Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Papa's 85th Birthday

The month of April is almost gone! What a busy month is has been with a big birthday party, quilt retreat, dinners, babysitting, Etsy, Easter  and preparing for an upcoming trip to Vermont in May. I love to blog, but sometimes, life just gets so busy that I have to let something go for awhile. So my poor blog took the hit this time. I will be posting about the April events until I catch up a bit as my whole reason for blogging is to keep a record of my life for me and for my family. Please bear with me. My dad's 85th Birthday Party was a special event for him. Most of the family was there and I know I have posted many pictures here that won't interest non family, so just skip over them and know we all had a grand time.

When dad had his stroke and heart attack five years ago, the doctors didn't really think he would see his 85th birthday. I didn't either. Surprise!!! Here he is and he is looking good and doing pretty well. He has really enjoyed living at Russellville Retirement Home, so we decided to have his party there and open it to all the residents. It was a lot of fun to see his friends help him celebrate his big day. Dad was born on April 8th, 1929.

This is his big family...the Wuitschick clan. We were missing a few family members, but most of us were able to attend.

Papa is looking a bit serious here, but I like this picture. I think it captures my dad. He can sure get around in his electric scooter.

This is his favorite server Sara. She was our helper for the evening and did a wonderful job. She's a sweetie.

This is Papa's youngest brother Steve. He told dad he wasn't going to be able to attend, but he surprised him right before the party. They are so fun to watch. Sadly, dad's other siblings were not able to attend.

Steve is my "LITTLE UNCLE" and I just love him. I am actually older than him. My mom and my grandmother were pregnant together. It sounds funny but my grandmother was only 36 when Steve was born. We grew up like cousins and my brother and Steve have always been close. They let me pal around with them on a few occasions. I really love this pictures of the two of us.

The residents showed up early for the evening event. Here's Jimmy visiting with them and making sure everyone was having a good time. We had to get the cake cut and going for the visitors!

Of course, baby Otto had to join the fun. Papa's making sure he had some cake too. Papa has four greats.....Isabelle, Payton, Ava and Otto. A blessing.

My nephew Marcos and Jimmy are good buddies. They were planning their upcoming fall hunting trip in Idaho. They can't wait. I love the friendship that these two have. I will always call Marcos Markie, but then that's what Aunties can do! He is a fine lad, as Jimmy says.

Daddy Chris and Ava having fun....always!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Papa, Happy Birthday to you!

Daddy Don with Isabelle and Payton.

Aunt Debbie and Mommy Desi watching cake time.

More SIL Ginger, Matt and Anna. Everyone is having a good time.

Matt and Anna...niece and her hubby. Matt is so funny and always smiling. So is our Chris and Angie. It's nice to have young marrieds in the family now.

What are you looking at Otto? Glad your big sister is helping out. She loves her baby brother.

One of the old married couples! My Jimmy and me.

Here we are with our niece Maria! So good to see you Maria!

The party is winding down. These two look pretty serious.

Not sure what this group is up to, but it looks like fun. Niece Jenny and her friend Nate. I didn't get any good pictures of my brother John. Here he is (red shirt) with Steve and papa.

Aunt Linda with nieces Desi, Anna and Amanda. They were showing me a funny video about men when the get sick. It was soooo funny. I love these beautiful young women. They all have that Wuitschick sense of humor! A bit twisted, but always there!

Chris and my BIL Bill. Bill is recently retired, so he is looking very relaxed!

Mama Angie with Otto. Can you see the icing on his little lips?  He's always up for a party!

It was a very nice evening and I know Papa had a great time. Having all your family surround you is the best blessing and gift anyone could wish for on their 85th! We missed Gina and Eric, Jay, Marcos, Alisa and Pat. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

I'll Be Back This Week!

Life has been so busy for me this past month! I have lots to share and hope to get back to blogging this week. I miss all my blogger friends.
Happy Monday and have a good week ahead.

Friday, April 4, 2014

First Friday Tasha Tudor Book Review~Tasha Tudor's Treaure

Happy April! It's a new month and Easter is nearing. Don't you love this print by Tasha Tudor? I think it's perfect for spring with daffodils and a darling bunny.
I am getting so excited about my trip and I must confess, I have been spending a lot of time looking at my Tasha books and Pinterest boards in my spare time!

With Easter approaching, I thought it would be fun to explore this little set of books. The set of three is called Tasha Tudor's Treasure. It was originally published by Oxford University Press and later Henry Z Walck reprinted First Prayers and First Graces and encouraged Tasha to come up with a third book-
First Graces. He later published the three little books in a cardboard slipcover.

The set includes First Prayers, First Graces and More Prayers. Each has it's own book jacket. They are small, perfect for a child's little hands.

First Prayers was published in 1952 and is a collections of prayers including the Lord's Prayer, various grace before meals and of course, the 23rd Psalm.

First Graces was published in 1955 and is made up of 21 prayers of thanksgiving. This illustrations is about Thanksgiving. The pictures are so sweet and as usual, Tasha has chosen to feature children in her drawings.

More Prayers published in 1967 and is the last in the trio. The book shares scripture verses and more psalms.   This is a page from the book.

I have had this little set since the early 1980's and they are all very sweet. First Graces is my favorite of the three.

Waiting for Easter.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

R is for Rabbit and T is for Tea Time Thursday #37

My blogger friend Erica made me this rabbit last year as part of an Easter exchange I did with her. It's a darling rabbit that sits on a vintage block...R is for Rabbit! That gave me the idea to share some of the "rabbits" that live in my tea room. This little bunny is just a soft sculpture rabbit with a sweet little pink dress.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day decorating for spring and Easter. The days and weeks just slip but so quickly and I wanted to be able to enjoy the decorations for awhile. This little guy riding the bunny reminds me of my little Otto! Otto smiles more and is much happier!

I love this little plush bunny all dolled up in her Easter outfit. The wonderful pink egg was also made by Erica. It's so pretty.

I love paper mache Easter eggs. This one holding the pussy willows just looks so Victorian. I like the color and the graphics.

This rabbit has a very Old World look!

This white bunny is a litte pul toy.

A few weeks ago, Jim and I were at the Monticello Antique Mall and I found this charming little cup
and saucer.  I bought it from one of my favorite vendors. It's child size and was made in Germany.

Don't you think the little transfers are so cute. It just had to come home with me. It's perfect with the little teapot and matching cream and sugar coming up in the next set of pictures.

Another pretty bunny with has little baskets.

My daughter Gina gave me this little teapot and cream and sugar set as a Ghristmas gift  a few years back. I had packed it away and just fround it again. Chicks and flowers.

Happy Tea Time Thursday. Stop by tomorrow for a Tasha Tufor book review.