Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year a little late!

I hope everyone's new year started on a happy note so far, I know it's early but if your 2014 was anything like ours you were anxious for it to just be over. 

 Last year was a devastating year for us with all of the losses we experienced with mine and my husband's family. My step-father, my aunt and my father-in-law passed all within a week of each other. Then when we were home for a couple of weeks after all that we got word that my husband's aunt passed. We were emotionally exhausted. 

So far our 2015 has been very kind and we had pleasant surprise on New Year's Eve day.  After  babysitting for my youngest grand kids I came home to what I thought was going to be a quiet evening with family, instead we were surprised with unexpected guests. My son-in-law pulled off a surprise New Year's Eve/60th birthday party for my husband and me by inviting a few of our best friends from Iowa to help celebrate.

I came home to my son-in-law preparing appetizers in my kitchen when he told me to go down the basement to see how the grand kids decorated it for New Years. There were no decorations, and when I reached the bottom of the stairs and turned the corner there sat two of my very favorite couples, from Iowa, one couple was in the area for business but the other couple drove all this way to spend the weekend with us, I was shocked! 

We had such a fun evening and brought the New Year in on a very happy note. I pray the rest of the year is just as happy:)

I have just a few more pictures that I need to post of our vacation, then I promise I will be done. These pictures are from our visit to Pere Lachaise Cemetary in Paris France. Our hotel sat right across the street from this beautiful cemetary, and if I've never told you, I love old cemeteries!

The stories behind those who are laid to rest, where did they come from, who were they, and how did they die. 

Established in 1804, Pere Lachaise is the largest cemetary in the city of Paris, (110 acres) though there are larger cemeteries in the city's suburbs. There are over 1 million bodies buried there. 

Jim Morrison is buried here and on the day we visited just happened to be his birthday, he would have been 71 years old.

A tree and a fence that surrounds Jim Morrison's grave, to keep fans from getting too close, serve as message boards for his fans. The tree was full of gum wads that even had messages written on them. Interestingly odd.

A few more images of this beautiful resting place....

And that concludes the photos of our trip! We had the time of our lives! We saw infamous pieces of art, ate delicious foods from the areas, and were surrounded by some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. I will never forget it and I thank my niece for taking the time to be such a wonderful tour guide! 

Happy New a Year to you all!


  1. Rhonda, what a wonderful way to kick off the new year and I hope it continues. Regardless of what you have endured, it is clear that you are surrounded by loving family and friends! I was listening to the radio a while back and they announced that Jim Morrison would've been 71! I couldn't believe it! Thanks for sharing your trip photos...I have never been to Europe! Happy New Year!! :)

    1. Thank you Kim! I'm glad you enjoyed my pictures. I am looking forward to a whole new year, with nothing but positive thoughts:) Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. What a fun surprise and how very sweet of your son-in-law~~~and he even made the h'ordeuvres!!!

    1. I do have a very sweet son-in-law, the stories he had to tell to pull that surprise off were crazy but we fell for it! We had so much fun!


  3. En arribar a aquest dia, no puc deixar de pensar en la infantesa, aquells moments plens de màgia, que tots hem viscut en la nostra infància

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  4. Thanks for your comment Julia! We met these friends over thirty years ago, and even though we moved away from them twenty years ago we have not let the miles come between us! Thanks for visiting:)


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