I've been missing on the blog for a week because I was helping my sisters with the final orchestration of two surprise family birthday parties in Los Angeles, with family coming from Minnesota, Washington, the Bay area and San Diego.
We actually pulled it off, with the two birthday boys being surprised!
Here's my mom with the birthday boys: my brother, Kevin, who is turning 60, and my dad, who is turning 86. They each knew about the other's party, but they didn't suspect that they would also be feted.
Here are the girls -- my mom, myself and two sisters. It's the first time we've all been together in about five years because we're spread all over the country.
And here are the guys. Above are my brothers in law, brother, dad and husband. Below is my nephew, Marc, making superb Detroit-style pizzas for everyone. His friend from L.A. also joined us because he loves Marc's pizza.
Besides the parties, the weekend whirl included Mexican lunch at Lupita's Mexican Grill in Redondo Beach ...
... hiking off some of the food ...
... and California sunshine.
It was a great three days.
Have a colorful day