This guy had a birthday last weekend.
His birthday is worth celebrating because in addition to all the big stuff he's done as air force veteran, PhD earner, Stanford graduate, world-renowned plant geneticist, etc., etc.,
and the big service he's rendered as bishop, stake president, area authority, missionary, etc., etc.,
he also happens to be my grandpa.
Since it was a mile-marker, a party was planned unbeknownst to him
and he didn't get to have a say toward the invites...
So, the whole family was in on it which made preparations really fun-- I never thought I'd stay in a hotel while visiting Rexburg with all the connections we have there, but because of the nature of the trip, Mia had access to a pool and a lot of live entertainment. Here she is taking a lap with Gma K:
With favorite Heinz cousin, Eli, while grown ups are party prepping...
...and trying desperately to attract Eli's skinny chicken with a handful of corn.
Here is our fall spread with Gpa's favorite cupcakes- applesauce with caramel and carrot with cream cheese-for the open house. Many of the grandkids had a part in table laying which made for a fun time.
It took some sneaking around to keep the whole event (and the entire family's presence!) a secret from Grandpa. Gma was of course in on it and turned out to be a world-class fibber!
He didn't suspect a thing which made for a fabulous reaction when a happy-birthday-singing entourage swarmed him in the church parking lot.
We were lucky enough to get two for the price of one during our super short Idaho jaunt!
My sweet Gma & Gpa Harmon made an appearance at the open house to check on us and I am SO glad!
The trip was a success and I am so grateful that I get to claim D. J. Heinz as mine!
Happy, happy 80th Birthday!