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This whole week has been filled with birthday greetings and visits! I thank each and every one of you for your warm wishes!

Not to take away from all the friends and family with who I have had the pleasure of enjoying, the highlight of my birthday was Sal & I having lunch with our goddaughter, Beth Alice and her Mom & Dad!

We had a wonderful lunch and visit and received a family picture and a couple of pictures of Beth.

Here’s one…

We Love You, Beth and look forward to you being through with all of the medical treatments and returning to your normal routines.

Here are a few pictures of Baby (girl) and Ralph (boy).

 Here are five of Baby:

Here are five of Ralph:

Where do I start?

Last week was filled with excitement, expectation, anticipation,  challenge and reward.

Sal put in for early retirement a month ago and a week ago on  Monday was formally informed his request was accepted and that Friday, April 23rd could be his last day. The rest of his week was filled with planning, studying, questioning, deciding, discussing. So was mine! For you see, I was planning a surprise party for this past weekend.

Did I tell you that Thursday was his birthday? Yes. Thursday was his birthday and Friday he retired! Did you key in on the word “surprise”? Me and a group of co-conspirators needed to contact and co-ordinate a covert operation to arrange a party for this past Sunday, without Sal finding out. A special thanks to our dear friend Don, for making most of the work contacts.

Somehow we made it to his actual birthday without much suspicion. I told him that our four children and their families wanted to get together for cake and ice-cream Saturday afternoon.

Sal was in his home office Saturday, an hour or so before anyone was supposed to arrive.  I went in, pulled the blinds closed, shut the doors and told him that his children and grandchildren had a really special surprise for him and that he could not peek. I then left Sal and Ralph behind closed doors.

Later, as family and friends were arriving and setting up the party, Sal could be heard shouting: “Help! I’m trapped in my office with an angry cat!” Ralph does not like to be confined. Anywhere! Even in a 12’x20′ office with his “master.” (I’m uncertain which is the master)

Well, we did it. Eventually, I opened the door and asked him to come upstairs. He did. He had no idea what was going on. He had thought his children were “building something.” (Last Mother’s Day they build a foot bridge for me to put across a small stream on our property)

The people kept coming and Sal kept being surprised all afternoon, at the personal and work friends from over the years, and new friends, and neighbors, etc. kept arriving.

It was an incredible day! Happy Birthday! Happy Retirement!
…Happy rest-of-our-life! (More to come-including pictures)

This is Sal Senior, K’s husband, breaking in to the Blog to tell of K’s Birthday celebrations this past weekend.

Saturday night we were invited to Sal Junior’s (JRs) house, where we were met with family and friends for a celebration.

The cell phone pictures are fuzzy. (02/06/10)

Christina’s “make your own pizzas” were great, as was the cake and ice cream! (02/06/10)

Even the cats and parakeets enjoyed! (02/06/10)

Although Ralph stayed home, sleeping in his basket. (02/06/10)

Sunday morning was a brunch celebration at Cynthia’s with more family and friends. (02/07/10)

Strawberry Pancakes were among the vast quantities of foods prepared! (02/07/10)

K gave our son-in-law, Mike, a hard time lighting the candle on another cake…with more ice cream! (02/07/10)

Ralph stayed at home again, but was very happy when the balloons got home. (02/07/10)

Who knows what will happen on her real birthday, tomorrow!
Sal Spirito