My grandma is such a cherished member of our family, so it was only fitting for our family to get together to throw her a big party to celebrate 80 years of her life. Everyone wanted to make her feel special for a few hours the same way that she constantly makes all of us feel so special.
Thomas, Oliver, and I made the 10 hour trek (well, 13.5 with a baby) up to see her and it was wonderful getting to see all of my family who we don't get to see on a regular basis! We drove into town late on Friday night and were welcomed into my grandma's house by some of my cousins, aunts, and uncles.
In the evening we went to another uncle's house with most of my immediate family to have pizza and wings because that's our tradition!
On Sunday, we went to mass and then we brought my grandma to the restaurant for the party. It was at an absolutely gorgeous 5 star Italian restaurant and everything went very smoothly. She was so surprised to see all of her friends and family, and it was beautiful seeing her so loved by all who were there.
The afternoon was filled with delicious food,
lots of love,
and, of course, cookies (we are Italian, after all!)
Toasts were made, happy birthday was sung, and all of the grandkids made short speeches and presented her with roses.
Oliver, thankfully, was a delight. He was passed around from person to person throughout the entire weekend, but was perfectly content and full of smiles for anyone who gave him a little attention. He is such a happy baby, and I loved seeing him bring so much joy to our family!
I was filled with such nostalgia Sunday night when we hung out with all of my cousins in grandma's basement, playing pool and laughing away. I have so many memories of all the games we used to play together and the plays we used to practice down there while our parents were upstairs.
The weekend was jam-packed and exhausting, but worth every second of our long drive. God has given me a tremendous blessing, my beautiful grandma, who's taught me to love selflessly and to put my faith and family first. Happy birthday, grandma! You deserve nothing but the best.