24 March 2012

Sixty-Five Years of Memories

Ahhhhh...it's only taken me three weeks to blog about my dad turning the big ol' SIXTY-FIVE.
Happy Belated Birthday, Dad.

Last fall, I stumbled across a pin on Pinterest entitled Sixty-Five Years of Memories and knew immediately that it was something I wanted to replicate for my dad's birthday.  

At the beginning of the year, I raided my dad's email contacts and sent out a message to his friends, family and former golfers asking them to send in a memory that they had of my dad.  Our hope was to have 65 different messages for my dad to open on his birthday.  After two months of giddily checking our mailbox and getting goosebumps reading the memories that were sent in, the time came to stuff them into envelopes and get them ready for my dad's birthday.

The morning of his 65th birthday, we had a brunch at our house and presented him with a video montage of pictures of him from birth to now. {You can see that video by clicking here.} By the time the first few pictures were up, he was already tearing up.  And, we hadn't even gotten to the memories yet.

After the slideshow, we brought out the envelopes with a little note explaining what he was about to open.  Before opening the first one, he was already blown away with the stack of envelopes - 70 in total.

There were notes from former players who commended him for putting up with their teenage antics and memories from high school friends telling him that all the girls thought he was cute.  Former colleagues shared funny stories & pranks and Air Force buddies reminisced of odd jobs and weekend trips.  It's pretty safe to say that even the funny memories got Dad a little choked up.  There were so many sweet notes that came in for my dad and he honestly deserves all the praise and kind words that were said about him.  It is clear that my dad has had a huge influence on so many people.  He truly is one of the best men ever put on this Earth and we all just love him so much.

That afternoon, we threw a little surprise party for him.  Trying to keep track of Olivia during her nap time {not taking a nap} and carrying around a snoozing baby made it a little difficult to snap pictures, but here are the few that I took.










And David snapped one of me and Sydney.  What would I do without my Ergo?!

We love you Dad!

2 comments:

Poppy said...

Wow Sis, you are the best daughter a dad or mom could have. I'm very proud of you as your mom is too. Thank you so much for doing this, it was so nice to reminisce about the past 65 years. The video was awesome and the letters from former players, fellow coaches and cohorts meant a lot.

Thanks again, I love you so much.

Dad

Mom Cooper said...

What a special day for such a special person....my hubby, my sweetheart, my friend and yes my soul mate.Thanks Amanda for helping to pull it all together. I could not have done it without all your help. It was a day to remember for sure.