The kids threw Ray a fabulous surprise 80th birthday party yesterday. Yes, Peaches, Santa is 80, and doing mighty fine, and checking his list twice!
There were ribs, chicken, and pork with all the trimmings, along with cake…kids, grandkids, other relatives, and a few dozen friends. What a great celebration. Ray and Lois were both truly surprised. Their kids did a great job and pulled it off well. Everyone was there but Gary, who had an unexpected flight to Australia (!), poor thang. His daughter Carli went along as flight attendant, so she had to miss the shindig too. There will, of course, be dozens of photos to show them what they had to miss.
Being godparents to all three of our kids (who all wished they could have attended), Ray and Lois have been a part of our family for a looong time, and are very special to all of us. We look forward to #85!
Now y’all know why we stayed in W Palm later than normal…but that is changing…………today!
We are heading to northern Florida to visit family there today. Niece Debby and Steve offered a spot in their driveway that also includes dinner. Sounds like a wonderful combination…plus we get to (hopefully)see their kids, and (definitely) Dick’s sister Ginny.
At least we Griswolds arrive with our own bed, so there are no sheets and towels to wash when we leave. And we bring wine!
Miles and smiles…and a little closer to Mayberry. It will be a busy but great day.
Life is good with family and friends!