Sunday, May 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Grandma Shirley

Grandma Shirley celebrated her 90th birthday on May 1st. It was a real treat to be reacquainted with the aunts, uncles and cousins who travelled so far to share this special day.

(To you all who mock my goofy open mouth smile, here's proof I can't help it-- genetics! look at that grin! :) )

Abby, Amanda and I coordinated efforts before the party to collect over 1000 photos that we used to design a 100 page album, featuring images from Grandma's childhood through her years as a young mother of the 1940's and 50's, to the fabulous 1960's and 1970's at the kennel all the way through this spring.

Aunt June did a great job planning the event. Jessie cooked up a storm; Abby made Grandma's Ginger Crinkles; Amanda made her delicious squash biscuits; and Graham approved of the M+M's.

Aunts and cousins, above. Four lovely ladies, below.


And a group shot courtesy of Rev. Palada:


Here Amanda gets intimate with our newest family member (baby Hannah, in Michelle's belly) and whatever Jim ate for lunch.



In this family of HAMS, no one passed up the chance to get up and Karaoke :). Here's Jason just before he snuck some of Grandma's birthday gin to kill the pain.


Uncle Jon ended the party with his typical panache...


For live action footage, watch a video montage of the day:


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