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An anniversary party…

So my parents have been married for a measly 30 years and my siblings and I thought that was sort of something worth celebrating.

just kidding…. my parents have been married for THIRTY years.

and that is AWESOME. and that should be CELEBRATED!

So that’s what we did. I thought about having the celebration be a surprise party, but I could definitely see my mom (you remember, the new kidney wielding momma?) calling me the day-of the party to say that she wasn’t feeling her best so they wouldn’t be coming to whatever fake-distraction-event I had presented to them as a ploy.  It was actually the best decision to not surprise my parents, because in the end we decided to have it at their house.

IMG_5614 I made the banner using scrap fabric I uncovered in my newly organized craft room (more on that later)



Cornhole is a must for added entertainment.




The umbrellas and tablecloths are the same ones from our wedding (which I am still attempting to post about….it’s very overwhelming, I’m not sure where to start).IMG_5643



The favors.


Photos of my parents through the years.


I love this series of photos – the same angle of my dad holding my sister, myself, and my brother as babies, then holding my sister’s two boys the same way.

I think he might actually be wearing the same shirt in several of them.


I love my parent’s wedding photos.

It’s a good feeling to have parents who truly love each other


A memory book.




The dessert table.IMG_5657


It was great to see all of the friends and family who have supported my parents throughout their lives so far.






Like father Like daughter.

As each year passes I find myself becoming more and more like him.


Which I think is awesome.


On a separate note, I just want to take a moment right now to give a shout-out to my hubby. He (and my baby brother too, now that I come to think of it) put in so much work the day of the party and I was just a teeny bit stressed out, which I feel badly about because I’m sure I didn’t make it easy on them. They handled it like pros though.


My mom with Cathy (the awesome Kidney donor) and her husband.


Our family, minus my brother-in-law and two nephews.



The girls.

My sister and I have very different personalities and we aren’t often on the same page when it comes to most things– which I think is fairly common in siblings – but I love that somehow we managed to coordinate wardrobes for the party without even trying!


I never realized how much my brother and I look a like.

On a side note, he is about to ship off for basic training and will join the marine reserves. I’m glad he was able to be here for the party.IMG_5718

I love the twinkle lights.


All of the decor and the location made for a very romantic and relaxed party atmosphere.

It was a great night. My parents are totally worth it.

My only regret…I didn’t get a photo of the happy couple!!! grrr.

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