A few months ago my sister texted and said to put Dad's enshrinement banquet in the calendar because he and mom were going to get an award. It is my dad's 20th year at the Hall of Fame. The Enshrinement banquet happens every year at the end of January is something I attended most of the time while living in Missouri but I've not been to it in 3 years since moving to Indiana. I put it in my calendar and kind of forgot about it until about 2 weeks before the date when we still didn't have set details.
Since I haven't been to the banquet in several years, me showing up to it this year would be strange to say the least. On top of that, Jonathon said he would like to go so there was no way my parents could know that we were coming. Thankfully Jera said she would put up with us for the 30 hours we would be there. Jeff and Judy said they could help with the kids so we didn't have to tote them across the United States!!
I woke up really early on Saturday Morning and drove the 8 hours with Jonathon (sleeping most of the way) to Bolivar. We got there about noon and the drive was actually very peaceful. I listened to some podcasts and talked to Jonathon... once he woke up!
Doesn't this freak you out?!? I hate seeing semis being towed!! It always freaks me out!
When we got to Jera's, Bryton and Turner were there to greet us! In just a few minutes, Jaylee, Jud and Mary got there too! It was nice to be around the kids and my sisters with no kids:) I never get to see the kids without my kids needing my attention so this was a little treat for me! Jonathon had lined up some guys to play games with so he was off pretty much after we arrived!
After resting some on Saturday (and by resting, I mean, laying with Bryton while she is getting out of a nap) we got ready and left to pick up my mom, sisters and nan to go to dinner. So at this point only my sisters and nan know I'm in town. My mom still doesn't know!
Dinner was great at Metro Grill that night.. Topped off by a strawanna, jackhammered with hot fudge from Andy's frozen custard! We drove home and I got to chat with Jera until bed time!
Sunday morning I channeled my inner high school years, through my hair into a pony tail and tried to salvage the make up I wore the night before to go to church... late! Aww I felt like I was 18 again! After church, lunch at nans, then we got ready and went to the banquet!
The car of unusual banquet attendees (Jera, Mary, Jon and myself) arrived late and sat hid in the closet until the award was presented. Mom, Joy, Byron and Nan got there on time and sat up in the front at the Andrews Table. After the award was presented we sat in the back and enjoyed a nice meal and some really good speeches, along with 52 pictures taken by Mary!
|best selfie I could get!|
Check out my nan in the bottom right- she's wearing a blardigan!! Jera got it for her for Christmas and she loves it!!
After the banquet, Jon drove me back to Indy while I slept the entire way... waking up only for potty breaks! He went to work right after he dropped me off! Monday was a long day... longer for him than me!
Well that's the weekend in a nutshell! It was fast and tiring but well worth it! 6 years ago at this time my dad was in the hospital in STL. He was sick and we didn't know whether he would make it! Praise God that dad is still with us today and going strong! He is truly amazing! My dad is the hardest worker I have ever met and definitely one of my heroes! I love you Daddy!!