I mentioned before that Steve’s parents just celebrated their 50th anniversary. I don’t know a whole lot of people these days that are seeing that anniversary so this was a big deal. We had a weekend full of fun lined up, but with 61 people in the immediate family, even gathering for cake and ice cream is a task. So to pull off a whole weekend of events everyone did their part. Each of Steve’s siblings took the lead on an event or an assignment to make this work and it worked flawlessly.
We started off the weekend with a trip to the Mesa temple on Friday morning and Bosa Donuts (which are ah-mazing).
Steve’s brother hosted a bbq and an afternoon of swimming. Steve’s family grew-up in the pool and they are fish! They love the water and they manage to keep themselves occupied with all sorts of games and contests in the pool. They’ve passed that passion on to all of their kids which makes for a long, fun afternoon at a pool party.
I think we could’ve sat by that pool late into the evening, but we had the next event to get ready for: an adult only dinner.
It’s hard to find a quiet intimate setting for a group of 21 – so we brought food to the quiet intimate setting, Steve’s parents living room.
This group happens to be great at conversations and there is never a dull moment. We talked about the makings of a solid marriage, old family memories and fun jokes. I laughed until my cheeks hurt and mostly at my own husband because he ended up in most of the jokes being the youngest boy. Exactly how he likes it.
We walked away from that night full of gratitude for a large, wonderful family who loves and looks out for one another. They enjoy their time together and their relationships are evidence of that. When we got home, We had family staying at our house (our two oldest nephews and their wife/girlfriend) and we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning talking. Yes were tired but we wouldn’t trade that time for anything. It’s so fun to see your nieces and nephews grow up and have relationships with them. Bottom line: Family is awesome. 50 years of marriage has been more than fruitful!