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Happy 50th to my Mom and Dad

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Family picture – My sister and her husband in the foreground.  My parents on the right and Stephen and I on the left

My parent’s 50th wedding anniversary was last week so my sister and I decided to take them to dinner (along with our own spouses) for a nice steak dinner at Al Biernat’s Steakhouse in Dallas last weekend.  If you’re ever in Dallas, I highly recommend Al Biernat’s – it’s actually one of my favorite steakhouses in the city (my mom picked it b/c she had never eaten there before). They have the best filet mignon in Dallas and their sides, especially their homemade mac-n-cheese, are perfection.

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Hard to believe that my parents have been married for 50 years!  They have traveled a ton over the course of their marriage and they continue to travel.  In fact, they are leaving next month on a 2 week river cruise in Europe.  My dad actually worked for Mary Kay Cosmetics as an executive for 25 years and he traveled all over the world for his job.

I always remember how excited I would get when he came back (and sometimes my mom went with him on his business trips) because they always brought back the coolest stuff. I was chomping at the bit to see what was in their suitcases.  I remember getting princess-like dolls representing King Henry VIII’s wives when they went to England, gaucho lassos from Argentina, a real boomerang and a kangaroo pelt from Australia, golden medallions blessed by monks from Thailand and wooden clogs from Holland, just to name a few.  I think it was all those unusual and foreign objects that made me so curious about the world and spurred my love of travel. That and my mom’s pictures.

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My dad carries his pocketknife with him everywhere and he LOVES an excuse to use it
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After 50 years, my parents agreed 100% with this card

My mom’s side of the family owned a photography studio when we were growing up and my mom has always taken a ridiculous amount of pictures.  She still has massive containers of old photos at her house.  I loved flipping through her photography albums and seeing her pictures from their trips (remember when you had to drop off film and pick it up a week later?  If not, you’re younger than me).  I also love taking photos though I don’t take quite as many pictures as I used to and, frankly, I am due for a new camera.  I love my digital SLR (Canon Rebel) but it’s already 10 years old and pretty bulky compared to the newer models. I like to travel light so I think that’s a good excuse for a new camera.

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Anniversary gifts

At any rate, we had a great family dinner and I think my parents enjoyed the gifts that my sister and I picked out for them – two sets of Baccarat crystal glasses, a set of low ball glasses for my dad’s scotch and two cut crystal wine goblets for my mom’s wine, along with a nice bottle of wine.  That way they can toast each other in their own preferred way.

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My mom loves to cut up and make jokes…especially at the expense of dad

Happy anniversary, mom and dad!

 

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