We met our niece, Nancy Lee, in Tahoe where we spent her birthday. Unfortunately, we didn't get many pictures at all and the ones we did get weren't very good but will at least post what we have:
This table is very long. Stacy's three darling children (my new grandchildren) are pictured
with Nancy Lee, Dick and me. Trent is on Nancy's right, Troy and Lilly are to my right.
I'm not quite sure that I am the only one that had their picture taken with Nancy's birthday cake. It was truly delicious and we ate the whole thing, except for two pieces between the ten of us. I think we all had at least two pieces.
Stacy and Rich behind their super wide bar preparing salad.
Rich's boys, Sean on left and Blaine. They are such great kids and are so good with Stacy's three. These two families have blended perfectly.
Trent, Lilly and Troy with Winnie in the foreground
Rich has a huge backyard with many many trees. There were a lot to begin with and Rich bought 40 more. I wish I had a picture that showed the whole yard, along with a terrific deck where I love to sit in the sun.
View of another corner of the yard
The next three days we spent in Reno where we attended the Four Freshmen Convention. It was truly a great success and everyone that attended were so glad they did. We plan to go to next year's convention which will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Each day was pretty well packed with different events, which we attended. We had two different sesssions that were called "The Wannabe's" where we sang Four Freshmen songs from musical scores that had all four parts. At times we sounded pretty darned good, but the idea was just to have fun, which we all did. We also had a session where people related stories about interesting things that happened to them when they were with any of the many groups that toured over the years. It was really fun to hear about those experiences. We had a fairly interesting experience with the current group when we ran into them at the elevator. We had quite a nice talk with the four of them and Nancy particularly enjoyed talking with Vincent (the bass player) about the years she spent when she worked at Capitol Records in Hollywood when the original group was recording there. Vincent was really interested in hearing about that time. I got into a pretty interesting conversation myself with Brian (the lead singer) about Jim Pike who lives in our ward and who we have become pretty close friends with. Jim was the one who started the Lettermen. He happened to be at a Freshmen concert and he went up to Brian afterward and started to introduce himself to Brian and Brian must have had a lot on his mind, because he pretty much ignored Jim. When I told him about this, he could hardly believe it and he was really sorry that happened.
I just have to mention how wonderful the hotel was. The whole affair was at Harrah's in Reno and they were all so helpful and happy to have us there. The two dinners they served to us on Friday and Saturday nights were absolutely incredible. They did such a wonderful job and the food was presented in such an appealing way each night. We had chicken the first night and it had the most delicious sauce on it. We had key lime pie for dessert, which is one of my favorites. Saturday night they served prime rib and it was all beautiful too. I have a picture of the dessert they served. It was really terrific, but I can't remember what they called it.
The Freshmen were amazing both nights and they sang so many neat songs. The second night was devoted to performing a lot of the love songs from their new album. We enjoyed it all so much that we were hating the fact that it was over. But all good things must end and the next morning we were off to Rich's again. Nancy came back with us as she wanted to spend a little more time with the family, even though she had to get up pretty early to go back to Reno to catch her flight home. The shuttle didn't work with her schedule so Stacy arranged for her to have a driver who drove her to the airport in Reno. It is about an hour and twenty minutes from Tahoe. Everything went smoothly for her and she was quite excited when her seat mates turned out to be a couple of board members whom she had been talking with. They had to change planes in Dallas to go back to their home in Fort Wayne where the convention will be held next year. In fact they are in charge of it, so Nancy really did get the inside scoop on what woud be going on there.
We had an enjoyable day with the family on Sunday as Rich and Stacy were both home so we spent a very relaxing day with them before we both had to leave Monday morning. Here are a few pictures we got at the concert Saturday night.
Here they are, "The Four Freshmen."
Here we are with our name tags.
These are four lovely Filipino women who were at our table. We all got along so well together and Dick was the only man so of course we called ourselves his "Harem." We had the same table and seats both nights, so we really did get to know these four.
This is the lovely dessert I mentioned. The "25 years" was written in chocolate on our plates. It was actually the 25th anniversary of the Freshmen Society, which is their amazing fan club. We have only been members for four or five years. The membership is between 2500 and 3000, so it is quite a large Society.
Our last day in Tahoe was a very relaxing one and Stacy and Rich fixed an amazing dinner for us. Rich did cornish game hens on the barbecue. He cooks them really slow for for almost two hours. He also did snap peas and fresh mushrooms wrapped in foil on the barbecue. It was so delicious. The hens were so tender and juicy. The veggies were outstanding. I don't know what seasoning he put on them but it was perfect!! Stacy made a huge ceasar salad and we had three desserts!!! Everyone had to have a taste of all three, chocolate pie, lemon pie and strawberries with lots and lots of really thick whipped cream. We were all so full we could hardly move. We took enough of everything home in our freezer so that when we got home we had another great meal and all we had to do was warm it up. Unfortunately Dick gained six pounds during that week and I gained six and a half!!! Darn............at this rate, our doctor is going to win the bet, but we are right back on it so hopefully we will lose it quickly plus lots more. We'll see.
Here are a couple more pictures we got of the kids in their Halloween costumes. They were happy to model them for us.
Trent and Troy
Lilly and Winnie. We didn't get Winnie in her costume, but she did have one which she modeled for us later but unfortunately we didn't get a picture of her. She had a rufferie uniform. I was told because she was a dog it was a rufferie uniform instead of a referee one.
Oh, by the way, I am now going to do my blog on Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays. I still have to get Dick's help and he is too busy to help me on Tuesdays.