The Big Seven-Zero

April 27, 2015

Whenever my students tell me they did nothing all weekend, I usually respond, “Those are the best weekends!” Well, sometimes that’s absolutely true. I am a fan of leisurely, lay-in-bed-until-whenever, read-a-book-in-your-pajamas-until-2:00 pm sort of weekends. However, this past weekend was chalk-full (pun only partially intended) of so much good stuff, it couldn’t possibly fall in the “weekend of nothing” category — but it undoubtedly earned its “one of the best weekends” title.

Most notably, we celebrated Mike’s grandparents’ 70th anniversary this past Saturday. Can you believe that?! 70 years! Anyone who not only stays married that long, but lives long enough to celebrate that milestone certainly deserves a party worthy of the accomplishment.

Well, worthy it was. Mike’s parents, along with his aunts and uncles, planned quite the event, starting with a fancy lunch in the banquet room at Anthony’s Restaurant and culminating in a dinner party at his uncle’s house.

Our celebration started a bit earlier as I agreed to help my mother-in-law with decorations by creating a 70th anniversary chalkboard reminiscent of some inspiration she found on Pinterest:

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Needless to say, I was psyched. However, in true oh-so-competitive Carolyn fashion, I, of course, set out to try and top it. (I blame genetics for this trait of mine!) 

Three and a half hours of 1945 research, Google Image searches, online drawing tutorials, and about half a box of chalk later…the masterpiece was complete! 


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Here are some close-ups:


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Check out the adorable wedding picture that I used as a guide for their faces!


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Finally, here’s what it looked like on the table at Anthony’s — I loved the wedding picture display! Their kids even had an old video of their wedding day restored in color to show at lunch. 


What did I learn from this? Well…

  1. I clearly don’t have ADD (that 3.5 hours flew by!) 
  2. Chalkboard graphics are difficult, but tons of fun!
  3. Our chalkboard is ridiculously heavy…

Thanks, Mike, for helping out with #3. 🙂

In all seriousness, I had an absolute blast both creating this project and watching the whole family enjoy it! 

Looking back on the weekend, I can’t help but wonder how the rest of us can stay married as long as this amazing couple! In the comments, let’s chat: 

  1. How many years have you been married?
  2. What’s your best piece of marriage advice?


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    June 16, 2015 at 6:37 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    We have been married 20 years! Communication is key!!!

    April 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm Reply
    • Carolyn

      Wow — congratulations, Stephanie! Great advice!

      April 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm Reply

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