Sunday, October 19, 2008

52 Years!

52 years with the same woman is what my daddy says... you have to know my dad.
He says stuff like...

ME: "Dad, how ya feelin'?"
DAD:"With my fingers"

or...

ME:"So, dad, what's up?"
DAD:"Rent and Taxes"....

Just like MY papa... always trying to crack a funny! My papa and my mama (my dad's parents) were the same age... so every 10 years he would say... "I am 70 and mama is 70 too" or "I am 80 and mama is 80 too" BUT, of course when he said it, it sounded like she was 72 or 82... he thought he was so funny... They are a lot alike, my grandpa and my daddy... Funny side note for those of you who are family or knew my Papa, Dad looked at a picture of himself last night and said, "Wow, I look a lot like JG" HAHAHA!!! YA THINK???

Well, that is what dad has been saying for the last couple of days... "Yep, 52 years with the same woman!"
(And proud of it, I might add!)

My parents 52nd wedding anniversary was Today!
Oct. 19, 1956!


I emailed close family and friends and asked them to write my parents a letter/note wishing them a happy Anniversary and listing some memories of them over the years. I also had them send some pictures, old and new... then I put together a scrapbook for them. It turned out GREAT!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE who contributed!!! They LOVED it! They just cried and cried! I flew in to surprise them yesterday (Saturday) and My sweet sister in law, Jennifer picked me up and brought me to their house. My brother was in the front room visiting with them when I walked up to the door! They were very surprised to see me. We had so much fun. We sat up until 1:00 am talking and reminising! They talked about growing up... meeting... dating... getting engaged... etc, it was a wonderful time with them!!!

Anyway, here are some sample pages from the scrapbook....
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD!!!
I LOVE YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!









28 comments:

Mechelle said...

You dad is so funny and so cute. The scrape book will be a treasure forever and ever! I love what you put together. Good for you. M

Joneel said...

What a cute sounding Dad. And you are a pretty amazing daughter.

Jan said...

This brings me to tears Shaila. I just so can relate to this. Your parents are dolls. Your dad is a hoot. With all he goes through. Happy 52 indeed.

Your book turned out fantastic. You did all that you needed to do. What deadlines you have faced. Good job guys. They seemed so touched by the sentiment. Have a more relaxed week ahead :)

Lisa Loo said...

I can't believe you got this finished with all you had to do!! It is beautiful--thanx for sharing! They look like wonderful people--I hope I make it this long!

Bren's Life said...

That is just so sweet. I love your dads sense of humor. What a Great man he is..
They are so cute together. And how lucky to have you show up & surprise them. I bet they just loved it!
Happy Anniversay!
Your book is fantastic.

Frumpy Luv said...

Ahhhh .... this is too too sweet!!! Your parents are such a gorgeous couple in so many ways. Glad you were able to be there for this!

TCanada said...

Shaila, What a great post! I would have loved to been there to hear some of those stories! Did you have a recorder going? I didn't know about the scrapbook but I am going to write a letter and look for some pictures I might have that they would enjoy! That is so true that Uncle James looks like papa (and kind of acts/talks like him too!) I saw you in that Bulldog twirling uniform! Brings back memories!!! I love you all!

Scrappy Girl said...

I bet they were so happy when you walked in! What a great gift to put together. I love the papers you chose. You have a great eye for color!

Pedaling said...

what a wonderful example and legacy they have lead! cograts to them and how great is that that you were able to enjoy this time and surprise them as you did!

McEwens said...

Shaila!
The book turned out GREAT! I can ONLY inagine the surpise of all, when you walked through that door! I am so glad you decided to go!

Cute pictures! I never knew your dad had a mustache!! (Back in the day!) And I have never seen that pic of you as a little girl! What cute pictures of the boys dressed like cowboys!

What a great gift you gave them, not only a book, but your presence

I am SO glad you decided to go ahead an go....

Let me know how the Dr appointment goes tomorrow!

nikkicrumpet said...

Well congrats to them for an amazing accomplishment ...52 years and they still love and admire each other. It's so cool you got to surprise them with a visit..which I'm sure was their favorite gift!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Wow 52 years what a wonderful blessing.
I love the scrapbook it is just beautiful Shaila!
I'm so happy to hear you got to go visit them on their special day!
They are so perfect together!
Your dad is so funny! :) Love that!
Robin~♥

Becky said...

What a great idea! You must be their favorite kid.

Tanja said...

I love what you put together, that is such a sweet gesture and something that your family can have forever.

tammy said...

What a nice thing for you to do! Happy Anniversary to them! And my dad was/is always making those kinds of jokes too. It's part of why we love them.

Kaci said...

Awhhh he sounds like my Dad!! :)
Sitting down at the dinner table and I'm jabberin' away.
Dad says: Is your mouth full?
Me: Nope why?
Dad says: Then fill it!

LOL!

Glahn Family said...

Nice leges thier Shaila in the baton twirlin days,, whooo hooo....

What nationality is your Father? He looks so olive skinned. What a happy couple.

April said...

Aww this is so inspiring for us newlyweds!

binders said...

What a wonderful gift! Congratulations to your parents- that's no small accomplishment. I hope to someday be able to say the same thing "52 years with the same man!"

Mother Goose said...

your dad's sense of humor is priceless and what a beautiful gift of memories you put together for them! Happy 52

Jodi said...

What an amazing Dad with an amazing daughter! The book is so incredible too! Loved the majorette pix!

Redhoodoos said...

You have the neatest family. Congratulations!!

The B's said...

Shaila,
I am so glad you went and surprised your sweet parents! They are so cute! The book is great! I can't believe ALL that you do!
I love your dad's comments!

Jenn said...

what a cutie sense of humor he has.
happy anniversay!

Anonymous said...

Very sweet

The Berry's Patch said...

What a GREAT idea to put together a scrapbook! I love hearing these kind of stories. They look so cute together. :-)

Drake Family said...

I am so impressed. You got that together quick and it turned out so cute. I better your parents LOVED it!!

mama K said...

Your idea was wonderful and the book turned out so beautiful and fantastic! You know I LOVE your parents and wish I was living near to them now. But regarding them being married for 52 years....NO MAN is the same man after 52 years...especially James Measles!!!