While the turkey was cooking, I wrote a blog and watched lots of HGTV (Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper). Soon the house was smelling oh-so-good from the turkey. When it was done cooking, I cut the meat off the bones and into small pieces to be used on rolls at Louise's birthday party tonight.
I misjudged how long the turkey would cook. When Bob came to pick me up, the turkey was done and carved, but I didn't have time to clean up. Kristin told me not to worry about it and she graciously cleaned up after me. That's not the way I usually work in the kitchen. I like to clean up after myself.
From Kristin's house, we headed back to the 5th wheel so I could shower and get dressed for the party tonight. We were supposed to be at the church to help decorate at 4:00 p.m. I think we made it my 4:15. Pretty good turn-around time. Guests would begin arriving at 6:00 p.m.
A cadre of volunteers set up tables, put out centerpieces, decorated with streamers, cooked lasagne, dished up food and arranged it on the buffet table and made punch. It was 5:15 and I wanted to take photos of the picture boards and decorations. Got out my camera, focused, and pressed the button to take my first photo of the evening. I forgot to put in the SD card, so my camera wouldn't record the photos. This necessitated a very quick trip back to the 5er to retrieve the memory card from my laptop. I made it back in time to capture the festively decorated room.
|Bob and his mom, Louise, in front of the|
photo boards showing her life
|Bob's brother, Tom, and one of the party-goers|
|Doug (musician) and Mary (a church volunteer who|
worked tirelessly in the kitchen - thank you!)
|Decorated room shown just before the guests arrived|
|Guests signing guest book|
|Jovie giving Oliver a kiss|
|Steve, Tom, Bob, Laura, James|
|Bob and his son, Randall|
|Steve, Bob, Aaron (brothers)|
|Steve and Louise|
|Louise as everyone is singing "Happy Birthday"|
|A beautiful cake|
As I was in the kitchen helping with clean up, I was told, "Susan, you've got to come out, we're taking family photos." So I headed out to the party room only to be told that I would be taking the photos. Well, we can see how that turned out. Rosemarie, Tom's wife, and I were not invited to be in any of the family photos. We've been in the family over 30 years. Pout.
|Sally, Skip, Charis|
|The Eaton/Lusk Family - Daniel, Scott, Liz, Randall, Kitty, Loretta|
|Bob and Aunt Sally|
|Bob and cousin Charis|
|Louise and granddaughter Emily|
|Bob and nephew James|
|Oliver and Valerie|
|Valerie and Janice|
|Elaine and Jovie after eating blue icing|
|Steve collected name tags|
|Alton family - Steve, Tom, Bob, Kristin, Louise, Laura, Aaron|
|Daniel, Emily, Louise, Janice, James|
|Valerie, Randall, Daniel, Emily, Louise, Janice, James, Oliver|
Front row: Jovie, Jayce, Elaine, and Jana
Because Rosemarie was not in any family photos, I made it a point to take a photo of them. Bob and I had our photo taken together, but I didn't check the camera to make sure the photo turned out. When I took the photos off the camera, there was no photo of Bob and I. Guess I wasn't meant to have a photo. Don't know if anyone else at the party took photos of Rosemarie and I. If you did, could you please send them to me? Thanks.
|Tom and Rosemarie from Florida|
|Louise, Randall, Loretta (Louise and Loretta are|
Randall's two grandmothers.
After we finished up and made it back to the 5th wheel, we did three loads of laundry and finished that up about 1:00 a.m. Time for sleep!