Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January jubilation

I'm  surprised that the first month of 2017 has already gone by already but I shouldn't be.  Surely I should be used to it by now.... after 65 years! I'm trying to get used to that too! So strange!  Now I'm married to a sixty year old man! Truthfully, he's in better shape now than he was 10 years ago.  I'm so proud of him and wish I were doing as well.  He wanted a celebration for his birthday where he could visit with former single's ward members, other friends and family.  Thanks to Alicia, we made it happen. She did the inviting.  Donnie and my Mom helped with the food making soup and bread..  And since it was Rod's birthday, we had carrot cake and donuts! It turned out to be a great evening.

The grand kids helped put the candles on the cake.

Singing Happy Birthday!

Everyone had to help blow them out!

Lots of  the current ward members came.

And many from the previous ward.

Cherished friends.

And Family!

So many dear people!
The most adorable grand kids!

The Tucson family came up and, as usual, Todd entertained numerous kids!

 I didn't get photos of everyone, but it was so fun to see and visit with so many people.  It was a really fun party and it was so fun to celebrate the amazing man he is!  He found his 'birthday present' on line, a fancy road bike.  He had trouble sleeping the night before we picked it up cause he was so excited. 

 Rod has focused a great deal of time and energy on his tile project.  He has loved the tile at the Alhambra.  He originally wanted me to quilt that pattern....I told him NO!  Sooo, he has decided to paint the pattern on silk.  He spent many hours figuring out how to draw the pattern on paper. Then he used an exacto knife to cut it out of card stock.

He used that as a template.  
He spent a great deal of time learning about painting on fabric with wax resist.
this is his 'practice' on cotton.
 He traced the pattern on watercolor paper and painted it to get a feel for how it will look someday.
It's gorgeous!
I am so very grateful for this man.  He has made my life a joy and an adventure.  He honors God and our Family, and is anxious to take care of me and do anything that will make me happy. I am so blessed and grateful!