I'm back from a summer sabbatical. Thanks for sticking with me! I'd like to say that I spent the last month on a beach in Hawaii or relaxing at our (imaginary) mountain cabin, but in reality we spent most of it doing what most youth ministry families do in the summertime: hanging out with teenagers. Majority of the time we were blessed to work with teens at camp in Oklahoma. If you thought it was hot in Texas, Oklahoma has us beat. Great state, miserable heat. The only place that has them beat is Arizona. The one summer I spent there I thought I was going to swelter to death.
We did squeeze in some family fun as well. My husband's grandfather turned 95 (ninety-five!) this year so we threw a surprise party for him to celebrate. Our theme was The Most Interesting Man in the World (because 95 years of living earns you that title) and mustaches for extra fun.
Here are a few pictures from the event.
We used these mustache-on-a-stick as decor and then later as props for photos. Our giant family portrait turned out great and it's one of my favorite family treasures of all time. Everyone from age 2 to 95 was proudly holding them up.
Pictures of Grandad from earlier days were everywhere, and this sign greeted guests: Grandad...The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Throughout the house we put "most interesting man in the world" quotes to go with his pictures. There are a ton of hilarious ones all over the web. We chose a few of our favorites, including this one...
And these, to just show a few.
This is Texas party y'all, so you know we had a lot of this...
And if you've been reading this blog for more than 2 seconds you know I love me some pennant banners. Throw it on top of a banana pudding and you can't go wrong.
Grandad's favorite impossible-to-make birthday cake passed down for generations.
We had a great time together and Grandad was caught with a tear in his eye more than a few times. He felt honored and special, and that was the whole goal. We displayed the verse Prov 22:1 ("A good name is more desirable than great riches, to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.") in a frame as well because it describes beautifully what we all feel about our favorite Grandad. What a beautiful legacy of faith he has given us.
An added bonus: We threw this party together for less than $5 by using Silhouette's free download of the week to make the mustaches, skewers (in a pack of 100) for less than $1, blue play sand we had on hand to anchor centerpieces, and displaying quotes and pictures in frames we had throughout the house.
Thanks for stopping by today!