It was my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary this summer and we celebrated big time with a reunion in Piedmont and Monterey CA.
In fifty years they went from this (above) to this (below). I wish I had a close up shot of those t-shirts we are wearing because they have a beautiful drawing of the Shumways historic house with their Model A car in front of it printed on them. A lot of Shumway history wrapped up in that house and that car!
I love the pace and nostalgia, the logistical ease, the good conversation and beauty and class of the Shumway reunions. Every bit of it was so well thought out and executed. Every part of what we’d need had been divined and put into place. This made it so easy to enjoy the moments we had together.
We arrived a day early due to the chance of severe thunder storms in Boston (love JetBlue who changed our flight without a fuss). I had to include this picture of Peter getting ready to take off. He really did hold that pose for a lot of the flight, mesmerized by cartoon network (which he never gets to see).
We got there in time for a perfect Piedmont day. A ride through the cemetery in the Model A to play catch, feed the ducks and gather wild blackberries. And then a trip to Bake Sale Betty’s. Best fried chicken sandwich in the world according to Ron. And certainly he would know! The line was totally worth it, especially when stuck in it with these people. Grandpa Shumway got his little minions all set up in the basement with power tools and saws, building wooden boats. This was Charlie’s dream come true. We worked on flower arrangements for their big anniversary party. Nedra taught me to arrange flowers, and I’m thinking I’d like to take that on as a little hobby. The food at Casa Shumway is top notch. And plentiful. And my kids love it. We went to Jeff’s childhood park to see this new bridge they had built, the light that night was perfect. Let’s face it, everything about Piedmont is pretty much perfect. I love this picture of Jeff. Something about it portrays how he is really the nicest person alive. Charlie had a great time jumping and Hazel actually asked me to take a few pictures…..miracle! I am in love with Piedmont. The weather, the air, the trees, the smells. I hope to win the lottery soon and move there. Grandpa is famous in our house for his waffles and whiffle (whipped cream from a can). The kids were in heaven. The kids made these adorable sock puppets….always something to do, never a dull or bored moment around there. On the forth of July we all got dressed up to go and ride in the Piedmont parade. I’m not sure there’s a more nostalgic American town than Piedmont on July 4. Hazel chose to stay with the adults and watch the parade. She felt pretty proud of her choice since she got to snatch up all the parade candy as it got thrown out.
This ^^^ is the car I wish I could schlep my crew around in. Wouldn’t that rock?
Stay tuned for part 2: Monterey Bay