Two Milestones in Tulsa


We had a great time with Gunny’s family in Tulsa last weekend, and there were two milestones to celebrate.

First, it was Nikki’s 15th birthday. 

Let me just insert here that I have always loved red hair, so I think it’s wonderful that each of our children has one redheaded daughter — Gunny’s Nikki and DD’s Coco.  And I’m sure the girls would want me to say, “Redheads rock!”  Here’s a picture I took of the two of them a year ago last summer.  I believe that’s their Charlie’s Angel pose.  I think it’s interesting that when Nikki was little, her hair was very, very light red — more of a strawberry blonde.  And, Coco, had very, very dark red hair when she was little.  But now, one has darkened, one has lightened, and they have hair that is very similar in color!

100_0797 Coco and Nikki striking a pose.

But, I digress.  Here’s Nikki with the birthday cake I took to her.  You’ll notice I kept the picture focused on Nikki and hardly at all on the cake.  That’s because while the fudge cake I make is, in my estimation, the best recipe for chocolate cake ever, this one’s “looks” suffered from being transported.  Luckily, that didn’t hurt the taste!


And the other milestone, was that for the first time, one of our grandchildren is taller than me!


Jay will turn 14 in January, and he is about 2 inches taller than my 5’7″, and way taller than Nikki.  Hard to believe that Nikki is 15 months older, isn’t it?  But, that doesn’t bother her.  She loves her brother and can still verbally cut him down to size, if necessary! 

Congratulations Nikki and Jay!  To Nikki for being “old” and to Jay for being “tall.”  I love you both, and Grandpa and I both really enjoyed the time we got to spend with you last weekend! (and, of course, with your Mom and Dad too — just in case they’re reading this!)

Love, Nana

10 Responses to Two Milestones in Tulsa

  1. Sam says:

    Sandra, what a great looking family. AND I’m sure that you encourage them the way you have done for me and some others in my family. They are blessed to have a relationship with their grandparents.

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Sam. I know I don’t have to tell you and Cathy that grandchildren are the “icing on the cake.”

  3. Beth says:

    It’s so nice to see what you look like! I believe that’s lovely red hair on your head too? Or is it just the light?

  4. Sandra says:

    Hmmm. Yes, Beth, I guess it is red. I’m always a little surprised when someone points that out. I forget that I have red hair (obviously, diminished mental acumen). Most of my life I had brown hair with a hint of red in it. Then when I started “helping nature along,” a lighter red seemed more appropriate for my age. And, I am definitely a slave to “age appropriate.” Except, of course, when I’m doing the hokey pokey — then all restraits are off — I go for it! Because I love to make my grandchildren giggle.

  5. Cathy says:

    It IS nice to see your pic! We hokey pokey with the kids also – over the cam! Boston granddaughter is really into it at this point and goes round and round in circles. I like red hair. Sam will tell you that her (Boston grand) hair is red (she’s 1/2 Irish) but none of the rest of us see it! I think he just wants it to be red! By the way – you told me your age – I’m 56 and we also married at 19 and 20 – and had kids right away – 3 in 5 years, but our daughters waited much longer to start their families, so we’re new at the grandparent thing – but yes, it is the “icing on the cake” and we LOVE it!

  6. Sandra says:

    Cathy — Hokey Pokey is just a natural dance to start little ones on, isn’t it.

  7. Julie says:

    I can’t get over how much Jay looks like ‘Gunny’! I thought it WAS ‘Gunny’ when I first looked at the last picture. Then again, I think the last time I saw Jay was when I tripped over him while I was doing the electric slide at ‘DD’s’ wedding several years ago! (He was only about 3 ft. tall then and I didn’t see him behind me.) It’s amazing how time flies and kids grow! Thanks for sharing the great pictures Aunt Sandy!

  8. Sandra says:

    Julie — Now that you mention it, I DO remember Jay tripping you on the dance floor at DD’s wedding. Obviously the “electric slide incident” didn’t stunt his growth! 🙂

  9. Danielle says:

    Beautiful pictures Sandra. My DD had dark red hair when she was born. It was lovely, but as time went on she took on a more strawberry blonde colour….when the sun is out and shining on her hair….you can really see the red come out…

    A huge happy Birthday to your beautiful grand daughter….


  10. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Danielle. We had alot of fun getting to spend it with her. 🙂

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