Happy one year anniversary Tara & Kelly

One year ago today Tara and Kelly got married. It was a great wedding with family and close friends.

I said that I would keep my Mother of the bride corsage for one year and then throw it out. So I did that this morning. Every time for the last year when I opened the fridge I saw the corsage and it reminded me of how happy I was to see Tara and Kelly get married.


Here’s the corsage on TnK’s wedding day.




Here’s what it looked like one year later.


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The traditional one year anniversary gift is paper so I thought that a photo collage was an appropriate gift for TnK.


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Like mother, like daughter, two times over

Saturday morning I bought two Lilium Lilies for my mother as part of her birthday present. I bought a yellow plant and an orange one. The yellow had several flowers open while the orange didn’t have one open yet. When Tara and Kelly picked me up to go to my mom’s birthday party she said “we bought grandma the same thing”.  Tara bought an orange lily and had it potted while I just had mine sitting in the pots I bought. Tara and I bought the flowers at the exact same store. Turns out my mom just bought a couple of the yellow lilies too at the same chain store but out near where she lives.

I guess we were all thinking the same thing. After taking a bunch of photos of my mom’s flowers the last two times I was at her house I said she needed other colors in her yard since most of her flowers were pink or lavendars.




Photo meme passed on from Isla Gringo – 6th photo in 6th folder

I was just reading Isla Gringo’s Blog where he wrote:

“So the quandary of what to talk about today.Then, miraculously, last night I came across a meme that was intriguing and simple. Open up the 6th picture folder on your computer, post the 6th picture in it and tell the story of it. So….”

So I took Wayne up on the meme/tag and went in to my picture folder.
The 6th photo folder on my computer is a folder of some of my favorite photos that I collected to copy to my digital photo frame that sits on my office desk. Now what is interesting is that the 6th photo is my favorite photo of my daughter taken on her wedding day. Tara looks absolutely beautiful and very happy. With all of the photos I have taken on Isla I would have guessed that the 6th photo in the 6th folder would have been one of those.


Happy Birthday Baby Girl

Today is Tara’s 35th birthday. 9 months ago I didn’t know if she was going to live to have another birthday. Today is about celebrating Tara’s life.

We had some rough years when Tara was in her teens. It was a struggle at times to just be in the same house. Now that Tara is a grown woman we are great friends. Having nearly lost Tara twice has made me appreciate what a wonderful daughter she is.
So Happy Birthday baby girl! I hope you and Kelly are having a fantastic time at the Oregon coast on you belated honeymoon.

Countdown to my daughter Tara’s wedding. Part 2

Originally there were going to be between 75 – 100 guests at the wedding in St. Helens. Tara and Kelly have scaled this down to 50. About 30 of the guests are family. Tara’s dilemma was that if she invited any one from her office to the wedding she felt she had to invite everyone.

TnK’s wedding is going to be a casual outdoor affair. It is not going to be a traditional wedding in the sense that they will not have any attendants. Tara couldn’t choose between her two best friends and her cousin who has always been like a sister to her. Kelly doesn’t really have any close male friends so they opted not to have a bride’s maid and best man. One of Tara’s best friends got ordained so she could perform the wedding ceremony. That was Kim’s awesome way of making herself an important part of the day. The other best friend Cindy will be doing Tara’s hair and makeup and the formal toast. Cousin Erika will be helping decorate, getting the flowers and making the invitations.

The reception catering will be done by Buster’s a local barbeque restaurant since Tara told Kelly they were not having what he wanted which is wiener wraps. I told Tara it is better not to ask the man “what kind of food do you want at the reception?” Last Saturday Tara and Erika went to the rental place to check out their tables, chairs, dishes, etc. I offered to pay because I could tell that Tara was thinking about the expense and wasn’t sure if she could do it that day. Then the three of us went back and I paid for everything.

The last untraditional part of the wedding I should mention is the “girlz” who will be walking Tara down the aisle.Here is Tara with one of them. Tara wants them to wear tutus but Kelly says “NO!” So they may at least have some kind of bow or flowers around their necks.

Tara and Emmie her favorite of the two girlz.

TnK at Jax on Isla Mujeres a few years ago.

Countdown to my daughter Tara’s wedding. Part 1

Tara and Kelly (TnK) have been talking about getting married and having babies about as long as they have been together which is 5 ½. Last January they moved in to the home they bought and are loving it.

Around the beginning of October 2007 they finally picked a wedding date. Or actually their friend did by asking them what their favorite numbers between 1 and 30 were. They agreed to a wedding date of Friday June 13th. With the wedding planned to be in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel. TnK thought Friday the 13th would be good day for a Vegas wedding. Tara was under quite a bit of stress at work as she was responsible for her entire departments cutover to a new computer system. She delayed making any plans until the first part of December once the cutover had been completed. Tara called the Flamingo, made reservations and made a deposit for the ceremony.

On December 28th Tara had a cardiac arrest and spent 5 days in the university hospital’s cardiac ICU (an excellent hospital). A couple of months later Tara was so stressed by returning to work and planning a wedding that she canceled the Vegas plans. She lost her deposit but got back her piece of mind. Now the plan was changed to have the wedding in my sister’s and mother’s backyard in St. Helens, OR. Around that same time TnK decided to move the wedding to August 2nd to give her more time to plan. Also the chances of the weather for an outdoor wedding would be better in August than June.

My sister and mother’s backyard.

Mom and daughter time

I have been writing about what my daughter Tara has been through and her recovery. It is amazing that she is alive but we celebrate that every day. Yesterday Tara and I spent some mom and daughter time together. We went to a movie – Juno. It was a very good movie. Funnier than heck but at the same time there were some pretty teary scenes.
My daughter is getting married in June. Her fiancé Kelly said that their girls could walk her down the aisle. This is a photo of Tara and one of their girls, Emmie.

It is not going to be a big elaborate wedding. It will be in my sister and mother’s backyard in ST. Helens, Oregon. I really look forward to helping Tara plan this wedding. It has been a long time coming.