Monday, August 17, 2009

Harley's, Spitfire's and 90th birthday's...oh my!

Dear Friends and Family,

The Hanson family has been super busy since my last post. We headed to Nebraska on August 7th for Grandma Billie's 90th birthday party. Sadly, Courtney was still feeling pretty under the weather from his last chemo treatment, so he and Max stayed home. Sue, Tyler, and I had a wonderful time catching up with family. We spent some very relaxing days at the Weber's home on Johnson Lake. Since I met Tyler, I have been hearing about the wonderful days at Johnson Lake in Billie's house there. It was so nice to finally get to see this famous site!

The weather there was absolutely perfect. It stayed in the 70s and 80s, a much needed respite from the humid 100 degree days we've been having in Texas. We tubed our hearts out on Johnson lake and I think some of us forgot how old we have gotten. Tyler could hardly walk the next day and Lacy broke a rib and has some internal bruising! But we enjoyed every minute of it!

Grandma's party was amazing. She is so sweet and loved by so many. It was a joy to see her celebrate this wonderful milestone in her life. It made me proud to be a part of such an incredible family. Lacy helped make a scrapbook of her life, which took some amazing organization on her part. The night before the party, Grandma B spent the night with family at was at the Barrel, a famous Hastings landmark of burgers and beer! She made the comment that she had never ridden a motorcycle. Well, the Bienkowski's jumped on that and found a family friend that had a beautiful Harley. He pulled up to the party the next day, to take her on a ride! She climbed on like a pro behind him, held on, and they sped down the highway past the cornfields! She loved it! It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day!

This past week, Sue had rotator cuff surgery (on her right shoulder). We were pretty worried that it was going to keep her down for awhile, however we should have known better. Tyler and I visited them this past weekend and she is feeling good, taking minimal pain medication and up moving around. She just has to wear a sling and go to therapy three times a week for 6 weeks. She is such a trooper. She says that if Courtney can go through what he has been through then this is "easy". I say, "hardly," since this is famously one of the most difficult ortho surgeries to go through, but the drive in this family is amazing.

Courtney is feeling much better now, and the boys worked on the Spitfire this past weekend. They are making a big headway on it, and enjoying every minute of it. It is good to see them having fun restoring Tyler's old car.

Well, I will post some pictures of Grandma B's famous ride and of the Spitfire, I hope you enjoy! I must give credit to Gracie, future photographer, for taking many of the photos at Grandma's party! Thank you always for your prayers and thoughts.


A Harley Ridin' Grandma

Grandma B's party

Spitfire restoration