Glenn's birthday was a couple of weeks ago! His parents came to visit for the weekend; they've actually come to visit for every one of his birthdays since we moved here! It is a nice tradition that has developed. We had a great time, and Violet was especially happy to have her grandparents around.
They got here Friday night, and we spent the whole day on Saturday doing fun things. We went to Griffith Park in the morning. Violet rode the ponies again. This time she kept her dad close and her eye on the man with the blue jacket, and reluctantly allowed him to put her in the saddle. After that she had a great time!
Violet also got to ride the carousel, and afterwards, we had a picnic and played croquet in the lawn near the carousel. This carousel is super old, and the fastest one I've ever seen! Violet was a little shaken after getting off!
Saturday evening, Glenn and I went on a date! We went to eat at La Barca, a Mexican restaurant very close by that we'd heard good things about. It was delicious! The best part was taking as long as we wanted. We usually rush through dinner if we go to a restaurant with Violet. Even if she is being really good, it's like we are scared she is eventually going to get bored, so we hurry through everything. Since it was just us, we waited a little extra long to get a booth instead of a table, and then the waiter had to come back twice before we ordered because we were really taking our time deciding.
On Sunday, Glenn's birthday, we all had breakfast together. Glenn didn't have any meetings before church, which was a nice birthday present! Violet helped Glenn open his presents, of course. I think she was as excited about some of the presents as he was!
Here's where I made my big mistake: I didn't make the cake until Glenn's parents had gone. They left to drive home right after church, and I made the birthday cake in the afternoon. Well, Glenn ate one piece, and I was too full, so we were left with a giant cake in the fridge and no one to eat it! We took it to our institute class a couple of days later and it was gone in about 5 seconds, so it all worked out.