Last weekend Derek, Throckmorton, Rufus & I took a trip to Lethbridge Alberta. The occasion was Grandma's 90th Birthday. Grandma's birthday was actually in January, but she wanted to postpone the party until spring time, when the weather would be nicer. This turned out to be very ironic, as will be revealed later in the story.
|Considering he is co-author, Throckmorton does not feel he gets enough press on this blog|
Here he is, in travel mode.
|Grandma & Grumps|
|Dinner at Coco Pazzo with Grandma & Grumps, Mom, Dad, Aunt T, Uncle Bob, Brad & Kim, Marc and Elma & Charlie|
|Back row: the girls - Aunt Irene, Grandma & Aunt Laura|
Front row: Uncle Harry, Allah (aka Uncle Henry) and Uncle Bobby
|The Wilkinson's Table|
|The Louey family table - Grandma, Grumps, Grandma's siblings & their partners|
|The cake arrived safely to the venue & was greatly enjoyed!|
|Me & Grandma|
The "after-party" (I feel like Zoolander when I say that!) was held at Grandma & Grandpa's house. Aunt T made a delicious roast & there were lots of great appetizers to enjoy. The cake made a second appearance and was joined by Nanaimo bars, whoopie pies, cookies, pastries & so forth. Between my grandmother's sisters, Aunt T and mom, there were some serious bakers in the house!
|Aunt T prepares the roast. The rest of us offer moral support.|
|Good place to be if you have a sweet tooth!|
|Derek & Devon sort through old pictures & letters|
|My dad, baby version. All Illingworth babies seem to be on the chubby side- what am I in for with this delivery!?|
|My very hip grandparents|
Other great finds in the basement include old clothes from the 60s, 70s & 80's, and an assortment of canned goods that are probably older than that. But we Illingworth's are pretty lax on "best before dates", and I'm pretty sure canned goods are good forever aren't they?
|Marc, Andrew, Devon & Brad model some vintage Hudson Bay jackets|
|Allah has a good belly laugh at our expense|
I would be amiss if I didn't mention one other special guest at the party: my grandparents' cat Felix. Felix seemed to love the party & the attention he got. He's an awesome cat and a great companion for my grandparents.
The after-party was also a huge success and Grandma obviously enjoyed herself. It was great to see so many people coming together to help her celebrate a milestone birthday!
After all that action, I settled into a very sound sleep at the hotel. I thought I was dreaming when I awoke to the sound of snow-plows outside. No, it was no dream... it had snowed nearly 10cm overnight! According to my grandfather, it was the biggest snowfall they'd had that winter. Ah, the irony - we thought we'd wait out the weather by having the party in April instead of January, but Mother Nature got the last laugh!!
|Hello Alberta! Did you not get the memo - its mid APRIL!!!|
Despite the snow, the weekend was really fun and we had a great time visiting with everyone. Dad and Aunt T did a great job organizing the event. I'm so proud of how well Grandma is doing at age 90 and already looking forward to Grumps' 90th next year!
I love you Grandma & Grumps!!