It was a surprize... for my sister-in-law, but my little brother, sometimes affectionately called McGuiver, had it figured out awhile ago. We waited at the Polish Community Center for them to be rerouted from the dinner-out-ruse and arrive so the party could start. Family members from both sides were there, visiting, milling about, finishing last minute decorations and taking pictures.
My little nephew found his favorite cousin's boyfriend... not sure if the cousin is the favorite or the boyfriend is!
My mom, my sister and her oldest lined up for pictures... they say they resemble each other...
My brother's girls helped their grandmother with a lot of the plans.
We spent some time sharing funny and poignant stories about our families and the impression they have made on us. I have always admired my little brother and his family. They have stood together through buying a house, fixing nearly every square inch of it, landscaping it, two baby-to-college-age daughters, dogs, vacations, family, in-laws and all that goes with that.
After the formalities, the cake was cut and my little sister played some of her country line dancing music (she teaches at Colgate University and community lessons).
Congratulations! and many more years together! Love you both!