Since I shared my Dad’s birthday yesterday, I thought I’d also share another visit with Lauren and the girls home for Father’s Day last month with some new pics. It was so fun to have them home for both big events for dad this year. We love getting together as a family every chance we get and it always involves food. We’ve started taking shortcuts lately and instead of everyone slaving in the kitchen, we pick up food. This time it was BBQ again. That’s a quick and easy meal to pick up that will feed several people.
Dad and Lauren at mom and dad’s house.
Mom fixed her vegetable beef soup for lunch and it was so good. She makes this a lot and you all always ask about it, so it’s definitely going in the cookbook.
Along with mom’s buttermilk cornbread (I’ll add that one in too!), both of the girls love her soup. Parker specifically asks mom for cornbread and little Iris loves it too.
My sister and brother-in-law have a neighborhood pool across the street from their house, so pool time is always in order when the girls come.
I spent an afternoon with them there and ice cream was consumed. It’s not summer without ice cream!
Papa Bruce tossing Iris in the air. Doesn’t that water look inviting?
Mom and dad came over to our house for late afternoon lunch and luckily the weather cooperated for Father’s Day. It did not cooperate for his birthday, so we had to stay inside and eat.
Parker loves to help people open presents so she was right there looking on.
As I mentioned yesterday, when you’re elderly and have everything you need and want, a new walking cane comes in handy.
Walking cane and probiotics were the gifts of the day. They enjoyed being over and we had a great afternoon outside on the patio and deck.
Dad is doing pretty well, but I will tell you all that his memory is suffering. He has a hard time remembering things in the past few years (big important events, places, and people), yet remembers so much about his time in the army and things that happened years and years ago. He’s on a memory medication that is supposed to help him not get any worse, but it’s a hard thing to watch and see your dad lose his insight and reasoning skills. It’s part of life at this stage of life, but it still breaks our heart. He goes regularly to a memory care doctor to make sure he is staying stable. Mom has to deal with him day to day and she sees it more than we do, so she shares things that happen with us along the way. It will be something we will have to monitor and watch if and when things get worse in that area. He’s still driving and we are taking that one day at a time. Mom says he is still driving well, but we know there will come a time that he will need to stop and it could be sooner rather than later.
Caring for our aging parents is so hard isn’t it? I know many of you have gone through these things just as we are going through them. It’s not an easy process to watch and go through and we are doing the best we can to navigate this journey with our parents. We are close by so can keep a good watch on them.
Two of Mark’s daughters came over with the younguns and they had fun playing outside with Parker and Iris in our culdesac. Our garden wagon was a fun toy, with Parker, baby Henry, and Rose riding along.
They thought that was the best with Pop Mark pulling them around. That’s a gardenia blossom that Parker is smelling off our bushes. Aren’t they cute? Ages, 5, 16 months and 20 months. Those kiddos are so fun to have around!
The 3 of us had fun riding around on our bikes too. It’s always a fun time around here when the kids are around.
So that’s a wrap up on the family lately, with Father’s Day and dad’s 92nd birthday. We look forward to all our family celebrations and always want to be sure and celebrate every single one of them. We can’t take them for granted and we always hope there will be other celebrations next year! Thanks as always for coming by to see us!