March 20, 2017 was a special day that marked my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday. To celebrate, we all gathered together over Presidents’ Day weekend in February at the family property in Cornville, AZ (near Sedona). All of the kids contributed different aspects to the planning and execution of the weekend (designing and printing beautiful itineraries, hiring a photographer, buying groceries and cooking all of the meals, decorating the tables for each meal around special themes, organizing a huge card tournament…!) and it all turned out great!
The Harpers left a car for us at the airport so after we landed we loaded right up in the car and drove straight to Hidden Valley. It was so great to wake up there the next morning and feed the ducks!
The events kicked off with a welcome lunch on Saturday afternoon. Later that evening, there was a surprise string trio who serenaded us over cocktails before we headed out to a Western themed dinner in Page Springs.
Sunday was full of fun family time, delicious meals and hanging out on the property. Colt and Finn were particularly fond of the tire swing.
We also did some group photos.
On Monday afternoon, Michael organized a huge Pfeffer tournament which included our whole group PLUS 4 of Sharon’s siblings, their spouses and some of their kids as well. So, our group basically doubled. Pfeffer is a card game that is SOMEwhat like Spades but is also very unique. I have never heard of Pfeffer apart from Michael’s family, and I have never met anyone else who has ever heard of it, but Sharon and her siblings grew up playing it all the time in Mankato, Minnesota so anytime the Culhanes get together, they PLAY. The tournament lasted about 4 hours and was hilarious and awesome.
After a great weekend at Hidden Valley, we headed back to Phoenix for a few beautiful days.
It was an awesome week celebrating an awesome woman. Thankful to have such a wonderful mother-in-law! Happy Birthday Sharon!