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the week of insanity – final installment

(public service announcement- A large percentage of the images in this blog post were taken by Nathan :) )

I finally arrived back in Minnesota, was picked up at the airport by my amazing husband, and arrived back at Nathan’s family’s house well after everyone else was asleep for the night. I’m pretty thankful for that, as I was so exhausted. I immediately climbed into bed… and had a wonderful night of sleeping.

Thursday was a wonderfully relaxed day spent by the pool, and then on Friday we got up early and headed out to the Mall of America. I’d never been, and I was super excited to hang out with the family there. We took the kids to the Lego store and then spent the rest of the time riding rides in the amusement park :)

Then it was time to head back to the house for the main event of the week – Nathan’s Grandma’s 85th birthday.

Family dinner…

While Nathan’s mom and aunt Karen cleared the table after dinner, we retreated to the living room to listen to Grandma tell stories from her childhood. I love that Addy is so snuggly and excited about spending time with them. These images are priceless to me.

Grandma was telling a story, and she got to the part where you knew she was about to get in trouble, and Addy covered her ears… She knew what was coming and she didn’t want to hear it. So funny :)

Brianna was all over the place. She’s so adorable :)

I think Grandma was enjoying being the star of the show :)

Then it was party time :) I LOVE how Grandpa takes care of Grandma. He’s so devoted to her. It’s incredibly inspiring.

I love the expression on Grandma’s face in these images with her birthday cake. She’s so happy. Nathan captured this beautifully.

Seriously, how cute are they? We were also celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary… Pretty awesome.

Again, Grandpa taking care of Grandma… precious.

Mom and Aunt Karen put together a huge scrapbook filled with cards and notes and emails from people for Grandma’s birthday. She was so surprised. Her emotional response was really sweet.

I love technology sometimes… Nathan was able use his phone to share the video of everyone surprising Grandma earlier in the week. Very fun.

Toward the end of the celebration, another cake came out of the kitchen. Dad’s birthday was the following week, so he got a little mini cake all for him. (I love Uncle Dave “helping” Dad blow out the candles in the background!)

That evening, after the kids were in bed, all of the cousins went out and watched a movie. It was a fun time. We got up early the next morning, packed up, and headed home. The return trip was uneventful, thankfully… I was ever so excited to get home and sleep in my own bed (and take a long soak in my tub!). What a crazy fun week.

There a couple of extra images from Grandma’s party in this slideshow… if you’re interested in more family fun :)

much love,


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  • September 20, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    Paula - I just bawled through this! I hope and pray my hubby and I are that in love in 65 years! And that happy…. wow, so perfect. Her wiping her tears… him feeding her cake… their kiss! Beautiful.

  • April 27, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    Teresa Cameron - I was searching for some images on the internet and stumbled upon GrandMa’s 85th Birthday – beautiful images and the sweetest couple I have ever seen. It brings tears to my eyes just looking at them and I don’t even know them. Beautiful tribute. I hope they have many more happy years together – enjoy every minute with them. Thank you for making my day!

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