Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dad's 90th Birthday Party

The dust has settled on our wonderful weekend.  We celebrated my dad's 90th birthday on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  He actually turned 90 the day before.  He is such a kind man with such a gentle nature that everyone who attended our open house left happy.  He is a kisser so all the girls (and maybe the guys for all I know) got a big smacker for coming and sharing his day.  I can't thank everyone enough for coming.  He wondered how he was so lucky to have so many people come to see him.  I told him that he is loved a lot, and as sad as it is, most people get together like this at funerals.  We agreed that this was much better.

All decked out in Wisconsin Badger red waiting for the party to start.

Luckily many of my first cousins on my dad's side were able to attend. I hadn't seen many of them in a long time.  I wish we would have gotten a cousin photo.  Sadly one of my cousins has passed away, another couldn't come, but the other eight were here.  I have over 30 cousins on my mom's side of the family.  Some of them I don't know as well.

My dad's only living younger sister came with her two daughter's.  His brother had to stay home with some medical problems.  Hopefully he will get well soon.

Dad with is sister Patricia. 

Dad's Happy Birthday cake.

Lighting the giant candle on the cake.

Five of dad's great grandchildren who live nearby were here.   They love their great grandpa.  They were so good and he got hugs and kisses from each of them.  He has 4 more who live in Michigan.  They tried to make the trip but the roads were terrible.  My sister, her husband and daughter made the trip from Michigan.  They ran into ice, sleet and snow.  Many cars were in the ditch.  They called home and encouraged the rest of the family to stay home.  It was too dangerous.  I am so grateful they made it safe and sound.  Dad went back home to Michigan with my sister.  He is spending the holidays with them.  He will be able to see that part of the family then. 

All and all it was a beautiful day to remember.  I want to thank each and every person who came.

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