How we celebrated 40 years

by - October 28, 2015

There were many facets to our weekend of celebrating Mom and Dad's 40th anniversary.  It looked a little something like this:

Friday night we mourned the loss of the Blue Jays together.  It was an exciting game and we were very sad to see them lose.  Sad, but also proud and grateful to have experienced playoff baseball. Willis immediately started bawling the moment the last out was made.  He was so upset.  He went straight to his room with his head covered with a blanket and was adamant I not talk to him.  I persisted and talked him through his feelings and it turned into a great learning opportunity for us.  I want Willis to be able to lose with grace- he is one competitive boy and if he gets all worked up whenever he loses then it's going to be a long battle.

Saturday morning was family photos. I can't wait to get the proofs.  It was a beautiful, sunshiney morning.

Next up was the vow renewal ceremony.  I loved Mom's outfit- it reminded me of something Carrie would wear.
Kyla had Mom's bridal bouquet recreated.  All our family and lots of friends were in attendance.  It was a beautiful little ceremony and Kyla and I got to do the music, which was fun because we haven't sang and played for ages.  My favourite part was the vow renewal when we all got to stand up there in support of our parents who have been such great role models. Also favourite was the mom actually got choked up! She never does, that stone cold woman. Ha!  And of course Dad did.  But we knew that would happen :)

Ensuite we were home to change into our 70s attire to head over the hall for a good ol' fashion party.   There were some awesome costumes and everyone went all out.  It was quite impressive.  Some men even grew beards just so they could shave some impressive handle bars for the night.  For example:


I found Lucia's costume at Value Village and we made Willis', they were surprisingly more than willing to wear them.  I thought for sure it would be a battle.

Kuddos to my beautiful cousin, Glenna for having her flower girl dress from the wedding recreated.  It was brilliant!  I loved catching up with her and her wonderful little family!

I got to hand best costume to Robbie's parents, (Kyla's hubby), John and Geri. They went all out complete with hair pieces and makeup.

We had some entertainment in the form of the traditional shoe game, a video compilation that Kyla put together and Family Feud.

All in all it was a magnificent celebration and I'm very proud of my parents.  For two kids to get married at 17 and 20 and make it 40 years, it really is quite amazing.  We have been blessed by their sacrifice and unconditional love.  Love you, Mom and Dad!

I put together a little montage of the big day...there are two versions, the first covers everything in a minute, the other is 5 minutes and has more details.  Enjoy

40th in 60 from Dee on Vimeo.

40th anniversary from Dee on Vimeo.

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  1. OMG that looks like so much fun! It is so wonderful to celebrate couple that hit the milestones, whatever that milestone may be! Happy 40th Marlene and Don!

  2. I cried watching the video, and I don't even know your parents. Although I would like to meet them and learn their secrets for creating such a wonderful family. You all are truly blessed :)!

  3. Thank you Deena that was great . Now we have my tears on video,camera and live . We are so lucky to such wonderful children.

  4. What a wonderful celebration! Looks like so much fun!
    And I am sorry to hear about your Jays :(

  5. omg best party EVER!!!!! those videos, you're killing me!! beautiful

  6. Oh great. Here come the, I wasn't ready for this sweetness! All choked up. So happy for them. A true testament that love can survive time!

  7. Joni Lynn Ingram28 January, 2018 22:04

    A great evening spent with a great couple, their family and friends. Can hardly wait for the 50th!!!

  8. What a moving tribute to the love between your parents. You guys have so darn much fun. And the best kind of fun. Thank you for allowing all of us to share in a bit of your familial bliss.

  9. It was a wonderful celebration, that's for sure!

  10. and we have such wonderful parents!

  11. So sad that they lost...ah well, there's always next year, right?

  12. And thank you for taking the time to look at it!


Have a lovely day!