Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Me, Chica as a young ladycat.

Hope you don't mind if this is a repost from Mom's other blog and many of you have not seen it.  Mom is still sick - hasn't been out of the house in a week.  

This is a very special day in our house - our people's 20th wedding anniversary, Pop's birthday (we won't tell you how old) and Valentine's Day! Mom and Pop have postponed their celebration until Mom feel much better but she did get some flowers from all of us!

We just wanted to take you down memory lane to 20 years ago today.....we (Chica,  Mom and Pop - Yoko didn't come to live with us until 2 years later) were living in SW Florida and decided to get married on Valentine's Day. Since both families lived in other parts of the country they, being a very unconventional couple, just went ahead and did it without telling anyone. In Florida, at the time, all you needed to do to get married was to have your marriage license notarized. Since it was a busy day at the courthouse, they found a realtor in town who would do it. We lived a block up the street so the folks got "married" at the real estate office, had breakfast at one of their favorite places and headed to the Everglades for a day of hiking and birdwatching. Not everyone's idea of a perfect wedding day but it was theirs!

This top pic is where the so called wedding took place and below Pop is posing in the banyan tree at the end of our street.

Their wedding photo is unique. They wore hiking clothes so they could head off to the Everglades after breakfast. Their neighbors bought white roses for flowers and took them to breakfast. They  like to celebrate our special holidays by either going for a hike or going out to eat. Pop is a chef so that is understood. They never tired of visiting the Everglades while living in Florida!

They visited their favorite photography studios in the Everglades - Clyde Butcher who is a modern Florida Ansel Adams capturing breathtaking larger than life black and white photos of the natural surroundings in the Everglades. We have a couple of his photos in our house to remind us of a very special day!

Clyde Butcher photo

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you from all of us!  May your day be special whatever you do! 

Ivy decked out for this special day!


Sparkle said...

Happy Valentine's Day and happy anniversary to your humans! I hope your human gets better soon so they can have a proper celebration!

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Pop and Happy Birthday to your Pop! So much to celebrate on one day!!!

The Florida Furkids

Unknown said...

What a great way to celebrate your love! Rock on! And me hopes your Mommy feels better soon!
We is sending a Happy Valentines, Happy Brithday, Happy Anniversay and lots of get well purrs.

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

The Cat Guy said...

Happy valentines day and anniversary to you!! Hope you feel better soon, so the party can start.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

What a wonderful post! Happy Anniversary and Valentine's to the pawrents! We is sendin healin purrs fur the Mommy. xoxo

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Purring SUPER loud that your mummy feels better, and SMOOCHIES for V-tines day!!

Old Kitty said...

Awww sweet Chica!! So many wonderful things to celebrate!!

Me and Charlie hope mum gets better first though and we send her tons and tons of healing hugs and purrs!

Your mum and dad are so amazing! We love their love story and these pics! What a way to get married! Yay!! Happy Wedding Anniversary! Twenty years - I think you celebrate with "china"!! Yay!! How wonderful!

Happy Birthday to Dad too!! Of course he is completely ageless! Like you adorable Chica!!!

Happy Valentine's to all of you!!

Take care

Fuzzy Tales said...

Happy Valentine's Day, happy anniversary to your humans, and happy birthday to your pop! Wow, that's a lot to celebrate.

Purrs to your mom, that she feels better very soon!

We love LUNA said...

This is such a touching post dear friends!
Thanks for sharing your memories and lights with us!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

I think this post is just lovely. Your mum and dad did it their way and that is how it should be. They have lots of special memories and they are worth so much.. Happy Valentines day and I hope mum feels better soon... Hugs GJ xx

Catherine said...

Wishing for you lots of love and chocolate hearts sweet Cheri and Cats of Wildcat Woods!

Thank you for the card ~ you always send the cutest ones!!!

Lots of hugs and kisses from
Catherine & Banjo

Mariodacat said...

Happy Anniversary to your mom and dad. Mario SMOOCHES for the ladycats!!

Cat said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!!! We hope you have a nice celebration when you are feeling better :-)

Hannah and Lucy said...

Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentine's Day to you.
We hope your Mom feels better soon and we are sure you are giving her lots of purr therapy.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Jenna and Sissy said...

What a holiday at yer house! Best wishes to the humans on their special days! We are sendin healin purrs to your mommy.

Katie Isabella said...

I can't tell you how affecting your bloggie was for mommy. That was a unique and wonderful marriage ceremony..after mom's own heart she said. And Happy Valentine's day sweet furries and mom and Dad.


Brian's Home Blog said...

Hello pretty Chica. I sure hate it that your Mom is still sick but we wish your Mom and Dad a Happy Anniversary. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Marg said...

Happy Valentines Day, Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday Don. That sounds like the perfect wedding.No muss, no fuss. Hope Mom is feeling a little better now. Stay warm and take care.

Katnip Lounge said...

Happy HAPPY DAY! So much to celebrate at your house. Mommy says she wished her and Daddy had done the same as your peeps--low key and unconventional...

We are sending purrs to your Mommy, our Grands have both been sick too, there is a NASTY cold going around the southwest.

Thank you so much for your lovely card!

meowmeowmans said...

What a very special day for all of you, indeed! Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Pop, and happy birthday to your Pop!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all. We love you, dear friends!

Oh, and of course, we hope your Mom feels better real soon.


Webbthistle said...

Happy Valentine's Day - Anniversary - Birthday! The post was charming. Glad you did the wedding YOUR way! Hope your Mom feels better real soon - there is a lot to celebrate!

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Happy Valentine´s Day , Happy Birthday to your dad and Happy 20th anniversary to both your mom and dad !
Thank´s for taking us with you on your memorylane , it was fun :)


Happy Anniversary!
Happy Birthday!!
And wow Chica you were there too!
That is amazing.
Happy Valentine's Day

Angel Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Happy anniversary to your mom and dad! Loved the post!! Sending Valentine's wishes and love to you and your family!

Oui Oui said...

What a cool story! Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday! Can it get any happier than that? Purrs and kitty kisses to you all!

CCL Wendy said...

Happy 20th Anniversary, and Valentine's Day! What an awesome day for a wedding anniversary!

Sorry to hear that Mom is still under the weather. I hope you kitties are taking good care of her.

The Island Cats said...

Wow! What a special day!! Happy Anniversary to your humans...and Happy Birthday to your Pop...and Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!

Gigi said...

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Anniversary and Happy Birfday too! That is a great wedding story ♥ ♥ ♥

Jans Funny Farm said...

Happy V-Day, Anniversary, and Pop's birthday. That's a lot of celebrating in one day. Sorry your mom is sick and couldn't enjoy today - well, yesterday now. We're late but we're here. :)

So Chica is 19 or 20? That's great.

catsynth said...

What a wonderful romantic story. Congratulations on your humans' 20th anniversary! Hope your mom feels better soon. And happy Valentine's Day to all.

Clooney said...

What a cool post! We wish a Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Pop, a Happy Birthday to your Pop and Happy Valentine's Day to all you great kitties! We send good thoughts and purrs to your Mom for her to feel better ASAP.

GTnCo said...

those are such beautiful photos! my mom is from florida so she wants to get some of those photos for our house. congrats on your anniversary!

Maggie @ Shelter Cats said...

Just saw this, so we are a little late to the party. Hope you're feeling better and ready to celebrate.

Ellen Whyte said...

It sounds a pawsome wedding! Happy Valentine's Day and happy anniversary.

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

Fingers crossed that mom gets better soon. *big hugs*



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