Sunday, August 4, 2013

Nana's 99th Birthday Party

 On August 1st, my grandmother, Nana, as we call her, turned 99!!!   Yesterday we had her birthday party at my Uncle John's house.  Here is the Birthday Girl in her Birthday Hat!
Next to Nana is her big brother Joe.  He will be 102 in November!!!  And to the right of Nana is my Mom.
We had a good time celebrating.  Everyone wanted a photo with Nana!
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My brother Mark in the red shirt, is catching up with our cousin  Kelly.  She had to sit in the sunshine all day, and the rest of us were looking for shade.  She is from Portland, and said she never feels the sun.
My nephew Don and his wife, Kaylen, drove down from the Bay area.
All of the kids had a ball in the pool!!

Gennifer, Kelly and Don.
People often ask, what is the secret to the longevity in our family?  Well, my 99 year old Grandmother, and her older brother Joe, still enjoy a nice cold beer every now and then.  Maybe that is the secret?
Johnny and Sue got a beautiful birthday cake for Nana. And it was so delicious too!!
 We sang Happy Birthday......
And she got lots of kisses....
And hugs....
Uncle Joe was not left out.
It was a nice party.  I think Nana enjoyed it a lot.  After My Mom and brothers took Nana and Joe back home, a few of us somehow wound up at Johnny's Bar, and before long, he was pouring his famous Pina Coladas.
Johnny is my Mom's younger brother.  He is actually only a few years older than my oldest brother, and he lived with us throughout his teen years.
We sat outside at his bar, and visited some more.  It was such a pleasant evening, and so enjoyable.  I even had a Pina Colada!!!!  
It was a really nice day.  Thank you Johnny and Sue for hosting Nana's party.  A good time was had by all!!
XO  Kris

41 comments:

by Teresa said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to Nana and thanks for sharing such a love-filled and special day with us! You have such a great family. One clarification - we've had plenty of sun this summer here near Portland, Oregon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Nana Go-Go said...

I'm a Nana to and hope I get to a ripe old age. Happy Birthday to your Nana.
What handsome men you have in your family too!I hope your cousin Kelly wears plenty of sunscreen and a hat if she stays out in the sun so long.
Looks like a very enjoyable day - especially the bit about the Pina Coladas!

Nana Go-Go said...

'too', even!

Dawn said...

What a wonderful day, I love Nana's hat it is just darling. The people in our family live long lives too. I think that generation wasn't exposed the the garbage in the food, water, and air that our generation is exposed to. Looks like everyone enjoyed their-selves.

From the Kitchen said...

My favorite photo is that of Nana and her "big" brother having a beer! What a fun celebration!!

Best,
Bonnie

Holly said...

I've been looking forward to this post. Such a great family! I love Johnny's bar, I remember it from a post you did a while back. Looks like such a great place to hang.

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Happy Birthday to Nana!! LOVE family gatherings ... we have a couple of "oldsters" in our family and we're trying to put together a family reunion for next summer ... too often people let things go until it is too late! Glad you all had a nice time ... thanks for sharing your family with us! Linda

Home Meadows said...

Sounds like a wonderful celebration. What a beautiful cake with the fresh fruit too. Hope your Monday is off to a great start. Heather

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Wow A big Happy Birthday to Nana!

Looks like that cake is a huge beautiful cake and look at that fruit.


Awesome day by all as well.

Lynne said...

Wow! You guys have good genes. Your Nana looks great (Uncle Joe too).
Super post!

Vikki Hooks said...

Wow, what a wonderful time you must have had. This was just a lovely post. Thank you for sharing.

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, What a wonderful party-you are so lucky to have your Nana and your great Uncle with you. You've got some great genes my friend!!! They both look really good. I missed you but glad to be home again.
Hugs, Noreen

Debbie said...

99! Wow! Soo wonderful! Looks like a great party. And was that you with your hair soo blonde? It looks wonderful! soo pretty. I would love to get together with you sometime Kris. See your quilts up close! We don't live that far apart..we should try! Enjoy your day!

Susanne said...

WOW!!!!!!!!! and WOW again! How wonderful to still have the elder cherished loved ones in your family circle. Your Great Uncle Joe was just a knee high toddler when the Titanic went down, heavens! And look at your Nana, amazing. I am sure they could tell all kinds of stories from their past, and they have lived and seen all sorts of history. They both look a bit spunky. What a blessing for you and your family to be able to spend the day with them.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Linda said...

