Im back from my Grams 90th birthday party. My cousins and I boarded a plane and headed for Florida the end of last week. We did the same for my Gramps 90th. We felt it was quite a milestone and should be celebrated with family.
Here are some photos from my 4 day trip. We did everything from eat out, have a party, go to the dog races, to walks on the beach.
Our family, on my Moms side, spent every summer together as we were growing up. We traded between Michigan, the home I grew up in, and North Carolina, my Uncle’s home, every other summer. Both places were a 3 story home and I remember people sleeping everywhere, even under the dining room table.
We played with our cousins. Spent time with our aunts, and uncles and have so many wonderful childhood memories, and we discussed them all at Grams party. It’s so warming to reminisce.
We celebrate without our spouses, and make it an “original family member” celebration. I’m telling you I laughed until I cried some days, and even almost wet my pants at one point (sure sign I’m getting old).
Here’s the gang all gathered on the boardwalk for a family pic. I set the timer on my camera and snapped away, and of course my favorite pose is this one. I like how it’s informal and not posed at all.
The birthday girl, even had a crown to wear for the day. Here she is opening gifts and listing to us all chat about our memories, and we also looked through all the family albums and did that “remember when” thing.
(If you watch the video closely you will notice 2 dolphins emerge from the water from time to time).
My Gram said her face hurt from so much laughter and smiling. She enjoyed every minute of it. Did I mention she’s no ordinary Granny? She can hang with the best of us. She still has evening activities of Bingo, and card games. Gets up in the morning and does a workout video, and drives and lives by herself. She’s quite a spit fire.
I’m very blessed to have such good health on both sides of my family. No medical issues, everyone of sound mind and body. I sure hope I’m that way at 90.
It’s such a wonderful reminder of how great our family is and can unite under any circumstances when I see us all together celebrating our beloved Gram. She can’t wait to do it again.