Dad's 89th Birthday - A Williamsburg, VA Celebration
Apr 23, 2018 | By: Elizabeth Larson Photography
Here it is already - 2+ months since Dad's 89th birthday! This coming week will be my first visit with him since then & I'm so thrilled I can spend time with him again. I've been meaning to post a few highlights from his birthday, which was on February 7th. Bernice, my stepmother made it extra special for him, as did their caregiver Cynthia, whom I absolutely adore. She is a gift from God without a doubt!
Dad & Bernice had a few friends join them for a late afternoon celebration at their home. It was such a beautiful spread & with what Bernice calls their "pretty pretties" out on the dining room table (china, silver, crystal!). They served several wines from their favorite Virginia vineyard (one of my favorites too!), an assortment of cheeses, crudites, and of course birthday cake. Bernice had the bakery make Dad's beloved coconut cake. It was so decadent, not to mention it was one of the densest cakes ever - it weighed about 20 pounds! The writing in icing on top of his cake was in The College of William & Mary's colors - green and gold. W&M is Dad's alma mater.
And to go along with that, I got him a new W&M coffee mug and brought him a pound of Guatemalan coffee beans from my favorite NC coffee shop, DeBeen Espresso. He adores Claeys Horehound Candy which he remembers from his childhood & I've found only one place what sells it in NC (my little secret, he wants the entire supply for himself!).
This week Dad & I have plans to drive down to Jamestown Island to enjoy the scenery, maybe take a picnic, and our cameras too. Then spend time in their garden (I want to pot up some plants for them), take a walk through campus and down to DOG Street (Duke of Gloucester Street & Merchant's Square), and work on a couple of photo editing projects together. Dad doesn't get around very well these days - however he has his red speed racer hover-round scooter and he still has a sharp mind. Not to mention his social life seems to be better than mine! These days are precious and I need to spend as much time as I can with him. I'm going to enjoy every minute of it!