Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Family Birthday Time and Other Stuff

 Sunday morning of our vacation we checked out of the condo, ate breakfast at Dutch Valley and then headed to Ellenton for some back-to-school shoe shopping. We made it to Seffner by 1pm for lunch at Grandmommy and Granddaddy's house. It was time to celebrate all of the July and August birthdays (Davis, Uncle David, Granddaddy, Aunt Dawn and Grannie). Davis was very excited to finish celebrating his birthday - especially when he saw the pile of presents and his awesome Jake and the Neverland Pirate birthday cake!

Davis was the youngest being celebrated and Grannie was the oldest at 87. Here she is with Uncle Kelly and then with our gifts - lap robe and in the photo frame is a picture of Grannie with all six of her great-grandchildren.

Granddaddy not only celebrated a birthday but also retirement! So in addition to birthday presents, he got some great gag gifts, including this job jar full of things to keep him busy.

After singing Happy Birthday five times to all the birthday people and watching them open their gifts, the kids (big and small) got a chance to play and just hang out. We were glad to welcome Aunt Barbara's two grandchildren to our celebration: Sarah and Nathan.

Monday the big boys stayed with Granddaddy at the house while Daryl and I took Davis and spend the day starting to go through my mom's house. We concentrated on packing up all of her clothes and then working through the knicknacks and things in all the bedrooms. We took a truck full of stuff to the Hopsice thrift store in Brandon in the late afternoon.

Then the boys helped Granddaddy take apart and store the stage he built for the church's big block party last week. Even Davis found stuff his size he could help with.

We returned home late Monday night from vacation and managed to get the van unloaded and pretty much everything unpacked before heading back to reality on Tuesday morning. 

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