Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Big 8-0

Friday afternoon we headed over to Eastern Washington to celebrate my Grandma's 80th birthday!

Friday evening was pretty low-key but Saturday morning we woke up and went to WalMart for a few things and then rushed back to attend the town's 4th of July parade.

Side note: I had to go to WalMart to buy nude underwear to wear under my dress. I quickly picked up a package in the style I wanted but it wasn't until I opened the package much later I realized I bought underwear 3 sizes too big! Not having any other option, I decided to wear them anyway...and I worried all day long that they'd fall down. At least I was wearing a maxi dress so no one would know.

See the wind-up for his throw?
I let the Bambinos out of the stroller so they could pick up some of the candy that was being thrown. Bug was hoarding Tootsie Rolls just like he does his Hot Wheels - 3 in each hand, when I looked down and watched him throw them so that he or one of the cousins could pick them back up over and over. Apparently the gathering of the candy is the most fun - silly little guy.

When the fire trucks went buy blaring their sirens, Peanut stood and matched the low-tone of the siren the whole time it was going. I took a bunch of video because it was so funny.

After the Bambinos napped, we headed over to my Grandma's house where she had 6 of her 7 kids with her. Sadly, most of my cousins couldn't make it but we'll all be together in a few weeks for my cousin's wedding.

Knowing how much the Bambinos love the sprinkler, a pool was set up just for them. Of course the water was cold at first and the first thing Peanut did was almost slip causing a big intake of breath and a big, "Woah!" Cold water didn't stop him from spending a looong time in there. That kid loves his water.

Bug, as usual, took a little longer warming up to the pool. It didn't help that Peanut kept splashing him on accident. He finally got out and let me cuddle him in a big, blue towel. Since he's such a Daddy's Boy I relish all the time I get to spend cuddling with him.

At 80 years old, my Grandma pretty much has everything she needs so I put together 80 years of memories where I got as many people as I could to write down specific memories of my Grandma and we sealed each one in a different envelope so she had a lot of envelopes to open. (Thanks Pinterest!)

One of my favorite things to do is stay up after the Bambinos go to bed and visit with my Aunt Stacey. She told me something Friday night that made me realize how cool my family really is. She told me that one of the things that most impressed her about our family when she first started dating my uncle was how when one of us kids would say, "Watch me!" and go out front to do a cartwheel or something, everyone would get up and go outside to watch the kid do whatever it was they wanted to show off. In a lot of families kids would be told to wait 'cause the adults are talking, but not in ours. I never realized this until she pointed it out, but that's totally the way it was. We never felt like we were bothering the adults which I think is so important to help build a child's self-worth.

5 of the 7 kids. One had gone to bed and one didn't make it.
The whole time we were there, I just kept thinking, "I wish I could spend a good two weeks here this summer. I need to unwind." Like any large family, there's always minor disagreements between family members but for the most part, the love and support that my family gives to one another is something very special. I've said it over and over, but I'm so happy that my Bambinos get to spend as much time as they do with my family because most of my favorite memories were made with these people.

This is my happy place.


  1. Family time is my favorite thing ever, and I'm lucky to have a family that truly enjoys spending time together- people laugh at me when I tell them that my mother and granny are two of my very best friends!
    Glad you enjoyed family time! The bambinos are too cute in their swim trunks! :)

  2. Oh! And Happy 80th to your Grandma!!

  3. Family is where it's at! Especially when there are little children.

  4. You made Mom's birthday so special, Lindsay. Those memory envelopes were so nice. Thank you for all of the hard work and time you put into them. It makes me so happy to know that you have good memories of growing up around all of us. The thing you may not realize though, is that for me, anyway, being involved in your life, watching all of your cartwheels, somersaults, listening to jokes and stories...was a true privilege. There is nothing more I would have wanted to do than spend time with you. My love for all of my nieces and later nephews, was and is unending, undying and unconditional. My happiest times in life were/are spending time with you and being part of your lives. And now I am SO lucky to spend time with my great nephews and niece. I am a very fortunate woman and am blessed beyond words. I love you...always. Thank you for being part of my life.


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