Monday, July 2, 2007

Happy 70th Birthday, Dad!

Yesterday was my Dad's 70th birthday so Mom had a small birthday party for him. It was originally gonna be a huge event (like his 60th birthday bash) but because my brother is getting married next weekend, Mom decided to scale it back to immediate family. We had 20 people, including Dad's sister, Aunt Joann and Uncle Norm. The weather was perfect with a slight breeze. Unbelievable for July!
This is a picture of Dustin and Allen in the little runabout boat on Mom and Dad's pond. Allen has always enjoyed being with his cousin. They caught a 5-gallon bucket full of fish. Dustin told me he and his Dad spent many hours wading through marshes and swamps looking for snakes and turtles, and learning to identify them all. One summer when my brother Mike was 11 or 12, he had cages filled with 24 snakes, many of them copperheads! Lizzie and Ruthie spent most of the time in the pool. The water was the perfect temperature. Dad cooked a huge prime rib roast on the grill, and we had a bushel of crabs which my family just finished up this morning for breakfast! Everything was wonderful, seeing Dad happy and healthy, catching up with family, and of course, the food. It was also a time for nailing down all the details for my brother's wedding next Saturday. Mom and Dad are going to host the wedding reception at their home.

Well, Mike is going to take off several days this week so he can work *smile* and try to catch up on some chores around here. Hopefully I am going to get some serious sewing done.

Have a nice week. Many blessings ~ Kathie

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