Thursday, June 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Spud!

June 10, 1993

3:30 AM

I am awakened by what I think is a slightly bad reaction to the Mr. Sprigg's Bar-B-Que pork sandwich I ate the day before.

I get out of bed without waking The Colonel and grope my way to the bathroom, in the dark.

This is not a tummy ache.

I am six days overdue.

This is labor.

It is time to wake The Colonel.

"It's time to go."

"Are you sure?"


We wake The Colonel's mother; she will stay with Yam while we are at the hospital.

We live in base housing (Tinker Air Force Base, OK) and the hospital is very close. Thank goodness, because everything is going quickly.

6:50 AM

Spud is here!

"Another Tinker Tornado Touches Down" (every new baby born at Tinker's hospital was given a T-shirt with this saying on it, blue for boys and pink for girls).

He weighs 9 lbs, 5.3 oz and is 21 inches long.

Seventeen years later Spud weighs 158 lbs and is 5 feet 10-1/2 inches long.

Here are some of our favorite pictures taken of Spud throughout these swiftly passing years.

Happy 17th Birthday Spud!


  1. Happy Birthday Joe.
    Uncle Michael

  2. A very happy birthday to you Joe.

    Uncle Andrew, Aunt Rachel, Saben, Liam and Shannon

  3. I love all those pictures! Happy Birthday Spud.

  4. Happy belated birthday Joe. Aunt Kit, Grandma and Grandad.