Since I can't seem to load any photos today, my words will have to suffice.
First, I'd like to wish a wonderful and special birthday to my Sweetheart. We celebrated with Brennan & Breezy when they were home late last month. It was a combination Birthday/Father's Day celebration and it was so very sweet. The kids bought dinner -- two different kinds of pizza...including Tom's favorite, Hawaiian, not to mention melt-in-your-mouth breadsticks. Add to that a delicious birthday cake with Graeter's Ice Cream (a regional favorite that is incredibly good -- Oprah Winfrey once said it was her all-time favorite!)
One of our favorite shows is "Scrubs." It happens to be one of Brennan & Breezy's too, so they own several seasons on DVD. They set up their laptop on the table so that we could watch (mini-drive-in style) as we enjoyed the pizza and dessert....wasn't that clever and thoughtful?
One of the nicknames Tom is best known for is "Daddio of the Patio." Brennan & Breezy found this great, sort of vintage-retro sign that says just that! They couldn't pass it up. That was one of their gifts! Breezy also made Tom an awesome plaque (similar in style to the one she made me for Mother's Day), except his is in browns, greens and a little black. She included a quote from "Oh the Places You will Go" from Dr. Suess. It turned out so well! Hopefully, I'll be able to load photos of them later.
Since he shares his birthday with Father's Day, he and I had a special lunch yesterday to celebrate his birthday. It was a sweet time together.
Last night, I took my Dad (and Mom) out to dinner at Cracker Barrell for Father's Day. We had so much fun, celebrating the blessings of this year as compared to last. If you were reading my blog back then, you know my Dad fell from a scaffold just after Memorial Day, shattering both his heels and ankles. He spent weeks on bedrest with casts on both legs. By Father's Day, he was still in a good bit of pain, and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the long road that lay ahead. He does now walk with a cane. He still has pain and residual issues from the accident, but life is good. He is able to work part-time, drive and do a number of things he once enjoyed (he just moves a little slower). What a difference a year can make! I love him dearly and wish him a great and special day!
After church this morning, Tom opened his gifts from me and then we enjoyed a light lunch. He always prefers a low-key birthday celebration and I try my best to honor that.
In a short bit, we're heading to Tom's parents to celebrate Father's Day with his Dad, Bob. He is now 86 years old, so every year is an extra special blessing. We're looking forward to celebrating with him.
For Tom, my Dad, Clyde, my Father-in-law, Bob - may the remainder of this Father's Day be a special one. All three of you are dearly loved. If you're a Father, I extend these wishes to you, as well!
Once again, for Tom...Happy Birthday Sweetheart. I love you.