Monday, May 10, 2010

Judy's Retirement Party

Judy's retirement date, June 4th, is fast approaching and she's counting down the days.  Meanwhile, her boss, Denny and his wife, Kathy, hosted a retirement party on May 8th for her at their home in Tomball.  Only employees of the company, Highlander Financial, and a few relatives and friends were there to offer their best wishes for an enjoyable retirement.

The 'Retirement Cake' above reflects our plans to visit Eggfests around the country in years to come.  Each balloon represents an Eggfest. We're both 'Eggheads' and love getting together with other Eggheads to cook on the Egg.  Pretty creative idea for a cake huh?  A friend of Jennifer's made it.  Jennifer worked at the company for many years until she had triplets.

Another former employee, George and his wife Verla, drove in from Jacksonville, Florida for the party.  It was another big but wonderful surprise as they walked into the room.

May 8th was also Judy's sister, Joyce's, birthday and she and husband Allen, from Metairie, Louisiana flew into town to celebrate.  It just happens to be my birthday as well, so Joyce and Judy's brother, Curtis (Skipper), from Kerrville, Texas was also in town with his wife Sandra.  Our good friends and next door neighbors, Pam and Tom, were also there, another nice surprise.  It was like a triple celebration.

Not only were there some very nice and sometimes fun gifts for Judy, but the word was secretly put out to a number of the company's clients and associates weeks before that if they wanted to offer retirement wishes they could send their cards directly to Kathy.  Great idea!  So I also let it be known to our Egghead friends what was going on.  The result was an avalanche of cards dumped on Judy as she sat totally unaware of what was happening.  It was fun watching her look at the pile of envelopes then but even more fun watching her read the cards in a quiet moment at home.  She was truly touched by the outpouring of best wishes.

Needless to say, there was plenty to eat and drink to celebrate the occasion.  Everything turned out perfect.  It was one of those very memorable parties that lasts only a few hours but produces smiles for a lifetime.

Here are some photos that I thought reflected the spirit of the moment.  Just click on 'Slideshow' and sit back for a few minutes.

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