Saturday morning Miss L and I woke up early and headed to a MS walk to walk on my aunt's team. Miss L was really worried about making it 3 miles. She did great! She walked the entire way!
After the race we hopped in the car and rushed back home and met Mr. B for the annual Easter egg hunt.
Mr B got some coaching on strategy by Aunt Sissy:
All and all, I think we ended up with a five gallon bucket's worth of tootsie rolls and about $4.50. Not too bad.
That evening we met up with my family again for part 1 of the birthday party fun. You see, Saturday was my grandpa's 90th birthday. And really, how often do you turn 90?
We all decided, in true family fashion, the best way to celebrate was to eat.
Miss L enjoyed the buffet.
Mr. B enjoyed showing us his muscles. (As you can tell, he was straining to make those big muscles....so much so that the picture blurred.)
Then they brought my grandpa out a birthday cinnamon roll. It was almost enough to make me wish that I was 90.
Then on Sunday we all gathered and went to church with Grandpa. (When you are 90, or my sister, you get a birthday weekend!)
That afternoon we had a birthday celebration where he was showered with cards. He loved the attention and company.
The kids enjoyed a photo op with Great-Pa:
After reining them in for a second and capturing this photo they were off again playing in the church's gym. My cousin, Bethany, was playing basketball with them. She hollered at Mr. B, "Pass it B, I am open, I'm open", to which he hollered back, "I'm closed, I'm closed!"
As the party was winding down, we rounded everyone up for a picture. Everyone but one uncle and two cousins were present. Of course, my kids, fresh off the basketball court, were right in front. You know, right by the focal point. Where everyone can see Mr. B's britches legs tucked into his boots (his dad is proud) and Miss L, all sweaty from the full court press.
Of course, I am sure that Grandpa couldn't care less if we came in our jammies. I wonder if he looks around and sees his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and thinks about the lives he has helped both create and shape?
Although some of the family didn't live close by, there is a definite print, or impression, that has been left on all of us.
It may have been in the impression his love for my grandma left on us, it may have been for his kind heart in dealing with customers he had-I am sure there were times that he filled a many a farmers gas tank, knowing full well that he may not ever be paid-, it may be for the tenacity he had when driving himself around town to the different meeting places he had, to sit with friends and talk about the day and the times.
Although not everyone has sugar coated Hallmark memories of special holidays or of playing catch out in the backyard.....we all have memories. And they are good. And they have, whether we recognize it or not, have shaped us into the people we are today. Even as different as we are, we have a common history and heritage.
And like a potter shaping his clay, not every piece is alike. Some are strikingly different. But each one is shaped by the same person.
And just like God, the ultimate potter, looking back on his creation, I am sure Grandpa looks at us and this day, and saw "that it was good".
Happy 90th Grandpa!