My mother's 90th birthday is coming up in Feb. She has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home, which can be a depressing place to have a party, but I am going to make it as festive as I can with balloons, streamers, etc. I invited her nieces and nephews and some people from her old neighborhood. I made a poster board with some pictures of her as a young girl and young woman. I think everyone will be shocked when they see what a beautiful woman she once was.
About a year ago, I started doing her family genealogy and have learned a lot of interesting things about her and her family that I never new. I decided to do a "This is Your Life" game, where everyone will get a sheet about my mother on which people will fill in the blanks about my mother and her family. I can guarantee that, other than her birth date, no one knows anything about my mother. I will, then, go over the sheet and fill in the blanks for everyone. I think this is a good way to honor my mother's life and the "game" will make it more interesting than if I just stood up and read facts about her life. (01/20/2008)
My grandmother's 80th birthday is next week. For her party we asked that no one bring gifts, and just attend the party. We sent them each a note card, and had them decorate it with a special note or artwork and we scanned them into the computer, and printed them out on t-shirt transfers. And put them all onto quilt squares and turned it into a giant quilt with pictures of everyone. (04/14/2008)
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