Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Wedding and Dolphin Watching

Good afternoon my dears. 

We recently attended the wedding of Autumn and Danny in Destin, Florida. 

I first met Autumn in the Fall of 2005 at Spokane Falls Community College. We graduated with our associates in applied science in interior design in the Spring 2007, before transferring to different four year colleges to get our bachelors degrees. 

The two exchanged vows under a Spanish moss tree at Eden Gardens State Park along with their beloved pup, Maxie. Afterwards, there was a reception at Harry T's Lighthouse. The following day we went dolphin watching and had dinner at her parents rented condo. Here's a few pictures and a video to remember their special day. 

Picture by Mandie Medeiros Photography

Picture by Mandie Medeiros Photography

Our wedding gift was a sketch done by Cory of their dog, Maxie.

Our home video of the wedding and dolphin watching. 

Before I go, I wanted to share an adorable video of Dale and Alice Rockey, who were on CBS Sunday Morning as The couple with the longest marriage in America.  They were ninety-nine at the time of filming in 2015, wonder if they're still with us now. 

Kiki Nakita

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Monday, September 17, 2018

In Memory of my Dad on his 60th Birthday

Good morning my dears, 

Yesterday would've been my Dad's 60th birthday.

William Harold Smith 
b. August 4th, 1924 d. 1999

married on December 12th to 

Veronika Ortrud Heier
b. December 27th, 1938 d. 2010

My Dad as a toddler and his Uncle Winifred, who tragically passed away in the late 1950s/ early 1960s in an automobile accident. 

My Dad and Aunt Diana (underlined) in the newspaper.

My Dad used to DJ on the weekends to pay for new records and music. 

My dad:
Sven Marten Manfred Smith
b. September 16th, 1958 d. May 21st, 2013
Hamm, Germany

married on August 10th, 1985

Julie Ann Bird
- private as still alive- 

My Mum and Dad in the mid 1980's. 

My Grandpa Smith was in the British Army, so my dad spent most of his childhood travelling and living in Europe and Africa. He attended Ellis Robins, an all boys high school, and Salisbury Polytechnic, for college. He also joined the Rhodesian Air Force in 1978.

40th Anniversary since Rhodesian Air Force 

 My Dad is in on bended knee, far left. My Uncle Buffy, who married my Aunt Diana is also pictured. 

Our parents welcomed me, in 1986 and my little sister, in 1990.

Our family at my sisters christening in 1990. 

Kiki and Gigi


After working for Tron Air, my Dad and several partners started Inter Avionics, an international aviation/electrical engineering business, in South Africa, North America, Europe, and Australia. This meant that my sister and me travelled a lot during our childhoods too. He worked at the company for almost 25 years before passing. 

My Dad and me in South Africa, 2000. 

My Dad was a hobbyist. When he pursued a hobby he would go overboard, and overthink, and overbuy, to pursue the hobby. For example, one year he decided he was going to plant a garden. He researched about the types of beds, the types of soil, how to start composting (he made his own composter), he created rows and rows of gardens and kept an exact record of plantings on a birds eye view map. He is what young'uns today would call "extra".

My Dad and me Easter, 2012

Sadly, eight weeks after his mother's passing he found out he had stage I pancreatic cancer. Although smaller that the size of a pea, the cancer was inoperable because it was so close to major arteries, so for two-and-a-half years he fought, and I did my best to take him to the hospital, to his chemo and radiation, to lunch, and to get his prescriptions, until his passing a week before my 27th birthday. 

Forever in my memory.

Kiki Nakita

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The Bird Family (6 Generations) Revised

The Bird Family (6 Generations). My maternal granddad's line. 

Recorded as Bird, Byrd, Byrde and Bride, this famous surname is English. It derives from the pre 7th century word "bridde" meaning a bird, and as a surname was originally given as a nickname to one thought to bear a fancied resemblance to a bird. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Earnald Brid, which was dated 1193, in the "Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Richard 1st.


Joseph Bird
b. 1791 d. December 17th, 1862

married for fifty years on March 30th, 1812 to 

Mary Richards
b. 1794 d. March 4th, 1873
(5th great-grandparents) 

Places lived: Thringstone, Leicestershire, England
Staunton Harold, Leicestershire, England 

Breedon on the Hill St. Mary's & St. Hardulph. Where Joseph and Mary Married.

