Happy Anniversary to Kirk / Happy Birthday to Dad

TT.DadDay2 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday.  Today is my wedding anniversary with my hubby Kirk and also my father’s birthday.  What a special day it is. The top photo is of me with my dad the year before Ian was born.  The bottom photo is of my groom, Ian, and me.

Over the weekend, we celebrated my dad and a family friend and had a blast.  Our family and friends always make a big deal about birthdays.  I just love that.  We celebrate each person, have great meals and cakes and ice cream, and give gifts and cards as well. The birthday boy or girl chooses the special meal that is made in his or her honor.  There is also singing and lots of photos.

This morning, Kirk and I had breakfast, reminisced about our wedding day, and gave each other cards.  We are both quite busy and will celebrate more later.  More importantly, we are loving and kind to each other each day.  Or at least try to be. We are also best friends and love doing stuff together.

My hubby and my dad are two of my favorite guys.  I am so very blessed and so thankful for both of them and all that they have meant to me.  It was great for Dad to share his special day with us.  I love them both so very much.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A father who has always loved me, flaws and all
  • A father who has taught me so very much
  • A husband who I treasure more each year
  • A husband who is my partner on life’s journey
  • A father who is great with Ian
  • A father and mother who have shown what true love really is
  • A husband who adores his son
  • A husband who loves to spend time with me and our son
  • A father who loves unconditionally
  • A hubby who loves unconditionally

Today I celebrate my hubby and my father and thank the Lord for both of them.  Kirk and Dad, hope you both have terrific days!  Also, Happy United Nations Day.

Happy Birthday dear Kirk!

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you!  Happy Birthday dear Kirk, Happy Birthday to you!

Ian and I sang that to Kirk this morning and he enjoyed it.  We both love Kirk very much.  “Happy Birthday Dad,” Ian said.

Kirk is the love of my life, my partner, an amazing father to our son, and such fun to be with. I enjoy our family moments and special times. I love our family traditions.

I love how Kirk makes me laugh, and I so appreciate when he comforts me and supports me. He is wonderful.

Happy Birthday to you dear Kirk!  Have a great one.

Happy Birthday Dear Pam!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA Today is the birthday of one of my favorite people — my cousin Pam.  Happy birthday to you dear Pam!  May you have an amazing and wonderful day! May you have fun and a great celebration!!!

We have been good friends for many years but have never lived close to one another.  The distance doesn’t matter and for that I am always thankful. In fact, each time we see each other we pick up right where we left off and always have much to talk about. And we stay in touch with one another during times we aren’t together in the same city.

Kirk, Ian, and I went to see her this summer and had so much fun.  We laughed, we chatted, we drank our wine and it was terrific!!  It was great being at her lovely house with Pam, her hubby, and family.  We hadn’t seen each other for 4 years before that.

img073Growing up, she was my beautiful and cool cousin from California.  I loved the summers we would go there and see her and her family.   I remember in high school listening to the  music of the day and always remember “You Spin Me Right Round,” by Dead or Alive as a song we’d dance to.  That was one of many songs that we used to enjoy together.

To borrow a line for the movie “Beaches,” my memory of her is very long.  I love that and love that we still have a blast together.  And, our husbands get along well too.  She still is my cool cousin and just as beautiful, but I like it that now we both live in the south.

Pam, I wish we could be with you today to celebrate!  Hope you have a wonderful day!  Love you so very much!  And I hope to see you and your wonderful family again soon!!!

The first of these photos was taken this summer.  The second is from the early 1990s when I had a sunburn. These are two of many photos I have — all of them remembering a special moment.

I love all of my other cousins too!  I am so fortunate to have a great group of cousins.  Last week, one cousin Robbi celebrated her birthday.  She too is an amazing woman and a friend.  I am sorry that I missed a blog for you Robbi!  We enjoyed a wonderful and fun party with her and her family.

To all of my cousins, I love you so very much and wish we could see each other more than we do. Hopefully we will again soon.  Cousins truly are our first friends other than our siblings and I am honored to have the best!

Happy Birthday Dear Richmond!

SRP.33.Patti_Richmond.1990Today, December 28, is my brother’s Birthday! Happy Birthday to you dear Richmond. This picture was taken in 1990 at the beach and is one of my favorites.  It cracks me up how similar our hairdos are.

