In 51 Years…

“Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.” -James C. Dobson

Sunday was a momentous occasion for our family as my grandparents celebrated 60 years of marriage.  In a society where approximately half of all marriages fail, 60 years is truly remarkable.  I am grateful for the example of a strong, long-lasting marriage they provide for all of us.

Due to lock down, we were unable to celebrate holidays with our extended family this year and I know that broke my grandmother’s heart.  Several months back, she inquired about when the babies would be able to venture out because she wanted nothing more than the ENTIRE family together for their anniversary.  I was pleased to report by late spring we would be good to go, which meant we could make the trek to the party.  On Sunday it finally happened: the babies joined us for an extended family party in honor of my grandparents.

All seven grandchildren were present for the big event.

All seven grandchildren were present for the big event.

Ten of the eleven great grandchildren are in this photograph.  Can you spot BOTH sets of multiples?  Of course the quads are one set, but there are also twin boys in the mix!

Ten of the eleven great grandchildren are in this photograph. My cousin’s youngest son was ill so could not be around the babies (I really appreciated her making sure the quads weren’t exposed). Can you spot BOTH sets of multiples? Of course the quads are one set, but there are also twins in the mix.

This is nearly the entire family.  We are missing just two family members.  I know it made Grandma one happy lady to see everyone for the first time in years.

This is nearly the entire family. We are missing just two family members. I know it made Grandma one happy lady to see everyone all together for the first time in years.

The guests of honor, Grandpa and Grandpa aka GG Paw and GG.

The guests of honor, Grandpa and Grandpa aka GG Paw and GG.

 

Despite it being a summer afternoon in Texas, the weather was stunning.  We enjoyed a southern style picnic complete with roast, macaroni and cheese, green beans, black eyed peas, cornbread, honey buttered rolls and sliced melon.   I packed dinner for the babies, but quickly discovered they preferred the same fare as the rest of the family.  To top it off, black eyed peas were their favorite dish!  We divided the babies up among the adult tables so they each got a bit of individual time and I wasn’t overwhelmed with babies during the meal.

Nisey and Grandpa kept track of Rylin.

Nisey and Grandpa kept track of Rylin.

Haper enjoyed the company of his big cousins.

Harper enjoyed the company of his big cousins.

Mason was posted up at Aunt CiCi's table.

Mason was posted up at Aunt CiCi’s table.

Sydney sat between George and I where she packed away shredded chicken and roast beef!

Sydney sat between George and I where she packed away shredded chicken and roast beef!

After dinner and relaxing outdoors, we moved the shindig inside for a wedding cake and punch reception.  The babies had fun playing with the “big kids” on the floor.  In 51 years, I hope George and I have the quads and their families surrounding us like this!

I always think it's neat how the babies gravitate to children.  They seem to know that even though they are much bigger than themselves they are not yet adults.  Here Michael (one of the twins) is playing with Harper.

I always think it’s neat how the babies gravitate to children. They seem to know that even though they are much bigger than themselves they are not yet adults. Here Michael (one of the twins) is playing with Harper.

Everyone participated in a champagne toast (or sparkling juice) with cake.

Everyone participated in a champagne toast (or sparkling juice) with cake.

Hugs!

Amber

P.S. Grandma, I know you will try to print the pictures from this blog.  However, I am planning to blow up the family portrait to send to you in the mail.  Hang in there =)

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