Forty years of marriage have officially been celebrated. 37 years, 8 months, and 20 days of working at Yuba Heat Transfer have come to their end and were celebrated. Cookies and cake have been eaten (okay, so we still have enough food to supply the 50th wedding anniversary party… but still. Some of it got eaten. Most of the dishes have been washed. Michelle and her family have left for their home. All in all, a success.
Highlights of the week:
*Celebrating with my parents as they were visibly honored by the event that took place.
*Katie exclaiming after my parents’ vow renewal, “Alright! Nana and Papa are now married!!”
*The best darn bakery cake you’ll ever eat (both in appearance and taste). If you live in this area and you’ve never had a Cake Box Bakery cake, you don’t know what you are missing. Seriously.
*Many old friends and several family showed up for the party.
*Watching my kids reunite with their cousins and pick out their buddies for the week: Maddie went with Anna (the fellow 7 year old girl), Chloe switched between Anna and Titus (the 10 year old boy who is loads of fun when he isn’t throwing up!), Katie went for Abbey, the 14 year old cool-kid, cool enough to hang around with a 4 year old cousin…, and Millie sort of played with Baby Jane, and sort of defended her territory from Baby Jane all week. And while Truett wasn’t singled out as a buddy (you know there are only 6 of us while there are 7 of them) – he brought his wireless router to hook up to the system here, so he was the buddy to all the rest of us.
*Having an activity table at the back of the reception room stocked with new coloring books, crayons, puzzles, and card games so the plethora of children wouldn’t be bored-out-of-their-gourd during the time we were there (from pre-game to post, it was a rather long time).
Not-so-highlights of the week:
*Perhaps having too much food and having to schlep it all back home.
*Out of 23 cousins on my Dad’s side, only three of them came to the party. I understand prior commitments, but it was still a little disappointing not to see some more of them.
*Baby Jane (Michelle’s baby) arriving with a stomach virus.
*Spencer (Michelle’s husband) getting the virus on Friday.
*Titus (Michelle’s third born) getting the virus today.
*The rest of us waiting in dreadful anticipation of when it is going to hit the Dunham and King families…
*Katie, upon watching my difficulty in getting a denim skirt zipped up earlier this week (and having to lie down flat to get it closed…) made the observation that I look just like Mr. Incredible.
Our Oklahoma adventure will be coming to an end on Sunday as we make our way back through the Ozarks and back to our seminary existence where Craig will have another 5 days or so off before beginning his intensive course in Hebrew for the summer. And then another two weeks before the girls and I (and my buddy Truett) head west. Let the summer fun begin.