Grandpa Bob, Jason's Dad, has decided to retire early. Stephanie, his youngest, decided that it would be a good idea to throw a retirement party and try to get everyone there. Since Andy (oldest) now lives in GA, Us in OH, Laura in Destin, FL, and Steph contemplating moving to CA, this may be a now or never for us all to get together. On top of that, he's never seen the kids. During Christmas 2007, a heated situation left tension between us all.
Bob was surprised. He thought he was going to Cirque De Soleil in Orlando. As he went around greeting all his guests, Jason and I hid. We he got around the door we were hiding behind, we pushed the boys out to greet him. He dropped to his knees to see them. He knew right away. It truly emotional. Even got to Jason. There was not a dry eye in the room (or patio). I must say that I am relieved. I look forward to Bob and Diane being a bigger part in the boys' life. They don't have many surviving members on my side.....I want the best for them.
Both Bob and Diane said that this was the best surprise ever. Definitely worth the hectic weekend trip across the country.
ps: party was in Ocala or "gator country", notice we dressed the boys in OSU gear, just to make a point.
Here are the photos: