For as long as I can remember my dad has gotten up at o'dark thirty and left the house by 6-6:30am to go to work. He has rode his bike all year round, in rain or shine... taking the car only if there's too much ice on the road. He has persevered through some stressful and challenging work situations and I never remember hearing him complain as he provided for our family for over 35 years. You don't really appreciate these things as a kid, but once you're an adult with three kids of your own, and long days...and long nights, you realize what a sacrifice it can be and what a blessing it is.
|My dad working in his early years... (copied from a power point so it's kinda blurry)|
|the old prospector|
We had the party in the basement of an old flour mill. I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked. The lighting was not great and I was chasing after a two year old, but he's a couple.
|Getting set up|
|the cake I made... complete with a mining car and edible rocks :)|
|Dad chatting with friends|
|Liz putting the charm on Grammy|
|happy to celebrate|
|opening cards and gifts at home, notice Debbie Dora thinks she needs to be right in the action|
|A new kayak for the river|
Yep, that's right it's broken- a snow boarder collided with his leg on the first morning of a ski trip right after he retired and he's in this bad boy for six weeks. But as soon as the cast is off and the snow is melted you won't see my dad sitting around. He'll be over at the river building their new retirement home. So enjoy the rest while you can dad...and Happy Retirement! We love you!!!