I gathered up the immediate family and had them come over on Saturday. Daddy was so happy to have all of his grandkids present. Sadly, we had to 'introduce' him to one of them he didn't remember. And he didn't recognize my sister at first either. Alzheimer's...such a dreadful disease!
Daddy LOVES Chinese food. When I was girl, every Friday evening we would have dinner at the Golden Dragon, where he would order the same thing every week. Food, I am sure no Chinese person in their right mind would eat. Daddy preferred what I call Chinese/American food...sweet and sour stuff and things breaded and fried. Well, on my watch, we'll eat none of that! But this is what I decided to do for him...Honestly, I would have chosen P.F. Changs, but time and distance thwarted those plans and I went with my second choice, Panda Express.
I still used our Spring china and I brought out the silver and crystal, just as I would had I served lamb or roast chicken. I ordered up healthy options, green bean chicken, walnut shrimp, beef with broccoli, Sichuan Chicken, vegetable spring rolls, brown rice. I prepared my yummy stir fried snap peas and garlic. Daddy is usually not very hungry these days, but this time he asked for seconds! We ate and told stories helping him recall memories...it was a wonderful time. We took a lot of pictures and everyone got to give him a big hug.
Daddy with my baby sister and me.
And...Since Sunday was My Man's birthday, we celebrated that as well. I love teasing him. He's 49, but I switched his candles so they read 94. He's a good sport and thought it was very funny. He should, I've been doing it for years.
We usually eat pretty healthy foods. But for his birthday, My Man wanted Shakey's pizza, chicken and mo-joes. So that is what I provided for him.
Oh! And while we were enjoying this gastronomical feast, we got hit with that loooooong earthquake. We were in a town that is about an hour outside of San Diego, which put us relatively close to Mexico. We really felt it...light fixtures were swaying, doors rattled, beverages sloshed about in our glasses. And after it was over, we found out that the entire staff at Shakey's had vacated the premises! LOL!! I was telling everyone in the restaurant NOT to run outside, I kept saying go UNDER the tables and cover your face and neck. It was quite an ordeal and it left us 'shaken' for hours because we anticipated after shocks.
We went home and had ice cream and cake. My Man with our daughters...doesn't get much better than this!
Thanks for visiting today.