I’ve just returned from celebrating my dad’s 90th birthday on Valentine’s Day. He didn’t want a party like we had for my mom last year, but we certainly couldn’t let the day go by without recognition. My brother and I arranged a small family gathering and it was a surprise – successfully carried out! On the 14th there were a series of surprises, starting with the arrival of my brother and his son from Victoria. Then after lunch I arrived with my daughter from Montreal and my niece from Toronto. A bit later in the day my niece from Squamish arrived with her beautiful baby boy. My parents were delighted – but of course babies like Finley make everyone happy. Just look at this face…We booked dinner at the New Dynasty Restaurant, and a few more friends and relatives were waiting there when we arrived. Again my parents were surprised. It was a great evening with lots of time to visit. I baked a ginger pound cake for my dad because he likes ginger as much as I do.My brother and I and our families who arrived on Friday stayed till Sunday, so we had lots of time to laugh and poke fun at each other. The weather was agreeable and my dad was appreciative, even though he complained bitterly that we had all wasted our money by travelling so far just to see him. He said we should have just given him the money. His sense of humour hasn’t lost a thing over the years. We managed one decent photograph before everyone had to leave.Photo includes nephew Jeremy, niece Briana, me, daughter Devon, brother Phil, Mom, Dad, baby Finley, niece Meg and uncle Henry. Happy Birthday Poppa!