That is how old my beautiful, sweet Grandma turned on July 3rd.
Neva, her younger sister came all the way from Kansas to help her celebrate. Neva is 4 years younger and just as giddy as my grandma. They sat next to each other most of the evening, holding hands, giggling and whispering sweet things to each other. I heard Neva say a couple of times, " I am so thankful you are my sister."
Neva traveled with her daughter Candice (in orange) and their sisters' daughter, Karen and her husband Scotty.
We all met at Grant's house for a BBQ, chocolate cake (gma's fave) and some real family partying!
Grandma grew up in Kansas. She and her husband, Paul, owned an insurance agency and had 2 children. Paul died when my dad was 15. Grandma never remarried but continued to raise and support her 2 children. Her children grew up and got married.
36 great grandchildren
2 great great grandchildren
Now, THERE is a legacy!!
L to R - Paul (Older brother), Grandma, Shannon (Grant's wife), Grant (younger brother), Me and Brian. Missing from picture: Paul's wife, Elaine and my younger sister Debbie and her family. My dad (Gma's son) and Mom were also not able to make it as they are trying to tie loose ends in OK with a business. We missed them.
It was a drizzly evening of rain but that didn't stop any of us from having lots of fun.
The boys played Laser Gun Tag and were busy with their weapons
The girls dressed up and had a wedding.
There was lots of hugging!
Then... It was time to eat! We made a big circle around the kitchen/dining room and thanked God for a wonderful Grandma, family and the food.
Some of the cousins ate in the garage. Others ate on the tramp.
Gathered around for the Birthday song and, of course, some yummy chocolate cake.
Hope cleaning up the pan. (not really, Elaine)
Happy Birthday, Grandma!
We all love you so very much!!!