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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

My 70th Birthday

Here are some photos of the good time that was had when
I had my 70th birthday very recently.

Here is a happy family shot, Alan my oldest son, Vicki my
favourite daughter, The birthday boy, Marcus my middle
son and Zac
who is Marcus' oldest son.

Three generations of happy Holts lookin' tough.

Vicki was the main engineer of the surprise visit by the
two boys looking lovely
as always.

Alan as my oldest son is carrying on the family tradition
of presenting a well rounded figure to the world.

This is the luggage that surrounded Zac at the airport when
we arrived to pick him up, the poor little Subaru groaned a
bit under the load!!!

Birthday Saga.

Hi folks, I’m here to tell you that you can teach an old dog
new tricks despite any theory to the contrary!!

When Vicki and I arrived at the Brisbane airport to pick up
grandson Zac from Perth, there he was waiting for us in the
nominated spot BUT, he was surrounded by luggage, and I
mean Surrounded, while we were busy stowing the bags
into the Subaru I looked around only to see my oldest son
Alan standing there grinning at me.

I was just getting over the surprise of seeing Alan standing
there when I felt a hand on my shoulder and a voice saying
good day Pop, it was my middle son Marcus, now neither of
these two were expected, (by me that is, Vicki knew they
were coming) at least now the huge pile of luggage was
starting to make sense.

This whole episode was designed to come as a complete
surprise to me and it surely did!!

We have now spent a couple of laughter filled days together
thus making this one of my best birthdays ever, I want to
take this opportunity to thank all my friends and family for
the great memories they put into a scrapbook that Jacqui
put together to help me celebrate my birthday.

I would also like to thank all my Blog friends who expressed
their best wishes for my birthday, the thoughts were much

I just re-read that last two line bit, and saw how really
inadequately it said what a huge thrill I got from the
overwhelming support of my dear blog friends, you people
who although we have never met have become so very
important in my life and I sincerely thank you all.

The scrapbook I mentioned had contributions from pretty
near all my friends and family, some very touching and many
very funny, it can be quite an eye-opener to hear incidents
related as seen through another’s eyes.

The sad part of this is that because of their work commitments
our time together can only be short.

I must take this opportunity to thank Jacqui, who is the
mother of my four wonderful kids, for the wonderful job she
did in scrapbooking my life, I can only suggest you visit her site
to see my thoughts!!


jules said...

Wow, at least in all these pics you're fully dressed! So glad you had a great time Petey Baby. You are loved.

Hale McKay said...

It looks like you had a wonderful 70th. What a pleasant surprise Vicki gave you.
...As for us blogger buddies, I can only speak for myself, thank you for allowing us to enter into your life.

Marcus said...

Just got home 10 minutes ago at 20 past 3! The last 40 km were the hardest, started getting very tired, had the window wound right down, icy wind coming straight off Antarctica blowing in my face in order to stay awake! Made it safely. Just blogging while my electric blanket warms up.
I had a fantastic time with you and the family on the weekend Pop, so glad it all worked out so well. Enjoy your last day with Zac and Vicki tomorrow.

I love you Pop


Da Gal said...

So glad your birthday celebration was both a suprise and a hit! You deserve every bit of joy that comes your way Peter you truly do!

Laurie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

MrsGreenThumb said...

Well I found your blog the long way round. I'm sending you belated birthday wishes from Las Vegas. I've been reading your jokes, they're a hoot. You must have a lot of fun.

jel said...

Peter, sounds like you had a grand time with your family :)

and you have a very nice family!

have a great week!

Anne said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Smurf said...

The pictures are AWESOME! Congrats again! I also love how you recognize your wife! You can tell you love her and that is awesome! ;) I am glad things went well on your big day!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I am so happy that you had such a wonderful birthday with all your surprise guests.
You have such a lovely family and Jacqie is a wonderful person to help put together your scrapbook.

Loved the pictures that you have posted of your wonderful kids and grandson...and of course the birthday boy himself. You look GREAT for 70!

Meow said...

Aaawww, Peter ... sounds like you had a wonderful birthday surprise. Families are such wonderful things, it's great you have such a thoughtful loving one. Congratulations.
Hope your week continues to be a good one.
Take care, Meow

kenju said...

Peter, I am happy to know that you had a good time with your family (I knew they were coming....ha!) I read your comments at Jacqui's site and went on to read a bit more there; it was interesting and the rose photos are wonderful!

Raggedy said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday! Thanks for coming over to visit me. I got a kick out of reading your post over at Jacqui's place..lol


Merle said...

Hi Peter ~~ What a great post and terrific photos. I didn't know that both Alan and Marcus were going. Jacqui said she was taking the book to Alan, so I was not as surprised as you. Glad you had such a wonderful time. Guess you recognise some photos and stories that I sent to Jacqui. That was a great idea- to make the book. I was sure you would love it. Will catch up later, Merle.

Jacqui said...

Hi Peter, glad you liked the scrapbook, I thoroughly enjoyed making it. I was waiting to hear some adverse comments about Warren's contribution!!

I'm a little concerned about where "Banjo Bear" ended up, I hope he finds a more comfortable ad congenial spot to spend his time with you.

You have given me grief over the years about my bears that it seemed only fitting for you to have one of your own.

"da Gal's" suggestion in yesterdays comments sounds like a good idea, you should act on it.

Anyway sounds like it was a great weekend, hope Banjo and the book give you some added moments to enjoy,

Boobabe said...

Happy Birthday, sweetie. Sounds like a great day was had by all.

JunieRose2005 said...


Loved seeing the pics of you and your family.

So glad you had such a nice birthday!


bornfool said...

Ha, I knew about the surprise, too. I loved the pictures. I'm so glad you had a great time.

Janice said...

Awwwww...how nice for you and your family. Happy belated Birthday from Georgia! Looks like it was the perfect event.

LZ Blogger said...

Peter ~ This sounds like it was a wonderful and SUPRISING Birthday celebration for you. Glad that we bloggers got to enjoy the celebration TOO! ~ jb///

A.L. said...

Just wanted to say looks like a great family, and to wish you a happy 70th. One more milestone. My own father turns 80 this month. Great blog. Keep it going.

catherine said...

Happy Birthday!!
You look wonderful for 70.
(I'm visiting via The Daily Bitch.)

Jamie Dawn said...

The scrapbook is a real treasure.
How great to be surprised!!!
Zac does not travel lightly.
Good looking family!!
I'm glad it was a good time and wish they could have been there with you longer.

Karen said...

I am glad you had a great birthday!! The photos are wonderful and my favorite is of the three generations. You cracking up while the other two are trying to play it cool. Family is such a gift and what a fantastic surprise. :-)

Granny said...

I missed this one. Wonderful pcs and glad your birthday was a howling success.


Ava said...

Great pictures of the family!!!

And wow!! You got all of that luggage in the Subaru! I'm impressed!

Glad you had a great time.


Lucy said...

What a fabulous surprise and post Peter. I don't know how i missed this yesterday.

A great looking family -- the gene pool no doubt.

How fab -- your very own scrapbook. These are just wonderful - i started doing this with the new techniques and products on the market today - but it doesn't really matter how its done -- they are just so fun to look thru over and over.

Happy Birthday again.

Vest said...

Tell me Peter if there are 700,000 doctors in the USA, does it mean that everyone is a Doctor

Jo Beaufoix said...

Sounds like it was a really fabulous day Peter, and your family look like alot of fun. You must be very proud.

storyteller said...

What a lovely family you have and a marvelous celebration! Love the photos happy belated 70th!
Hugs and blessings,