I am 5 years older than my bro and we are very close.  It wasn’t always that way – at least not when we were growing up.  But, we overcame that and put aside our sibling rivalry junk. Now we are adults who love to spend time together and have our families get together.

It is a blessing to have shared all that we did with our sister Cindy and be able to come out the other side as friends who enjoy being together.  The three of us are pictured below.  And, I must admit it is amazing that we are now in our 40s.  Where did the time go?  How did I fly by so quickly?

It did and we have made a point to keep in regular contact since we no longer live in the same towns.  We get together when we can and our kids enjoy being together too.

Richmond has a great job, a wonderful family, is a lot of fun, and makes me laugh.  He is a fan of U2, dress clothes, and loves to quote movies.  I just wish we could spend more time together.

Tonight is his birthday party and I unfortunately won’t be able to be there, but will be in spirit.  With my son having been sick this week, Kirk and I decided to rest and stay closer to home.  I am, however, looking forward to photos and hearing about the evening.

Richmond, I hope that you have a wonderful birthday and can have fun and do what you like!   May you have a blessed birthday and another amazing trip around the sun!  I love you bro!!!

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Happy Birthday Tammy!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday.  Today is the birthday of my best friend from elementary school — Tammy.   Happy Birthday to you dear Tammy.

It is amazing to think how long we have known each other — for many, many years.  We have been through a lot and I love that we still stay in regular touch with each other.  That is so rare and I am so blessed to have her as my dear friend.

This photo is from the summer of 2012 when we were together with our families at the beach.  Our sons had fun playing together, which is so cool.

She recently reminded me of an incident when we got trouble in school – in Mr. Toler’s class.  We were giggling as we often did and he sent us to the coat closet.  His idea is that we were supposed to be quiet.  Needless to say, we weren’t.  Instead we just kept talking and laughing.

I remember when we were in junior high, she and her family moved away.  I was so upset and truly missed her for a long time.  The fact that we have kept in touch and still have a great time when we see each other is amazingly special to me.

When Kirk and I got married, she surprised me and showed up for the weekend.  I was totally blown away and touched. If I’d known she was coming, I would have asked her to be in the wedding as one of my bridesmaids.  But the surprise was such fun.

Tammy is an amazing woman, a strong Christian with a cool hubby and four great kids, and one of the best math teachers I know. She loves her family and friends and loves to laugh — something we loved to do together and still do.

I wish I could see her in person and give her a birthday hug.  But, that is not possible this year.  So instead I will wish her a very Happy Birthday!  Love you Tammy!  From one giggle gal pal to another, AGADKTGA!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Robbi / Clouds

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy November 12. Today is my cousin Robbi’s birthday.

Happy Birthday to you dear Robbi.  I hope that you have a great day today!  This is a picture of us from last Christmas.

Robbi is a lot of fun and I enjoy spending time with her and her entire family. Ian likes to play with her kids.

She is a great cook, a very talented seamstress with her own business, enjoys her job, and spending time with her friends and family.  She is the mother of two kids and is married to a great guy.

We enjoy getting together as a family to celebrate birthdays and just did celebrate Robbi’s as well as her daughter’s.  It was a lot of fun.

Robbi, may you have a wonderful birthday full of fun and blessings!  Love you!

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GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s photo challenge is Clouds.  Here is a pretty picture I took recently in the morning.

I love how the light is peaking through the clouds.

Hope you have a great day.

Happy Early Birthday Dad!

Patti_Dad_2006Tomorrow, October 24, is my dad’s birthday.  It is also my anniversary.

He was generous enough to share this special day with us and we are very thankful.  The year we got married, 1998, he truly enjoyed being The Father Of The Bride.

I wanted to wish him a happy and special day and wish it early.  We look forward to seeing you today and hopefully tomorrow too, or another day this week.

Here we are pictured are together in 2006, before Ian was born.  We were having fun on vacation as we usually do.

Dad, thanks for everything!  You have been and continue to be a great dad and grandfather.  I am so thankful for you and our relationship and your love.  And, I am thankful that you love to play with Ian and visit and be with Kirk as well.

You have taught me so much and I cannot thank you enough.  You are a man I greatly admire and love.