1851 Census

1871 Census. Mary is widowed

John Bird
b. June 22nd, 1828 d. March 27th, 1900

married for forty-seven years on April 19th, 1852 to 

Elizabeth Cutler
b. 1829 d. March 31st, 1900
(4th great-grandparents)

Places lived: Lount, Leicestershire, England
Staunton Harold, Leicestershire, England 
Thringstone, Leicestershire, England 
Peggs Green, Leicestershire, England 



1881 Census

William Bird
b. 1859 d. April 1911

married for nineteen years in 1892 to 

Eliza Tindell (Stepmother)
b. October 1862 d. Unknown
(3rd  great-grandparents)

Places lived:
Lount, Leicestershire, England
Thringstone, Leicestershire, England
Swannington, Leicestershire, England 
Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, England 

William Bird. 1891 Census. Widow.

1901 Census

1911 Census

William's mother, and Edith's father passed away when they were young. Their parents William and Eliza married, thus they were step brother and step sister, who later married. 

William Bird
b. 1880 d. September 1957 

married for thirty-three years in April, 1903 to 

Edith Tindell (Step Sister) 
b. April 1886 d. September 1936
(2nd great-grandparents)

Places lived: Griffydam, Leicestershire, England 
Thringstone, Leicestershire, England
Whitwick, Leicestershire, England 
Swannington, Leicestershire, England
Coalville, Leicestershire, England
Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, England

1911 Census

James Albert Bird
b.  June 12th, 1912 d. Unknown

 married for sixty years on February 17th, 1934 to 

 b. January, 1907 d. 1994

Places lived:  Aberavon, Glamorgan, Wales
Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales
Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales
Loughborough, Leicestershire, England

Great Grandma, Betty May Bird, nee Hurt

Michael Idris Bird
Skilled Detonator
b.  July 14th, 1934 (Bastille Day) d.  March 2009

 married for fifty-four years on December 12th, 1954 to 

 b. May 27th, 1931  d. August 17th, 2009
(maternal grandparents)

Places lived: Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire, England
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Emigrated to South Africa
Warwick, Warwickshire, England

Michael and Mabel's Wedding 1954

My maternal grandparents went on to have my uncle, John (1957) and my mum, Julie (1961). They emigrated before my mum was born to South Africa, where my Grandad worked as a skilled detonator for the diamond mines. They often travelled back home to visit their families by cruise ship from Capetown, South Africa to Southampton, England. 

Julie holding onto the handlebar and Mabel smiling on.

Fancy dress. John and Julie. 

Kiki Nakita

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

5th Wedding Anniversary in St. Augustine, Florida

Good afternoon my dears,

Can't believe its already almost the end of summer, can you? 

One important event on our summer calendar is our wedding anniversary. This year we celebrated five years of marriage and almost eight years together. Since its a milestone anniversary, we decided to pack the car and head to sunny St. Augustine, Florida for a week of sun, sand, sea, and sightseeing. Here's a few pictures from our anniversary trip that I'd like to remember.

We stayed in an adorable oceanside and poolside condo. Each morning we'd get up early, put on our bathing suits, pack our beach bag, and spend a few hours beside the sea side.

Then we'd head to the pool to swim for a little bit before heading back to get ready for a day of sightseeing. This is the view of the pool from our third floor balcony. 

On our fifth wedding anniversary we decided to have lunch at Columbia Restaurant. Its a family owned and operated restaurant, since 1905. The food and atmosphere were superb, with old-time Spanish renaissance d├ęcor, an atrium, and a water fountain. 

Afterwards, we walked through the charming streets of St. Augustine to Flagler College. Listed as a national historic landmark, Flagler College, was built by railroad magnate, Henry M. Flagler in 1888, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture in the nation. 

As we were walking we saw this dreamy MG.

The Lightner Museum, built in 1888 by Henry M. Flagler, is home to many gilded age antiques and a magnificent courtyard. 

The majestic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, established in 1565, has the oldest continuous congregation in the nation. The aura inside was indescribable, you could feel the joy of baptisms and weddings, and the sorrows of funerals and prayers.

The necklace I was wearing was made as an anniversary gift to me. A silver chain with wooden beads to represent our wooden anniversary. 

Castillo de San Marcos, is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, built to protect and defend. 

I used to spend every summer out on the water boating and jet skiing with family and family friends until my dad got sick. So whenever we're near a marina we go visit and I get nostalgic for summers past. 

In the evenings we'd come back to the condo for baked potatoes (something simple to make) and go watch the sunset on the beach. It was the perfect mid-summer week away to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. 

Our 5th Wedding Anniversary Home Movie

Kiki Nakita

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