Monday, April 26, 2010

*to have and to hold.

The 60th Anniversary Weekendstravaganza culminated in a beautiful church service, including a sweet blessing of the happy couple during which a keen observer noted that all seven children inadvertently stood in birth order, Von Trapp style, and a rockin' party that required the donning of necessary finery.

Some chose the dapper approach.


Others, the studiously effortless look.

back lit.

Some put on their prettiest frocks and their most uncertain faces.


And one wore sequins, the better to prove that she is both fabulous and gorgeous.

lovely ladies.

We gathered at the Elks Lodge, where there were fascinating things to behold.


History? From the past?

thinking cap.


easter tree.

A Christmas tree? Decorated for Easter?



Family and friends mingled and greeted.


They smiled and laughed put on their most gracious airs.


They marveled at the moment, the 60 years of happy memories.

mama's baby.

Well, for the most part.


Oh dear. Some people just cannot be contained.

silly putty.

Some people just have to be the center of attention.

determined stare.

Some people just have to be the MOST charming and the MOST delightful and the MOST adorable.

naughty and niece.

It gets downright tiresome.

uncle matthew.

It's a good thing I'm obviously the favorite grandchild.


And then, suddenly, it was "places, people!"

places, please.

We dined in the waning light, on lovely salads


and steak dinners

steak dinner.

and sweet surprises to mark the occasion.

tom & doll.

We were all very impressed.

tiny hands.

No, really, we were.


Ahem. I said IMPRESSED.

sling babe.

There we go.

So we danced, and we sang, and we acted like fools. We made plans for the 70th anniversary, and thought perhaps we should do this more often than once a decade. But for now we'll take it easy. All that fun was absolutely exhausting.





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I am a work in progress. I perpetually need a hair cut. I'm totally devoted to my remarkable nieces and nephew. I am an elementary home cook and a magazine worker bee. (Please criticize my syntax and spelling in the comments.) I think my dog is hilarious. I like chicken and spicy things. I have difficulty being a grown-up. Left to my own devices, I will eat enormous amounts of cheese snacks of all kinds.