A week ago today was my husband's official last day of work, so we threw him a big retirement party over the weekend. Friends and family came together to show Big Daddy just how much we love and appreciate him.
The grand boys came in from Oklahoma ready to swim.
Elijah even did a little flying.
Though it did kind of mess up his big brothers' game of volleyball.
Once play time was over, everyone was ready for a big ol' spread of Texas barbecue. But, as usual, I was so caught up in the festivities that I forgot to take pictures. Here's a sampling of what was served, though.
Grape Salsa is the big man's fave, so I had to make that. It sounds weird, I know, but it's really good. You can find that recipe here.
Then we had smoked brisket and sausage (brisket recipe is here),
Cowboy Beans (recipe here),
And Mexican Macaroni Salad (that recipe is here), along with some cheesy potatoes and all the fixins one needs for Texas barbecue. Things like sauce, pickles and jalapeno peppers are a must.
All I can say is that if anyone left hungry, it was their fault. However, I do still have leftovers in the fridge, so if anyone would like to join me...
For dessert, I opted to special order a cake. The concept was good (his career started as a naval officer, then he moved into sales and now he's ready for ranching), though I was a little disappointed with the execution.
At least it was tasty.
After cake, it was time for Big Daddy's surprise.
Grammy got him a new toy that made for a special moment of father/son bonding.
I love it when the cousins get to hangout together,
One of the things we did at the party, was give guests the opportunity to make suggestions for the big man's bucket list. Here he is going through them. There were some really creative ideas, along with a few that had us chuckling all night long.
All it all, it was a fantastic, albeit exhausting, weekend. One that went by way too fast.
And what's next for Big Daddy?