Monday, October 11, 2010

Que le vaya bien…

IMG_2207 (Dearest Aunt Mary, Aunt Jody, and Cousin Susan- this one is for you.)


At 5:00 pm today, my family met at my house to travel here to celebrate my father’s birthday.


As I snapped photos, I initially wanted to capture the fact that we all took our own vehicles,

even though the restaurant is only a 5 minute drive from my house.

All of the trucks in the top photo are ours .

That goes to that ‘you may need to make a get away’ family philosophy.

We do not do well feeling trapped or stranded.

But then I caught this…



My nephew, Jim Mills III (Trey), hugging my father,  Jim Mills.

So because I am now crying as I am writing this, I decided

to share what we ate and the gifts we gave:

Papa (my father): chicken fried steak

Trey(my nephew): chicken fried steak

Bubba (my brother): deluxe Mexican plate

Lauren (our daughter who lives here): fajita nachos

John (my husband): regular Mexican plate

Me: fajita tacos

I gave my father two new crime novels and a Miranda Lambert cd.

I thought he needed

to broaden his music horizons.

He said ,”She (Miranda Lambert) looks like Heather (our oldest daughter).”

My brother gave him a fryer for his hunting camp.

Que le vaya bien.

(a special farewell; I hope things go well for you)


Anonymous said... those photos. Happy Birthday to your dad.

Oh, Laura, what I wouldn't do for some really good Mexican food. You wouldn't believe what passes for spicy here in Oregon. I can't find a decent chili relleno and there you go, making me drool over what you all ate for dinner. Fajita tacos - girl, send me some!!

NanaDiana said...

Laura-I don't know what is wrong with me because I thought this was one of the funniest posts I had ever read. I was laughing out loud. MyHero did NOT see what was so funny. He needs a humor bone implant-that one. Anyway, I think one of the reasons that I think it is so funny is because ALL of us always take OUR OWN cars when we go someplace. The only exception is that the kids get to ride with whoever they want to (providing the ride giver is receptive to the idea). Going for ice cream? 4 or 5 cars! Same for pizza. I love the picture of your Jim Mills III hugging his Grandad. That is special for sure. I've been gone so I may have missed something. Is someone leaving? Your Dad? hugs-Diana

CHERI said...

Happy Happy Birthday to your dad. Hope he has many more!

Olive said...

Treasuring your Dad is a wonderful thing. I am greeen with envy but in the best possible way. hugs♥olive

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Laura...this post is priceless.
The cars...
the hug...
The entrees...
the gifts...
families are an amazing dynamic.
Thanks for sharing your dads birthday dinner!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

D.B. said...

Happy birthday to your dad! This post brought me to tears - both kinds. Enjoy the moments and thank you so much for sharing this.

jamie@midcenturymania said...

Thanks for the smile. I needed that.

joanne said...

YUM! I love this post...Happy Birthday to your Papa, lots of love, health and happiness be with him in the coming year..;p

Karen said...

Loved this... and that precious picture of the grandfather and his grandson. That will always be cherished I am sure.
Really??? They have chicken-fried steak???? David and I actually split the one at Lane's in San Isidro. It's GREAT!
Wonderful post!!
Ladybug Creek

Pondside said...

What a beautiful photo that was of grandfather and grandson.
Chicken fried steak? I'm trying to imagine what it could be. Chicken fried like steak? Steak fried in chicken fat? Please clarify!!! :)

trash talk said...

In Texas there are four basic food groups...BBQ, Wolf Brand Chili, Tex Mex and Chicken Fried Steak. Good to see y'all eating so healthy from two of them!
Happy birthday to your papa. I miss mine and photos of him with the melon heads are some of my favorites.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Great photo!!!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Sweet! That photo of your nephew hugging his grandpa about made me cry. I miss my family so much! Sounds like a perfect evening.

Low Tide High Style said...

What a wonderful post! Happy Birthday to your father...these are special times indeed!

Kat :)

Claudia said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad! That photo of your nephew and your Dad is wonderful.


Theresa said...

I ALWAYS take my own vehicle:) I like to be able to leave or NOT when I want to. That picture of your Dad and you nephew is PRICELESS! I love it and it is a keeper for years to come! Enjoy your day my friend! HUGS!

Sue said...

Aw, so sweet. I always like to have my own "get away car"!

Who eats Chicken Fried Steak at a Mexican restaurant?

Relyn Lawson said...

It makes me laugh that you all took your own vehicles for a quick get away. I am always the one who is gathering everyone together to car pool. In fact, for 12 years of our married life, my husband and I shared a car. And, we both worked.

deborah said...

Your Dad looks like a sweetheart. How neat that you wrote such detail about such a special day... days go so fast. Too fast sometimes. You are a blessed woman to have the ability to share in such memory-making days with your loved ones! Thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world. :)

Unknown said...

G'eve Laura ~ The picture spoke volumes of your whole write. I'd have beenin tears too. How beautiful.

Happy birthday to your Father, & may God bless him, too.
Have a great eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Marguerite said...

A belated Happy Birthday to your dear Dad! Loved the pics and it sounds like ya'll had a great time and dinner, too.


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