I eluded to a surprise this weekend. That surprise was a 24 hour trip up to Chicago to join the festivities for my Grandpa's 80th birthday!
We do not get to see this side of my family often. The last time I had seen everyone was at our wedding almost 2 years ago (which we all know doesnt really count as a visit with all the craziness as a bride!)
My grandfather has had health problems over the past year, but he is doing so great and it is such a blessing to have gotten to spend this special day with him!
My G&G - the Man of the hour
My Aunt LizAnn put together a great evening at one of my Granpa's favorite restuarants (Jameson's Charhouse) There was a group of almost 25 - mixed with family and friends that my Grandpa has had for up to 70 years - I hope to have friendships like that!
|Top to Bottom, Left to Right: The Menu, Zak&Chara, Daddio giving his speech, my little cousins - Melissa&Lauren, My parents, J&I, Aunt LizAnn&Uncle John, Uncle Mark& Aunt LizAnn, G&G with lots of friends|
This Fishing inspired cake was so perfect!
My Dad is a bit older than my Aunt LizAnn... which then makes me much older than my cousins on the Lally-side.. like 10+ years (Yowzas!) Its so fun to see the girls grown up. Melissa is a junior in high school and Lauren is a freshman at Iowa.
For as long as I can remember my mom & Uncle John have always been "the life of the party" at family events.. and quite clearly, over all of these years, not much has changed!
Family photo time
Happy, happy 80th Grandpa! So glad we were able to spend it with you (even if it was freeeeeezing and snowy!)