Grandpa Bill Turns 60!

What better way to say Happy Birthday - a birthday cake with a fireworks display.Bill’s birthday cake and fireworks display.

There was another milestone birthday during the first two months of 2011 in our family. Grandpa Bill turned 60 on February 13th. We gathered at Black Butte Ranch near Sisters, Oregon, for the weekend. Bill loves that place, so it was a perfect location to step into a new decade.

Heard the bike ride was a killer, but Grandpa and Auntie Em still managed to smile for the camera.

Heard the bike ride was a killer, but Grandpa and Auntie Em still managed to smile for the camera.

The hustle and bustle of packing and driving to the resort requires a commitment; travel times for everyone varied from three to five hours. However, as soon as you arrive, preparation efforts are forgotten and relaxation and rejuvenation begin. I always wonder why we don’t visit the ranch more often.

Verbena loved the six adults to one toddler ratio of the weekend!

Verbena enjoyed the six-adults-to-one-toddler ratio of the weekend.

We walked and walked – all of us – altogether. Some biked, some swam, some napped, some read, some watched Elmo DVDs. We dined at the lodge on the “birth” day and freaked Grandpa out with his sparkler topped birthday cake. A darn good trip that felt like it ended too soon.

One of our walks. Grandpa is taking the photo.

Grandpa captured one of our walks.

Grandpa Bill . . . we love you and we love the way you chose to celebrate!

The mountain the night of Grandpa's birthday

Bill's birthday view.

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6 Responses to “Grandpa Bill Turns 60!”

  1. Uncle Andy

    what a great time! I love that place :)

  2. Grandma B

    Gosh….how fun and beautiful. I am a bit jealous but happy at the same time..what fun and a wonderful memory. Happy belated birthday to Bill!!!
    Time marches on, and the journey is spectacular!!

  3. Cathy Conerly

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL — BELATED. What a perfect way to celebrate with your lovely family! Best, Cathy

  4. sue

    Thank you, Cathy. You know how wonderful that place is.

  5. sue

    Sue – You’ll have to go to Black Butte on one of your trips out west. Thank you for the good wishes.

  6. emilee

    what a lovely post! beautiful photos and smiles! i can only imagine what bill was thinking when the sparklers were lit. :)

    love you all!


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