Since Kevin had his turn seeing his school pictures, now its Amy’s turn. Today is her birthday and I asked her dad to write a birthday note for her too. This first photo is Amy in Kindergarten. They’re all cute photos as you’ll see.
We’re very thankful for the man that you’ve become, but I definitely miss those days of watching you grow up. I miss going to your basketball games, plays, and choir concerts. I miss going on camping trips & canoe trips with you and the different places we went on our family vacations. I miss so many different things we did together as you grew up – playing basketball, going on hikes together, playing guitars. As anyone who knows you will agree, you are always a lot of fun to be around.
Sometimes a little quirky, but always a lot of fun.
The fact that you chose to serve your country for the last few years makes me very proud. It’s been a joy and a special privilege to be your father, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what God has in store for you in the years to come.
Have a great birthday, Son! We hope to see you very soon. Love, Dad”
Today is my oldest sister’s birthday! She stopped counting birthdays long ago, and I honestly don’t keep track, but I can tell you that she is the first born in our family and I was born 5th, so that gives you an idea how much older she is than I am. Yes, I’m the one that was always pestering her and her girlfriends to let me play with them and they always thought I was just an annoyance because I was too young.
I do appreciate the fact that she laid the groundwork with the teachers in our small town by being a model student and getting good grades in her classes. Of course that was all undone by the 3 siblings in between us, so it just depended which Perkins child they had in their class whether they thought I’d be wonderful or trouble makers. I, of course was an excellent student so it was sometimes tough to undo the rebellious reputation of my other siblings, especially in the upper grades. Oh well, that’s life. I learned to deal with it and my teachers and I learned not to judge a person by their siblings or by other people’s opinions of them. Good life lesson overall.
The first photo here is Diane and my oldest brother, Rusty. The black spot on his nose is from a faceplant of some sort (he was a rambunctious boy – see reference above). My mom must have taken a whole roll of film with him like that. Not sure why…doesn’t Diane look like the perfect big sister though? We won’t talk about the time she accidentally almost killed him.
Next one is a family photo before my youngest brother Michael came along. Aren’t we all so spiffy and sweet looking? Diane’s standing by my mom. (I’m in front on the left.). Sharon always had better hair than I did.
Then one of the 4 remaining siblings in our family (L to R) from youngest to oldest. The photo above is at least 15 years ago when all of us sisters happened to wear pink, which was very unusual. We are all VERY different from each other in oh so many ways, not the least of which is fashion choices.
Lastly, these next 2 are of us 3 girls on a trip to Breckenridge with my mom a couple of years ago. The last few years since Terry and I moved back to Arizona from California, us girls have been trying to do a trip each year together with my mom, who loves to travel! She will be 86 in a month and we have a trip planned to go to Florida in February to visit her half sister, Alice. Mom is looking forward to it and these trips have given us sisters a chance to get reacquanted after living apart for over 18 years. I’ve learned to love and appreciate them more as we spend quality time together.
This last pic is an awesome sailboat ride that we took in Colorado. It was the first time on a sailboat for most of us, which is pretty surprising considering we grew up a few hundred yards from Lake Erie.
I’m thankful for my sister, Diane. She has been a sweet friend and big sister. It’s been fun hanging out with her these last few years since I’ve been back. I look forward to many more years of “hanging out”.
Diane, I hope you had a Happy Birthday! Love you lots!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TED!
I’ve known Ted over 30 years and these are just a few bits of info I can share about him in honor of his birthday.
- He doesn’t particularly like to get his picture taken. These 2 photos above are his favorite poses. Either he covers his face with his hand or makes an ugly face (sticks his tongue out or something). He also gives me a really dirty look sometimes, like he’s going to deck me. But since it’s his birthday I didn’t want to show you his “mean” face. Anyway, I have DOZENS of photos in one of these 3 poses of him. Sigh…maybe someday he’ll come around.
- Once in a while when he’s distracted by kids or others, I can sneak in a photo of him and he looks great!
- This picture of Ted and Kristi holding Amy at their wedding when she was just a couple of months old is one of my favorites! Don’t they look too young to get married?
- I think they were more excited about me being pregnant than I was. They used to bring me pickles and ice cream every week and they watched Amy and later Kevin for us all the time. They have always been a great aunt and uncle to our kids. Well except maybe for the time that they lost Amy under their bed or let Kevin get his head stuck in their stairs, then made him sit there while they took a picture. (Oh well, nobody’s perfect.) Who has that picture anyway?
- We loved having them nearby when we lived in So Cal. It was so nice to have family around to share our holidays and special occasions with or just to hang out on a quiet weekend. We miss seeing all of them more often.
- Did you know Ted loves to dance. I’m not sure he’ll admit this one, but as you can see, I have several photos to substantiate this rumor. I’m also aware of a video that’s floating around somewhere from a decade ago which can also confirm that fact. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my hands on it or I would have posted it here for proof. True story.
(just kidding, Ted)
I guess that’s all I’ll share for now. Ted, I hope you have an extra special day. Just wish we could be there to share it with you!
HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY DAD!!!
Today is Terry’s dad’s birthday and here are a few photos from his life!
I love this one of him trying to do yard work with an injured foot. What a hero! I wonder if he actually got anything done that day.
And check out the primitive backpack that he used to carry Julie around when they were camping. Pretty interesting, huh?
And then there’s this awesome one of all the Hann boys. Did you know that our Amy was the first Hann girl born in 3 generations? Terry’s little sister Julie was adopted. Coincidentally, Amy is in the bottom photo with Dad, Ginny, Terry and I. We were eating at the Mining Camp, one of the Hann family’s favorite places to go. Everything is served family style (all you can eat). What other place would you want to go with 5 hungry boys to feed?
We are so blessed to have Terry Sr. (Theron) in our lives. Especially for me, since my dad passed away when I was 20 years old. Terry (Sr.) is the only grandfather that our children have ever known and they love him dearly.
He’s such a sweet man, full of love, joy, compassion and kindness. He loves to laugh, joke and have fun!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!!! SEE YOU SOON TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIG DAY!
(Ginny, Don’t forget that you can click on each of this photos to make them cover the whole screen.)
We’re so happy to have her in the family. She takes good care of Terry’s dad and is so much fun to be with. She loves to laugh and has such a great outlook on life.
Very soon we’ll be flying to North Carolina to visit them. This will be our first time there, but I know it won’t be our last.
Ginny, we hope you have an extra special day and we look forward to celebrating with you when we get to North Carolina.