Always With Us

September 23rd

This weekend was a big one for our family; my dad turned 60 and my cousin Kate got married. My family came in from Colorado and Texas to celebrate both occasions.

Dad's 60th

Friday night we had a dinner for my dad, who of course wanted everything low key and easy. Costco pizza, salad and pie — with surprise guests. My parents’ closest friends joined us for the easy family dinner. It was what Donley dinners often are: a contest of who can tell the funniest story the loudest. We are certainly not a shy bunch.

I made my Grandma Maxine’s peach blueberry pie for dessert — my dad’s favorite:

Dad's 60th

Dad's 60th

Dad's 60th

Dad's 60th

Dad's 60th

Dad's 60th

Dad's 60th

 

Nelson didn’t get pie, but did make sure his grandpa got proper 60th birthday cuddles.

My dad said the pie tasted just like my gram’s, which made me teary. She is still an active character is all of our stories and family gatherings. When I shared a photo of her pie on Instagram earlier this week, I had many ask for the recipe: Peach Blueberry Pie

Also! Kate got married. And was one of the most spectacularly beautiful brides I’ve ever seen. It was such a fun wedding:

Kate's wedding

I’d never been to the Arizona Inn before, but it is gorgeous in that perfect southwestern Tucson way. They said their vows with the sun setting on the Catalina Mountains. The immaculate grounds had lots of wildflowers, cactus and succulents. (I thought twice about sneaking clippings, but the margaritas got my attention instead.) The inside looked like an ode to Frida:

Kate's wedding

Kate's wedding

Kate's wedding

Needless to say, I loved it. It was wonderful to catch up with family too, especially this stinker. My grandfather just turned 88.

Kate's wedding

 

His filter is gone, and he had no problem telling people to “get out of his way” when he approached on his motorized scooter. Ah, family. My grandmother would have loved the weekend. She was there with us in many ways.

~K

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7 Responses

  1. Kathy Sherman September 23, 2014

    Can’t wait to try your Grandma Maxine’s pie recipe!! Looks amazing!!! I will think of you and your family as I make it!! Lots of love to you and your family Kelli! xoxo

    PS- why did Nelson not get a doggy version??? 🙂

  2. The pie was great, just like grandma’s. Getting together was even better.
    Love ya,
    Dad

  3. It’s so great to get together with family – they really do understand us in a way most people do not! Glad you had a great time, congrats to your cousin and watch out for grandpa!

  4. Oh how lovely on so many levels! I love your low key dinner for Dad – those are the best kind where the goal is to just be together around the table sharing laughter & love.

  5. Awww. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Thank you for the recipe- I’ve got to try that. It’s wonderful how we are able to keep those we love near.

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