These pictures were taken on Saturday before Mother's Day. Everyone who could...came to our house for a simple celebration of Mom's Day and also my son John's belated birthday.We sometimes meet at a restaurant, but we really enjoy the time we spend at our house...where we can talk and visit and be silly as long as we want. Joe saw to it so that I didn't have to cook...we ordered fried chicken and all the trimmings from right here in town. We have the best fried chicken around and along with the potato salad, relishes, beans, dips and chips it was perfect. Paper plates made for easy clean up. The birthday cake wasn't a fancy one. ....just a simple jello poke cake with sherbet and fresh strawberries on top. It was like an indoor picnic. After we ate we visited then Grandma played cards with the kids. Some hadn't seen Tyler's DVD...so we watched Tyler perform the music of the Jersey Boys. We all got a kick out of that...with a few of us singing along with the DVD. Tyler laughed when I said that I wanted to join the group...after all I know all the words to their songs and I had my tambourine handy. (We have a tambourine hanging by the fireplace) My oldest son had to work and my daughter was in DC, so our group was missing a couple important people. My son's wife and their grandson came anyway and we had so many laughs with them. The day was perfect except for missing the two other kids. I was showered with cards, flowers, plants, gift card, a Keurig, and their company. They made this Mom (Grandma) very happy. I'll name the people in the pics below.
Here I am with son John, he always helps me in the kitchen. He has a strong arm and usually scoops the ice cream.
Youngest son, John. Recently celebrated his 44th birthday.
Hubby, Joe in a serious pose.
Grand daughter, Xoie, as unique as her name.
Well, that's the cast of characters who made my day special. We have a lot of fun when we get together. No serious talk...just lots of jokes and fooling around. I only wish that we lived closer, but I'll take them any time I can. Joe and I spent the next day together. We went to a Mother's Day buffet at our favorite restaurant...Costa's. So much food...it was so good. Ham, prime rib, chicken, fish, lasagna, quiche, vegetables, salad, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy and for dessert...their famous homemade cinnamon rolls. Groan....We came home and went into a food coma until Joe's kids came over to visit. All in all, with all the visits, gifts and phone calls...it was a wonderful weekend. Even Mother Nature gave us a gift of good weather.