Monday, May 19, 2014


Today's the day!  A milestone for my dad - my hero - my inspiration.  80 years YOUNG (how can that be?), and still running circles around most of us, me included these days.  Whether it's making me crazy because I've called and he's up on the roof with the air conditioner, or out mowing the "North 40" (his incredible park-rivaling lawn), he amazes me every single day of my life.
Arvid Carl Anderson - born May 19, 1934.  Son of a Swedish immigrant and an Irish American lass (my grandparents, Carl and Kate)...little brother to Robert.
Married to Barbara Jean Rhyno in the late 50's, the dapper guy fathered three kids of his own (tho I'm the one pictured here, because it's my blog!) 
Seven grandchildren - two of whom I can vouch for, that love him madly.  Always the fun guy to be around. Four great-grandchildren, that we know of...
30+ years at the defense contractor, Martin Marietta, as a design engineer (yes, a Moon Man); sportsman (that's his hunting buddy, "Sonny" - my brother, Arvid); outdoorsman; singer; dancer; poet; comedian; avid reader (I have never known him to not be learning about something new); and teacher.  He IS a walking encyclopedia!
Contemplating the scenery he loves so much, and knows so well.  We like to say "he knows some shit about some stuff" - my go-to person for history questions, for sure, and anything else I can't find an answer to.  He still loves road trips, much like those we used to take when I was a kid (but with far less puke on his car seats from my motion sickness years).  For those who know me, they know I married someone who hates to travel, but is more than willing to afford me to spend summers travelling with my parents - usually through the beautiful SW, which my dad has always been enamoured with - the scenery and the peoples. 
He's an art lover; a collector; a connoisseur of fine cuisine (yes, Mexican food and Margaritas count).
Husband and best friend to my Mom - I can think of no more perfect match.  I've watched him sit patiently in MANY a Chico's store, and just let her have at it.
One of the most important lessons I've learned from him - ALWAYS keep a sense of humor (the photo on the bottom center has him holding little "cards" that they pass out for free on the Las Vegas Strip - you have to have been here and seen them to know why he is smiling).  He's a card, a cut-up, sharp as a tack, and can bring a smile to any one's face.
Just the two of us over the past few years - we even took in a rock concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
It's truly been a Carousel of Happiness being my father's daughter (figuratively AND literally - this was taken at the "Carousel of Happiness") .  Those who know me ALSO know just how much he means to me. Thank you for being my Dad, Dad - you ARE my hero!  You may never realize just HOW much I have loved you all these years.  Hope your day today is fabulous - I'll be home soon, and we're buying that new Cowboy Hat - no arguments!  Go dry your eyes (I need to, too), and have a wonderful day (watching Mom gamble )...I told you he was patient!  Love you more!!!
Happy Birthday, Big Guy - XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO


Hindustanka said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad!
I loved reading your post about him, so good to read about his personality and that you love him so much! God bless!

Maywyn Studio said...

Happy Birthday Moon Dad!

Kate Mossy said...

What a special guy - I loved reading about him.

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday Arvid!! I wish you many more years of happy travels and big game hunting! Keep the squirrels happy, live long and prosper!
Hugs, jackie d.

Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty said...

Happy Birthday Dad! He looks fantastic for 80 btw

Dorthe said...

What a beautiful birthday greeting to your dad, dear Tanya.
So, showing your love and admiration, and telling of many wonderful hours together with both your parents.
You are lucky to still have your father dear friend.
Happy Birthday to him and you, and warm hugs, Dorthe

111 LaLa Lane said...

Oh my gosh, what wonderful pictures and memories! I almost cried reading them. Happy Birthday to your dad! And he doesn't look a day over 60, if that.

Createology said...

Happy Birthday "Dad". Tanya this is such a beautiful tribute to your handsome and dapper and adventurous dad. You are one very fortunate daughter! Keep celebrating and enjoying life together...Birthday Blessings!

My Garden Diaries said...

This post gave me the chills and made me cry....A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR DAD!!!! There are so many telling and beautiful photos in this post that really let on to who he is! I really like that shot of him with his shades and his cowboy hat and the one of him with his hand up like he is telling a story! Good people are to be cherished and how awesome that you all of him!!! Here is to a wonderful year ahead....just beautiful Tanya! Nicole xoxoxo

Deborah Montgomery said...

wow, what a great tribute to your dad. He seems like a wonderful person. you are so blessed. My mother is soon to be 80 too, and I think she runs circles around me. I think one of the secrets of staying young must be to take such an interest in the world around you, sounds like your dad does this! Thanks for stopping by my blog Tanya!

kathyinozarks said...

Loved reading about your father-so awesome that he can still be active-Happy Birthday!

Curtains in My Tree said...

What a nice run down about your young acting Dad
Now I might consider a young man like that to have as a friend, since I have been a widow for 7 years and i'm 67 now LOL Not flirting just stating facts LOL
what a nice life he has had and is having
It's nice to see healthy 80 years olds

Vicki Boster said...

Oh what a beautiful and sweet tribute to your Dad-- he's a real cutie! I wish him many-- MANY more birthdays to come:)

Love seeing you in all these photos:)


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Happy belated birthday wishes for your dad. Great collection of photos! He sounds like a wonderful guy. Best wishes, Tammy (P.S. I used to get car sick when I was little, too. Especially if I drank orange juice.)