Every other year we all meet at the beach (usually Hilton Head) or in Phoenix (where my husband's aunt and uncle live). Most of us stay in one large house (well, actually families have branched out to other homes).
This year, we celebrated Greg's parent's 60th wedding anniversary. We commemorated it with a book of memories, which my niece gathered and assembled into a book for them. Every child and grandchild wrote a memory (or many memories in some cases) of the happy couple. It was a great idea and of course, they loved it. We had a heck of a party...complete with singing dog (see video). Here are some scenes from our trip (most were taken with a phone so sorry about the quality):
Dinner for 30? Restaurants really love us (not really).
...so do miniature golf courses.
The happy couple!
Making dinner with my sister in law.
Dancing to Jimmy Buffet
and finally... Taz, singing to Piano Man (the only song he sings to). That's my brother-in-law as backup singer.
I want to emulate my in-laws because they always, always put family first. I love that they travel great distances to see their 14 grandchildren (all over the U.S.!) make first communions, graduate and play sports--they've seen every one of my kids play every sport. They have always tried to be here for every important occasion and I so appreciate that, and so do the kids. I really hope that someday, we will be half as good as parents/grandparents as they are…thank you, Win and Lou, for setting the bar so high. We love you both.