Ok.This is me here againI just know.I’m gonna get married.Ok. When I’m in college, I’m just gonna get married.…When I get married, it’s gonna be awesome.Nope it’s not gonna be awesome actually.Because when I get married I’m going to have to do lots of stuff and make kisses all the time.…But when I get kissed,It’s gonna be hard work.Hard haaaaard work.
This is likely the last installment of my pumpkin beer tasting series. I think it’s appropriate that the pumpkin goodness ends right before Thanksgiving. Pumpkins are still appropriate people. Christmas trees… not so much, not until Friday anyway.
I am a firm believer (likely because my mom is this way) that Christmas doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving. We have to give each holiday it’s time to shine.
This year for Thanksgiving, I’m away from home. It’s an odd feeling but also an exciting one as I’m in Naples, Florida meeting my soon-to-be family. Josh’s Grandaddy is turning 80 and so his Dad’s entire family is here to celebrate. Last night I met everyone for the first time and while I am still quizzing myself on names, It was really exciting.
I love people. I get such joy from meeting new face and learning new stories that I am in pig heaven meeting the Goldman clan. There is such a sense of warmth and familiarity when you are around a big family and even though I’m the newcomer they are giving me such a warm welcome.
I am thankful for many things this season, and my ever-growing family is one of them. 🙂
-First taste was delicious
-Not too much pumpkin on the taste but very light and easy to drink
-Don’t get me wrong, it’s no Miller Lite, it’s got flavor, but it won’t fill you up
-More pumpkin and molasses on the finish
-Not saccharine sweet
-Hints of ginger and cinnamon
-Overall easy to drink and yummy
Last Saturday my Grandpa turned eighty-seven. The fact that he has been on this earth for eighty-seven years is simply amazing to me. Think of all the friends he has made, the food he has tried, the places he has been, and the family he has loved.
This year was extra special as his birthday was on a Saturday and my family from New York was able to come down. Grandpa had three out of four children and six out of ten grandchildren there. And as an extra birthday present, my cousin Jenny has the first great-grandchild on the way.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
We dined at Grandpa’s favorite Irish Pub, The Auld Shebeen, and the owner (complete with Irish accent) kept the whiskey coming. The food was delicious and the company was grand. We even got a few of Grandpa’s famous rhymes that he says when he’s really happy. Anyone else know The Night That Paddy Murphy Died? My whole family knows it by heart.
After dinner we went back to Grandpa’s apartment in a beautiful retirement community and had cake and presents. Mom made Grandpa’s favorite: Angel Food cake. And she brought fresh whipped cream and strawberries. That’s right, when you are 87, you get to blow out the candles twice!
Please look at that face! He is the MOST excited!
Living near Grandpa is one of the many blessings about being in the D.C.-area for me. I am so happy Josh and I got to help him celebrate.
It also made me think about all of the wonderful things that one can do when she is 87. Here are my top five reasons why turning eighty-seven will be awesome.
FIVE REASONS WHY I CAN’T WAIT TO TURN EIGHTY-SEVEN
- You can eat and drink as much as you want. Heck, you’re 87, you must have done something right all these years!
- You have a ton of family all around you that will help you do whatever you need. I never liked putting on my own jacket or holding doors anyway.
- Silver hair looks damn fine. No more dying it or worrying, just embrace it, because you are 87 and awesome.
- It’s your party and you don’t have to entertain anyone. I often feel like I have to make sure everyone else is having a good time and an event that I host. By the time I’m 87, I plan to just let my guests worry about themselves.
- You can say whatever you want. No need to be super polite, your family will love you anyway. In fact, they will probably think your uncensored opinions are nuggets of sacred information. Jackpot!
Five on Friday this week is FIVE BABIES!!!!! Yes.
|Little Lillian as a newborn|
|Lills at a few months|
|Hailey still in Char’s belly!|
|Look at that beautiful girl!|
|Whoops we stole a baby…|
|Delicate little Maddie!|
|Holly at only one week!!|
|What a little nugget!|
It’s Friday. And we have a long weekend. Yes. Yes, one million times.
I’m very much looking forward to spending some time with this guy.
We are moving Grandpa into his new apartment this weekend. He will no longer have to be at the physical therapy rehab center for his broken leg. He is a TROOPER and is walking again. Before I start crying (I get so emoshi about this and how proud of him I am), I’m also helping to make his apartment a home by designing him a gallery wall for his living room. I spent two and half hours last night going through pictures from the past 3-4 years and picking the best ones of our family. I’m hanging everything tonight with Mom and I’m so excited! I’ll let you know how it turns out. He is such a cutie!
I can’t figure out google +. Someone please tell me I’m normal. I am going to dedicate a few hours of this long weekend to updating my profile and adding all of your beautiful faces to my circles. If you have any tips let me know! And leave me a message or connect with me on google + here. I have never understood my grandpa’s pain with technology fully until now. 🙂
|I actually LOVE this picture of my brother. This is him at his happiest.|
|Mom was SUCH a good sport about taking pictures with me. 🙂|
|Kevin was not as helpful as Kathy in indulging my picture taking.|
|AHAHAHAHA Mom had just accidentally stepped on Kev’s foot.|
|Josh didn’t tell the rest of us he was ready…|
|You can already see Kevin trying to ruin the picture by shoving Kathy’s feet in my face|
|Annnnd success – He has his happy face on now!|
There is something about babies that is restorative. I just love seeing little people come into the world.
It’s even better when that little person is a little version of one of your favorite people in the world.
My cousin Rachel is the older sister I never had. She and I have different versions of the same brain and I am so grateful to have her in my life as a friend and confidant.
A few weeks ago, Josh, Kevin, Kathy and I met her brand new baby boy, Evan.
My heart melts.
CONGRATS Rachel and Steve!!! He is perfect. 🙂
Also check out Griffey’s glamour shot that I took! 🙂
I could not be more excited about this post!
Looking for some fun tunes to get you through the day? Look no further!
Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane and talk about some of the most hilarious songs that have captured my heart.