Happy early Birthday to you!!  We love you and wish you another amazing and fun journey around the sun.

A few quotes about fathers that I thought you might enjoy:

  • “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.  ~Clarence Budington Kelland
  • “Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.  ~Bill Cosby
  • “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!  ~Lydia M. Child
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.  ~Author Unknown
  • “Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown.  ~Author Unknown

Happy late Birthday Mom!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday was my mother’s birthday!

We had such fun celebrating with her both yesterday and during a family party on Saturday.

I didn’t take the time to write anything then.  But I did want to wish her well and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU online.

I love my Mom and love that we are friends.  She has taught me so much – both as a child and now that I too am a parent. She is a great example for me and I am so thankful for her.

Like me, she loves to read, sing, take photos, spend time with family and friends.  And, she loves her children and grandchildren more than words.

Here are a few pictures of us.  The first one is with her on Mother’s Day earlier this year with Ian. The other two are from many, many years ago.SRP.34_Mairy.Patti.Artha.1968 SRP.72.Bill.Mairzy.Patti.late1960s The first is me with my mother and her mother.  We were having fun at the beach.  The last picture is of me with both of my parents.

Thanks Mom for everything!  I love you very much.

Happy 6th Birthday Ian!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Ian, Happy Birthday to you!

Today my son turns 6 years old.  My how the time has flown!

Here is a photo that I took of him yesterday at the pumpkin patch/berry farm.  We had a great time.

We celebrated with him this morning before school and will again when he gets home. And, on Friday and Saturday, we’ll be having parties with several friends and family.

My family always made a big deal about birthdays and I am glad that my hubby and I are carrying on that tradition.  It is great as a kid to have such a special day! We want that for Ian as well.

Our sweet boy has grown and changed so much over the years.  He is taller and loves to learn.  He also loves music, loves to play and read, and be with his friends and family.

We look forward to a fun day full of memories of Ian and fun times!  Let the celebrating begin!!!

 

July 11 – I Wore This / Happy Birthday Kirk!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy birthday to my husband Kirk!  Today is his birthday!!   YEAH!

We are busy for a lot of the day, but there will still be time for our family to have fun and celebrate together.

Here are the three of us several years ago at the beach!  We had fun on this trip and have on several others.  And, we always love being home together and hanging out!

To my love, my best friend, confidant, and wonderful father to our son, I love you so very much!

I have enjoyed this journey around the sun with you.  There have been ups and downs, good and bad, and I am so glad you are my traveling companion!!  Thanks for your love, laughter, and support!

To many more wonderful years together!!  I love you and wish you a wonderful and very special day!!!  Happy Birthday.

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Today’s Photo-A-Day challenge is I Wore This.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHere is a picture of my jewelry for the day along with a party hat that we bought for Kirk’s birthday and for our nephew Zachary who had a birthday yesterday.

We celebrated Zach’s 15th birthday at a wonderful dinner out and birthday cookie.  He was a baby the year we got married.  My time flies!!   Tonight we’ll celebrate with a dinner out for Kirk and some wonderful cake and candles.

Also in the picture are two of my favorite necklaces — one that states SRP LUV and the other is a picture of our family’s beach house with a rainbow to it.

As you may know, I LOVE Rainbows and grew up listening to a story about an elf trying to figure out where they come from.  This story was the inspiration for my blog.

These two items of jewelry are very special.  I made the Luv necklace with beads and material from a favorite bead store.  My sister gave me the necklace of the beach house.  On the other side of this necklace is a great picture of our grandparents.  They are the ones who started our love of this house and neighborhood which, thankfully, is still in the family.

I also have some turquoise pieces, my (pretty new) watch and some lovely shell earrings that my sister made for me.  I do love my accessories, as my friends and family can attest to.   They are, to me, what make an outfit!

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I also want to wish my brother-in-law Cody a Happy Birthday today!  May you have time to relax and have fun!

My husband and my sister’s husband have the same birthday — just a few years apart.  How cool is that?

A few birthday quotes for the birthday boys!!!

  • “We know we’re getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”  ~ Chili Davis
  • “In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups.  In old age, we yearn to be kids.  It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn’t have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order.”  ~ Robert Brault
  • “Birthdays are good for you.  Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. ” ~ Larry Lorenzoni