Laura Walter’s 365 day birthday party

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Coming to the end of a year and passing to become 60 something. It marked quite a year in many respects. Laura Walter shares some images of a week at the beach to celebrate and talks about her 60th year and her ambitions for being sixty.

Time marches on and I decided to embrace my sixtieth year. I filled the year with friends and family and visited new places to enjoy time with them.  In August 2015 my mother surprised me with a birthday visit to mark the end of my 50s. As I have done on so many other occasions in the past sixty years I had to give thanks to a dear friend for helping out. This time it was to Iva for collecting Mom from the airport and once again Erv, my wonderful husband had a hand in it. It is amazing that they managed to keep the secret. We celebrated that birthday and ushered in the next with lots of wine and laughter.

Screenshot 2016-09-02 21.24.21In November we traveled to Europe for a wonderful week in England and Spain with my brother Paul and his wife Bee (we always have such fun). We visited the windmill at Windmill Hill in East Sussex and then on to Seville and Cordoba.Screenshot 2016-09-02 21.20.18

We strategically left things undone thereby creating an excuse for the next trip!
December took me to Wisconsin for my mother’s 85th birthday. With my siblings Keith and Karen, we relived the days of skittles from our youth. As was usual, Keith won !

In March Erv and I traveled to Brazil for a long awaited visit with our dear friends Ana Valeria and Sergio. They had planned the a full range of adventures in Sao Paulo and Rio. I could identify many sites while watching the Olympics! Screenshot 2016-09-02 21.24.21

In addition to the wonders that filled our eyes, our stomachs were treated to great food. I never had a meal that was less than spectacular while in Brazil.

August brought those I love to me. With matching T-shirts boasting Beach Week, Corolla 2016 we enjoyed IMG_1896lazy days on the beach as well as a bit of biking.

At family gatherings, it is my husband Erv that makes the speeches but on this occasion I took the floor. The speech was unscripted. I was certainly less articulate than I would have liked and I have been forgiven for the oversight of the long weekend in California. I wanted to honor the entire year and the people in that year. .

Now completed, I reflect on the year and observe what many of us know, what I appreciate most in life. The relationships I have formed, nurtured and retained bring me joy and sustain me. It is the people that are in my life that tell my story. I cherish them.




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