Thursday, March 24, 2016

That was some party!

 
Happy 80th Birthday to my twin aunts, Shirley and Dorothy.
 
 
They were born prematurely, weighing in at barely two pounds each. My grandma did everything in her power to keep those little girls alive. They were born at home, and Grandma kept them in cigar boxes, (my cousin said, but I always heard it was shoe boxes) on the oven door. Grandma heated bricks and surrounded the boxes with them to incubate her babies.

 
Speaking of babies. Liam saw the balloons and must have said the word, "balloon" a hundred times. Finally one of my cousins handed him one. He was absolutely in his glory. Coincidentally, there were four adult twins at the party from three different families: my aunts, one of their granddaughters-in-law, and my daughter-in law. 

Wow! What a flashback. I felt just like I did when I was a little kid. It was so noisy at Grandma's house when all my half Italian/half German aunts were talking at once. Imagine 40 people all yapping at once time about their memoires of the past. My aunts even got up and did a performance of their hand clapping childhood game and sang songs they remembered from their childhood. They had us in stitches.

What a blessing to be with my late mom's family; there were five generations present.

Our next get together will be this Sunday when the kids and grandkids come for Easter.  Can't wait!  

10 comments:

Sioux said...

Linda--I was fortunate enough to see a video of your two aunts playing that game. Apparently, at 80, they're still spry and sharp.

I imagine Easter will be a blast for Liam along with everyone who gets to watch Liam collect eggs, etc. (Candy is even better than balloons.)

Bookie said...

Looks like a good week for your family gatherings, fun for you! Hope all visits and Easter celebrations are terrific!

Connie said...

Happy birthday to your aunts! Liam looks so excited about the balloons. What a cutie he is! Sounds like you had a great time. Happy Easter to you and yours! :)

Val said...

Twins! It's good to see they've moved on from that "dressing alike" phase.

Liam's smile matches that balloon!

Susan said...

Awwwwwwww. Happy Birthday to the twins! How wonderful. Hope your Easter is fabulous, too, Linda. Hugs. Susan

Kathy's Klothesline said...

They are so cute!! I was named for my paternal grandmother and many of the cousins and aunts were also named Kathy. Made me so confused when I was young. My mother did not care for my dad's family, so no deep roots there. I envy you that connection.

K9friend said...

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Pat
Critter Alley

Janet, said...

that is so neat. Happy birthday to the both of them. That is a great story about how she kept them warm. When I had my first child, they wanted us to stay an extra night at the hospital. They let us go home on one condition - that we stay at my mom's house, which was in the same city. (We lived in a different county). Well, our son Charley spent his first night sleeping in a dresser drawer at mom's house.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

How blessed you are to have so many family members close enough to enjoy such a gathering. We're all spread out.

Susan Sundwall said...

What an awesome post, Linda. My own late mother had twins twice. I'm the oldest of nine so I know what a noisy room full of family sounds like. Don't ya just love it? Giggling.