Mom, how she looked at her Assisted Care Home - 2006
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
We had a great time walking the small, quaint town and checking out small thrift shops and antique stores. We found a few fun things. We had our anniversary meal at an "international restaurant" and it was pretty good. Very healthy food and nice atmosphere. We had a nice romantic table by the window.
On Sunday, as we were leaving, we couldn't resist driving the 10 short miles to Carmel-by-the Sea and take a couple of pictures of the church we were married in 39 years ago.
We had a chance to visit with the present minister (our minister, who married us, we learned from our last visit, had passed away about 10 years ago). Pastor Norman was a kind and caring man and showed us around and how little the church had really changed. We had been inside a couple of other times since we had been married. Thomas Kinkade had painted this very church and Ron and I had obtained it last year and shared our excitement of owning it with Pastor Norman. He said that Thom had come to the church to unveil the one they have in the foyer when he painted it 4 years ago. We thanked him for the time he spent with us and he invited us back anytime.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
We were married on a beautiful, spring afternoon in Carmel, California. We were married at a Methodist Church half way between his parents, then living in San Simeon, California and my family in San Jose, California. We had an indoor wedding with most of our pictures taken outside in the gardens. Those were hard days when a couple starting out didn't have much money to get married on. No professional photographers, we counted on our family to take the momentos of the day. So the pictures are kind of "rugged". Also "to save money", I transformed my white prom dress into my wedding dress (a short version). Not an uncommon thing to do of those days. Ron purchased my special bouquet for the day and I wore keepsake jewelry as I walked down the aisle with my father. Also included in my wedding ceremony was the bible given to me at a young age. This had always been a "wish" of my mother. If I could have changed anything for my wedding day, I would have wanted a traditional long wedding dress and a professional photographer. It doesn't matter now, all things work out, but that was just a silly girly girl want. (It's funny I made sure both of my daughters had that for their special day!)
We had a wonderful day and are still "best friends" after 39 years. We do most everything together or at least consider the other and enjoy sweet time together. Ron and I share a very special love and always have. We met for the first time when he returned home from Vietnam and I was finishing up my senior year of high school in April, 1969. We dated for the first time in June, 1969 after graduation and I believe "loved at first sight". We were inseperable after that and he asked me to marry him August 7, 1969. I was 17 at the time and wanted to wait until after my birthday (turn 18) and the holidays before we married.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Collectors Celebrate Earth Day 365 Days a Year!
As collectors we have been “green” for years—ahead of the crowd when it comes to recycling and reusing. If you’re like us, congratulate yourselves for being “correct.”Look at how collectors recycle. Flea market dealers wrap our purchases in old newspapers. No delivery truck is needed; we haul our own great buys in the same car we came in. We search for parts of old buildings that used to be thrown away but now are marketed as “architectural antiques.” We use old, not new, cookie jars and dinnerware. Look around your house and admire your “ecological footprint.” If you bought everything new instead of old, how much extra electricity, gasoline. Earth Day celebrations encourage us to be "green." Collectors are. We recycle furniture, saving trees and power, and we buy old (not new) pottery, silver, jewelry, cookie jars, and even doors and fireplace mantels. Keep it up! And teach the younger generation to turn off lights and computers when they're not using them.
Lovin' the spring time...very warm today!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Family vacation up near Yosemite - 1992
Family picture - Dec. 1995
Education was important to Laurel and she did well in school. We were pleased that she completed her studies through college and graduated 3 different times. Once from High School, then received her AA from Cuesta College and then her Bacheler's Degree from Cal Poly University. We are so proud of her accomplishments.
Graduation from Cal Poly
Laurel on her wedding day
Becoming a mother for the first time
Laurel with her second son and how she looks today.
We will be spending the day with her today and celebrating her birth having lunch out at one of her favorite places...Olive Garden! We feel truly blessed to have Laurel in our lives and thank God everyday for his kind blessings of having a daughter so unique and loving as her.
Happy Birthday, Laurel. With love, Mom and Dad
Monday, April 13, 2009
We had such a great Easter Sunday with our family...after church we all gathered at our youngest daughter's home for a wonderful sit down ham dinner and with all the trimmings. She lives in a lovely, spacious home built in the late 1960's. It backs up to one of the golf courses in our town. It makes her back yard seem enormous. She was always our "activities director" when she lived at home. She loved to plan fun things to do for our once a week Family Home Evening. They always included scripture time, a hymn and a wonderful thought to carry us through the week. She is VERY talented in so many ways. Easter Sunday was no different. Her sweet husband started off with a message he shared with all of us about the "true" meaning of Easter and of the crucifixtion and later the resurrection. The way it was presented was even easy for the children to follow. Everyone was on the edge of their seat listening and learning. Truly inspired.
He was skipping along and having a fun time!
He is getting some help from my husband, his Pop and really getting into it!
Afterwards, Laurel had picture creating time with chalk on a part of her back step. All the grandchildren 2-11 years participated and everyone was a winner!
I love the thought each one put into their pictures.
We feel truly blessed to have both our daughters and their families in close proximity to enjoy these special times together. God is good.
Aubree, Tess and Brennen
Chase and Grant with our daughter, their mother, Laurel.