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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Beautiful Rainbow This Evening




"God added: This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the convenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings."


Genesis Chapter 9, verses 12 - 15

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy 70th Birthday to Dad and Mom





























































Sunday afternoon was the birthday party for Dad and Mom, both turn 70 in 2009, hard to believe as they are so active and enjoy life and are always open to adventure. Again all of the family was on hand, we enjoyed filet mignon, grilled to perfection by Marika's friend Brian. My nieces thought that Nick and Michelle should have a practice wedding, just so they know what to do when the actual day comes, so after a hunt for some dresses for the "bridesmaids", the faux wedding started. Emily played the wedding march on the piano, my Dad walked Michelle down the "aisle", preceded by the lovely trio of bridesmaids, and the happy couple embraced, and... well that was it, it was only a practice run, but it was fun. Later in the afternoon Emily played Rhapsody in Blue as a birthday gift to Grandma and Grandpa and Caitie played And When the Saints Come Marching In. Happy Birthday was sung, cakes were cut, and all in all it was a fabulous day.
Happy Birthday Dad and Mom - and May the Adventures Continue!

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A Celebratory Dinner Out


Saturday evening was wonderful! A dinner had been planned to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Nick and Michelle. Dinner was excellent, I love rare Ahi Tuna, and the restaurant we went to does really good Ahi Tuna. How wonderful to spend the evening with my husband, both sisters, my future brother-in-law, and my parents! How fortunate and blessed I feel to have had this time together, we all enjoyed each others company, and were the only people left in the dining room when we realised that the staff were kind of waiting around for us to leave so they could go home. Life is Good :)

Marching Band Parent Preview




Beautiful, hot, summer weather was on tap Saturday as the Marching Band presented their show at the Parent Preview. Emily and her fellow band mates had spent the previous two weeks, working eight hours per day, to learn their drill and music, and their hardwork paid off, as they did an excellent job performing.
It was also a special day as my sister Michelle, and her fiance Nick, who were visiting from England, were able to attend the Parent Preview, along with my Dad and Mom, everyone enjoyed the show. Emily was thrilled to have so many special guests watching the performance.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And more birthday's




Saturday was husband Dave's 51st birthday, and son Benjamin's 18th birthday, we had a nice family celebration at home. Delicious hamburgers on homemade buns, still warm from the oven, sliced tomato and onion fresh from the garden to garnish, potato salad, fresh corn on the cob, and of course birthday cake and ice cream. Every year Dave and Ben want the exact same cake, chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting, covered in M&M's and served with Edy's Double Fudge Brownie Chocolate ice cream! Hmmmm - I think they might like chocolate - what do you think? Ben blew all 18 candles on his cake out with one breath, and not to be outdone, Dave, blew all 51 candles on his cake out with one breath - WOW! It took a while for the smoke to clear!!! A good time was had by all - obviously, you can tell by the pictures, it is much more fun turning 51, than 18.


An interesting fact, Dave and I used exactly four packets of candles (24 ct) between us this year, so those of you who are not mathematically challenged should easily be able to figure out how old I was in March.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

What a great movie!! Made in 1964, starring Betty Davis, Olivia DeHaviland, Joseph Cotten, and Agnes Moorehead. Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a suspense drama about Charlotte Hollis, played by Davis, who has retreated from the world since the brutal murder of her lover many years before. Charlotte lives in her mansion with her housekeeper Velma, played by Moorehead. The highway department has acquired the mansion and Charlotte has to leave, she refuses, and invites her cousin, Miriam, played by Dehaviland, to visit with the hopes that she can save the family home. However things are not as they seem, and..........well you have to watch the movie to find out what happens. If you like Bette Davis, you will enjoy this movie, she is classic Davis, her long diatribes are executed perfectly. Bette Davis is at her best when she plays deranged characters, and Charlotte Hollis is definitely a whacko.

I found Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, at our local library, they have a wonderful selection of classic movies. Tonight we are going to watch David Copperfield, a 1935 version starring W.C. Fields, I am looking forward to watching it! The third movie I borrowed was, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, starring Doris Day and David Niven, it was okay. I wanted to like it more, but found it kind of slow moving. I decided it would be a good movie to have on in the background while working on a project.

It is very nice that our library has such an extensive collection of movies, and they are FREE to borrow, unless you return them late.

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Special Day




















Yesterday was a very special day for our family, grandson Henry was baptized! After the baptism service at Our Lady of Good Hope Church we returned home for a celebration. Henry had both sets of Grandparents doting on him, two great aunts, and one great uncle, three uncles, three aunts, three cousins, two second cousins, and of course his Mom and Dad - what a fortunate boy!
Dave and I feel truly blessed, we have four great kids, a great son-in-law, a great daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and another grandchild is due next April - Life IS GOOD!!