Sunday, July 27, 2008

90th Birthday Celebration continues.....

90th Birthday

Happy 90th Birthday to a dear most wonderful Aunt and Godmother.

The theme was "Fairy Godmother", since Hilda Pacheco Leitao never had children she was always there to be a GODMOTHER for Baptism or Confirmation. She actually has 30 godchildren. She and my late Uncle Joe became my Baptismal Godparents after they were married on July 29, 1944. This was an ideal party theme. The favors were magic wands made of star-shaped sugar cookies, and there were necklaces made of sparkling glitter and large colorful butterflies fluttering under the tents.

We needed to find a believable reason to get her to her Godchild, Donna Jean's house in East Greenwich, RI

The plan would be that her neice, Lauren Bettencourt who now lives in Boston, Ma would come to East Providence to take Auntie Rea to a place to eat in South County area. While she was heading to the restaurant she would tell her that Donna Jean had called and asked her to stop by and pick up some journalism books she had from URI that Lauren could have, since that was her major, too.

When she arrived she wanted to wait in the car, but Donna Jean insisted that she come in for a minute. As she came through the garage to wait in the back by the beautiful view of the Greenwich Bay water, we were all waiting to say SURPRISE. Gathered for this event was her younger brother, Jimmy and her baby sister, Dudater, with their families and friends. Gathering for this occasion were many relatives, cousins, nieces , nephews, great nieces and nephews and their families and many many friends.

Monday, July 14, 2008

a Special 90th Birthday for someoneEXTRA ORDINARY

Happy 90th Birthday to a dear most wonderful Aunt and Godmother.

at 13 years old

Hilda Pacheco was born July 14, 1918 to the late parents, Virginia Camara and Manuel R Pacheco in East Providence, Rhode Island 02914. She was their oldest firstborn child. The older sister of the late Edmund Joseph Pacheco, my dad, brother, James Pacheco, and sister, Dudater Pacheco.

at age 28, now married

Hilda Pacheco became the wife of the late, Joseph F. Leitao on July 29,1944.
(I was only one month old.)

today at AGE 90

Hilda is Aunt to many neices and nephews, great Neices and Nephews and a godmother to many for Baptism as well as Confirmation

"My Godmother I think she must have come from God
Because she shares His name.
She’s also like my mom and dad --
Her love is much the same.
I know that when I need a hug Her arms are open wide
And she is always there for me To listen lead and guide.
I’m glad that I can lean on her
Because she’s very wise.
I think she is the very best
-- An angel in disguise."

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Today we all seem to have entered the world of technology.

Even our Sunday funnies use some of these computer words, such as was used in today's Family Circus. One of my favorites to read.

Our vocabulary have increased with new computer terminology.

Do you know what these means?





What do a t-shirt and a computer program have in common?

My favorite:


What is your favorite funny to read?

How many of the terms or words above do you know?

Please comment and let me know an answer to one, so others can play and not have all the answers in one comment.

I also love "Momma"

Saturday, July 5, 2008

I've been tagged......

I have been tagged by my daughter-in-law, Vicky, at 2lilpumpkins
Here are my responses:
Two names you've gone by: 1) Kathie 2) Kathleen, after my Mom's best friend's mother is Des Moines, Iowa
Two things I’m wearing right now: 1) pink sleeveless dress-so comfortable 2) butterfly sandals.
Two things I want (or have) in a relationship: 1)A caring, understanding husband who is affectionate,as hugging, cuddling and kissing 2)my best friend for 39 years

Two of my favorite things to do: 1) Reading, especially to my grandsons, even long distance over the phone 2) Selling on Ebay and always Walking
Two things you did last night: 1)watch fireworks with John and Buddy 2)
Send emails to my friends and family wishing them a Happy safe 4th of July .
Two people you last talked to: 1)John 2) Mark and Buddy

