Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's Wednesday, and time to go for another walk down memory lane.If you would like to know more, click on the link above, join in, or just read other's contributions.

This weeks Walk Down Memory Lane only goes back a year. Last year, my husband's brothers and sister and their families all headed to Rapid City, South Dakota to celebrate his parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary. Quite an accomplishment in this day and age!

Richard and Carolyn Purdy
Their wedding day, June 4th, 1958

Cutting the cake

We held an open house for them on July 5th. This is the "sign-in" table in the foyer.

(left to right)
Brad, Michelle, Mom, Dad, Mike & Jim

This the cake that was made for the open house.
The cake topper is the original one from their wedding cake.
Tried to get the cake design as close to the original as possible, except there was gold frosting for the rosettes.
Towards the end of the evening we had them dance to "Who's Sorry Now?".
We found out that at the end of their wedding reception, the pianist played this song.
We had a great time in Rapid City. It is always wonderful to go back. Jim considers Rapid City "home" and we lived there for 4 years before moving to Tampa.
While there, we had to check out some for the tourist places!
We went to Bear Country.
Saw a deer/elk/not sure correct name......

Lots, and lots of bears!!!

Cute bear cubs

We visited Reptile Gardens. It sure had changed since we had last been there. Worth the visit, but not as "magical" as it was when we took the older kiddos.
In this photo, Sam and Joshua are pretending to be prairie dogs. I'm not sure if Sam wants to be a prairie dog!

Here is Jessica making friends with a prairie dog.

Quite a bit of time was spent looking through family photos.
Samuel is helping Grandpa play the ukulele.

I think one of the favorite places to visit, for everyone, was Storybook Island.
Here we are waiting for a train.

Sam loved the Raggedy Ann and Andy house. I think big sister is hiding down behind the wall!!!

Samuel talking to the animals on Noah's ark

Bet you didn't know that Yogi and Boo Boo went to the Black Hills of South Dakota for a vacation did you?????

Jessica going on a magic carpet ride while eating a ice-cream cone.
Jessica wanted to go to Story Book Island every day for the ice-cream.

Samuel riding on the train with his cousins Zion and Keegan.

This is a 'Hickory Dickory Dock" slide.

Mount Rushmore.
Usually, you can walk on a trail up closer to the faces, but they were working on the mountain for July 4th fireworks display.
Jessica, Sam and me!

We had family photos taken at Chapel in the Hills.
I couldn't scan the family portrait with eveyone - to big.
So, here is our family, minus Joshua. Joshua was the only grandchild not in attendance because he was serving a mission in Canada.
We had a wonderful time catching up with everyone. With everyone spread out over the USA it is hard to get together often. Minnesota, Texas, Utah, Florida and South Dakota. I hope we don't wait another 50 years to do this again!!!


April said...

What a trip!! First off - that is quite a Cinderella bridal gown! How goregous! Those viewing bubbles crack me up!! Looks like the kids really enjoyed themselves!

Linda said...

Been to Mount Rushmore twice, and to the Flinstone place! Great Fun.

Beautiful Memories and pictures!
Makes me want to have a big Anniversary party too!

Our parents are gone. But we are having our 33rd next month. Maybe in a couple of years we could do something special for the 35th and do lots of fun stuff like you guys did, with our whole family.

Those bubble things are weird!

Have a good day!
Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Marge said...

I love the pictures of Mount Rushmore. It brought back memories for me as well. South Dakota will always be my "home". I love the wedding pictures. Her gown is be beautiful.

Debbie said...

What a lovely walk down memory lane. How wonderful to celebrate your husband's parents special anniversary! They seem like nice folks. It also looks like you had a great time on this trip.

BTW, I lived in Clearwater, FL for a few years in the late 70's. My dad and siblings live in the Tampa Bay area of FL with their families too. Small world!

Kate said...

How wonderful! 50 years is a huge accomplishment! So glad you all were able to get with family and have a good time!

HappyascanB said...

Y'all did so much in one trip! Love the pics of the anniversary celebration!!! I want to get to go into a viewing bubble. How Neat!!!

Holly said...

You did lots of stuff! And that's so great they celebrate 50 yrs. A great achievement!

Verna said...

50 years how wonderful. I feel fortunate to have made it to 30+.

The wedding photos were fantastic. Love her dress!

Lilyofthevalley - Tanya said...

Looks like you made some very special memories! Lovely pictures! I'm sure your parents in law where delighted to have you all together!

Parker Family said...

Love the pics! I absolutely love the wedding pics! I wish I could've found a dress like that when I got married. Looks like you guys had fun on your trip!