Friday, April 21, 2017

A 50th Anniversary Party and Some Easter Eggs!!


50 YEARS!!!

This is impressive, right?  It had to be celebrated.  We are all so happy that my parents have kept their vows for so long.  Thick or thin, happy or sad, sickness and in health - they have set a great example of what a loving marriage can be.  

It was time to celebrate.


 Yep.  My sister threw together this cute little invitation and the plan was set.

We had an idea to throw together a "quick" video.  It was definitely a team effort.  Everyone sent in a short clip and I used imovie to piece it all together.

To make sure we had everything finished, Paloma and I flew up a day earlier than the boys.  My sister picked us up (instead of Paul's Shuttle-gasp!) and we stayed at her house that night. We wanted to sit down with Bill and brainstorm.  We were up late laughing, and it wasn't until my siblings went to bed that I really got anywhere on the video. Ha!  Ugh and when Paloma woke up at 7, I was pretty groggy.
BUT! Like everything I do, it all came together at the last minute. Oh the pressure!

The song that came to mind right away for us was Willie Nelson's "You Were Always on my Mind."  My dad LOVES that song, and LOOOOOVES to sing it!  The video ended up being over 12 minutes long and was a big hit!  Laughing and crying from the happy couple, which is a win in my book!

Feel free to watch the finished video. And note, I am not a professional producer. LOL.

 If you don't have time for the whole video, please just take a couple minutes to watch the intro by

If you don't want to take the time to watch this (I totally understand!) you MUST at least see the intro by WIllie Nelson himself my brother Brrrian .  He used Snapchat to make his face look like Willie Nelson and it is CRAZY FUNNY!  God I love him!

Unfortunately he and my other brother Tim weren't able to make it to Ohio, but everyone sent in a little something to say on the video and it was touching (to say the least!).  My parents said it was the best video (and party) ever!


They were totally surprised too.  They just figured it would be our immediate family because it was Easter weekend, but all of their friends and family showed up and it was a wonderful evening!






These aren't the best pictures (quality) but I hope I captured a glimpse of everyone there!  It was a beautiful day and there were a bunch of kids....luckily all outside playing soccer and running around! 

CUT TO  6  HOURS PRE-PARTY.....

We colored Easter eggs super early.  My mom had 4 DOZEN to color.  ha!  

These guys were happy to color the eggs and crack most of them while doing so.  Seriously probably half. 

I stepped out of the shower that morning and this was going on outside.  Noooooooooooo!

Mateo had been saying he wanted a buzz cut and I had been ignoring him changing the subject, hoping he would forget.  ha.  Well this boy doesn't forget and his papi listened.

I was not pleased (initially).  Of course I knew he would look cute with any hair...or no hair at all.  It's just I always love when his hair gets shaggy and feel a little sad to see it go (usually 2x per year).  But yes, I like it.  He looks super cute!
What? Marcelo's hair?  You noticed his self-cut?   Ugh right before the party where we saw lots of people we haven't see for a long time.  

Somehow he still managed to look cute as ever.  When I asked him why he cut his hair (he snuck the scissors to the side of the house to snip) he said "I wanted to put my hair in grandma's garden so the deer won't eat her flowers."  (something my mom actually does)
Oh that face kills me.  #sobiased

Also, this girl.

Right? Oh my. This dress. (thanks Beth for the perfect anniversary attire!)

Back to the party..... since there were a bunch of kids, an Easter egg hunt ensued.  A BUNCHHHH of eggs on the ground.
 By the way. do you see how many plastic eggs there are in the trees?  This is just two of them...there were a few more. (hundreds of eggs!)  This is one of the reasons why my mom is #1.  (Also, why I will never measure up.  cry cry cry)

 Paloma got the jist of the egg hunting quickly and had a good 'ol time filling up her basket.
 She actually said egg for the first time right here.....
Easter Sunday included an outfit change by these fashion bugs. ...but same game with the eggs.

It was a beautiful weekend and everyone wanted to enjoy the outdoors. We actually ate outside on the PORCH!  

The kids found their Easter baskets earlyyyyyyyy.  The excitement was fun to watch/hear.  (Mateo's was hanging in the laundry room, Marcelo's in the coat closet and Paloma's behind a chair)  And the candy was pretty much gone instantly.

It is a wonder how we were able to have these boys actually stop for a split second with that sugar high and get a family photo. 



 ALSO. STOP IT with this video mami!  I die of cuteness overload!

Meanwhile back at my house, we colored eggs for a tree centerpiece that has been making me happy all month!

I hope you guys had a great Easter weekend too!

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