Oh Happy Birthday Nana!! She looked like she had a great time...love the picture with her face beaming with the grands! Looks like a wonderful day!!

Barbara F. said...

Happy Birthday to your Nana! She looks so beautiful, and your uncle is an inspiration! Such a beautiful family with excellent genes! xo

Betsy said...

It looks like you had a great party for your Nana! I'm sure she was feeling the love from all of you. And her brother is 102!!@! WoW! You have a lot of years left to live don't you?

Must be that beer they enjoy. :-)
Thank you for sharing your lovely family with us.
Blessings,
Betsy

Mereknits said...

It looks like a fantastic day, Nana and your uncle are adorable.
Hugs,
Meredith

Grayseasailor said...

Thanks for including us in the celebration, Kris! I especially enjoyed the photo of Nana with your Grands, and the multi-generational pose :) It is so exciting and amazing Nana is living such a long healthy life!
With the gathering of some of the elders of our family we have turned on a recorder/video camera and encouraged them to tell some of their life memories. Have you done that? It would be so interesting to know how the first auto they had, or first plane ride, or seeing the first man walk on the moon affected them.
Love with hugs from Gracie :)

Gloria Baker said...

What a bless!! 99 years is lovely!!
I love the pictures dear Kris!
xo

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

Wow, what a blessing.. Nana and Joe look absolutely wonderful for their ages! I can't even begin to think about all they have seen and experienced over their lives. They should write a book, I'd buy it!.. What lovely party and your Nana looks SO very happy.. They are both such a blessing.. Looks like a wonderful time had by all.. This is the stuff dreams and memories are made of.

Hanne said...

lovely photos :)

Katie said...

Oh, I've been so excited to see all the pictures! I love them. Nana is SO Beautiful!!
That picture of Kelly, Genny, and Don........Kelly & Genny look like SISTERS!!! ;)

Kerri said...

LOVE that picture of Nana and her brother having a beer! Your Nana sure looks good for 99! The cake is beautiful!

Valerie Smith said...

Oh this is so cool. Makes me feel good. Happy Birthday to your Nana. Looks like it was wonderful. I love it all especially the cake and bar.

Hugs,

Valerie
Cottage Making Mommy
www.lovingmyheartandhome.blogspot.com

Pam said...

What a fun time! Your nana is a beauty and it looks like she had a great birthday celebration!

Cathy said...

How wonderful that you got to celebrate your nana's 99th birthday. You have good genes in your family, Kris. It looks like everybody enjoyed the party. Beer could be the secret...ha!

Poppy said...

Happy happy birthday to Nana! All the very best in health and happiness! You got great genes goin' on that gang of yours, lucky you! Love the cake, so pretty and refreshing!

xo
Poppy

Val said...

Happy Birthday Nana - She looks beautiful at 99 years young.

Astri said...

I am going to start drinking more beer. :-)

corners of my life said...

Whoa.
You certainly have long lifers in your family. Hope those genes are passed on to you :)

Kelli said...

What a fun day! How lucky you are to still have your grandmother. I lost mine last August at 94. Grandmothers are so special.

Kelli said...

What a fun day! How lucky you are to still have your grandmother. I lost mine last August at 94. Grandmothers are so special.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Happy day for Nana. What a cake! Is that the handsome nephew? Oh boy I better not show you know who that picture. A cop and a nurse. Hmmm.

Patty Antle said...

I loved reading about your Nana's birthday. She obviously enjoyed it very much. She and Joe drinking the beer is great! I can't help but think of their lives and what they experienced. Also, your pool looks so refreshing!!

Jill said...

What a wonderful blessing to live such a long full, happy life!
These pictures are wonderful! Happy birthday Nana and many more!

Blessings,
Jjill

Genn said...

You got some great pictures from the party!

I think you and Dad need to build a bar like Uncle Johnny's!!!

Catherine said...

So cute! Looks like a fun and happy family :)

Nicolle said...

I agree with Genn....you need a bar like that too! Happy birthday Nana. I LOVE all of these pictures. Her cake is amazing, and I especially love the picture of her and Joe sipping on a beer. Life is good! xo

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful milestone birthday for your Nana! It was so nice you could all gather to celebrate--the cake was beautiful!

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