Mom said she didn't want an elaborate birthday party. She asked for cake and ice cream at the Casa Helotes Senior Center where she spends so much of her time these days. Frosty, Sarah and I joined her there for lunch and she had a grand time showing us off and introducing us. Later that evening, we had a Rudy's Bar-B-Q supper for all the San Antonio family.
While I was in San Antonio I had the privilege of getting Grayson started with his potty training. Oh, the things a grandmother will do. This is an exciting time for Sarah and her family. Sarah is getting ready to start a new job as special education coordinator for a large elementary school. David is loving his new job as special education teacher, Zac is as wonderful as always, and Grayson is now officially wearing big boy pants. In addition to all that, they have decided to put their house on the market and find something larger. I was able to help with Grayson while Sarah and David put the house in top notch condition for showing, but keeping it that way with Grayson around is going to be a full time job. Here's hoping the house sells quickly!
The month came in like an angry lion riding on the back of Hurricane Alex and ended with my return to Parras following Mom's birthday. The strains of Happy Birthday were running through my mind as I watched Mexican scenery roll by from the comfort of my plush seat on a TransAmerican bus. Because of the criminal element that is running rampant through northern Mexico, Stanley and I have started taking the bus on our trips to the United States. It is so much less stressful - especially for the driver and we believe it is safer. Once we are in Parras de la Fuente, we never think about the crime that plagues this beautiful country, but it's hard to ignore when planning a trip.