July 16

Grams……a very long time ago.

Grams today.

This past weekend we celebrated Grams’ 80th birthday. How do you go about celebrating 80 years of ones life???

With family. These are my aunts and uncle.~~and ma. These are some of the people who have made me who I am. We all haven’t been together like this in a little over a year. It was so good to see everyone.

This is my Aunt Cindy. The daughter calls her Aunt Lucy. ~~her real name is Lucinda~~ I like Aunt Lucy better. It sounds much cuter. Aunt Lucy introduced me to Jiffy corn muffins. Her son introduced me to dipping my potato chips in Miracle Whip. She also makes THE best peanut butter fudge I have ever eaten. Aunt Cindy is always cracking jokes, and when I was little I wanted to be funny just like her.

This is my mother. When I was little I remember watching her put on make-up. I think it was called Fashion 2/20 or some other numbers. Forgive me, I am old and my brain doesn’t work like it should. I couldn’t wait to grow up and put on make-up just like her.

This is my Aunt Sandy. I call her Aunt Sandy.~~her real name is Sandy~~ Aunt Sandy was only 16 when I was born.  She lived with us for awhile when I was about 4 or 5, and my dad…my loving, wonderful father…would turn off all the hot water on her when she was in the shower. I remember several mornings waking up to the sound of my dear sweet aunt yelling from the bathroom….Dddddeeeeeeeeeeeaan!!!! She makes the best cheeseball. I really need that recipe!

She even had me and my kid sister in her wedding. I knew I was special then. I even got to wear baby’s breath in my hair. Aunt Sandy had THE coolest clothes, and THE darkest tan I had ever seen. When I was little, I wanted to be just like her.

This is my Uncle Jimmy. Uncle Jimmy went into the Navy when I was very young. I don’t remember much about him, but there is one memory that stands out very strong. It was Christmas, and uncle was home on leave. I remember sitting in front of him on an ottoman and falling asleep against his chest.

You also celebrate food, of course.  My dad is blocking the best stuff……..apples with caramel sauce. I could eat that stuff right out of the package. As a matter of fact, I only had 4 apple slices, but I got enough caramel sauce to just eat it plain. And if I were to be totally truthful, I would say that I just wanted to carry the bowl of it over to my table and eat it all. However, I was good and let others have some too.

There was also 4 different kinds of cake. I was a good girl and only had one piece.

My dad, on the other hand had 5 pieces.

Everyone had a great time. As you can see, I am fully recovered from my trauma.

How often do you get together with family?

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13 thoughts on “July 16”

  1. Not very often. We are usually scattered all around the world. The last time was my grandma’s 85th birthday, over a year ago. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  2. What a wonderful way to spend a day!

    My family is scattered all over the world, so we don’t get together very often. Even when most of us manage it, someone is always missing. 😦

  3. Most of my family is centered in New England. Since the passing of my cousin in Australia (her son is still there with his dad) I’m the farthest away here in Alaska. I don’t get to see most of them very often. It’s just too expensive to go back east very often. Anyway I’m not close to most of them – could pass them on the street and never know it.

    Thanks for sharing your Gram’s birthday party with us. She looks just great. And you look wonderful inspite of the trauma that you suffered.

  4. That looks like a fabulous party. What a fun way to celebrate with your Grams. She is a lovely lady!

    We don’t manage to get together very often. We are quite spread out across the U.S. My sisters graduation in June was the first time in 6 years that all of my family (mom, dad, kids & grandkids) have been together. My Grandma’s funeral was the last time all of the aunts & uncles were together, but a lot of the kids/grandkids were not able to make it.

  5. Our family gets together often. 🙂 It is so much fun!

    Oh, and I love the last picture! You two look so happy. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the pictures. I so wish I could have been there. It is great to see everyone.

    And no, I don’t get together with our family too much any more since we live so far away. Joel just got finished commenting that that is why he doesn’t know our family very well.

  7. We aren’t together as much as we would like to be. That is why we make the best and the most of it. It was so good to have Brad there with us this time. We did however miss the Missouri group!!!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing the pictures Tanya.

  8. Happy Belated Birthday to your Grams! Your women look young and I can see where it comes from!

    My ILs are next door, so we are together often. I don’t see my side much, maybe twice a year, but I am thankful that we are only a day’s drive away.

  9. Tanya, you look a lot like your grams did when she was younger….you’re 2 lovely ladies.

    I loved looking at your pictures. You and Andra were so cute when you were little!

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