It was a few days late but we celebrated Steve’s 70th Birthday with family and friends. It was an evening filled with food, laughs and good conversation. For the celebration he wanted carrot cake . . . . very good choice with lots of cream cheese icing, his favorite. When it came time to open gifts we it seems we all had the same idea. After all, what do you get the man who doesn’t really have a hobby. Unless you count planning cruises, making list, working out, working in the yard and surfing the web . . . . ok, guess you could count these things as hobbies. Anyway, he does like to play slots and doing scratch off cards. He did VERY well on the last cruise with the slots. He doesn’t do as well with the cards. We all chose to get him scratch off/raffle tickets for …
Our day was a day of eating, sharing, playing games and just being together. Mr Booker (a local caterer) did the cooking for us, Mr. Sam (Club) provided the upgraded plastic plates and silverware and everyone jumped in to helped with the clean up. The girls added deviled eggs and desserts to our meal. We discovered Mark and Val were alone for the day so invited them to join us. After dinner we enjoyed our drinks of choice and played Rummiub and Mexican Train. During the evening Rick, Rumi and Chris stopped in for a visit. Our cups runneth over with blessings
We finally have an answer to how our new friend in the pool got there . . . Dee put it in the pool Monday night. All week going to the gym and being in the pool she managed to keep quite. During a two and half hour dinner at the Melting Pot Saturday night, she didn’t give it up. Yesterday at the pool, she showed up with a retainer (for gator’s mouth). She got us good! So much fun!! We are happy to share another picture of Alli “Dee” Gator.
Steve wrote this in an email to find out who put this fellow in our pool. So far no one has come forward. “I went out to the pool and just lost three years of my life. Wasn’t paying attention and went over to clean out overflow of pool. Looked down and there was a two plus foot baby alligator moving its tale……… Holy (&*$%&I((^*()_)(&^%**………. After I pulled my arm back, really, really fast…..I had a great laugh and said out loud “Boy you really got me” So…whoever done it, fess up and get credit for a great gift and gag. I assume a gift, let me know if you are talking it back (sad face we’ll talk)…Ha Everyone will get to see him/ her (yes we need a name). Hope everyone is having a good day and must say I sure am glad my hair is white!!!!! (now whiter)”
After lunch and before the fireworks, people took turns playing games in the front yard. Mark, from across the court had some neat yard games he brought over. Addisyn and Samantha waiting their turn to play. Mark and Val Windy and Rob Val and Rob Steve and Mark Rogan and Samantha Wendy and Rob Save
This is Pete, he lives across the court from us. Isn’t he cute with his sunglasses!?!?
This is the projector, computer and speaker for the movie. The projector worked very nice to put the movie onto the garage door. In this picture it is hard to tell what it is. Among all the blankets and pillows there are some kids. The kids at this time are pretty much asleep. Samantha is still awake in the next photo. While the kids watched the movie/slept, the adults enjoyed the fire pit. Yes, we did do S’mores before the kids settled in for the movie.
As it began to get dark, the guys had the fireworks table set up and it was time to start the show.  
This is the tent Steve purchased, it was cheaper to buy instead of renting one for the weekend. They didn’t put the sides on since it was going to be nice weather. It made a nice area to sit and visit before and after lunch. Rick had tables we used and Bob got chairs from work, it does take a village to have a get together! Some of the pictures seem like repeats but there might be one person different and I wanted to get everyone I could into the pictures.The kids table, looks like they had enough to eat.
Samantha made us a menu sign for our 4th of July Lunch. It helped people to see what was on the buffet as they were waiting in line. She really enjoys doing crafts and making posters. Maybe she will go into marketing or graphic arts when she gets older. When the conversation started on having this 4th of July weekend, my first thought was we don’t have enough room on the pool deck for all these people, plus food. I thought it would be nice to have a table attached to the back of the fence and to have tables setup in that area for eating. One afternoon Steve and Rick went wood shopping, pulled out the electric saw and by the end of the day we had a very nice place to put our food. The tables fold nicely up to the fence when not in use and hang …