S: Celebrating 85 Amazing Years of Gram - March 17, 2016
BC: Hey! Why am I way over here? What a gyp!
FC: 85 | REASONS | Why We Love Gram! | Celebrating 85 Amazing Years. | March 17, 2016
1: No matter what we may call you... | Anita | Mom | Gram | ...we are all lucky that you answer the call. | HAPPY 85th BIRTHDAY | with all our Love, | Bobby & Lynn, Gary & Claude, Karen & Parker, Diane & Kelly, Carol & Kevin, Chris & Kathy, Eric & Sarah, Robin, Steven, Rebecca, Caitlin & Jeff, Brady, Sydney, Andrew & Brittany, BethAnn, Robert, Tyler, Daniel, Hannah, Caroline, Brendan, Timothy ... and Cole!
2: She skipped a grade and married this guy. | #1
3: She cherishes family and friends. | #2
4: #3 | She took too many pictures of Bobby.
5: #4 | #5 | #6 | She let us play on concrete. | She rarely forgets a birthday. | She's always rocked a June Cleaver kind of vibe. | (or a birthday check!)
6: #7 | She indulges our requests for silly photo ops.
7: #8 | #9 | She. Saved. These. Two. Photos. | She told a Johns Hopkins surgeon to pay attention! (in his own O.R.!) | #10 | She loves her Add-Ons.
8: #11: | She's watched our kids grow...
9: ...and helped guide them along the way.
10: She tells people "Pomp & Circumstance" should be our family song. | #12
12: She holds a baby like a boss. | #13 | Dad didn't too bad for himself either!
13: She shares her cooking and baking expertise. | #14 | "Now I don't know how good this will be because..." a) I can never judge this oven. b) The tomatoes at Pinnacle didn't look good. c) This is not the sausage I usually get. d) I think I goofed the recipe. e) All of the above!
14: Scarves! | Dickies! | Turtlenecks! | #15 | #16 | #17
15: She's our go to for last minute sewing duties. | She wrapped change in a napkin and tossed it out the window so we could buy Alosco's ice. | #19 | #18
16: #20 | She never really let go of the matching thing. | She's extremely fair.* | (*Seriously...she counts chocolate eggs!) | #21
17: She says running is "stupid" but cheers us on anyway! | #22
18: #23 | She loves that our kids are so connected.
20: #24 | She made the Toy Car a toddler staple. | She attended our recitals... MANY recitals! | #25 | (21st century edition)
21: #28 | #26 | She's been to lots and lots of our events... | Soccer Games | #27 | Concerts | Horse Shows | And more recitals! | #29
22: And... Communions! | #30
23: #33 | ...And a few unique things, too! | Swearing In Ceremonies | #32 | Living Museums | #31 | Ribbon Cuttings | #34 | Laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknowns
24: She never had a driver's license. | #35 | #36 | #38 | #40 | SOME TIDBITS to know about Gram: | She uses ammonia to clean everything. | She vacuumed early every Saturday morning. | She prepared dinner before going to work. | (ah, the smell of browning onions and beef at 6am) | She can give you "the look" and you know exactly what she means. | #39 | #37 | (with no compassion for hangovers.) | She believes that if she doesn't answer her phone "everyone will think I'm dead!"
25: #41 | She's a bit like Don Corleone - "never mess with one of mine." | She tolerated Dad's use of ketchup on all of her good cooking. | Over the years she's purchased hundreds of Hess Trucks. | #42 | #43 | #45 | She was sure we threw away the silverware in silent protest for having to do the dishes everyday. | #44 | She once ran up multiple flights of stairs faster than the elevator could deliver Gary to the roof!
26: #46 | She thinks Bobby can be a bit nutty sometimes.
27: ...but then again, can't we all be? | #47 | (wait...these are all Chris' doing ... hmmm!) | (n Shaq's shorts)
28: She makes a great in-law. | #48
29: #49 | #50 | She has 101 uses for a "snack table." | She pretends to understand her iPad. | She'll try just about anything. | #51
30: #52 | She'll always worry no matter how old we are.
31: She gets a kick out of what our kids are up to. | #53
32: #54 | She didn't necessarily agree with Bobby's choice for a college graduation photo... | ...but 42 years later, it makes a nice side-by-side, don't you think?
33: And while we're on the subject of connected memories... | Carol in Patty Nelson's wedding | Caitlin and Robin in Carol's wedding | Timothy in Caitlin's wedding | Eric & Tyler | Chris & Eric
34: #55 | She encourages our musical interests. | She may have pioneered the indoor picnic concept. | #56
35: She has a solid stable of | #57 | #58 | #59 | #60 | "I'd rather pay the butcher than the doctor." | "You need to sugar them up." | "Have Parker get me a pill." | "Wait until you hit 60... then there is no filter!" | "It's your decision!" | "It will all work out." | GRAM-ISMS | #61 | #62 | #63 | "You know your Grandmother was..."
36: #64 | She believes just about anything is possible. | She's makes an awesome babysitter. | #65
37: #66 | She may shake her head, but she laughs at us anyway. | And yep, that's Claude! | Yep, that's a bucket of ice. | Yep, that's the Ronald McDonald balloon. | Yep, that's a real alligator!
38: #67 | She secretly has a "favorite" Easter guest.
39: She crochets blankets for everyone. | She usually wins "pass out" under one of her own blankets! | #68 | #69
40: Nicaragua | Vancouver | Alaska | She's proud of our travels... | #70 | Western Wall, Israel | Copenhagen
41: Ireland | Shanghai | Beijing | London | Paris | China
42: ...but she's happier when we've arrived home safely. | #71
43: She reminds us to enjoy the simple things. | #72
44: Regardless of your age, she insists you "check in" every Wednesday and Sunday. | #73 | #74 | #75 | #76 | Even More GRAM FACTS! | She can still bring Bobby to attention with just a single word: "ROBERT!" | She will always maintain Chris was not adopted. | Staying on that subject, she sent Bobby to confession every Saturday ... apparently for obvious reasons!
45: #77 | She says she's relieved Parker still married Karen even after seeing the yo-yo video. | She 100% relies on Claude's cross-stitch to keep track of everyone's birthday. | She made sauerbraten once a year on Super Bowl Sunday - and mostly for Uncle Einer. | #78 | #79 | #80 | She swears she doesn't play favorites...but well, we all know differently!
46: She's handed out thousands of pounds of Halloween candy. | #81 | #82 | She made sure all six of us finished college. | (this was not negotiable!)
47: She's now a fab Great-Gram. | #83 | #84 | And a fun Gram-in-law, too.
48: She's Ours! | #85
49: Enjoy! | And one last memory to make you smile...