Saturday, January 24, 2009

Celebrating All Together

This afternoon we traveled to Gran-Grandma's house to have a family party. We had Brian's whole family!! And also a couple friend and a cousin!

It's amazing to think that tomorrow will be Gran-Grandma's 100th birthday!! Could you imagine living for 100 years??? She has seen and lived through soo much in our nation's history.... especially growing up in the SOUTH in light of our recent president's inauguration!

It was nice to be able to have a "quiet" family party with her. She's having a HUGE party after church tomorrow at her church.... so this special and smaller group was fun! And the kids kept it very lively:)

One thing that we got to share with Grandma was going through all her cards:) Her birthday was shared with a member of a previous church of Brian's parents and Gran-Grandma has been receiving at least 5 cards a day... one package had over 25 cards made by some of the children of the church:)

Because we have three birthdays in a row at the end of January.... we celebrated everyone's birthdays all together:) So when we sang, we sang to Gran-Grandma, Lydia and Brian!! And we even had them open gifts all together:)

This was one of my favorite pictures around the dinner table!! I just LOVE the fact that my children have gotten to know their GREAT grandmother!! Not many children have that chance or parents make it possible to visit. We've tried to visit Gran-grandma at least 3 or 4 times a year and the kids have started to talk to her on the phone!!

I don feel a little guilt right now. I have sweet granfathers in far away states and nursing homes that I just DON'T make time to visit or connect with. It takes time. We put it off. They are far.

But I am just soo pleased to see them with Gran-Grandma that it encourages me everytime to attempt to keep up with Pop-pop and Pepere and even Grandpa Jack.

1 comment:

DiPaola Momma said...

Oh my goodness she is just so cute I want to make her MY Gran-Gran!! I'd love just to spend an afternoon talking with her, I bet she would have great stories.

Now this by no means, means you didn't win my Coupon organizer giveaway.. but you mentioned that you needed the card protector sheets, so I'm stopping by before bed to tell ya were to get em... I got my first set at Walmart near the kids collectible cards (you know the Pokemon or baseball cards). A pack of about 40 was around $9... BUT, being cheap as I am I also found them on eBay (new or used doesn't really matter as long as they aren't torn) for about $2. Good luck and don't forget to stop in and see if you ARE the winner.