Busy Saturday full of Celebrations

Saturday was a busy day for the Kramer family.

You all might remember my niece Jody.  She passed away from breast cancer in the fall of 2019.  She left a husband and family of five children, all of who were still in school.

Well Saturday the oldest three…triplets, graduated from high school.  Of all of my great-nieces and nephews, I’m closest to these guys and wouldn’t miss this day for anything.  My kids feel pretty much the same way…so it was the Kramer family off to see the Sloan family for celebration times THREE!!

Kelli and I road together.  It was great having my van so everyone could fit in so nicely.  We learned a little more on how to fold seats down and learned that next time we’d put both boys in the way back to stow one of the middle seats.  It’s all a learning process to see how to best travel when we have babies on board.

It was a two-hour drive and Georgie kept chatting along the way about the party we were going to.  She took a little bag she had with her and started wearing it as her party hat!!  HA!


We had errands along the way.  We stopped off quilt supplies to Sandra who is #8 on the list of people who accept quilt-related charity donations.  You can find the list HERE.  Sandra is happy to accept any donations.  She sorts and divides out donations much as I do.  She is active in her church charity quilt group and is friends with people in many other charity groups.  When she knows others are looking for things, she passes them on.  She does great work!!  I ended up passing on to her several finished quilt tops that have landed here.  They do a great program that gives away finished quilts to those in need in her area.  Sandra said her own group has not recently met but is planning on starting up in the fall.  In the meantime, she’s been still sewin tops.  Does that sound familiar?  I’ve heard that from many of you!

…now back to the story.

These are the three that graduated. Yep.  They are triplets who don’t look a thing alike!

Ryan is tall well over 6′.  Dawn is short at just over 5′ if over 5′ with brown hair and Stacey is in the middle and blonde.  No one would guess they are siblings let alone triplets!!  The only thing that’s alike, their amazing smiles and sweetness.  The world needs more like these three!!


Here is proud pop with them.  He’s done a wonderful job with them.  Jody would be so proud of them all.


While at the party I took time and had Kelli snap a picture of me with my sister, Judy,…Grandma to the triplets.

Judy has not only a set of triplets but a set of twins for grandchildren too. Here are her granddaughter twins holding my grandson twins.  SO FUN!!  What is even more fun is that Elizabeth is holding Eli and Emily is holding Emmett.  Yep, the names are similar!!


Judy and I are 16 years apart and our lives are always in different chapters.  Almost half of her grandchildren have graduated…My oldest is only five years old.  Her oldest grandchild is only a couple of months younger than Kalissa.  She could easily be a great-grandma now.

Georgie was quite the character when we were there.  She climbed into the bottom of the stroller and got a mischievous look.  Little did she know we just ignored her…she was contained.

…and having her contained was perfect.


We got out of there a little later than planned.  Plus I took 10 extra minutes to stop at the cemetery where Jody is buried.  I needed to.

We had another party to be at.  This was a 60th birthday and that party was closer to home.

We kept telling Georgie we had two parties to go to.  Luckily she fell asleep as we traveling the 2 hours back home.  When we finally got there, late, I got Georgie out of the car.  She got out and yelled, “Hello party” and waved.  She’s a character.

The party we went to was for good family friends.  Long ago we started being friends with this family and the relationship has continued on.  Their kids are similar in age to our kids and they all seem just like cousins.  I do regular childcare for one of their grandkids…Buck’s best friend is another of their kids.  Our kids were in cheerleading together in school…so many things between their family and our family are intertwined and I love it.  I feel like an aunt to all of their kids.

It was so good to get together.  Going there is one of the few places I feel super comfortable as a widow.  It’s great.  I appreciate that so much.

The Mom of their family was turning 60 and we were so happy to be celebrating with her.

It is so fun to see our grandkids hanging out together now.  It wasn’t long ago that our kids were playing “Midnight come and see the ghosts tonight”.  Our grandkids aren’t quite ready to be playing that yet…but before we know it, they will be.

Our family has been so blessed to have their family in our lives.  They are the ‘drop everything and help kind of family’ that everyone longs to have as friends.

I’m sure you all can relate but there are families that you are friends with that the men are friends or the wives are friends or the kids are friends…but it’s rare when you find one that everyone is friends.  It’s also rare to have friends that aren’t competitive or pushy.  If I tell something about my kids that I’m disappointed about, she doesn’t hold it against my kids.  If she tells me something unfavorable about her kids…I don’t hold it against them.  We all accept each other faults and all…they are truly the best kind of friends.  We are blessed to have them!

So what a fun-filled Saturday!  I got to see my favorite triplets meet a wonderful milestone…hang with family and then later hang with friends.  I’m so blessed to have so many good people in our lives and so happy I could be a part of their special days…

11 thoughts on “Busy Saturday full of Celebrations

  1. Kate

    What a fun time you had! So right about those triplets, one would never guess they were related. I thought it was cute, one girl in heels and nails done, and other girl in tennis shoes and jeans. They are very individual. The twin girls do look alike though and cute holding Kellie’s twins. You are so fortunate to have the other family as friends, but I’m sure you and your family are friends with many, maybe not same closeness but you all seem so friendly and willing to help whenever needed. Others would be blessed by your friendship.

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  2. Lorraine

    Looks like a lot of fun! Isn’t it great to get out again? My husband and I have encountered that; he has his friends and I have mine but we all don’t get together.

    I made your meatball recipe for supper. Delicious!

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  3. June

    Yes twins are fun. I have twin granddaughters 23 yrs. and am a great grandmother three times. I wish my family was as close as yours. We are scattered all over. But my 12 and 7 yr old granddaughters live with us. But I’m the only sewist and my little Emilie always brings me her toys or close to fix. Two of my grandsons died during pregnancy. My youngest lost hers too. But I know I’ll meet them one day. God Bless your family and you Jo

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    1. Jo Post author

      Oh June. I’m so sorry. I’m sure you have many hard days missing what you’d so hoped for. Peace to you.

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  4. Julie

    LOVE the second to last paragraph. Lucky you! I have one close friend who fits this as well…You should have it made up as a cross stitch kit! “There are families that you are friends with that the men are friends or the wives are friends or the kids are friends…but it’s rare when you find one that everyone is friends. It’s also rare to have friends that aren’t competitive or pushy. If I tell something about my kids that I’m disappointed about, she doesn’t hold it against my kids. If she tells me something unfavorable about her kids…I don’t hold it against them. We all accept each other faults and all…they are truly the best kind of friends. We are blessed to have them!”

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  5. pam

    Did I miss the post about your new van? tried searching and couldn’t find a post about it. Looks like you had a fun filled day. I am so glad we are starting to get back to a normal life.

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  6. Judith Fairchild

    Wow two parties in one day! I would bet your grandbabies were ready to sleep all night. Twins and triplets you talking g hands full of fun and trouble but worth everything to see them grow up to be wonderful youngsters. Friends like yours are treasures beyond measure.

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  7. RuthW in MD

    Oh, would you tell us about the game your kids played, “Midnight come and see the ghosts tonight”?? I would love to hear about it!
    Trips to see family and good friends are so fun. Lucky that you all could go!

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