Friday, June 19, 2015

{pretty, happy, funny, real} NY trip, part 1

a weekly capturing the contentment in everyday life 

We had a lovely trip home to upstate New York and managed to balance some down time alongside some delightful family get-togethers.  
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Our trip to New York to visit home and celebrate our niece's wedding!

Megan is not only a cousin to my daughters, but one of their very best friends.  We were delighted to be part of the special day.  We teared up watching my brother-in-law give his daughter away, but also seeing how grown up these sweet girls have become.  There are 4 Murphy girls between my husband and his 4 siblings and they are the some of the smartest, wittiest, tenderest and fiercest young women I know.  We took advantage of being together to capture a few group shots.  

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Grandpa's 89th Birthday Party/Hymnsing 

When we realized we'd be in town for my grandfather's birthday, my sister put together a lovely hymnsing.  Providentially, my father's sister and brother-in-law were in from Florida along with a few of their kids' families the same weekend.  We reserved the chapel in my grandparents' retirement home.  We sang some of the favorite old hymns and choruses we'd grown up singing together and enjoyed some performances from the kids.  We even got my Grandpa to play a few tunes himself.  (Did any of your families grow up singing this at every reunion and family wedding?

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My Daughters Keeping It Classy

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Three photos showing my grandparents at 69.5 years, my niece and new nephew for about 69.5 minutes. We were also home to toast my parents' 45th wedding anniversary.  We'd been in the house for about 20 minutes when my mother mentioned just in passing that her fresh flowers had died.  Next thing I knew my Dad was gone.  He came back about 45 minutes later carrying armfuls of wildflowers from the river bank.  Take notes, newlyweds.  That was a genius move right there.

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