This past weekend we went up to see my mamacita to help her start packing up her apartment to move to another one. She needed a lot of help since not only does she have her own stuff, but she still has all of our crap from when we were kids that we’ve left behind I definitely wanted to take my stuff with me to have for memories, and some of it maybe use for if I have kids one day, I mean really there’s no better board game than the Sweet Valley High one ha!
I was a huge Rainbow Brite fan, and I remember staring out a balcony when I was about 5 looking out in the sky wishing I could go and visit Rainbow Land! What, it’s not real? I came across one of the two Patty O’Green dolls I had.
I also wanted to keep my big red bear with matching crayola crayon piggy bank. I remember my dad won me this bear at the Fairfax County Fair when I was but a wee lass, so it was a favorite of mine. I love my papa! The crayola crayon piggy bank was my go to bank every summer when we’d hear the ice cream truck coming by. We’d be outside playing, I’d hear the bells, then race up to my bedroom to empty out the contents of the crayon, then ice cream sandwiches galore!
I’m also taking home my old school uniforms (pretty much every imaginable shade of plaid), kid clothes, random toys, all of which I will hold on to dearly as I loved my childhood <3 We lost a lot of our kid things over the years so I’m so happy my mom still had some of this stuff!
… recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. 60 years!!!!! Holy canolies, that’s a milestone that not many reach! I had meant to write a little bit about them the other day when I went up to see them, but then school threw up on me and fast forward three days later I finally have a minute to commemorate my Ama and Apa.
It seems like just yesterday we were throwing them a big bash for their 50th wedding anniversary. Us grandkids got spiffied up in tuxedos and bridesmaid-like dresses, my grandparents in bride and groom type attire and we did a renewal of vows ceremony at a church. My aunt booked a banquet hall at a local hotel, DJ and all, to throw my grandparents a surprise reception after this ceremony. I had worked many hours on a video for the occasion, scanning in decades worth of photographs to have a video montage of their life together play at the reception. I remember feeling so proud at the fact that here were my grandparents, reaching a great milestone of love together, and we were lucky enough to be able to witness it.
10 years later, I am lucky enough to still have my Ama and Apa here, still in love, celebrating now 60 years of marriage. That number still blows me away, such a long time! They are the light of my life and I love them very much. I went up for my usual Sunday breakfast with them and we took them to a nice buffet to celebrate. I wish we could have done something bigger, but with certain family health issues going on and busy schedules it was hard to get something going. Still it was nice to be able to tell them congratulations, and spend some quality time whilst we stuffed our faces with mexican food.
My grandma is HILARIOUS and such a ham. Usually you can’t get her to look at the camera, let alone smile, so I laughed when she sported a funny pose for this one (I also love how my grandpa and uncle look like they’re in a mexican food coma):
That’s my favorite thing about my grandma, she is so unbelievably funny and can crack a joke at the drop of a hat. Hmmm maybe that’s why they’ve lasted so long together, cause they keep each other laughing! Felicidades abuelitos!!
Mama: “I don’t look like a piruja?”
Me: “What’s a piruja?”
Mama: “Um… a social worker.”
(Piruja is a slang word for prostitute, HAHAHAHAHA!)
I love my mama G! <3