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Grandpa & I | keeping warm

On Friday evening my family in its entirety flew to (the oh-so-glamorous) Thunder Bay to help my grandpa celebrate his 90th birthday. Being surrounded by loved ones for an entire weekend is something that I’ll never tire of – especially when there’s a legitimate excuse to celebrate. And so we did. We celebrated the man who worked 80 hour weeks to ensure all four of his kids could go to college. Who breaks into dance when the room bursts into a rendition of “happy birthday”. Who is never short of jokes (even if my grandma thinks they’re crude). Who, to this day, curls three times a week, each and every week (and can out-lunge me any day). Who still insists he hand out ice cream money (yes, I’m 26). And who, at ninety years of age, never hesitates to climb onto his roof during a storm to shovel snow off of it for fear of it collapsing under the weight. My grandpa has led an extraordinary life and it was so amazing to see the outpouring of love for him on Saturday.  There is no one like him in this world and let me go on record when I say that I hope I inherited his genes.

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

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    The Urban Slant (@juliarosinus)
    April 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

    What an inspiring weekend. I told myself that I needed to see my grandparents more often — for stories like these.

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      April 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I’ve definitely been making more of an effort to spend time with them now that they’re older. It feels nice!

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    April 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

    That is so sweet – I wish I had a grandfather. Both of mine died when I was just a couple of years and I’ve missed that. He looks super cute! :-)

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      April 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that! I’ve been fortunate in the sense that I grew up with all four of mine. And then both my parents remarried so I acquired four more!

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    April 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

    do you know who makes that overnight bag?

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    Tobe | Because It's Awesome
    April 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Awww. Happy birthday, Grandpa! Sounds like we know who gets the credit for your awesomeness :)

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    April 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    This entire post makes me happy!!!

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    April 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Thunder Bay is a great city when you get the chance to see the right places. Their parks and waterfront are phenomenal. And I’ve taken a liking to Algoma St. South: Bean Fiend, The Growing Season, Red Earth, The Hoito, Fireweed, the cooking store on the corner… so many neat little places.

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      April 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I adore the countryside (we have a cottage and the scenery on the way there is to DIE for!) but I have yet to find anything great in the city! It sounds as if I haven’t been looking in the right spots (apart from the Hoito – it’s a must of course!) Thanks for the tips

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    Barbie Sharland Andrews
    April 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Lovely to hear about your Grandpa doing so well–give your momma a hug for me next time you see her Kiddo.

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      April 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      I will! Yes he’s doing very well – if anyone lives to 120 it will be him, I’m sure

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    April 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Stylish and colour coordinated too! Sweet post. It sounds like it was so nice to celebrate such a fun-filled weekend with family…even if you did have to wear a toque!?!
    p.s. Great weekender bag!

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    April 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    a d o r a b l e

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    April 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    It was so sweet to read about your grandfather… mine is in his late eighties, and it really is a gift to still have him in my life! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Gaby [The Vault Files]
    April 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Aw so sweet! And what a lovely weekender you have ;)

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    April 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    These are so gorgeous! You always inspire me with your lovely photography!! xxxxxx

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    Lonely Wife Project
    April 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I just got all warm and fuzzy! Happy birthday to your grandpa!

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    April 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Wonderful, wonderful!! Such a testament to him that you all appreciate each other so much.

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    April 18, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Happy Birthday, Grandpa Lark & Linen! :)

    The tote in the first picture is really cute — where’s it from?

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    April 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I love this picture of you and your grandpa!! It’s so unbelievably adorable!!

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    April 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

    What a sweet post. Happy Birthday to your Grandpa!

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    julie | julie digs design
    April 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

    What beautiful photos! Your weekend looked like a lovely one. Your space is such a happy place to visit, I always enjoy your posts :)

    cheers! julie

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    January 17, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I am a new follower & currently I am in process to read your blog from new to old…:) This made my heart so heavy with memory og my grandfather… I wish he was here now so that i will spend more time with u said he lived an extraordinary life..he died just months before his 90th bday..

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