Last week, we took off from our boat working projects to head back to Kentucky to visit our families. For those, who don’t know, Laura and I went to high school together, and our parents live only a few miles apart. This year was my dad’s 80th birthday and Laura’s parent’s 60th anniversary and we wanted to be there to celebrate both occasions.
We started the trip by flying into Cincinnati where we met my brother, David and his wife, Tamra. We went out to a cozy German restaurant for dinner and then drove to their home to watch the Louisville-Minnesota basketball game. We had a great time visiting and seeing this year’s Cards in action.
The next morning we had a relaxing breakfast and drove to Louisville after lunch. This was the evening that we had arranged to take her parents to dinner. Ruth Chris did a great job making this a special occasion. They had little gold sprinkles on the table that said “Happy Anniversary”, sort of like confetti. We had a delicious meal and enjoyed the opportunity for us all to be together again. In addition to Pat and Banis, Laura’s brother Steve, other brother Jay, his wife Karen, son Jacob, and his fiancee Ashley were all there.
Pat and Banis at dinner
Jay and Karen
Jacob and Ashley
After getting home I realized I didn’t have a picture of Steve at dinner. I assure you he was there, and I apologize for not having a picture to post.
The next morning, Laura and I went to Mass at St. Bernard’s, where we were married 35 years ago. We always enjoy going to Mass there, and it holds a special place in our hearts. After Mass we had a surprise birthday party for dad. We don’t often get to pull a surprise on dad, but since it was the day BEFORE his birthday, his guard was down.
Everyone met at my brother Mike’s and wife Debbie’s house. Dad thought we were just going for a family lunch, and was not expecting all of the relatives and friends that were there. He was very surprised to see the 30 or so people there to celebrate his birthday, and it was a very special day for him. It’s hard to remember all of the food that we had, or who cooked what. Let it be said that it was delicious and no one left hungry. Not just the lasagna and chicken alfredo, but the great salad and deserts. LOTS of deserts! Hats off to Debbie, Tamra, and my mom for planning a very successful surprise party!
All of the chit-chat is in the background. Once we got in front of the food, it was all business.
Mom and Dad (center on couch) surrounded by sons. daughters-in-law, and grandchildren
The next morning we were treated to a beautiful snowfall. It was only two or three inches, and did not stick to the roads. It was the prettiest snowfall I had seen in Kentucky in quite a while.
Mom and Dad’s back yard
Since this was actually dad’s birthday, Mike and I took him to the movies that afternoon to see “Interstellar” We enjoyed the film, and also the chance to be together. That night, Laura and I took mom and dad to dinner. They wanted a good steak, so where better to go than Ruth Chris? Of course, this was the second time we were there in three days, but hey, we were up to the challenge. This time I got the Cowboy bone-in ribeye instead of the filet. That was a great decision! One of the two best steaks I’ve had in my life. Again, a wonderful evening together.
Mom and Dad at dinner
Mom and me
All four of us at Ruth Chris
Tuesday was a little more low key, with Laura and I spending time with our folks. We flew home Wednesday afternoon, arriving home around 10:15 that evening. We were tired, but very thankful we had such a great visit with family.