Monday, March 17, 2014

Ione is 90!

A few weeks ago we threw a doozy of a surprise party for Grandma Wilde. She had no idea.
So much hard work and planning went into putting this party together. Aunt Cheryl and Aunt Julie spear headed the whole thing. They did a majority of the food. It was all so delicious!

Desiree and I offered to take care of the decorations. We have so many parties and events at Grandma's house that we wanted to take everything over the top for this.
 We had patio string lights, lanterns, garlands galore and BALLOONS!

But the biggest thing we did was build a photo booth! This was Desiree's baby. And Steele was kind enough to assist. We had it set up for everyone to use, but we also had an instant camera and collected the pics to put in a book for Grandma to keep.
But the biggest surprise of the night was when Aunt LaVerl walked in. No one knew she was coming. So many friends and family traveled from out of state. I think at one point we had over 100 people packed into her house. It was literally overflowing with love.
The lighting is kind of tricky at Grandma's house. Most of the photos were edited in black and white. Check out the album. It felt like all we did was take photos and we still didn't capture everything we wanted.
 16 of 24 grandkids.
Too many great-grandkids to count.
So much hard work and LOVE went into this party. It was so worth it. Grandma deserves all this and so much more. It's hard to put into words how incredible she is. She has the greatest life stories and she remembers the most interesting details. She has the biggest heart. What other 90 year old gets up and goes to the gym 5 days a week? Or is on Facebook!?! 90 years young.

She is such a huge part of my life. She has been there for every major life event. I'm grateful to have her in my life and feel her undying love. I love you Grandma!
Happy Birthday!

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