Thursday, October 20, 2016

Happy Birthday to my best friend!

 My he is 63!
We started dating when I was 14 and he was 15...
that's a long time.
We've definitely had some adventures together...
He's my best friend,
the best dad,
the best Papa...
I love him!
This first picture is in Mississippi...
we definitely look a bit younger!
We used to hike when we first moved to the Pacific Northwest.
This is how he often carried Joshua!
 This was Easter Sunday of 1979.

On October 2, 1978,
we welcomed Gabrial Ryan into our lives!
 On February 19, 1981,
we welcomed Lindsey Nicole!
 These two pictures are special for a different reason.
This was a couple of weeks before we almost lost Ron in a car wreck.
 I have chosen not to put the photos of him after the wreck here,
but I still thank God for sparing him!
 We don't really hike,
he is always hiking for his job.
But we do enjoy taking walks together.
Maybe after he retires, hiking will come back into the picture for us.
He loves crab..
He loves to cook crab, especially if Joshua is going to be here.
 Ron is the middle of 3 boys.
His older brother, Larry, and his younger brother, David.
Going to visit his mom at the farm is always something he looks forward to.
He and Joshua often go together and they work with Larry to fix things, plant the garden, and just do whatever needs to be done!
I have no idea what year this guess is 1976.
He definitely wore his hair a bit longer...
but he had more hair to wear longer!
I just thought I'd throw this one in!

Now, he's also loving being a Papa to 5:
                                        Thalia, Emerson, Benjamin, William, and Walt!
 With Thalia...
 With Emerson...
 With Benjamin...
With William...
With Walt...

This is a more recent photo of us...
now we've been married for close to 40 years!

Happy Birthday, Ron!
even though I know he'll probably never see this!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Happy 17th Birthday, Thalia!

Here it is, October 18th...and Thalia is 17 years old today!
She'll probably want to strangle me for saying this, but I think she looks just the same, just a little older! She was an absolutely adorable little "rug rat", as her dad called her, and she's an absolutely beautiful high school senior!  
 I'm so proud of her for so many reasons.
She's spent her high school years in 3 different high schools.  
Bangkok, Thailand
London, England
and now back to California for her senior year.

I was talking to her a couple of weeks ago, and I was so impressed with her attitude!
She did a full year of IB in London and was telling me it wasn't counting anymore.
I was telling her how bad I felt.
"Oh, it's OK Mimi..." and she proceeded to tell me how it had prepared her better for her classes this year.
Everything was positive...
Most who had to move to a new school for their senior year would be singing the blues..
not Thalia.
She left her boyfriend, JT, in London...
 In Bangkok, I was in a bit of disagreement with her parents!
They let her JUMP from the 2nd FLOOR to the pool below!
Here she is as a little one,
loving her animals,
even banana slugs!

Happy 17th Birthday to you, Thalia!
I love you!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Celebrating Gabe and Emily's birthdays with my little guys!

Gabe and Emily have birthdays 3 days apart...the 2nd and the 5th.  I went down Monday and Tuesday to keep the little guys so they could go out and celebrate their birthdays.  Yeehaw!  I was happy for their birthdays, but even more so to keep the little guys!

Emerson was in school, so Walt and I played...and we played...and he walked...and we tossed balls back and forth...and we went to Costco. 
On Monday afternoon, I kind of forgot to feed Walt his lunch until I couldn't figure out why he was a bit fussy.
Well, no 'Mimi of the Year' here!
But it finally dawned on me and the poor little guy INHALED  some applesauce and another mixed vegetables.
So sorry, Walt!

 On Tuesday, after we picked up Emerson, we went to In n Out burger...and Walt ate an ENTIRE hamburger, except for 1 bite, and as usual, Emerson ate 2!

While Emerson was at school, Walt and I made a white cake with chocolate frosting for his mama.  Her birthday is actually today (October 5) but we were going to celebrate before I left.  We couldn't find a candle, not having bought any because we just knew there were some at home - we were wrong!  I found Walt's first birthday candle...which we used since Emily is #1 Mom to her boys!

 When Emily and Gabe got home, we sang, had a few presents, and took some pictures, of course!

What a fun 2 days...I know Emily and Gabe enjoyed celebrating their birthdays together, but my boys and I had a blast, too!

Happy Birthday Gabe and Emily!

Sunday, October 02, 2016 1979

Happy Birthday, Gabe!  
My baby boy is 38 years old today!
 This was Christmas Day, 1979
Gabrial was 1 year, 2 months, 23 days old
 His dad had built this slide for him...and for Joshua...
Um?  Gabe doesn't look too happy?
 We were living in Seiad Valley...
loved the house,
hated the town.
 Joshua and Gabrial,
they were definitely buddies!
This was our home...
Gabe was born in Oregon, but we had moved here in April of that year.
 This was typical..especially the picture below!

 I can't remember why, but we had Christmas at our home in California, then we took off for Texas.
Carseats?  I don't even think they existed.
 There's no seatbelts on these boys either!
 Mimi and Gabe!
This is my Mimi...I loved her so much that I wanted my grandkids to call me Mimi...and they do!
 Grandpa and Gabe
Sid, aka Grandpa, had nicknames for the boys...Jethro and Pedro!
 Saddie, Gabe, and Joshua
Ahhh, rocking the little guy!
 Gabe and Uncle Charlie
It looks like he's asleep!
We were celebrating Christmas on December 30th.
This is Granddad, (aka Curly), Joshua and me, Mimi and Gabe
My little guy with one of his new toys!
This was a bit later, in October of 1980 on Gabe's 2nd birthday.
Fast forward to February of 1981, and Gabe became a big brother when Lindsey was born!
Now Gabe has 2 boys of his own...
I so often look at Emerson and Walt, thinking how much they look like their dad.
This picture of Gabe is about when he was one year old.
But there's 5 days difference between Emerson and Walt in these pictures!

It was fun looking back at pictures of Gabe when he was a little over a year old.
He's still precious to me...and still my little boy!
I love you, Gabe

Happy 38th Birthday!