Here are some of the highlights of the long weekend. By the way, Mom knows about this post, but Dad doesn't and I'd like to keep it that way. Giggle with me, but please don't share or embarrass Dad by telling him you saw this!
1. Dad burned his toast on day one. That's actually become his signature trademark in every place I have ever lived. When I moved to Dallas, he burned it so badly (at 6:00 am on a Saturday) that it set off the smoke alarm and woke my neighbors (they never did like me!). It happens in every house/apartment. And it's been the same toaster for 5 years. You'd think he'd figure it out eventually
2. I made a short timer's calendar for Dad's retirement. When Mom and I went to pick it up at Staples, we saw living irony:
That's right! It's a Salvation Army Donation-pick-up truck that reads "Give. Shop. Help Others" on the side. It was in a strip mall parking lot (shop) getting towed (help others). We had to laugh a little and take a picture.
3. We had some amazing meals. I mean REALLY amazing meals. I am still full. And I have the urge to eat every two hours and rinse it down with a nice glass of wine. That will pass!
4. The theme for most of the weekend was "who has a cooler app for that?" Between our iPhones and Dad's Droid, we had some fun with this. Dad has an app that will show you the star constellations overhead based on your current location. It was pretty cool...Here's Dad showing Mom on our way home from our wonderful (and indulgent) dinner out:Aren't they the cutest couple ever!
5. We laughed A LOT! I mean all out giggle fest. On Saturday we cooked a turkey on the Weber grill and it was fantastic. We had perfect weather and our deck is in the shade. We went to Home Depot almost every day. Mom and Dad bought us a fire extinguisher for our kitchen. While we were cooking outside (boys) and baking inside (girls) Dad had some peanuts and a glass of wine and unpacked the fire extinguishers for us. Here's what we got:
I am sure none of you are surprised that he did that! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! This is the picture I would ask that you please not mention to Dad... I'd hate for him to revoke my dad-blogging privileges!
6. We took a cog train to the summit of Pikes Peak (14,110) feet. It was amazing. And here's something that I'll bet you didn't know (or at least I didn't know!). The woman who wrote "America the Beautiful" wrote it after her awe-inspiring stagecoach ride to Pikes Peak. Here are a few of the photos we took.
You think that view's pretty fantastic, but here's my favorite!