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 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!