February 12, 1960

Happy 50th Birthday Tugger/Dad/Papa!!!

We had so much fun celebrating you on your special day!

My dad does so much for ALL of us ALL of the time that it was so nice to have a day to really show him how much we love and appreciate him!  My mom threw him a wonderful party with fabulous food and tons of friends and family!  I seriously wish I had a picture of all of the food… it was amazing, Mini-Meatball Sandwiches, Orzo Salad, Scarpa’s Red Chile Cream Pasta, Margherita Pizza’s, German Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu, Mini- Gold Bars- and I’m sure I’m forgetting things (can you tell I’m pregnant?)!  I’m sad to say that my photo diary from the night is majorly delinquent due to the fact that this happened to be the night that Ava got the stomach flu for the first time 😦  Talk about bummers!  We enjoyed about 45 minutes of company and about 2 bites of food before Ava lost it.  BUT, though we missed out on the partying, I truly had so much fun in the weeks leading up to it reminiscing and thinking about my dad.  He is such a unique and special man.  So driven and strong, passionate and generous… the list for me goes on and on and I loved being able to honor him!

Papa with his kids

Tugger- Granny (Carol)-  Andy (they are just one year minus a day apart!- Happy 49th Uncle Andy!)

Kevin’s gift for Dad was a Kevin-Original recording of Michael Jackson’s, Man in the Mirror, one of his favorites!  Ava’s gift was an Ava-Original interpretive dance to Kevin’s version of Michael Jackson’s, Man in the Mirror 🙂

For those of you on Tug’s email list, you know how he LOVES quotes, life lessons and inspirational stories.  The following was compiled from a list of life lessons that really resonated with him a few months back- since the list was a few short of 5o I added a few of my own!

1.  Life isn’t fair, but  it’s still good. 2.  When in doubt, just  take the next small  step. 3.  Life is too short  to waste time hating  anyone. 4.  Your job won’t take  care of you when  you are sick. Your  friends and parents  will. Stay in touch. 5.  Pay off your credit  cards every month.  6.  You don’t have to  win every argument.  Agree to disagree. 7.  Cry with someone. It’s  more healing than crying  alone. 8.  It’s OK to get  angry with God. He  can take it. 9.  Save for retirement  starting with your first  paycheck. 10.  When it comes to  chocolate, resistance is  futile. 11.  Make peace with your  past so it won’t  screw up the present. 12.  It’s OK to let  your children see you  cry. 13.  Don’t compare your life  to others. You  have no idea what  their journey is all  about.
14.  If a relationship has  to be a secret,  you shouldn’t be in  it. 15.  Everything can change  in the blink of  an eye. But don’t  worry; God never blinks.  16.  Take a deep breath. It  calms the mind. 17.  Get rid of anything  that isn’t useful, beautiful  or joyful. 18.  Whatever doesn’t kill  you really does make  you stronger. 19.  It’s never too late  to have a happy  childhood. But the second  one is up to you  and no one else. 20.  When it comes to  going after what you  love in life, don’t  take no for an  answer.  21.  Burn the candles, use  the nice sheets, wear  the fancy lingerie.  Don’t save it for  a special occasion.  Today is special. 22.  Over prepare, then go  with the flow. 23.  Be eccentric now. Don’t  wait for old age  to wear purple. 24.  The most important sex  organ is the brain. 25.  No one is in charge  of your happiness but  you.  26.  Frame every so-called  disaster with these  words ”In five years,  will this matter?”.27.  Always choose life. 28.  Forgive everyone everything. 29. What other people think  of you is none  of your business… 30.  Time heals almost everything.  Give time, time.
31.  However good or bad  a situation is, it  will change.  32.Don’t  take yourself so seriously.  No one else does. 33.  Believe in miracles. 34.  God loves you because  of who God is,  not because of   anything you did or  didn’t do. 35.  Don’t audit life. Show  up and make the  most of it now.  36.  Growing old beats the  alternative — dying  young. 37.  Your children get only  one childhood. 38.  All that truly matters  in the end is that  you loved. 39.  Get outside every day. Miracles  are waiting everywhere. 40.  If we all threw  our problems in a  pile and saw everyone  else’s, we’d grab ours  back.  41.  Envy is a waste  of time. You  already have all you  need. 42.  The best is yet  to come. 43.  No matter how you  feel, get up, dress  up and show up. 44.  Yield. 45. Stuff can be replaced. 46. Don’t worry about making money, think about bringing value. Money will follow. 47. Commit to continuous learning, you will never know it all. 48. If you love someone tell them. 49. Find your passions. 50.  Life isn’t tied with  a bow, but it’s  still a gift.   **Carpe diem. Quam minimum credula postero**

This was our our gift to my dad, inspired by life lesson #2… “When in doubt, just take the next small step”.

We had this canvas made from a REALLY old picture of my dad and I in San Diego.   I have Imagine Canvas to thank for fixing this picture up and putting it on the canvas.  It looks awesome and was such a special way to preserve this sweet picture in one of our favorite vacation spots.


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