February 12, 1960Posted: February 22, 2010
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.