Well following the tradition of belatedly recognizing major birthdays, I have to acknowledge Kate. She turned 18 during the month where I was playing novelist. Unsuccessful with the writing, she was successful for the birthday. So now my youngest daughter is now an adult. Welcome to the world of bills, hardwork, and no more constant coddling of a person. You have made it.
And following the tradition well established in this blog–it is time for some pictures. Here’s a collection from my work computer. Enjoy the pictures and stories.
2004 Christmas day. We stopped at a park near gmom’s house to play with new flying toys.
Raytheon — take your daughter to work day, probably about 2007.
Next few pictures are from 7th grade when we took an October trip to Hawaii. Lots of fun with Kate, Bob and I. We did one of those time share presentations and got one free helicopoter ride with one paid ride. Bob and Kate went up. Because she was the smallest, she had the best seat — in the middle in the front. The two married couples got stuffed into the back seat.
Sailing in San Diego Bay — A good day about 5 years ago sailing with her dad.
Del Mar Dog Beach — one of the few times Mitzi visited. She’s not enamored of the ocean. I love this picture, it shows so much life.
Rambuton — one of the speecial local fruits found in Hawaii. I actually bought them at the COSTCO newly opened on Kawaii. We forgot a camera and needed a new one. Katie and Bob hated them. This is her opinion captured by the new camera.
Miscellaneous pictures of Kate with different people. I love her attitude when painting.
Kate, It’s been a wonderful 18 years with you in my life. I love your spirit, vitality, and way of making a house seem full of life. You are a wonderful strong, intelligent, and beautiful woman. Happy Birthday. May this year and the following years be good to you. Love Mom.