Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aunt Tanya's 70th Birthday!

Over the weekend we celebrated Aunt Tanya's 70th birthday.   Lots of family and friends joined us.
Cousin Matt and Annalyn took all the pictures.
Grandma Susan came.
Cousin Jenn with Anna and Rachel
Cousin Matt with Sveta
The family enjoyed playing pinochle.

Uncle Jack and Galina
Uncle Jack with Julia.  By the way, Uncle Jack is Cousin Matt's father and my Mom's brother.
My Mom came a few days early to help with all the preparations.
Paul and Jonny
Father and Son
Grandpa George and Grandma Susan
Julia and Adam playing pinochle
Baboonya and Andrew
John, Anastasia, and Galina
Lexi is such a playful dog.

Our family loves to play Frisbee.

We grew all of these pumpkins in our garden.

Oliver just woke up.
Cousin Kathy with my Mom

Aunt Tanya showed up later in the afternoon.  Everyone greeted her with hugs and kisses.

Here I am with the birthday girl!

John barbecued chicken breasts that we marinated for two days.  They were so moist and juicy.

 Nolan needed help eating for the first few days following his surgery. 
Here is our group photo.  We all joked-- "Is Paul here?" because he was the only one missing from our last one.
Doesn't Sveta look pretty?

Watching Aunt Tanya read her cards that the kids made and open presents was a nice time.
Anastasia wrote a very touching card for Aunt Tanya.
Aunt Tanya's dog passed away a few months ago.  It took her some time to get over her death before she would even consider another dog.  Since Misty has been in the family for years (we first got her from my grandparents) Aunt Tanya has known Misty longer than we have.  Misty is getting older and she doesn't get along with Lexi very well, so we all talked about Aunt Tanya taking Misty.
So I thought that Misty would make the perfect birthday surprise!
Aunt Tanya will most likely take Misty in the next few weeks.  Misty will enjoy relaxing without worrying about Lexi.  And when Aunt Tanya comes for a visit, she will bring Misty over too.

Happy birthday to Aunt Tanya!  We love her so much!


  1. It seems like such a nice time! I love family parties. We "retired" our older dog to my aunt's house, too. Our 11 kids were getting to be too much for her and she needed a quieter environment for her last years. It works out great, she gets lots of love and cuddles, we get to visit her and she comes back home for get togethers.

  2. Awesome pix! Awww yeah Sveta looks very pretty and Rachel has grown up to be a stunningly beautiful girl. Good to see Nolan is up and about after his surgery :)

    Uh oh Aunt Tanya let Nolan help blow her candles out and not Dennis?? lol

    Everyone looks like they had a great time!

  3. What a great time!! So many wonderful pictures!

  4. Your puppy looks like ours! We have a 7 month old black Lab - and a 4 1/2 year old black Lab. Those puppies do nothing but play and sleep it seems. They go full tilt then drop. Your family party looks wonderful! So nice to have family gatherings isn't it?

    Marilyn from Canada

  5. You look fabulous Christine! Happy, healthy and overflowing with love :)

  6. Hi! I love big family parties events. My children like to help with the food preparation. I am glad you all had fun. Pat

  7. Tell Julia there is someone out there who absolutely ADORES her hair!

    Looks like such a fun party - you have a perfect house for it.

  8. Loved all of the pictures! I have been absent from the blog world for quite a while and it is good to catch up. The kids have grown so much!!!!


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