Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Grandpa's 94th Birthday

My Grandpa Zimmerman turned 94 on March 13. Anyone who makes it to their 90's deserves to have a big birthday celebration, so that's what we did! My grandparents drove down from Minnesota with my Uncle Steve and his family. My Aunt Jackie (who drove separately from a different location) met my Uncle Rick at the airport and picked him up, and everyone met here at my house in the late afternoon on Friday, March 11. My sister, Sharon, and four of her kids also came for Grandpa's birthday celebration. Everybody stayed here at my house with my mom and me. Our house was full, with 15 people staying here, but that's okay. The more, the merrier!

Grandpa brought some pictures from his childhood to show us, so it was fun to look at those. I've always been amazed at how many pictures grandpa has of his parents and from his childhood, since taking pictures back then wasn't near as easy as it is today.
Grandpa has always valued physical fitness. Here he is showing Steve, Erik and Lisa (my uncle and cousins) his daily exercises that he does to stay fit. It was cute to see Gramps in action!
Sharon and her kids enjoyed getting to spend some more time with Christian. The kids sure love their baby nephew. Sometimes they love him a little too much, since he's not used to so many people.
Elizabeth had her flute with her, so she played a few songs for Grandpa:
The Zimmerman family, together again! (Grandpa, Rick, Mom, Steve, Grandma) The couch wasn't quite big enough for all of them, so Mom sat on her brothers' laps. My mom has another brother, Scott, who died when he was 38. When we have family times like this, I've often wondered what Scott would've been like. The only memories I have of him are from a family reunion in 1992 when I was eight, so I don't really even know him.
Above is my mom's brother, Steve, his wife, Jackie, and their kids, Erik and Lisa. Erik got married last year, so he brought his wife, Kaylee. It was nice to meet her.

It was great that Sharon and four of her kids were able to come celebrate Grandpa's birthday with us. Her kids had their spring break the following week, so they were able to come without missing any school. (Two of Sharon's kids went on a school trip with their science club to New Orleans, so that's where they were.) Here's Sharon, Elizabeth, Rachel, Matt and Emily:
We had to make sure to get a few group pictures to document the occasion. Here are a few tcst shots, followed by a couple with the whole crowd:
Sharon and Gramps, followed by a picture of me and Grandpa:
Here's Chandra and Sharon with both of our grandparents:
Grandpa and Erik (wearing Christian's clip-on tie), and Elizabeth in her pretty purple dress:
Grandpa decided to have his birthday dinner on Saturday evening (which was a Thanksgiving-style turkey dinner), and his birthday cake on Saturday, since we had a lighter dinner of turkey soup. Grandpa had a hard time deciding between carrot cake and red velvet cake for his birthday cake, so we had both! Anyone who makes it to 94 deserves two cakes. :)
Grandpa leading everyone in "Happy Birthday."
Grandpa opened his birthday cards and Rick read them, since Grandpa's vision is so poor.
Grandma leaning over to smooch Grandpa, after Rick read Grandma's card to Grandpa:
I gave Grandpa a copy of a book my mom and I are currently reading that I thought he would enjoy. I hope he can see the text with his reading machine, or maybe Grandma will read it to him, because I'm sure she would enjoy the book, too.
Rick gave Grandpa an Arizona Wildcats hat to wear, so he can root for them. (I think the basketball team was the Arizona Wildcats, but don't quote me on that!)
Grandpa checking out the singing DigiBirds Sharon gave us for Christmas:
I know Grandpa's birthdays in the future are limited, so I was very grateful to be able to spend this day with him. I love my family/grandparents, so it was great to spend the weekend with such great folks.


Roger D. Hicks said...

I lost a half sister last August shortly after her 100th birthday. She was great till about 95 and then developed Alzheimer's Disease. Your grandfather sure looks like he still enjoys life a great deal and that is a great deal of help in growing older successfully. Tell him a belated Happy Birthday from Eastern KY.

Julie said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your Grandad:)

Lovely pix, I especially liked the ones of your Mum & cousin sitting on extra seats around the table. We've often done that too.

I noticed that one of the pressies was a Cadbury's one but I can't work out what was in the bag. Can you remember what it was?

Happy Easter to you & your Mum, hope you have a brill weekend.x

Do you have hot cross buns in the US at Easter like we do in the UK? They're as tradition as chocolate.

Julie said...

P.S. I'm sorry about your Grandad's poor eyesight, it must be so hard for him.x

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