Sparky had a wonderful time....from flying from the Orlando airport to the recently renovated Detroit Metro Airport back and forth.......There's a really nice tram that takes you from one end of McNamara Terminal at DTW to the other and it's as quiet as quiet can be...nice touch! Moving escalator flat "sidewalks" are available for tired travelers with heavy loads....Airports are GREAT for watching people.
Sparky had a wonderful time people watching and baby watching, ESPECIALLY baby watching since she's going to be a grandma in June.
My brother, Charlie and his wife, Kris, flew in for the party and it was great to see them again... We really hang onto our family memories as we get older and love to talk about the good family times when we get together, so we did a LOT of that....Here we are together for a brief moment at the party....
Lyle was very happy at the number of people who responded that they were coming, since she wanted her birthday to be more about the Ferndale Medical Clinic that provides medical care for those with no insurance than about reaching the age of 70. But our family is always up for a celebration, so we celebrated both! Her 70th is pretty special because she's conquered breast cancer twice! The party raised over 1,000.00 for the clinic---awesome! She gave a warm, heartfelt speech which caused a few tears to shed, I was in that bunch!
Lyle's sons--Ron, Jim and John and their friend, Paul who have played together in a band, practiced a set for the party goers for later in the evening. They did a great job, and we rock and rolled a bit!
There was TONS of food, and great snacks...Sparky's favorite was the personalized M & M's with Lyle's picture on them along with a couple of birthday messages! She did her best to make a dent in the pile!
Sparky got to hold her niece and nephew's new baby for a LONG time so the parents could mingle and sit with each other for awhile....That's hard to do with a month old baby and little sister who's three....Sparky is READY to be a grandma! Bring it on, Kerry! (That's her daughter who's going to have a little boy in June, explains E.) He was VERY cuddly!
Lyle's granddaughter, Paige, made a montage of photos and music of Lyle's life. She used a Ken Burns app they said, to make it. Sparky is going to have to check that out...It was a awesome video!
A wonderfully exhausting emotion filled weekend but I'm glad to be back home again.....