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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's Happy Birthday Time

Today is our son's birthday - he is 48 - wow - how did that happen?
First Birthday - he just wanted to taste the cake 
 It is difficult to find a picture with out one or both of his sisters in it
Tough little guy - insisted on putting his own hat on
 He always loved babies - this is a friend's baby that he is feeding, big sister is watching to make sure he does it right 
 The puppy was a surprise gift from his Uncle Jeff
5th Birthday - Lincoln Logs are in that clown package
 6th Birthday - his first very own bike - he was so thrilled
 And here he comes!!!  He had been practicing on his sister's bike and he was ready to roll.
 In Kansas he took care of this dog for a neighbor
Here he is with two of his buddies
 And two of his cats - their names are Calvin and Coolidge
They were great Kansas City Royals fans, even after we moved to California
 Another baby - our neighbor's son William. 
 Ahhh, a picture without sisters
 We lived in the California desert and rain was rare - so dancing in the rain was the first activity when the storm began
 Carving pumpkins
 Playing a tune on the piano with older sister
High School graduation - he took honors in Mathematics and computer!!
 A growing boy needs his sleep
 Home from college to see his family - and his dog
 He was on the rowing team at UC San Diego - what you can't see in this picture is his cast from a broken wrist - he was riding his bike on campus and was hit by a careless driver
 And he married his wonderful Jamie - in a log cabin church in West Virginia 
Opening their gifts at a reception on the west coast
 Again little kids - here he is helping his nephew Ben "row" the skiff in our yard
His story and his life would not be complete without Donnie!!!!!

Happy Birthday Rusty, we love you!!


Jeanne said...

How very sweet. It does go fast doesn't it?

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

JoAnn, Happy Birthday to Rusty and what a treat to see the pictures as he changed each year. I was not a good picture taker over the years when the kids were growing up. I have a few but not like you. Tami is having her 54th birthday on Friday. Time does not stand still, does it?..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Amy at love made my home said...

What wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing them with us! xx

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Great photos, you must be very proud of your lovely son.

Julie Fukuda said...

My poor boys had four sisters so just imagine how many pictures we have with the sisters holding them down! No sisters = blur!

Tom said...

I believe that they grow up because you feed them. Tom The Backroads Traveller

eileeninmd said...

Happy Birthday to your son! Wonderful collection of photos! You have a beautiful family! The years do seem to fly by! Have a happy day!

J said...

I loved traveling through life with the birthday boy! He was always a handsome young man. I think he really meant business in that picture of him reaching for the birthday cake! "No time for pictures! Just lemme at that cake, mom!"

Unknown said...

Such a wonderful gathering of Rusty memories. Such rich years that pass much too quickly

Pamela Gordon said...

It's fun to look back on the life of a child and see how they've grown and matured and all they've accomplished. I hope Rusty has a great birthday.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

I did enjoy walking down memory lane with you. May your son have many, many more years of healthy, happy life!
:) m & jb

Lorrie said...

What a sweet photo essay of Rusty's first 47 years! Happy Birthday to your son.

Marigene said...

So many wonderful memories...happy birthday to your Rusty! Enjoy your upcoming visit...July is just around the corner.

Cecilia said...

Such lovely pictures of your son. Happy Birthday Rusty!