Thursday, December 16, 2010
Advent Christmas Calendar-Holiday Happenings
We have several family members who celebrate during the holidays. Jazzie has her birthday on the 2nd of December. She loves purple and this year she got a pair of purple boots! We always get together to have a small family party with a favorite meal, hers is chicken nuggets, followed by presents of course and cake and ice cream of choice. It is always a challenge to decide what Black Friday finds will not make it to Christmas and will show up for the birthday instead. Jazzie is very energetic, she loves animals and wants to be a vet when she grows up. She loves to sing and has a beautiful voice. She also loves to play on her Penguin web site and watch funny videos on U-tube.
The most memorable thing about Jazzie is her dazzling smile!
My parents also celebrated their anniversary on December 30. The year Natasha was born, they celebrated their 50th. It was a small celebration, but on the 40th we had given them a big reunion party in Colorado. Friends and relatives joined us from all over. When I was about 10, I asked my mom if she still had her wedding dress. That was the first time I had heard their wedding story. They had eloped with their best friends the day before New Years eve. My mom said she was just wearing a blue patterned house dress that had probably been cut up and put in a quilt. Since it was last minute, they just jumped in the car and drove over the state line from Colorado into Nebraska. They had a double wedding performed by a justice of the peace. They remained close friends throughout their lives.
The reason we decided to throw them the big party on the 40th anniversary instead of the 50th is that earlier that year the Dr. told my mother that she had a deteriorating retinas and would possibly be blind in less than 3 years. My sister-in-laws and I planned the whole thing as a surprise to them. We managed to talk them into having their portrait taken to give the family for Christmas so my mom bought a beautiful turquoise dress and dad bought a suit and we got them to the house for the portraits and surprised them. They had all the trimming they never had at their wedding, engraved invitations, guest books, rose bouquets and even a wedding candle. It was a wonderful day full of tears, laughter and memories. Even though they have passed, we still honor their anniversary with lots of love.