Monday, April 30, 2012

Momma Gay & Pepa's 65th Anniversary

I am a couple days earlier than their actual anniversary but as a family we celebrated Momma Gay and Pepa's 65th wedding anniversary this weekend. 
 I really cannot wrap my mind around 65 years. Both of my sets of grandparents (all 87 years old currently) have been married at least 65 years and it is truly incredible. They are such amazing examples of love, commitment and sacrifice. 
 It truly deserves to be celebrated. 
 We all went to my parents house to party and as we have done on many occasions before, we had some professional family pictures made. There was a debate for some time about what we should all wear. We have pictures from years past where we are all decked out in church clothes, or all in white tops, jeans and boots and we just couldn't decide what to go with this time. 
 We ended up deciding on shades of blue. I think it turned out great. We had a big range from navy, royal, turquoise, bright blue, and baby blue and I love the way it all turned out. 
 The night started with appetizers and cocktails.  As soon as everyone had arrived, Pepa wanted us all gathered immediately to tell us how their preacher at church had used them and their upcoming anniversary as an example of Christ's love this past weekend at church. He wanted to know which child of his had told the preacher about it but no one had. He was very touched by it. IMG_0388 
The girls divided and conquered the food situation. Katie and I were in charge of appetizers and we served crustini's (bagel chips with a goat cheese/cream cheese mixture & caramelized onions), stuffed mushrooms, a cheese ball with crackers, grilled pepper shrimp with cocktail sauce, and bruschetta. I am sad I didn't get a picture of the beautiful table mom set or rest of the food, which was amazing. We had a salad, and grilled pork tenderloin and vegetable skewers. But, I think the biggest hit was the mashed potato bar. We set up a station and served it up in martini glasses like at a wedding.The boys were raving about it. IMG_0399 IMG_0398 We just mingled and hung out until the photographer arrived and then we took lots of posed pictures. I tried to snap as many as I could when I wasn't in them with my camera. I can't wait to see how the professional ones turn out. IMG_0410 IMG_0409 IMG_0416 IMG_0401 IMG_0456 IMG_0454 IMG_0429 IMG_0423 IMG_0421 IMG_0419 IMG_0453 IMG_0451 
I just love everyone in blue! IMG_0425 Because we went back and forth so much about what color to wear, Uncle Jimmy showed up in a Hawaiian shirt just to get under my mom's skin :-) IMG_0449 IMG_0446 
I decided to take some pictures of just Kinley & Ty too. Pardon the abundance of pics but I just couldn't narrow it down. IMG_0433 IMG_0434 IMG_0436 IMG_0439 IMG_0441 IMG_0445 Throughout the night everyone was supposed to write a message on a rock for Momma Gay & Pepa. We are going to make them a rock garden in their front yard with all the rocks and sweet messages. Their yard is pretty much their most favorite thing ever so it fits them perfectly. IMG_0395 IMG_0397 Kinley loved decorating her rock. Ben wrote "I love you Momma Gay & Pepa. You Rock! Love, Kinley" on it for her. Isn't he creative!?!
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After dinner, we all headed to the living room. First their three kids told memories, stories, or things they were thankful for to Momma Gay & Pepa and then one by one all the grandkids and spouses got up to ask them a question about their lives together. The questions ranged from:
"How did you know that each other was the one you were supposed to marry?" 
 "What advice do you have about raising kids?" 
 "How do you handle conflict resolution?" 
 "What do you love most about each other?" 
 "What were you thinking when you walked down the aisle to each other?" 
"What was your favorite memory or trip you went on?" 
"How would you describe your life in one word?" 
It was so fun to hear their responses. They just lit up being the center of all our attention for over an hour. We filmed the entire thing and it will be so amazing to hear their memories and advice from their mouths for years to come. IMG_0467 IMG_0466 IMG_0471 Kinley and Ty hung out in toy drawer while we were filming. IMG_0465 The night was just so much fun and we all feel so blessed to celebrate 65 wonderful years of marriage with them. We can learn so much from their example and pray we follow Christ as they have and follow their example. IMG_0459

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Week in Review

The past week has been tons of fun. The weather has been totally amazing and we have loved getting to spend lots of time outside in the evenings. I feel so blessed to live in a neighborhood with lots of kids and so many around the age of our kids. Ever since Kinley's birthday we have been having "car parties" in the court. Maverick and Annabelle Grace bring their cars over and we drive and drive. We share cars and switch around like hot potatoes. Sometimes without any issues sharing but, not always. Kinley's car is big enough for her and AG to ride together. IMG_1524 IMG_1525 IMG_1526 
Ty has been sitting up and playing like a champ these days. It is fun pulling back out all of Kinley's old toys that we kept for baby #2 to play with.
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Ben and I got to go to a couple of concerts last week. Wednesday night David Crowder came to play at church. It wasn't the David Crowder Band...because I guess as of that day they released a new record and broke up their, it was just David Crowder...and a friend of his. I think he was used to being on stage with so many people it felt weird being up their by himself. Ben thought he didn't know any of his songs until he got their and realized pretty much all his favorite worship songs were written by David Crowder. IMG_1656 IMG_1655 
Thursday night was a swing in the total opposite direction and we went to the Jimmy Buffett concert with the Harrisons. We are not exactly Parrot Heads but Gary loves him. We like his music, the people watching is fantastic, the weather was amazing, and he puts on a good concert so it was a fun night out without kids for us. IMG_1657 IMG_1659 IMG_1664 
Over the weekend Ben went with all the Howe-side boys to the Ranch. They loved having boy time, working real hard, camping at the ranch, sitting around the campfire, spotlighting, cooking in their campsite. I really wanted some pictures of their campsite but, Ben didn't take any. Wahwahwah. I think it was some really good boy bonding time and that they all can't wait until their sons grow up and get to go out their with them. Meanwhile, Friday night Kristy came over with Grady and Aubrey. We went to "chick-a-lay" and then had some more car-riding, stroller-riding, princess-dress-up fun.' IMG_1648 IMG_1682 
I mean, Kinley and Aubrey are so cute and cheesing it up but, look at Ty in the background of this picture!
Naptime has been a struggle again recently especially when I am home by myself with both kids. Kinley takes full advantage and protests long enough for me to just give up and want to avoid the fight all together. Instead she "rests" in her room (briefly) or wants to watch TV quietly while Ty is sleeping. I let her think its her idea but, I ultimately get the last laugh because she inevitably falls asleep in the living room at some point. IMG_1680 This is her asleep on my leg the other day. IMG_1650 IMG_1651 
Aunt Minnie came over and spent Saturday night with us and we went to church and for a park walk and we were so glad to have her, Brinkley and Oxford around for the night while Ben was away. But, for some reason we don't have any pictures of that. We were also so glad when Ben got home on Sunday. We missed him and I finally convinced my family to go get frozen yogurt after craving it for like a week and Kinley loved it.
We have been going to the park like crazy and met up for a picnic with the Fogles yesterday. IMG_1696 IMG_1694 Before we knew it, we looked over and Kinley and Eden both had their pants down and were "tee-teeing like puppies" in the grass of a baseball field. 
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I hope we get outside tons and tons more this week because the weather is supposed to be amazing. I will keep you posted!