Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Grandma's 60th Birthday

Today is Ryan's mother's 60th birthday... HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA! His parents were in town visiting from Vernon this weekend, so we had a birthday bash in our backyard to celebrate. We turned it into a luau themed party, and the birthday girl and Grandpa were given the appropriate attire to fit right in! Baby Karis didn't need a special outfit... she is perfect just the way she is!Before the party got into full swing, and before I got busy cooking dinner, I served as the family photographer for the event. I got tons of pictures of everyone, including a lovely family shot of Ryan's brother Kyle and his wife Denise and their two kids Brady and Karis. You have heard many stories about this family on my blog, so now you have faces to put with the names!I also took a very special picture of the birthday girl and her three sons that were in attendance. Her oldest son couldn't make it, but pictured below are (from left to right) Kyle, Ryan, Edie, and Craig.While dinner was cooking (which I will have to devote an entire post to later on this week!) we told Grandma to open her birthday presents. I shouldn't have expected any less from her, but just check out the facial expressions in all of the pictures that follow. And let me make sure that you know that the first picture you will see is of her opening her gift from Reagan... a drawing that had been wadded up into a ball and then wrapped in almost an entire roll of wrapping paper. And yes, that is Christmas wrapping paper. It's all I had! Only an amazing Grandma can get so excited over a gift like that! Her big gift from all of the families was a large frame with pictures that I had taken of all of her grandchildren in matching outfits. Needless to say, she loved it!After all of that fun, we had all worked up an appetite. Grandma had requested that I make my "Shrimp Boil" so that is what she got! The kids were all so shocked and excited when I literally just dumped the entire pot of yummy goodness into the middle of the table and told everyone to dig in! Trust me when I tell you that it was DELICIOUS! I'll have to post the recipe on here when I get the chance, because it is amazing and so much fun!We ended the evening by singing Happy Birthday to Grandma... and Brady had the first bite of cake!Happy Birthday Grandma!

NOTE: The face of grandchild Kaleigh has been blurred out at the request of her mother.

20 comments:

Miller Racing Family said...

What a great family event. I love Grandma's face as she opened the present. Now that is priceless.
Can't wait to hear all the great things you cooked up.
Have a great Tuesday!
Happy Birthday Grandma!

{Kimber} said...

Go Grandma--It's your birthday!!
I have given you an award...check my blog :)

Lindsay said...

So are you available on November 7th around 6pm? Yes…I’m hiring you to do my birthday bash. I’ve been told it’s not cool to post pics of other peeps kids (whatever floats their boats) but the only request I’ve gotten is from my sister who asked if I could shrink her butt 2 dress sizes :o)

Jenn said...

Looks like a great party! You gotta love grandmas and how excited they get from grandkid gifts!

Mama4Real said...

Can you pls skill me in the ways of putting the "awards" on the side of the bloggy page? I'm lost. :(

Brandi said...

Yummy! Looking forward to the recipe.:-)

Anna said...

That looks like so much fun! I instantly got hungry looking at that yummy food!

Jenn said...

I think we all need that recipe!

Alicia said...

Sounds like you all had a good time! Great pics! Brady is too cute getting the first bite of the cake!

E @ Scottsville said...

So you had to blur a photo, huh? Did it bug you? My sister won't let me blog her kids names, but hasn't dared asked me to blur them out of photos yet. I dread that she may though. Ugggh. Why are some people so paranoid? Oh well, sounds like you handled it much more gracefully than me. I'll have to be more like you and just be nice and blur!

Looks like a fabulous bday party! What a great daughter-in-law you are!!!

WhisperingWriter said...

Happy Birthday to Grandma!

That looks like a lot of fun.

Kameron said...

I love that you guys are good sports and let the kiddo take a bite of the cake! So cute!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

What a fun time!!
And again, I love your hair!

Loukia said...

Looks like you all had a great time! Great gift idea, too!

Five Moms & A Blog said...

What a lovely time for Grandma!! How special! I'll bet she loved the photo of the grandkids, I know my mom would!

You did a great job blurring the picture because I don't even remember seeing a blurred picture, lol!

I have some friends (and relatives) who do not want their photo on my blog nor their names mentioned, so I don't mind.

I can't blur yet so I had to cut my sister out of a shot once!

~ Nan

Carrie said...

Grandmas are the best...looks like an awesome bash...sorry I missed it :) It's so fun when the family get together! great pictures! And yummy food!

Ashley said...

Love the last picture - so adorable!

Happy birthday to Grandma!

The Christmas paper thing... so something I would end up doing! haha

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

What a great party! It looks like a fun day!

Banteringblonde said...

What a fun party! Happy Birthday to Grandma!

lemonologie said...

How fun! Great photos. I enjoyed my reading.