grandad’s plate.

Last post from Grama and Grandad’s house.

And just maybe, best post.

Because of all the planned activities of the weekend, this may have been the one we were all looking forward to the most. It was Grandad’s plate presentation.

Allow me to explain. My stepdad is not a heavy beer drinker by any stretch of the imagination. But he is a consistent beer drinker, which is pretty par for the course in our family. And his favorite Nashville haunt is The Flying Saucer which inducts its most loyal customers into the “UFO Club” for drinking 200 different beers by presenting them with a custom plate to be displayed on the walls of the restaurant. We were honored to be in attendance for the party celebrating Grandad’s second plate. Yes, that makes 400 beers. Told ya he was consistent. (But for the record, it took him 10 years to get the first one and five to get the second.)

So we loaded the kiddos up and headed downtown for Grandad’s celebration. It’s a restaurant with a bar inside (not vice versa) so the kids were welcome.

They immediately ordered cold ones…

Cold root beers, that is.

Although when the waitress brought them over she got a little confused by Charlotte’s beverage and actually set a real beer down in front her. Luckily she realized her mistake just as Char was about to take her first sip. A quick switcheroo was made and all was well.

Brody is more of a Coke man which made things much less confusing.

Speaking of confusing, there’s this…

It never ceases to amaze me what my sister will do to herself knowing full well that I’m going to post it all over these here internets.

Which is why she’s laughing. She always realizes her mistake 2 1/2 seconds too late.

Here’s my Mom Facebooking her little heart out. I think she may have even tried her hand at hashtagging.

But for the record, she says she still has a “tweeter” that she doesn’t know how to use. Bless it.

After my first drink I turned my camera on my hunky honey whom we tried to coax into a quintessential profile pic pose. I told him to “work the smolder”.

I give him an A for effort at the very least…

Really though, he’s hunkiest when snuggling our boy…

Here’s Brody trying to finish off a massive bowl of wings…

and getting a little help from Grandad…

But then things took a turn for the worse. Grownups got loose with their wallets and started paying children real cash monies for silly dares. Here’s Uncle Dave shelling out a buck for Sarah’s successful declaration that when she grows up she’s going to pick corn and pick her toes (or something to that effect).

Ephraim was prodded into telling Grandad that if he died Ephraim would finish his next plate for him,

And then I caught Meghan’s face as Ephraim told her, “I’m glad you didn’t marry the boy who had earrings in his nipples.”

That one came from me. And yes, it was crude but for the record, I’m glad too.

Then we cleared out a couple of tables near us when the boys started singing and dancing to Gangnam Style while Grandad blasted the tune from the iPad…

I have no idea why those sitting near us didn’t want to be part of this.

And then someone who’d had one too many root beers tried to record my presence at the party…

Finally, it was time for the man of the hour to be honored.

We headed into the bar part of the restaurant to raise a glass to Grandad’s, ahem,  consistency.

The bartender made her grand pronouncement,

And then she handed Grandad the string to unveil his plate…


Ta DA!

The kiddos posed proudly with their Grandad,

and his plate.

And then we all headed home to sleep off all our cold ones.

Good times!

GrandadJuly 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Erin, you are a magnificent story teller. But for the record, it took me 10 years to get the first plate and five for the second. Love you so much.

ZaiJuly 15, 2014 - 1:53 pm

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