My Dad is turning 90! Awesome achievement! We thought we couldn’t let this go by without some hoopla. After all 90 is a big milestone. My Dad, while slowing down a bit with some arthritis issues and kidneys not working as well as they once did, is doing marvelous. Both of my parents are doing great and we know how lucky we are for sure. They live in their own home and they manage quite well there. They have a patio home so all the yard work is done for them and included in their strata fees. They live a 2 minute walk from a grocery store, gas station and pharmacy although they both still drive. They have a wee bit of cleaning help but only 2 hours every 2nd week. Mom does really well keeping their place spotless. Trust me when I say their place is cleaner than mine ever will be! She still cooks all their meals and turns out some lovely dinners including lots of home made soup.
My father comes from southern Saskatchewan originally, spent 36 years as a photographer in the military. After being transferred all over the country he retired to Vancouver Island, built a home and got involved in lots of activity’s. He stays busy still with the church and his singing group. And of course watching all his favourite sports teams!
When we found out that my sister and brother in law were coming out to the Island for a visit we knew this was the opportunity to have a birthday celebration. They live in Halifax so it is a big deal when they can come out here. My brother lives in Calgary so only a short flight for him. He came along with his spouse and daughter. His oldest daughter also from Alberta drove out with her spouse and 3 children. My youngest daughter lives here and our older daughter flew in from northern BC with her spouse and 2 children. We were only missing my brothers middle daughter who is a nurse in Calgary and could not get away. We did Skype her though! We ended up to be 20 people which for us is a huge gathering.
We booked a lunch at a favourite restaurant. It was lovely! We have quite a few gluten free people in our family as well as a couple dairy free. Locals in Courtenay did a great job for us! The did gluten free cake which we all had and it was delicious. The whole lunch was awesome and great fun. We also took the opportunity to get a photographer to come and take some pictures before the lunch. Locals has very pretty grounds that gave us nice backgrounds and we are glad we did it. We only wish Stephanie had been with us.
The next day was Thanksgiving so I cooked a dinner. It was a stretch having that many people in my little house but as luck would have it it was a nice day so we could put beverages and appetizers outside. I have a dining table that has 4 leaves, and with a small extra table there was just enough room to put them all in so it all worked out. My sister and my older daughter gathered up old photos and video and we watched them which was great fun also. We didn’t do anything extraordinary but we were enjoying just being gathered together.
After the weekend some family had to return home for work and school but my brother hung around for a few extra days to spend with our sister. They all went sea kayaking over on Quadra Island one day and we took a few day trips out and about the local area. A few hikes in Strathcona Park and shopping trips and lots of cooking and eating. Way too much eating!
The whole 2 weeks was a great cap off for the busy summer I have had travelling to Scandinavia and camping all about BC and Alberta. It was especially nice to have the family all gathered together and to celebrate my Dad’s 90th birthday. Time to slow it down a bit now and get back to some basic healthy cooking, maintenance on the motorhome, my visit to northern BC to see the grandchildren, preparing for Christmas and hopefully our trip south. Hmm doesn’t sound like slowing down really does it?
Happy birthday Dad!