Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving with my family

For my long-time friends and followers, I want to say hello and wish you a happy Thanksgiving. The circumstances that caused me to write this blog in the first place, have kept me from attending holiday gatherings over the past seven years. But by the grace of God and the assistance of the people at the Veterans Administration all that ended this past Thursday when I celebrated Thanksgiving dinner with my family.
It was held at the Soboba Springs country club in San Jacinto California where the menu included the traditional fair of Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, mixed vegetables, salads, baked ham, and prime rib sliced to order and a dessert cart to die for. And although the meal was excellent and have very little to do with my personal excitement about attending. Like I said it's been over six years since I've seen all these people one place so let me share some of what I saw that gave me the greatest pleasure.

Front row, left to right...
My son Kyle, Yours truly, my mother-in-law Aggie Fikse, My sister in law Cindey Fikse, My niece Rachel Fikse Garnett, my niece Angie Taylor.
Second row...
My nephew Aaron Akamine, my niece Alicia Akamine, (the woman directly over my left shoulder) my niece Heidi Fikse, My wife Joan, Joan's sister Anna Jean Van Zee, My sister in law Violet Fikse, My nephew Keith Taylor, My nephew Errol Garnett, my niece Ruth Arner.
Third row...
Partly obscured my niece Rebecca Fikse-Powell, my nephew Tyler Powell, My nephew Rob Fikse.
Top row...
My brother in law Eugene Van Zee, My nephew Alan Fikse, My brother in law Myron Fikse Sr, My nephew Myron Fikse Jr, My nephew Zack Arner.

family missing from the day include...
My daughter Amanda, My Nephew Andy Van Zee and his wife Christie. My niece Amy Van Zee and her husband Patrick. My niece Patty Ball and her husband Jason.

I have a few more photos photos to share...

my niece Rebecca

My niece Ruth

My niece Heidi

My niece Rachel

My nephew Errol

My brother in law Myron and his lovely bride Vi

My son Kyle and my nephew Rob

My sister in law Cindey

My niece Rachel

there was a ton of kids present but I'm not naming names for security sake.

My nieces Alicia and Angie

My wife (who does not want to be on the internet) and my mother in law and my son

seated, my nephew Alan and standing, my nephew Tyler

My nephew Myron

My nephew Aaron

My niece Alicia

My hope and prayer is that everyone who reads this is as truly blessed as I am. I am, in my opinion, blessed beyond understanding.



Red Shoes said...

I am SO glad this event was able to happen for you, Kurt!!

What a great looking family you have!!!

Continued Holiday blessings for the weeks to come for you...


Elsie said...

My heart is smiling for you! I am so happy you were able to attend this year, KW!! You are truly blessed, as is your family, to have you there.

MsDarkstar said...

So very, very happy that you were able to attend. Makes me smile. Glad you had the opportunity. May the blessings continue for you!

Cloudia said...

blessed tribe, blessed you, blessing us! thanks, dear Hero

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Ms. A said...

Beautiful family, Kurt. So glad you were able to have them all together for a wonderful Thanksgiving!