Thursday, August 28, 2008

Great-Aunt Rosie's 80th

Two of Bob's grandmother's siblings (are you with me?) still live on their parents' homestead about 40 minutes northeast of here and we stopped in to visit on Sunday.  Our family has a soft spot for things nostalgic and visits to this place are always extra special. Great-Aunt Rosie celebrated her 80th birthday and we enjoyed a gorgeous summer afternoon, meeting several relatives for the first time. The original (now restored) home on the property was finished in 1744, and the kids went wild over the fact that George Washington was just a boy of 12 years old at the time.  A number of furniture pieces in the main house were handcrafted by Bob's great-grandfather.

Believe or not, this lady is 80... and looking amazing
The original home
The barn, a mere 205 years old...
loved the lighting amazing place for exploring
Rosie with her sister Verna, 
trying to identify those in pictures of times gone by
Great-Uncle Clarence
Bob's Uncle Glenn and Great-Uncle John
Bob's Grandma seated on the left with her four of her five siblings
Grandma Weidler's bouquet for the birthday girl...always a special treat

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