Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Weekend of 80 Beers for 80 Years

So we went home this weekend (please forgive us if we didn't see you - the list is ever-so-long now). The trip was all about two things - Christmas with my parents (which was wonderful as always), and Sam's Papa's 80th Birthday!

Last May Sam and I concocted a plan to throw his Papa an "80 Beers for 80 Years - A Generation's Salute to Ted Stiers" birthday party. With much, much, much help from the rest of his family, we did so with great success. We even had a logo -

with shirts!

and steins!

And bibs for the wee ones!

It was so wonderful. Everyone who feasibly could made it showed up with bells (and shirts!) on, and even a couple who feasibly shouldn't have been able to made the forever-drives. I was once again overwhelmed with how blessed I am to have married into, and even more blessed to have been welcomed into such an absolutely wonderful, awesome, amazing family.

We sat until the wee hours, drinking, talking, and laughing until we were all struggling to stay awake. We made it to one hundred beers, and I can't wait to do it all again for Ted's 90th and Century-Mark birthdays. Or maybe perhaps just next time we're in town. . .

Happy Birthday, Papa! Here's to LOTS more!


KathyC said...

I love this idea. I'm sooo gonna steal it for my good buddies when it's the 80th Bash.
cousin k

~m said...


It *was* tons of fun.

And for those out there ready to call child services, we had ROOT beer too. (So the littlest ones could add their bottles to the table as well.)

Carrie said...

Congrats on your mission accomplished. You guys for sure know how to party, but there was NEVER any doubt about that =)