Posted by: pennyinparadise | April 25, 2015

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

It has  been quite some time since I posted to this blog…reason being we’ve been very busy with some big activities….so I’ll try to catch you up.

First of all, my cousin Joy’s daughter Tracy and husband Mike had their first baby in early September….Connor Cassin and he is adorable…donchathink?

Connor Cassin

Connor Cassin

Newborn Connor with Daddy Mike

Newborn Connor with Daddy Mike

Mom Tracy and Connor

Mom Tracy and Connor

Then, my son Paul married his sweet and wonderful love Maria on New Year’s Day.   Jim and I flew up to Orlando for the wedding….Jim gave the bride away because her father was too ill to attend from El Salvador.  Unfortunately, my mom wasn’t well enough to attend either.

The church was beautiful

The church was beautiful

Jim walked her down the aisle...her own father was too ill to attend the wedding

Jim walked her down the aisle

I am so very happy that Paul has found his soulmate...we both have!

I am so very happy that Paul has found his soulmate…we both have!

The wedding party included Maria's daughter, best friend and sister, Paul's childhood friend, a work friend and Maria's son.

The wedding party included Maria’s daughter, best friend and sister, Paul’s childhood friend, a work friend and Maria’s son.

I only wish Paul's dad was still alive to see this beautiful day

I only wish Paul’s dad was still alive to see this beautiful day

The great thing is that these two laugh and laugh all the time...a great way to start a marriage

The great thing is that these two laugh and laugh all the time…a great way to start a marriage

After the wedding we went to a very nice restaurant for the reception dinner

After the wedding we went to a very nice restaurant for the reception dinner

It was a beautiful setting

It was a beautiful setting

Jim and Maria dancing

Jim and Maria dancing

Jim and me cutting a rug

Jim and me cutting a rug

Paul and Maria dancing

Paul and Maria dancing

Their table at the reception

Their table at the reception

I got to dance with my big boy

I got to dance with my big boy

It was a wonderful moment

It was a wonderful moment

I had to say a few words...hope I didn't embarrass him

I had to say a few words…hope I didn’t embarrass him

Then we moved on to the next big project, which was a charity golf tournament Jim and I produced at a beautiful course here in Boquete.   Jim’s rum company was the main sponsor, and we raised over $5,000 for the charity.  It was great fun!

A staff of over 30 volunteers worked hard to staff the tournament

A staff of over 30 volunteers worked hard to staff the tournament..that’s cousin Joy standing in the center

The night before the tournament we had a Checkin Cocktail Party at Mango's Restaurant.

The night before the tournament we had a Checkin Cocktail Party at Mango’s Restaurant.

We had girls selling tickets for Mulligans, Hole In One and Door Prizes

The girls sold tickets for the Hole In One contests and for Mulligans

Players registered and got their starting hole assignments

Players registered and got their starting hole assignments

The big Panama Red bar was serving Panama Red Tea

The big Panama Red bar was serving Panama Red Tea

We had drawings for door prizes

We had drawings for door prizes

We had a nice array of corporate sponsors

We had a nice array of corporate sponsors

Finca Lerida served coffee and cake for players

Finca Lerida served coffee and cake for players the next morning

Last minute announcements were made and then it was off to a shotgun start

Last minute announcements were made and questions answered

The weather was fantastic, and players manned their carts with enthusiasm

The weather was fantastic, and players manned their carts with enthusiasm for the shotgun start

We did foursome photos on one of the holes

We did foursome photos on one of the holes

Volunteers staffed 8 different contest holes

Volunteers staffed 8 different contest holes

My long time friend Wanda flew down from the US to help me out

My long time friend Wanda flew down from the US to help me out

Lucero was the course and the views are breathtaking

Lucero was the course and the views are breathtaking

Jim LOVES playing Lucero

Jim LOVES playing Lucero

After the tournament we had a Burger BBQ lunch for players and staff

After the tournament we had a Burger BBQ lunch for players and staff

Everyone was HUNGRY!

Everyone was HUNGRY!

 

Players waiting for winner announcement

Players waiting for winner announcement

Jim calculated the scores....40 people walked away with awards

Jim calculated the scores….40 people walked away with awards

Crystal Trophies and Panama Red Rum were awarded

Crystal Trophies and Panama Red Rum were awarded

First place winners got Panamonte Reserva Preciosa XXV Rum

First place winners got Panamonte Reserva Preciosa XXV Rum

Trophy

My cousin Joy was in the 3rd place winning foursome

My cousin Joy was in the 3rd place winning foursome

Trophy2

Robyn Cole won the Longest Drive Women

Robyn Cole won the Longest Drive Women

Panama Red Rum was the main sponsor, providing a perpetual trophy for the winners

Panama Red Rum was the main sponsor, providing a perpetual trophy for the winners

And Jim and I gave each other a new golf cart for our Christmas present to each other.  We love it!

Hot golf couple

Another exciting event has to do with travel to/from Boquete (that is, David…our nearest airport).   First news is that COPA is now flying from the US to David, with a connection in Panama City.   This means no more traveling from Tocumen International across the city (at rush hour) to Albrook Domestic Airport and often an overnight stay in the city.  Expensive and time consuming.  Now, you can clear customs/immigration in Tocumen and stay in that airport for a connecting flight to David.   In addition, the new terminal at Tocumen is almost completed…the MOST modern airport in the Western Hemisphere.

The new COPA counter at David Airport

The new COPA counter at David Airport

The new terminal at Tocumen Airport in Panama City is almost completed

The new terminal at Tocumen Airport in Panama City is almost completed

It’s summer here now, which brings the bajareque (mist) to relieve the dry season and bring the rainbows.

It's summer here now, which brings the Bajareque (mist) to relieve the dry season, and bring the rainbows.  This is the back side of our house under one.

This is the back side of our house under a rainbow

Jim’s son, Chip, came for his first visit….we had a ball!   We went to the Wine Tasting & Live Auction to benefit the charity Bid4Boquete.

Wine Tasting3

 


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