Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

Halloween is always so much fun.  The kids politely and eagerly line up to get their treats.
But it seems that most of the parents ...
have much more fun than the kids ...
and that some of the kids ... never grow up.
Thank goodness.

Happy Halloween 2012.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Samantha's 32nd birthday

As my father has said many times .... "I can accept my age, but find it hard to believe that my child is that old."  I get it.  It is hard to believe that Samantha turned 32 this week.  We went to California to see for ourselves.

Yep, it's true.  Samantha is 32 years old.  Beth gave her a fancy lighted Tiara.
Very Royal.

Jake made her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY cake.
Very yummy.

Mayumi joined us as we exercised our brain cells by practicing our juggling.
Very comical.

The rest of Samantha's birthday weekend was spent admiring Jake's garden, going on a run/bike with Samantha, visiting 3 different Apple Stores in 15 hours ... including hanging out with Tim Cook at the new Palo Alto store with the incredibly cool glass roof ...
watching Samantha do magic tricks with her new Thunderbolt Display,
having dinner with Beth at Chow's Food Bar (where the sultry brunette in the red dress insisted on putting her arm around me while sneering at Helen) 
and experiencing my first Qigong treatment under the loving hands of Qigong by Quist

Happy Birthday Samantha.
(Samantha money from her 10th birthday party courtesy of Oma)  
Thanks for letting us celebrate with you.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A dozen weddings

Today I married Scott and Jamie.  Well, I served as the officiant at their wedding.  It marked my 12th wedding ceremony.  Jamie and Scott decided to wed at the beautiful and historic Ward-Meade Park and Gardens.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided otherwise.
While the rain was gentle, it was persistent ...
causing us to move inside the historic mansion where wedding number 12 took place.  Thanks to Scott and Jamie for letting me be a part of your lives.
Happy Wedding Day.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Family and Football and Funeral

On Thursday, September 27th, Samantha, the Gs and I drove to Springfield to visit family and to watch Anthony quarterback the Kickapoo (Fear the Poo) High School Chiefs to victory over previously unbeaten Hillcrest.
Anthony was fantastic!  He ran for 2 touchdowns and threw for 2 more.  No doubt, he was the star of the game. There were lots of Anthony fans in the stands.
Early the next morning, Andy joined me as we traveled to Hollister to join a couple of my buddies to play golf at Murder Rock Golf Club
before joining Samantha, the Gs, Donna and Hope at Lambert's Cafe ... "The Only Home of Throwed Rolls" ...
where we learned that Granny is a pretty good catch.

The Kickapoo High School Homecoming Dance was that night and while Anthony objected to us attending, he did allow us a family photo with his date.
After driving all night, Helen and Jake joined us early Saturday morning allowing us to attend the funeral of The Widow Crowder
who was a long-time Springfield resident and the mother of our dear friend, Sally Dinkel.  Helen introduced Sally and Mike Dinkel and takes full credit for the very lives of their 3 children.

The rest of the weekend was filled with fun family activities including a nice walk in the park, 
spending some quality time with the Gs,
watching old (late 1920s to early 1960s) home movies, witnessing an amazing Moon Halo
laughing through breakfast with Anton himself at quirky Anton's Coffee Shop (home of 124 different omelets) 
and of course ... enjoying the Granny and Hope Show.

Thanks to Samantha and Jake for joining us on this fun family adventure. 
Mega thanks to them for spending the next several days with us before catching a plane to Boston yesterday.