Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Party

The Hopkins & Jim
Although every guest was special these two were our truly honored guests. This is Orene and Carl along with my happy hubby! I surprised him by finding them out there in retirement land where people are sometimes very hard to track down. Orene was Jim's very first boss at the county and she truly mentored him and helped him on to a very successful and fulfilling path over 37 years ago. She has been retired now for 19 years so it has been that long since he has seen them. We are so appreciative of the effort they made to come over. In their 80's this was no easy task but they did it and Jim was thrilled.

Diane and Jane
These ladies are Jim's current bosses. Diane is on the left and she is the Principal at the Ranch. She has several other programs and Jim fills in for her as site administrator when she is away several days per week. The other lady is Jane and she is the Director of Court Schools. They are both delightful, fun people.

Steven and Gary

These are my brothers, Steve and Gary and they did all the BBQ duties and cooked about 30 pounds of steak and many ears of corn in the big kettle in the foreground. the corn was picked the day before and so delicious and the meat was great too. These guys are so adorable, I love my brothers with all my heart.

They cooked two laundry baskets full of
freshly picked corn from Lynette's farm!

These are the remains of the appetizer table, we had some scrumptious munchies. This post would not be complete without a picture of my four very dear friends that took care of the kitchen for me during the party. Everyone has been commenting on what wonderful friends they are and how they wish they had some like them. I couldn't agree more! Thank you so much to Gary, Steve, Maureen, Connie, Lanette and Barbara, you truly are my sisters!

Connie, Lanette, Maureen and Barbara!
Aren't they adorable?

Some of the 62+ people lining up at the
buffet table on the right.

We had the BBQed tri-tip steak and sausage,
baked beans,
corn on the cob,
macaroni salad,
a spinach salad,
a cabbage salad,
cherry pie salad, etc.
There was an over abundance of food
thanks to
many people bringing things
along with what I cooked.

The dessert table looked pretty great too
with lots of variety,
again thanks to the people who
generously brought food.


We had a bunch of tables scattered
around
the patio for people to sit,
relax and eat and enjoy their friends.

As the sun went down it started to get cold
so Jim built a fire and that was great.


Lots of friends never to be forgotten.

Everyone had such nice things to say about working with Jim, it left quite an impact on me. I saw first hand what the rewards are of doing your best everyday, never slacking and working hard to reach your goals. Day in and day out he has had a brilliant career in teaching and affecting many lives of the boys and his co-workers as well. One thing I know for sure, Jim will always be a teacher, in or out of the classroom~he's a natural! Love you, Babe! It is going to be great!

Here is a link to photobucket and the photos Jeanne Kern took at the party.

1 0f 2 posts about the party day.

3 comments:

Julie Harward said...

This looks like an awesome party... What a great place for it! I love the little guy with the arrow in the post below too...so neat to have!It's a lot of work isn't it? Glad it turned out well. :D

Marie said...

Loved both of these party posts Bonnie. I am always so inspired by your home and gardens. You live in such a beautiful environment! Your taste is impeccable! What a fabulous party!! The food looks great and it looks like everyone is having such a wonderful time, especially Jim!!! Well done!! xxoo

Nellie's Cozy place said...

HI AGAIN,
OH BONNIE.......LOOKS LIKE EVERONE WAS HAVING SUCH A GREAT TIME. THAT WAS SO NEAT THAT YOU FOUND ORENE AND CARL AND THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO COME. THEY SURE DO NOT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE IN THEIR 80'S. I BET SHE IS REALLY PROUD OF JIM AND FEELS LIKE A MILLION DOLLARS THAT SHE HAD A PLACE IN ALL THAT! SO COOL!!
SO TRI-TIP IS STEAK??? YOUR BROTHERS LOOK LIKE THEY WERE HAVING A LOT OF FUN, THEY ARE NICE LOOKING MEN. WHAT A BLESSING TO HAVE ALL THOSE SWEET FRIENDS TO HELP OUT. THEY ARE TRUE FRIENDS FOR SURE. THEY ALL LOOK LIKE SWEETIE PIES.

YES, I SUSPECT JIM WILL ALWAYS BE TEACHING TOO! IT IS A GIFT, AND IT IS PART OF WHO HE IS!! HIS CLASSROOM WILL JUST BE A LIL DIFFERENT THAT'S ALL!!

JIM LOOKED LIKE HE REALLY WAS ENJOYING HIMSELF. I THINK IT IS TIMES LIKE THESE WHEN YOU FIND OUT
WHAT YOU MEAN TO OTHERS AND ALSO WHAT THEY MEAN TO YOU AS WELL.
A BITTER/SWEET TIME, BUT IT WILL LEAD TO HUGE BLESSINGS AND JUST A NEW WAY OF LIFE TO NAVIGATE, SO NICE YOU CAN ENJOY IT TOGETHER.

HOW LATE DO YO THINK HE WILL SLEEP IN ON JUNE 30TH??? YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE AND KEEP HIM UP LATE ON THE NIGHT OF THE 29TH WATCHING MOVIES OR SOMETHING, THEN HE MIGHT MAKE IT TILL 4:30 OR 5 A.M.!! LOL

TAKE CARE HON,
AND THANKS FOR SHARING THESE WONDERFUL EVENTS IN YOUR LIVES.
LOVE YA, NELLIE