We finally got to have John's birthday party, a week ago, Saturday. It was his 46th birthday party and the 2nd anniversary of his bone marrow transplant. So I wanted to make it special.
I cooked up two big pots of chili, made a salad, and started making the carrot cake and a key lime pie. May as well make it in front of him, he was suspicious already, LOL.
Then I asked John to leave for awhile.
My sister Valerie, from There is a Season, came over early to help, as did her son Matt. We wrapped presents, hung streamers - which kept falling down, LOL, - and blew up balloons that filled the house! Matt finished cooking the food, while Val and I finished decorating. Finally I called John on his cell and asked him to come back. Not all guests had arrived yet, but oh well. Oh, and to look extra pretty, I had Val put sparkly stuff in my hair, LOL. I couldn't convince anybody else to do it, but this was a party, wasn't it, so why shouldn't I be silly! I was laughing so hard by this time!
John walked in the door and was very surprised!
After we ate lots of good food, John opened his presents.
I gave him money to join the astronomy club, a framed sketch of St. Francis, and some Hanes briefs.
John enjoying the sketch of St. Francis
I am not sure why we posed with underwear,
or why I am showing it to you, LOL.
Above is Valerie giving John bunny ears as he opens the present she and her boyfriend gave him. In every crowd you find one who has to do bunny ears, and this time it was Val, LOL.
John with the longjohns from Val and her friend
Our nephew Matt gave John weights. Dr. Claxton
wants John to start getting in shape now that he
has more energy.
John got a few more gifts. A friend named Shirley gave him a book about architecture and two more friends gave him a Barnes & Noble gift certificate. My parent's also gave John a present, as did his. Everything was so thoughtful and wonderful!
I will tell you about the games we played in the next entry!
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