Two things you’re doing tomorrow:
1) Church 2)Oakland Beach
Two longest car rides: 1)RI to Anderson , SC 2) RI to Montreal, Canada I much prefer to flying but now so expensive!
Two favorite holidays: 1)Thanksgiving 2) Christmas and my Birthday
Two favorite drinks: 1)water 2) tea
Two things about me you may not have known: 1) I love to be creative, drawing, painting, sketching, blogging 2)I am an achiever, love to excel and win (played Intramurals through high school and entered Science Fairs and won First grants more than once.
Two jobs I’ve had in my life: 1) Cashier for Almacs-supermarket 2) Avon representative since 1972
Two movies I would watch over and over: 1)Sound of Music 2) Its a Good Life
Two favorite foods: 1)chicken and turkey 2) Indian
Two places I’d rather be right now: 1) in SC with my grandsons and family 2) at the beach in Hawaii
If you read this and you haven't been tagged yet and you want to participate, please consider yourself tagged. Copy & paste the questions and insert your own answers.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

and the day moves on to night.......

My special day is still going strong.After the air show, my Aunt, "Godmother Hilda", my Dad's older sister, who we all call Rea asked me to come over and have some cake and ice cream as she has done for many many years. This has been a ritual every June 29th, because I was born on their mother's birthday, my Nana, Virginia Camara Pacheco. (6-29-1895). For many years before Nana passed away, there were always 2 cakes, one for her and one for me. We celebrated together. I was the first grandchild born in the Pacheco Family.

When I arrived at 7:30pm, I was welcomed with "SURPRISE" My Aunt had invited several famly members that I did not expect. My younger brother of 4 years, Edmund was there with his wife, my sister-in-law, Judith. They had just come in from Naples, Florida and will be here until they return in September. My brother and sister-in- law are now retired and live in Florida 9 months and here in RI for 3 months. They are enjoying retirement and love playing golf as often as possible. They both have had "holes in ones".
I was so surprised to see my Aunt Dudater "Dada" My father's younger sister and her husband, Uncle Whitey "Uncle Milt" They have arrived to RI as well for a few months until they return to Rotunda, FL. I had not seen them since last fall, before they left. They are retired and also love to golf.
My younger sister, Maureen Jean was there with her whole family, husband, Carl, daughter, my Godchild, Lauren, son, my nephew, Matthew and granddaughter, Hailee, who will be 8 July 3rd.
I am so proud of Lauren and Matthew, they are so loving, caring super smart young adults. Lauren works for WBZTV in Boston, Ma as an Assignment Editor, she majored in Journalism at the University of RI, and Matthew is a student at Johnson and Wales in Providence, studying Culinary Arts and specializing in Nutrition.
Also attending was my Aunt Hilda's longtime best friend, Betty Lima. She has become a part of our family and attends all functions.With everyone here we had a beautiful rendition of "Happy Birthday" sung to me and I blew all the candles on the cake with one breath.
A few more photos of Aunt Hilda with her sister, Dada and neice, Judy and with Maureen , Edmund and me.

My Aunt Hilda is an amazing strong, caring women, she took care of her sick husband, Uncle Joe, her Mother, Nana and was caretaker for my mother for several years. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday this July 14th (7-14-1918) Words cannot describe how much she means to all of us. We love her as a mother. She and Uncle Joe never had children so we have all been her children.



I love all of you for making this a most memorable 64th birthday to cherish forever.

God willing may we all be here to celebrate my 65th

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

RI Airshow continuation.........

From dark clouds to bright sun clouds the air show continues The show goes on.......
The Airshow continues and now the temperature is in the mid 90's and extremely hot. We are now under the tent where the shade is to watch the rest of the show.

Tumbling at awe inspiring rates in almost any attitude, gives world class pilot, Michael Goulian the freedom to use his imagination to create a show to leave the fans wanting more!

