Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Last week my grandpa gracefully hit 90! We decided to hold a surprise party for both him and my grandma. Every year their three children and spouses go out to eat for their birthdays (they are only a couple days apart, but my grandma is only 79 so she didn't get her own cake...). We got everything set up at a church building and then the adults went to pick them up for dinner. My uncle told them that they had decided a "nearby steak center" sounded like a good place to go... little did they know that it was a Stake Center. When they pulled up and we all came out yelling surprise, you could just see such joy on their faces. We just spent the evening chatting with cousins, eating, and whatever else you do at family parties! My grandpa did give a speech and even cried (a sight neither of my parents had ever seen) so it was really special.
A little bit about my grandpa. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a medic in WW2 and when he came back he decided to go see the Grand Canyon. He drove cross country but encountered bad weather in Colorado and was urged to go to Salt Lake City. He drove into the city and thought, "This is the place for me" having never heard of the Mormons nor ever knowing that Brigham Young said something very similar 100ish years earlier. He met my grandma down in Provo, joined the church, they were married over 50 years ago, and lived happily ever after. I have nothing but happy memories with my grandparents. They both have very vivid memories and love to share them. If they start telling a story, you can expect to be sitting there for a couple hours! Random personality traits: my grandma loves to sell AVON and my grandpa loves trains.
Okay so enough reminiscing, but I do love my grandparents and I'm so glad that we were able to surprise them! I asked them to kiss for this picture and they both started laffing too hard! Yet another great trait of my grandma... she laffs until she cries quite often! Good times with the fam.
Oh and I need to send a shout-out to my brother Alan. He got engaged last week! He met Miss Alicia Hatch down at BYU as they worked together over the past semester. She is back in Boise for the summer so he drove up and surprised her. They are planning the wedding for August 22nd in Boise. What a fun time for our family.
Posted by BECKY