Happy Birthday to my Dad! He grew up in Bremerton, Washington and I just came across these photos from his fourth birthday party taken at their house on High Ave. in August 1940 (I thought they'd complement my Fifth Birthday Party and my sister, Kristi's Third Birthday party quite well)
"Who's four years old today?!" "Yer lookin' at 'im!"
"Eat your sandwiches before we cut the cake!"
My Dad's brother, Billy, is two boys to the right from my Dad. I
know he was allergic to eggs for part of his childhood. I don't know
how long, but it might be why there are two cakes on the table for nine
boys. My Grandmother, Stella Fredrickson Hawes, gave me this recipe when I learned my own son had
life-threatening allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, and treenuts, (among
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons soda
6 Tablespoons cocoa
all together. Make three holes. In one put 1 Tablespoon vinegar, in
another 1 teaspoon vanilla and the last 5 Tablespoons oil. Over whole
thing pour 1 cup cold water. Mix until smooth. Bake in moderate oven.
A birthday coin!
Child sized garden tools
And one of my favorite photos. A birthday parade!
Obviously this is a few years later (twenty six to be exact) - but we're back in Bremerton at his parent's house on Preble Street celebrating my Dad's thirtieth birthday. Mom made all our shirts.
Happy Birthday, Dad!