After the General Assembly, we drove to St. Louis to stay a couple of nights with my sister and her husband (Les and Sharron Blalock) and my neice and her husband (Aaron & Stephanie Richardson). Alan and Layla drove up on Saturday afternoon, and we all celebrated Alan’s birthday (June 23) together.
Before Alan & Layla arrived, we spent some time on Sharron and Les's new deck. Their house is situated adjacent to the golf course. The landscaping is just beautiful -- as you can see.
Here are pictures of the big event:
My sister, Sharron, prepared a fantastic meal.
Everyone Wished Alan a "Happy Birthday"
And Here Are Alan and Layla
Then we headed downstairs for birthday cake, the opening of presents and lots of fun!!! Aaron and Stephanie provided the "entertainment" -- a guitar and microphone (for vocalists) to try their hand (or voice) at playing and singing along with rock stars!!!
Since Alan was crazy about Star Wars when he was a kid, Stephanie had the idea of the "Star Wars" Cake. It turned out great!!
The next day, we all went to an Italian restaurant for lunch. The food was great, but being together was even better. Thank you, Sharron, Les, Stephanie and Aaron for being the best hosts ever. We had a great time!!!
And then it was time to say "Good-bye". My most unfavorite part of any visit.
Alan and Layla
Sharron and Les