Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy 75th Birthday!

A 75th birthday only comes around once in a lifetime!   So we wanted to celebrate with you....this has been quite a year for celebrating your birthday (and by year we mean the last twelve months)!   We started out the celebration with a call which said let's go to Florida and celebrate mom's 75th birthday...well thinking that mom's birthday is in January that seemed like an exciting idea!   But the get together had to be scheduled in August.   

So we gathered in Florida at Walt Disney World for the birthday celebration without end!   Did you know when it is your birthday at Disney they give you a button that identifies you as the birthday girl?   And did you know if you wear it every day for a week, every where you go you get birthday cake and that every one wishes you happy birthday?   Well Pat does!!!!

First Birthday celebration!!

Next Birthday Celebration!
You get the idea!

Then we were off to visit the Disney parks.....oh did we mention it was 100 degrees and 99% humidity? We visited MGM, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom all in one week.   Here are some of our photos from the week!

Did we mention it was hot?

We saw Pluto and Goofy!
 And Tigger too!
 And of course Winnie the Pooh.

 We partied at Hoop de Doo!

 This kind of looks like a parade!

Grandma and the Cousins!

Pat and Lew - still in love!

Pat, we had the kids over for Family Night last month and we talked about what we wanted to share with you on your birthday.   All the reasons that you are special to us.   We came up with a HUGE list of things and wanted to share some of them with you as a kind of birthday tribute!

Special Thoughts


Mom, you always made us whatever kind of cake we wanted.  I especially remember the snowman and my favorite, mac and cheese.  Do you remember my 16th birthday?   You put me over your knee.  I was thinking I should return the favor.  I always remember how you always woke us up singing...whatever was on your mind.

My favorite memories are knowing that you and Lew would always be there for family milestones.   You are always there for the "big" events....blessings, baptisms, temple endowments, graduations, missions, football games, performances, marriages.   The list goes on and on.  You are an amazing example of love of family.   I also love your generally sunny disposition.    You are a great example to our family....we love you tons!

The Boys....and Anne Marie

Always to be remembered....those "terrible" Christmas cookies.   
Could you ever make enough?  
We remember when we came to visit you always made sure everyone had breakfast no matter how many people were there, or how long we slept.
We remember hot dog casserole and macaroni salad (Yummmmy)
Enjoyed going to the Hill Cumorah Pageant and staying at your house.

Short and Sweet
Fun Loving
Loves to be with the Family
Makes everyone feel like part of the Family
Loves to be with the Family at the Temple
Loves the Gospel
Good cook

Pat, we are so grateful that you and Lew have made the trip up to be with each of our children as they have gone through the are a few pictures to help you remember those trips.

Owen - Boston Temple 2005

Mitch - Boston Temple 2009

Anne Marie - Palmyra Temple 2010

Pat, I can't thank you enough for all you have done for our family.   You have obviously been a fantastic mother.   Joe is all that I could hope for in a friend and husband.  He is kind, and caring, and constantly thinking about the needs of others and I know he learned all that from his mother.   You have been a great example to our boys and have always encouraged them to do the right things and have written to them and supported them on their missions.  You have made gifts for their babies and always remembered them on their birthdays and special events.   Not only were you there for the birth of our children --- you've been there for the really important events in their lives.  You know them and love them!   You truly are a significant part of their lives and for that I thank you.     You have shared your spirit with them and your love of life.   They know that they are important to you!   

Hope you have a great day today and know that we love you!  Happy 75th Birthday!!!!

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