On to Patrick’s birthday party…
more than the normal group of friends and family this year. Included
were a few co-workers, soccer teammates and friends from the group he
trains with for his marathons. Lots of new people to meet, and a few
old friends we hadn’t seen in a while.
really warmed to Patrick (Pat, easy enough to pronounce), Michael (Gie-gull), and Jackie
Mom prepared a whole lot of food for
everyone including BBQed sausages, carne asada, hot dogs, baked beans,
salads and cheeses. There was plenty of beer and wine too. Everything
Michael had his guitar out and was playing the few melodies and chords he knows.
James joined in on Michael’s electric guitar and played some of the tunes he learned in college. We joked around with James saying that he only learned how to play guitar to interest the ladies.
I had a lot of fun taking pictures with Michael’s new camera. It’s not every day I get to take pics with a digital SLR. I definately need a refresher course on how to work a fully manual camera.
Blowing bubbles with Dad.
I really like these pictures of Mom and Dad.
Michael took some of these pictures too.
Mmmm, tequila. Patrick doesn’t drink tequila anymore. He says it smells like vomit. ;-P
Mmmmm, Belgian beer.
A rare candid photo of Bill… he normally ducks out of the way.
Patrick with his buds.
The weather was overcast and pretty chilly, but the fire kept everyone outside and comfortable. As the sun went down, everyone gathered closer to the fire.
I don’t know why Bill is making that face.
For dessert we had fresh strawberry shortcake and a cookies n cream ice cream cake.
Manami and Tatsuki were able to come up from Monterey.
By the time Patrick got around to opening his presents, he was pretty drunk. And we all enjoyed making fun of him.
I think he’s trying to explain to Grandma about the Belgian beer he got as a gift. As soon as he looked away, she looked at me and cracked a joke about how she really didn’t understand him.
A couple of guys were kicking a soccer ball around and accidentiall kicked it over the fence into the neighbor’s yard. Mario just hopped the fence to get it and everyone was cracking jokes about the Hispanic guy and how he’s good at hopping fences.
I asked the guys to look fierce… this is what I got.