Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy 70th Birthday, Grandpa Dave!

A couple of weekends ago, we all got together to celebrate Grandpa Dave's 70th birthday. 70...wow, huh? I think that is a good reason to celebrate! I hope I am still doing as well as Dave (minus hauling the millions of gallons of manure-he is a retired radiologist turned farmer) when I am 70!

Dave and all his grandchildren.

When we asked Dave what the highlights of his life so far were he said that when he was a boy he wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor. Actually what is really amazing is that all the men in his family became doctors and all the women became teachers/college professors with doctorates. I think that is really amazing, especially since they grew up right after the depression and were very poor. There is this funny photo from their hometown paper that my mother in law has saved that has Dave and three of his siblings in their car heading to college an hour away. The article said they would all go in the morning and then stay and study until everyone was done with class and then drive back home. I think that is pretty cool!

Dave said when he was practicing he wanted to own a farm, and he purchased about 800 acres in southwest Iowa where they now live. He has been retired for a few years and I feel like he is the happiest and most relaxed I have ever seen him. Driving around in a tractor all day must be some sort of therapy, huh? :o) They have some hog buildings which produces lots of manure- hence the reference earlier.

Dave has also built many homes in his life and they are now working on finishing an addition onto their 150 year old farmhouse.

Margie made his favorite Joy of Cooking cake and the next day Susan made his other favorite cake- pineapple upside down cake. It was so cool and old school with the cherries in the middle of the pineapple rings. I've never made it, I'll have to try it sometime!

Michael had a good time snuggling with his aunts and playing with his cousins. He always thinks he is such a big boy when he is around the bigger kids! We had great weather for the weekend, but unfortunately our family from St. Paul had to hunker down for an extra night because of all the snow up north!

It was a great weekend and we loved seeing the whole family!

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