We rang in the New Year with a surprise party-slash-sleepover for my Nan's 80th birthday (she was born on New Years Eve, 1935!). It was an unforgettable night full of stories that'll last many'a Christmas and Easter gathering for years to come.
It was challenging to condense 80 years of her life into a 10 minute video (one minute per decade!). It's even harder to summarize her legacy in words.
Nan is the fiercest little lady I know. She's handled every card she's ever been dealt in life with a stoicism that I've never seen before and I don't think will ever be replicated. Her zest for life and deep love for family is infectious (we're crazy about her right back). It was an HONOUR to celebrate the past eight decades of her incredible existence with a surprise bonanza and the people that love her the most (although I think she was slightly disappointed to discover she wasn't actually going to see a New Years performance of "Disney on Ice").
All of us (and there's a lot!) rented out hotel rooms overlooking Nathan Phillips Square. One giant family slumber party! We had access to the top floor lounge where we started the festivities (before they kicked us out) and projected her video on a large wall (shout-out to Sarah, Jeff, Uncle Chris and Aunt D3 for being the tech crew). We went skating in front of the big TORONTO sign in the Square earlier in the afternoon before the masses rolled in. It was fun watching them set up fireworks on-top of the roofs from the highest floor of the hotel as all of the little ants (aka: humans) trickled into the square and poured onto the streets. The oldest and youngest of the group (two year old, Avery) both lasted until past midnight. It was pretty special to watch the fireworks, pop champagne and welcome 2016 with the matriarch and baby of our family (plus the rest of the Brady Bunch!)
It was a remarkable night for a remarkable woman.
Side Note: I also don't know too many 80 year olds who can rock leopard "jeggings" with J.Crew studded combat boots and a leather baseball cap...
Avery waiting patiently to yell "SUU-PWISE!"
"Whaaat?! So, I'm not going to Disney on Ice?!" - The Nannery
Aunt Donna especially outdid herself on the decor and cupcakes.
Cassidy and William looking at the ice skaters in front of the TORONTO sign in Nathan Phillips Square.
Justin Trudeau for the win...Nan's cougin' on him!