After the Friday evening session, the folks and I went out for "second supper" with Richard, the pastor at the UU church my folks and I sometimes attend. Dad ordered Nachos Nuevos thinking "huevos" and wondering what nachoes with eggs on would be like. (Actually, he knew it wasn't eggs, he just couldn't remember what nuevo meant.) We'd had supper at Applebees before the session and second supper at Applebees was a nice idea. I was able to order the dessert shooter I'd been eying at supper time. Plus we got 10% off thanks to our hotel room cards.
We attended most of the Saturday workshops, and dad did a "Come to Jesus (Seminar)" speech after lunch. But then we had to leave early in order to reach Englewood by 5pm. My uncle Bob (mom's second older brother) is turning 70 on Halloween, so his wife decided we should have a surprise birthday party for him at Tumbleweed's (a steak restaurant). Both of Bob's kids were able to come - Rob (and his wife Mele) from Virginia, and Shelly (and her girls, Mallory & Brooke) from Indiana. Bob & mom's other brother, Doug, and his wife & kids were also able to attend.
Despite the long drive, we managed to arrive at the restaurant first. Rob & Mele arrived next, followed shortly by Doug, Charlene & Patty. We got ourselves seated & drinks ordered and waited for the birthday boy to arrive. We had also informed the waiter & waitress taking our orders that we had a birthday celebration taking place. Eventually Madeline & Bob arrived and we all shouted "Surprise!" much to the amusement of other eaters.
I sat at the end of the table with Shelly and her girls and Patty. I remembered the days when we cousins, along with my sister, would stay at Grandma & Grandpa's for weekends. We didn't get to spend as much time with Shelly since she was a bit older (Patty's only 6 months my senior) and lived further away. But we did have some times together.
The food was good and Madeline brought a cream puff cake for the dessert. She even had enough slices for our waiter & waitress. Mele took loads of photos (she's the only one who remembered to bring a camera in to the restaurant) and there were many cell phones snapping shots as well. It was a fun family gathering and I'm sure Bob won't be forgetting his 70th birthday celebration. :-)
(Of course, after all the family hugging & sharing, I realized on the ride home that my throat was starting to get sore. I hope I didn't infect anyone! Today I've mostly been sleeping and/or medicated. And it's time for me to take more Nyquil & head for bed. Here's hoping today's recovery day has helped to kick the cold to the curb.)