First of all today was a beautiful, warm sunny day. My friend Bob came this morning and drove me south to Vancouver, WA (about 125 miles from here). The occasion; the 25th wedding anniversary of the oldest daughter of some dear friends of mine. Back in the early 1970's, when I was married, we moved in across the alley from John, Charlotte and their kids Rosemary, Kathleen, Johnny and Cindy. My daughter Julie was between Rosemary and Kathleen in age and little Cindy and my son, Jimmy are about 4 months apart in age. Poor Johnny was just kind of in the middle somewhere. He tormented the two little ones and the three girls tormented him. The older kids all attended the same school and both families attended the same church. Anyway, in 1976 John had a job opportunity in Portland, so they moved to Vancouver, WA just across the Columbia River form Portland. We keep in touch over the years as Charlotte's elderly parents lived just up the street from our place, until they passed away and from time to time the kids and I would hop on the train and go down to Vancouver to visit them. In July of 1981 Rosemary married Rick and Julie and Jimmy were both invitied to be in the wedding. So down we went to Vancouver on another hot weekend for a lovely wedding of two special people. In fact Julie reminded me tonight that it was so hot that weekend that the frosting melted on the wedding cake and the top sort of slid to the back of it. Rosemary's dad, John, is a baker by trade so even though it may have melted, I know it was scrumptious. Throughout the years the frequency of the visits diminished but not the friendship. In fact Charlotte has been on AOL for years so we can IM everyday, if we want to. Anyway, today was a celebration of 25 years for Rick and Rosemary. They have three fine sons and are active in the community and in their church. John recreated their wedding cake (each layer a color of the rainbow) and it was beautiful as well as scrumptious. (I wish I would remembered to take a picture of it.) They also had a lovely buffet and of course the rainbow punch, like what was served at the wedding reception. I think Rosemary would have liked to have Julie and Jimmy there also today but Julie is unable to travel and Jimmy planned to go but ended up having to work today. Like I said it was a beautiful day and an enjoyable drive to see dear friends.
Only one more day and then I have to go back to that awful place....WORK! I don't know what little Gabi will do, she has loved having me home this last week. She got lots more loving than she usually does. Speaking of Gabi, I think it's time she & I went down the hall for the night. So until next time...Linda
P.S. the reason their son Johnny wasn't in any of the pictures is because he and his family recently moved to Texas with his job.