Retirement is a week filled with Saturdays and Sundays interrupted only occasionally by a holiday.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Happy Birthday Joey

Today is Rick's grandgodson Joey's 1st birthday. We can hardly believe it's been a year since we raced up to Northern California to be there in the hospital family waiting room when he was born. We, along with his grandparents and other family members, will be traveling north to Mountain View (near San Jose) on Friday for a weekend celebration.

On Saturday, there will be a birthday bash hosted by Joey's paternal grandparents at their home. We've been told to be prepared to "celebrate, hang out and have a good time." Sure sounds good to us particularly when the menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, tri-tip, cake and ice cream. Yum!

On Sunday, there will be a more solemn celebration...Joey's baptism. His aunt Jenny and uncle Bobby have been named as godparents and we will all gather at the church for this wonderful event. I know, for Rick, this will have an extra special meaning as his mind will travel back in time as he stood in a church more than 30 years ago holding Joey's mom in his arms as she was baptized. And now a new generation is about to experience this time honored church ritual. How wonderful is that!


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well i don't know what tri-tip is but i LOVE cake and ice cream!! have fun honey...

smiles, bee

Renee said...

You can always adopt an older dog from the pound. ;) But it is easier to travel when you don't have any pets.

Congrats on the birthday & baptism! I've been severly lax in the godparent role lately...I still have my godson's birthday gift upstairs (his birthday is in March!) YIKES

Susie said...

I think it's wonderful that your husband is godfather to the mother and to her son..
Sounds like a yummy menu! It's raining here in Northern CA today!!

patches said...

It sounds like the baptism will be another wonderful milestone for Rick and Joey. Have a safe trip. On a more self-serving note be sure and describe the pulled pork sandwiches in great detail later.

the moose buyer said...

have a great trip. I am sure it will be great fun. Please let me know when you get back.

Empress, Tri tip is a shoulder beef slab, marinated (many different choices of marinate) bar-b-qued then sliced in pieces of between 1/8" and 1/4" thick and 6 inches long. They make great sandwiches on french rolls or can be eaten without the bread. Our Camarillo California Moose Family center is famous in our town for our tri tip sandwiches. They are great with beef stock gravy poured over them.

Patti said...

Sounds like a fun time ahead for you.
I also was wondering what a tri-tip was. Thanks for the explanation, Moosie.

Lynn said...

Fine, so I got goose bumps reading this. It goes to show how life is a chain, and we are the links. Sounds like this baptism is another link holding the generations together.

Michele said...

Well, it sounds like a very very special time for sure! I am sure this will be a time well spent together and lots of pictures will be taken and many more memories made! Have a wonderful time!

PEA said...

Happy Birthday to Joey:-) How wonderful that there will be a birthday party in his honour on Saturday and then his Baptismal on Sunday...wishing you all a FUN time!! Make sure you take pictures:-) xox

gina said...

Happy birthday to Joey! And I come from Santa Maria Style BBQ Tri-tip country! No marinating, just garlic salt, pepper, and salt and cooked over red oak bark, served with salsa, pinquito beans, grilled French bread, and green salad. YUM! I miss the red oak bark, and the HUGE tri-tips we could get there. Up here in Idaho the tri-tips are tiny, no red oak bark to be had, and no one knows what pinquito beans are. So, I do the best I can with my gas grill. But it's not quite the same.

Linda said...

So many traditions have gone away that it's very refreshing to hear of one that hasn't.

It sounds like you will have a wonderful time visiting and celebrating. Are you driving up the scenic way along the coast or taking the more express route of Interstate 5?

Mom said...

Generation to generation. It is wonderful to see our faith passed on to our children. Enjoy every precious minute with your family.

Joan said...

Empress bee: I immediately thought of you when I saw the cake and ice cream on the invitation!

Renee: It's never too late to get that gift to your godson.

Susie: Thanks for the weather report! I'm hoping the forecast is correct and we'll have nice weather with temps in the 70's for the weekend.

Patches: I believe pulled pork sandwiches resemble Sloppy Joes only with shredded pork but I promise a full report.

The moose buyer: Thanks for the trip wishes!

Patti: I guess tri-tip is a West Coast cut of meat.

Lynn: Wow...what a lovely thing to say.

Michele: I promise lots of photos!

Pea: Thanks for the birthday wishes for Joey.

Gina: Thanks for stopping by. Ah yes...Santa Maria...have you ever been to Jocko's in Nipomo?

Linda: We'll probably go up I-5 just to save time. Traffic during the summer on the 101 is a bear!!!

Mom: Thanks for the beautiful sentiment. We do treasure our family and friends every day of our lives.

OneFullHouse said...

Yeay for Joey...

can't wait to see the photos.

(funny, but I remember when my kids were younger, the first birthday was SUCH a big deal. Not so much for my son, as it was for us "yeay we made through the first year of parenthood"!)

Joan said...

Onefullhouse: I'm sure Joey won't remember a thing from this first birthday milestone but his parents will have lots and lots of memories about the day which I'm sure they'll share with him when he's older!