and some Pecan Sandies and they will work for you all day long! 

It wasn't all work! We did sneak in some other fun stuff...we went to see Harry in SHREK twice, watched Chip play basketball, had a little Super Bowl party, celebrated Chip's braces coming off and finally we wrapped up the visit with celebrating Dad's 70th Birthday!  

When Bob woke up we had the kitchen decorated with a few festive things to get his day kicked off to a great start.  He was surprised. 

This giant poster collage was the hit of the day.  He just loved it.  We got lots of laughs looking over some of the pictures.  Bob goes shirtless ALOT!  Memories are priceless.

Then he opened a few presents to include some of his favorite things.  Jack Daniels and Pistachios.  Poor guy hasn't had a drink in months because of his surgery and medication.  Just thought he could use one to ring in this new decade...and thought it would also help him sleep with his aching neck and shoulder from painting that damn ceiling.  That is some hard work!

In addition to the days festivities, my brother, my sister and I have also planned a week at the beach in July to celebrate Bob's birthday.  He will be 70 1/2 by then but that is okay.  We have some fun activities planned for that celebration and I think we might see some of his "Bob Chronicles" come to life on skit night!  No shortage of funny material with this guy. 

We took him out to dinner at his favorite place here in Texas...Rudy's BBQ.  It is a gas station, which just cracks him up.  The carnivores in my family ate six pounds of meat.  Craziness.  That was protein out the wazoo.  Then we came home and had a little Boston Cream Pie.  It was a great day and though I have missed celebrating the last 14 birthdays with him, I was so happy that I got to share this one.

When he got back home to Alabama, he had another birthday treat waiting for him.  We had sent out birthday postcards to friends and family across the country and asked them to send him a greeting for his birthday.  He had a big ol' stack of birthday cards when he got home and that made him feel like a king.  He was so moved by the kind words that people wrote about him.  It was a great opportunity for people to let him know just how wonderful they think he is!  

I think it was great celebration for a great man!  He is the best Dad ever and pretty stellar human being all around!  I hope his year ahead is filled with great health, tons of laughs and good times spent with friends and family!   He deserves that!  

1 comment:

  1. COOL birthday collage. Nice Boston Creme pie. He is the MAN!