Friday, July 29, 2011

My Grandpa's a Real Cowboy.

He's a cowboy hat wearin', family gatherin', story-tellin', guitar playin',
hard workin' sort of man.
And he can sing a mean, Tex Ritter, Blood on the Saddle.

When I was young, he taught me how to take his cowboy boots off,
and when I was in college, he took me on my first horseback ride up the Alpine Canyon.

In his younger years, and during World War II, he served in the Navy.  He later received his doctorate in History and taught at BYU Hawaii for 25 years.  He's always told me to further my education, and since I've received my bachelors in English, he's strongly encouraged me to get my Doctorate.  
  
He's an expert on Pearl Harbor and the Civilian Conservation Corps.  He's volunteered hundreds of hours of his time teaching drivers safety classes for 55+, and was on the local Red Cross board in his area.  
He loves westerns, collects Louis L'Amour novels, and currently, enjoys teaching school children to read.

Last year, for his eighty-fourth birthday, he went skydiving.
I can't say I know a man whose grabbed life by the horns
and enjoyed the ride as much as he.
It's only appropriate that a cowboy like him deserves
a 'whole mess of fun' for his 85th birthday, right?

Love a cowboy.

My Mom is throwing him a party.  Aren't her invites cute? 
We've had such fun collaborating for our western parties!

Hope your weekend is off to a good start!
Ours is yard work and the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival tomorrow to watch our friends' band play.
Looking forward to a picnic and music in the sunshine!

11 comments:

photography by suzanne July 29, 2011 at 4:46 PM  

Such a cute invite! Connie is really something. She just never stops creating perfection. She was telling me about the party. Are you going to be coming to Utah?

a little bit biased July 29, 2011 at 5:43 PM  

Great tribute to Grandpa Cassie! I hope you'll be able to come for the party! I miss you!!!

Amber

A Serenade for Solitude July 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM  

Suzi- Yes, my Mama is something! I miss all the tablescaped dinners! I am unsure as to whether I'll be able to attend the party. Crossing fingers!

Ambs-Miss ya! Hope we can come! May be a long shot, we'll see. :)

Theophanie July 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM  

What an awesome man! I love the invites.

A Serenade for Solitude July 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM  

Thank you Theophanie!! So lucky to have him as my Grandpa. :)

Jamie July 30, 2011 at 4:46 PM  

This is a great post! I wish that my grandpa was still around so that I could throw him amazing birthday parties like this. :) He is obviously very loved!

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Katie July 30, 2011 at 6:28 PM  

Your Grandpa sounds amazing and those invites are fantastic!

Loredana July 31, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

I love all things cowboy and western, so this just made me smile. This looks like it's going to be a fun party. Go grandpa on the skydiving, WOW!! A man doing what he loves everyday, that's inspiring.

Janet Fonoimoana July 31, 2011 at 9:12 AM  

Love the shout out to Grandpa. We ARE blessed to have him, aren't we!

kimbirdy July 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

he sounds so awesome!! skydiving at 84. yes!! :) also, your mom's invites are so fun. does she do graphic design? she has a good eye for it.

Tina August 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM  

what a cute ode to grandpa, gotta love him!

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