Ed Hamill, (Air Force Reserve) has been entertaining airshow crowds since 1999. His unique airshow tells a story he calls, "Living the Dream."2008 marks the sixth consecutive year Ed Hamill and his team operate as the Air Force Reserve Biplane Show. Ed combines the history of airshow flying and the Air Force Reserve with his message:set goals, work hard and never give up. He captures the true romanceof airshows and aviation itself, the AFR Biplane is the perfect choicefor this task. It is a factory-built biplane first manufactured in the 1950's. The AFR Biplane has a top speed of over 210 mph, and can withstand positive 6 and negative 5 G's

F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather fighter and is used as an attack aircraft as well as a fighter. The single-seat F/A-18 Hornet is the nation's first strike-fighter. The F/A-18 is used primarily as a fighter escort and for fleet air defense; in its attack mode, it is used for force projection, interdiction and close and deep air support.
Capt Phillip A. Smith is the Air Combat Command's Strike Eagle Demonstration Team pilot and Assistant Commander. As the Demonstrationpilot, he showcases America's F-15E Strike Eagle to more than seven million people at approximately 65 shows around the world. His is currently assigned as an F-15E pilot with the 4th Fighter Wing,Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Capt Ed "Wild" Colfer is the Air Combat Command's Strike EagleF-15E Demonstration Team Weapons System Officer and officerin charge of the F-15E Demonstration Team. As the Demonstration WSO, he showcases America's F-15E Strike Eagle to more than seven million people at approximately65 shows around the world. He is currently assigned as an F-15E Instructor WSO with the 4th Fighter Wing,Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Julie Clark flies the Chevron Mentor T-34, call "Free Spirit" and displays a unique patriotic presentation as her plane dances in the sky with an ballet choreographed with GOD BLESS THE USA with Lee Greenwood.with over 29,000 hours of flying, including 1000 air shows she enhances her presentation by using multi-colored wing tip smoke trailsin her every maneuver and concludes her breathtaking performance with fireworks.
The RI National Guard Combined Arms Demonstration usesairlift squadrons that fly C-130 Hercules, C-5 Galaxy, and C-17 Globemaster aircraft that transport people, equipment and supplies. Air refueling units, flying KC-135 Stratotankers, provide air-to-air refueling for strategic and tactical aircraft.
The Air National Guard has three rescue and recovery squadrons that fly HH-60 helicopters and HC-130 aircraft. These units provide important lifesaving capabilities and services to civilian and military agencies. Air support units that fly OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs provide forward air control support of close-air support missions. The general-purpose fighter force is equipped with F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 and OA-10 aircraft. We saw a jeep being transpored and dropped to an area where the soldiers were brought by another plane in the demonstration.

Frank Ryder has entertained countless thousands of spectators with his unbelievable low altitude precision acrobaticdemonstrations and aerial showmanship.

John Klatt (Air National Guard) a high energy pilot makes many maneuvers of hoops in the C-130J-30 Demo.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The British Red Arrows renowned throughout the world as ambassadors for both the Royal Air Force and the United Kingdom performed the Grand Finale. Since the Team was officially formed in 1965,the Red Arrows have completed over 4,000 displays in 53 countries. The Red Arrows’ reputation is built on the commitment and professionalism, combined with Royal Air Force skills,training and equipment. Many of the Red Arrows’ pilots andsupport staff have recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and many will be temporarily detached on operationsoverseas during their time with the Red Arrows. They are proud to represent the values and professionalism of the Royal Air Force. There performance at the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show, brings a close too their very successful goodwill tour of North America.They displayed in front of 90,000 people - many of them never having seen them before. "Amazing! What a great show!'

The 2008 Airshow ended at approximately 4:20pm
As the show ended we walked to the gates about 5 minutes from where we were. It was very crowded, felt like Disney when the park closes and you are leave in groves. The wind picked up and blew my visor, as I ran to retrieve it, I could see John and Mark way ahead in the crowd. I tried to catch up with them but in rushing I did not see the broken asphalt in the driveway to the gate. I tripped while holding my centerpiece and fell on it and it broke the fall with the centerpiece crushing and I land on both hands with an impact. I felt fine but 3 MPs came over and asked if I could get up and if I was bleeding. I told them my hands were stinging and red and had minor cuts and I would be alright. However they wanted me to wait and sit and allow the crowd to leave and have a Med look at me.

I was told that on Saturday another person had tripped.
WHY DID THEY NOT PUT UP A CONE? My fall might have been prevented.........