We couldn't miss out on Edna's 90th birthday, so we decided to travel back. Since we both had only had our first COVID shot, we decided to drive again.
Three days there of either rocks or pastureland, but still better than flying for now.
You can't get much detail in this picture, but a lot of the trees along the way were blossoming for Spring.
Every once in a while you actually get to see something, like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
We arrived on her official birthday on Wednesday, and we went out for dinner in the afternoon at Rob Dob's.
In honor of the birthday girl, Rob Dob's brought Edna a lovely strawberry cheesecake.
After dinner, home for opening the presents before cake and ice cream.
A little help with the unwrapping...
This present was an air fryer that we found was too small for us, but perfect for Edna.
Unwrapping some of the other smaller presents, like this sweater.
The birthday cake we ordered from the Hy-Vee.
The cake with some beautiful flowers that had come from Edna's niece Cheryl on Edna's birthday.
Make a wish and blow out the candles.
Edna's big present was a book that Kimberly and Wade made documenting the first 90 years of Edna's life. It collects all of the old photos that we could find, along with captions. It was a big hit.
Up the next morning, and we have a few days of working around the house. Here's Edna making some eggs for breakfast, before we told her that the hotel does breakfast so she doesn't have to worry about it.
Inspecting the HVAC vent to make sure it doesn't need any repair.
A quick trip over to shop at Von Maur, who has the craziest Spring colors on display, but nothing that Edna would want.
Edna is always good for one funny face each trip.
Edna demonstrating the apron that her sister Mabel made for her.
Here's the basement window cover that we had to go to Lowe's to get a replacement for.
On the following Sunday afternoon, Stan and Colton come down.
Stan had obtained several of the photos for the book, and wanted to see how it came out.
The big event was a surprise "drive-by" party that Kimberly had organized for Edna. We got some cupcakes and decorations, and Kimberly made dozens of calls to round up people.
Here's the family shot.
Juday, Mom's neighbor to the right.
Richard and Jo from down the street.
Karen (one of Mom's walking buddies for years) and her husband.
We tried to keep socially distanced and wear masks for much of it.
Fran, a friend of Mom's from Faith in Action.
Emily from across the street, with her children.
Patty, another friend from Faith in Action.
Julie had already come by for a visit a few days earlier, but made sure to stop by for the party.
Colton is way late losing some of his baby teeth and having the adult teeth come in.