Happy 28th Birthday to our Daughter, Amy!

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.

Here’s the note from her dad:
Wow, are you actually that old? That’s pretty scary for your parents.
We’re so proud of you & what you’ve done with your life. We do wish you had decided to do it here in Phoenix instead of moving back to LA, but that’s OK.
We’re thankful for how you’ve grown & for the choices you’ve made – earning your Master’s, getting married, starting your own business. We’re so glad you brought Andrew into our family. And we’re very thankful for the marriage with which God has blessed you two.
I miss going to your plays & concerts – I still remember how proud I always felt watching you perform (maybe someday you could think about starting to do that again). I miss the other family times we spent together, like family vacations, holidays, and going to plays, concerts, & Suns games together. I remember how you & your brother used to pick on each other so much, and then what great friends you became.
It’s hard being separated from you by 400 miles and not seeing you as much as we’d like, but as long as I have history books you want to borrow, I know we’ll stay in touch.
Happy Birthday, my beautiful daughter!
Now slow down … I’m going to feel ancient when you turn 30.
Love, Dad
1st Grade
2nd/3rd Grade
Amy was one of just four or five 2nd graders in a combination 2nd/3rd grade class and by the end of the year the teacher recommended that she skip 3rd grade because she had been doing 3rd grade work all year anyway.  By then we didn’t have much choice since it would have been silly to make her sit thru 3rd grade again.  She handled the jump just fine.
4th Grade
(her shirt says “Chill Out”)
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade
(her casual photo – I like this one better than the formal one because it looks more real, like she is.)
Formal Senior Portrait
This was taken in 2005.  We sure love being with our girl.
And here’s Amy and her precious husband, Andrew in 2008.
We love them and miss them and wish they lived closer to us because they’re so much fun to have around.
Happy Birthday, Amy!  We hope you have a blast at Hearst Castle and an awesome year ahead.

Happy 26th Birthday Kevin!

This past year I’ve been working on sorting all my printed photos and because of that, I now have (almost) all of the kids’ school pictures in one place.  For some reason I’m missing Kevin’s 4th grade picture (who knows why), but otherwise they’re all here -starting with Kindergarten.
I thought it would be fun to see Kevin and his many faces throughout the years.  Isn’t he just adorable! Each of these pictures brings back so many memories of watching him grow, change and mature into the man that he is now.  This year, I asked Terry if he would write a birthday note for Kevin, so here it is.
“Kevin, we’re so proud of you! We think of you often off in that foreign land called Mississippi, and wish there was a way we could be closer.

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”

1st grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
5th grade
6th grade
7th grade
8th grade
9th grade
10th grade
11th grade
12th grade
12th grade
Shortly after his 21st birthday

Last Summer – as handsome as ever!
Happy Birthday dear son!  We love you forever.

Happy Birthday Terry!

to my favorite guy!

Taken at Fish Creek Falls in Colorado last summer.

Happy Birthday to my Big Sister!

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.

Next is a photo from 1960, also pre-Michael.  Diane is on the left in this one.

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.

The next is a Stratton family photo.  We miss their son, Nick and it was good to see Steve on Thanksgiving Day.

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!


Ted is Terry’s 4th oldest brother.  From oldest to youngest they are Terry, Tom, Tim, Ted, Tod (and Julie).  Talk about a tough time getting to know their names when I first started dating Terry.  It was crazy!  This photo is before Julie came along.
Ted’s the middle one in the front row of kids above.  I’m sure he was a busy little guy, keeping up with his 3 older brothers.  See next photo.

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!

    Love, Nancy and Terry too.



    Today is Terry’s dad’s birthday and here are a few photos from his life!  

    This first one is of him and his brother, Dick.

    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!

    We’re looking forward to celebrating his big birthday when we’re back there visiting next week!


    (Ginny, Don’t forget that you can click on each of this photos to make them cover the whole screen.)

    These are pictures from Dad and Ginny’s wedding day in Rochester, New York a few years ago when we officially welcomed Ginny into the Hann family.  It was such a special day!  My Terry was the Best Man and Ginny’s daughter was the Maid/matron of Honor.

    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.