Sunday, June 12, 2011

Party Like It's 1931!

Posted by Heather at Sunday, June 12, 2011
"Happy 80th Birthday!"

Great-Grandma Tinkey meets Joel for the first time.

Cousins in matching dresses and shoes (compliments of Grandma and Pop-Pop :-)

Great-Grandma Tinkey with her great-grand kiddies and co.

"Hail, hail, the gang's all here!"

Tinkey Family Portrait

Family Portrait with Great-Grandma Tinkey

My Three Sons...

This past weekend we made a (quick!) trip up to western PA to join the WHOLE Tinkey side of the family to celebrate Great-Grandma Tinkey's 80th Birthday!

We left early Friday morning and arrived at Auntie Hope's and Uncle Eric's house in Pittsburgh around 3:30 PM. The ride went pretty smoothly with only one little hiccup along the way. You did a great job on the long car ride, Katy. You snacked your way through West Virginia and barely napped the whole eight hour car ride. Once we got to Hope and Eric's, it was fun time with cousin Molly! You girls LOVE to get together and it's so much fun to watch the two of your interact. I can only imagine the trouble you two will get into, in the future!

Saturday was the day of the party. So, after breakfast and morning naps, we headed up to Grove City to meet up with the rest of the family. We hung out at Great-Grandma Tinkey's house until everybody arrived. Cousin Joel and Aunt Delinda made a surprise appearance (we originally thought that they wouldn't be able to make it to the party because of Joel's recent surgery) and that meant that Great-Grandma Tinkey had ALL of her family with her to celebrate! Boy, was she surprised and oh, so happy to be surrounded by the complete family!!

We had dinner for 24+ at Family Traditions, a local restaurant. It was a crazy, loud, boisterous bunch but we had a good time. The waitresses that helped served us were troopers and there was much passing of babies around the table to help entertain and keep everybody in a good mood throughout the dinner. Overall, all four kiddies did GREAT and there were no tantrums or meltdowns throughout the meal.

After dinner, we went back to Great-Grandma Tinkey's for cake, cookies and ice cream. The kiddies played outside and the adults sat around and talked while watching over the brood.

Today, we left from Auntie Hope's and Uncle Eric's for the car ride home. We made sure to stop at Eat'n Park for breakfast before we left. Sadly, we couldn't get a Smiley cookie for you, Katy because of your egg allergy :-(. The car ride home was uneventful and you took two solid naps in the car. The traffic was great the whole way until we got one exit away from home- then, we crawled at a snail's pace for about an extra 20 minutes. We still don't know what the hold-up was. *Sigh* We made it home safely, though and had a great trip seeing everybody!

Happy 80th Birthday, Great-Grandma Tinkey!


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