It was also my mom's birthday recently. There was a surprise party planned and she was surprised. I don't think she is generally the "surprise party" kind of gal, but it was a great afternoon with lots of family attending. This is my mom and my older brother. (Garry, I just realized you remind me of Grandpa Whipple -- all white shirt and tie on a Saturday afternoon!)
I went hiking with Suzanne and Lezlee for an hour or so this morning. I really enjoy being out in the desert. It is nice just to turn the phone off and get away from the noise of traffic and just hike around the hills for a bit. It was a good way to start the day. Since then I've written a note to Brady, did some business paperwork, copied some system design prints, made a run to the post office, wrapped a wedding gift, helped Dave load the trailer, stopped at the grocery store, did the morning dishes, ran a load of laundry, updated our business bank deposits, and now I need to go get some painting done up on the eaves while it's not raining today. Speaking of rain, my sister is planning a big outdoor wedding reception for her daughter tomorrow evening. She has been in a panic during this very wet and blustery week. It looks like clear skies for now. I hope it is beautiful. We are all anxious to attend. Both my sister and niece are extraordinarily creative and it will be a beautiful event, I'm sure.