Happy Birthday Hillary! and a surprise visit

This weekend was jam packed with family, food, and cooking in our new kitchen!  Friday night Hillary and John arrived from Cedar Rapids and we were able to celebrate Hillary's birthday together.  Diane planned the menu and brought everything to make a center cut sirloin with potatoes and veggies.  The sirloin was incredible and the bearnaise sauce that went with it made it even better.  I wish I could say that I took pictures because it really was beautiful...but I didn't.
Kevin had some of his experimental beer to taste and he was excited to get some tasting notes from his family.  We ended the night with Kevin making bananas foster, complete with lighting the skillet on fire.  Needless to say, it was a fun, first family dinner in our kitchen and we thoroughly enjoyed the time together to celebrate Hillary's birthday.

Beer tasting

Abel was completely spoiled by Aunt Hillary...

...and Uncle John.

The fire!

Happy Birthday Hillary!
The fun wasn't over yet.  On Saturday my Mom and Dad headed over to check out our new kitchen as well.  Little did we know that my nephew, Xavier, was joining them.  Mom and Dad wanted to surprise us by bringing him to check out our new place and meet Abel (Abel loved having a playmate his size).  It was a beautiful day and we spent the afternoon hanging out by the hot tub and watching Xavier show us all his tricks in the 'pool'.  Our time together was short, but we were able to have lots of fun and laughs in the less than 24 hours that we had together.

Loving the hot tub

Dad and Kevin with their beer shirts 

Such a sweet little surprise!

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