On Saturday some of my grandkids were involved in a TaeKwonDo festival. Sara texted me, with a picture of Charlie and her newly won silver medal. She invited us over later in the day so I could have my picture taken with Charlie and the medal for Sara's blog.
So Lloyd and I went over, and here's what followed:
I went in the front door...
A huge bunch of people yelled "Surprise"
My jaw dropped...
My hand flew to my face....
And my eyes began to leak.
For the first time in my life, I was given a surprise party, and I had absolutely no idea it was being planned. And it wasn't just a random surprise party. Sara had arranged for all the out-of-town kids and their kids to be there as well...they drove and flew into Edmonton without me having any knowledge of their activities. Sneaky brats!
I spent the rest of the evening alternately laughing and fighting back tears (I cry at anything remotely emotional).
I was greeted by a gang of grandkids
I greeted my kids and their spouses
Once I caught my breath I was shown to the cake table
|Me and Lloyd|
The beautiful owl-themed cake was baked and decorated by a very talented family friend. That book with my high school picture on it, beside the cake, brought more tears. It was a scrapbook Sara compiled of me through the years, with pictures of all the kids and grandkids and beautiful notes to me from each of the kids and many of the grandkids. It has become an instant treasure. And the frame behind it contains an artistic rendering of all the sayings I used consistently through the years that the kids associate with their childhood. Things like "in a pig's eye", "sheer ice", "holy lifting", ToadyOodie Baby", etc.
|Me and Lloyd|
|My bff Mickey was there to help me celebrate|
|Me and my girls|
|My beautiful daughters - Sara, Emily, Jenny, Emily and Amy|
We forgot to get a picture of the boys :( . They were busy chasing
|With our kids and their spouses - Mary's husband, Greg, was the|
only family member unable to attend.
|Lloyd and I and the kids - Sara, Amy, Mary and Mike|
Rob, Emily and Jenn
|Lloyd and I and the grandkids. I won't name them all but|
trust me, there are 20 of them...our oldest one towering over us.
|And finally, the whole gang...aren't we a crowd!|