When last I left my blog, we were in St. Louis, MO. From there it was back in the air to Los Angeles, CA where we would be attending my sister-in-law's surprise B-day. The logistics of getting an entire family and various friends together was a nightmare. But thankfully all planning was done by my niece and all we had to do was show up and help out. The helping out began with meeting my DIL and DGDs at LAX. Oldest DS would be flying in the next evening. Friday was supposed to be the wind-down day, playing at the park, hanging out with the DGDs, going swimming at the hotel pool. Unfortunately, the weather did not co-operate and it was rainy, windy, and cold. What do you do to entertain active toddlers? You go to Target and buy toys and DVDs.
Saturday morning, DIL and I were dropped off at the party leaving DS, youngest DS, and DH to manage on their own. The sons were required to feed the girls and get them dressed with bows in their hair. Then they would ride with DH who was to also get FIL and BIL to the party for cake cutting. It was a girls luncheon but the guys were going to come in with the cake as a surprise after lunch.
The party was incredible. My niece did an outstanding job of putting it all together. It was elegant and sophisticated and lots of fun. My SIL was definitely surprised. People from all walks of her life were there. This party had been in planning since December. My SIL has been a real rock in my DHs family. She cares for her husband who has diabetes, her father who is in assisted living and an elderly brother. She does all this with smiles and good humor. It is just the kind of person she is. We were all delighted to be there to pay her tribute.
One of the things I have in common with my SIL is that we share the same birthday. Though we always remember each other with a gift or card, we haven't actually been together on our birthday for 13 years. Though this party was definitely for my SIL, my dear niece thought of me and actually provided two birthday cakes. Mine was chocolate and SILs was lemon filling.