October 5th was always a special day growing up......
It was my Dad's birthday
It was my Mom's birthday
My folks met in 1947 while working for Western Airlines in San Francisco. They were married on October 16th, 1948.
In our family October was a month of celebrations!!
My Dad was born in Salida Colorado October 5th, 1912, and moved to La Jolla California as a 5 year old. My Mom was born on October 5th, 1920 in Long Beach California. My mom used to say she knew she was going to marry my Dad because he was the only man she had ever dated that could body surf in the ocean of Northern California like she did!!
You have to be a hearty soul to swim in the ocean of Northern California!! The ocean is cold!
My Mom and Dad shared their love of the ocean all of their lives!
Sorry the pictures aren't too good and I'm not sure what's up with the backwards number 7 but......
My Mom and Dad shared a cake every year. And would put both their ages on the cake....they thought it was so funny!! My Dad would say, "ladies first", my Mom would blow out her candles, and then spin the cake around so my Dad could blow his candles out!
My Dad's 90th birthday celebration
My Dad passed away in 2005, almost 93 years old. My Mom passed away in 2007, almost 87.
They loved life and loved a great party.
You can bet the McKinley's will be having a birthday party today
And to continue the tradition of October being a month of celebrations, daughter number 5, Katie, was born on my Mom and Dad's anniversary, October 16th!