A happy birthday girl.
Donna, demonstrating being a "hyper-competitive show off". A distinction she got about herself in a Landmark program.
Before the surprise, we started the evening with the game the six of us invented - Croquini. Playing croquet with a martini in hand.
Chris at the party - watching her ball fly (how or why it flew, I truly can't remember).
Bret had to celebrate every victory he had. Chris is surprisingly a very good croquini player.
Donna was very surprised.
Donna was 48.
Bret at the birthday party.
Carolyn shows up (I'm pretty sure not everyone wore red, but perhaps I only took photos of those dressed that way?)
Karin attends the party.
Bret made us apple and Godiva chocolate martini's that evening.
Birthday attendees (we all look a lot younger here folks)
I'd like to say this was later in the evening, but I have a feeling it was just as the party was getting started.
Sue and Donna came to play.
Bob and Sue.
Carolyn, Becky and Alice.
Stan and Donna.
Waiting for flies. Gary.
In 2005 we spent a weekend at Steve and Vicki's place. Tim and I ended up living right next door by 2006.
Donna enjoys the quiet of the ranch.
circa 2004 - New Year's day at the ranch. Vicki and Donna
New Year's Eve 2004: Donna - having fun.
April 2005 - Chris, Donna and I went to Fossil Rim together. We stopped along the way to smell the wildflowers. I'm glad we did.
April 2005: Chris and Donna at a highway rest stop on the way home from Fossil Rim.
April 2005: Donna totally did not want to do this for me, but I did my usual pushing and forcing and she stood in the flowers (and oddly enough I didn't even get any of the blooming ones in the shot).
2004 Caddo Lake: Chris and Donna in the boat on one of our Caddo Lake adventures.
October 2005 - Jeff and Lee's wedding cruise in the gulf
October 2005: Formal night. Unfortunately, Jeff and Lee had been left at the dock on their wedding cruise. Oddly, we all had no trouble making the best of it. ;)
October 2005: Donna and Scott. At Jeff and Lee's wedding ceremony.
Spring 2006: The Croquini Crew at Sage Creek Ranch
Summer 2006: Croquini weekend at SCR. Ms. Blandford
Summer 2006: Those were the days when the pavilion was still an open air structure. And croquini was played in the dirt.
The post-game party - hanging out in the pavillion
Spring 2006: Donna B. arriving at The Tower of London (Allen) - Teddi and Jerry's wedding shower thrown at Jeff and Lee's old house.
Spring 2006: Wedding Shower: Donna and Scott (Scott's costume is "Serf")
July 4th 2009: Bret and Chris' backyard.