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As much as I would love to write a new blog every few days, I never get around to it unless I'm inspired, pissed off, want to vent, or like now- brag.

I was so fortunate to grow up with young parents, I remember when I was 18 and they were 36 we would end up at the same parties. It was awkward to say the least...neither of us could have a good time. I had to act as this "good girl" and they had to behave accordingly as parents.  After several unexpected encounters I decided to make it a point prior to going out to find out where my parents were heading that evening, so this would not happen.

As I matured and got older, my friends and I were always amazed by the energy my parents had and the fun parties they hosted. Some times after the night out, my friends and I would come to my house to finish the night with my parents and their friends. My dad and my uncle would play several instruments; they would write funny poems, and serious ones as well. I recall many surprise parties, costume parties, and all kinds of creative get together(s). As I grew up I swore that I would do this with my kids.  

Fast forward 25 years, and I can honestly say that I usually don't let my kids down. There is always a party at our house, and the kids are welcome to join us after parting with their friends. However this Halloween my parents beat me once again.

All of our children got dressed up for Halloween and left for Los Angeles.  My husband and I were too tired to do anything but pass out candy this year. I wasn't even up for helping my son come up with a last minute costume. As I sat on the couch watching them, I was thinking about how I never asked my parents what they were doing, and decided that they were probably just staying.

Our daughters left earlier that day, and were already at my parents house. Today my parents would be making beds for our kids and five of their friends. Thinking about it made me smile. I knew my mom would be policing what time they would come home, their sleeping arrangements and stuffing them with breakfast tomorrow morning.

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All of a sudden my phone beeped. I looked at the text message and saw an attachment. Opening and seeing this picture made me think of my own childhood, of how lucky I am, and how cute my parents still are.

They were not staying home vegetating on the couch after all,  they were all dressed up ready to greet the kids, send them to their party and join their own.

Mom, Dad, you rock!



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      Beverly Mahone wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • Yana,

      My parents were party animals as well!  They threw some of the most elaborate Christmas parties one had ever seen in our city.  

      I am convinced i developed my social networking skills from my parents—because they never met a stranger and they knew how to get down and party with the best of their generation.

      Too bad we couldn’t get them together! :)



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • That’s odd - my parents never held any party but meanwhile, I am a social butterfly.  Like my Mom said to me, “I really don’t know if I had picked up the wrong baby at the time.”
      No matter what, Mom and Dad, I love you!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • I can remember some of my parents “party days“, but I don’t remember them ever doing this! Your parents are still cool!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • That is adorable! I’ve been waiting for your blog since your comments on mine. This is delightful. Your kids are lucky grandchildren. And your parents are so cute, and dare I say, a little bit of mischief there in those smiles!

      Thanks for the giggle
      Cynthia



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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • I grew up, for the most part with just my mum...she would not host parties, per se, but she would attend many and had us in tow with her...We were made to stay with the other children there, but we’d always sneak away to watch the adults have their brand of fun...lol

      We would stay and watch hidden of course, and eventually we’d get caught, and sometimes they would allow us to stay...My mums best friends held whatever parties...‘Whatever we can think of to celebrate‘...lol



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • I too think it’s sooo cool, and they are still soooo young.

      So here is something really funny, when my parents became proud grandparents they were both 40 years old. We had a big party at our house and my dad, always the joker said a toast:

      He said...and I quote:

      “Becoming a grandpa at 40 is wonderful, however, sleeping with the grandma....now, that’s a whole different story“.

      How cute is that?



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      Stephanie wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • This is Just Fabulous! It’s wonderful to see people of all ages active and enjoying the holidays.

      So Yana- I can’t wait to see you on your 50th, 60th, 70th, etc..Halloweens !



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      Denis B wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • My parents were much older, I think I would of liked to have young parents to bounce of ideas.  Sound like a lot of fun.



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      Dennie05 wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • My parents would have great parties!  The best were pool parties that would involve a hollowed out watermellon filled with a  variety of different juices and “spirits” and very long straws coming out of the mellon (my dad used sometime of tubing).  My parents had kept up with a set of college friends their intire life, and did they ever know how to have a great time together.  Good times and lots of great memories.  I miss them both very much.  As a family...when us kids were older with families of our own, we went on alot of beach vacations together.  We would rent a duplex and have a blast. These are special memories for our children, too.



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      Gina Venturini wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • What an adorable picture. I had friends who’s parents entertained alot so it was fun to go and hang out at their house. The torch has been passed on to me and my husband and we usually host Halloween, New Year’s Eve, Football Sundays and Super Bowl. It’s is alot of work, but we have a good time.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 3, 2008
    • My mother became much more liberal after she and my father divorced. I was a senior in high school at the time, so I totally benefited from it.

      Mom much preferred that my friends and I hang out at home, rather than run the streets and run the risk of drunk driving or worse. As such, she opened her home to us and gave us a safe place to be teenagers, with limits.

      As we all graduated and become a bit more party animal-y in our own right, the parties became a bit more adult, too. After a while, Mom’s house was referred to as Club Debi... the only time my friends ever called her by her first name!

      Great story, Yana. Thanks for sharing your young parents with us!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 3, 2008
    • Yana, what an inspiration for all of us to live up to!  My parents were and are very quiet people.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 3, 2008
    • Yana and is that your picture on the wall behind them with your baby.. how wonderful...  

      Love the big needle.. HA



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 3, 2008
    • Thanks Guys for all of your wonderful comments.  

      What makes me really happy is that my parents are the happiest couple around. After 44 years of marriage they still enjoy each other company more then anyone else. In today’s day and age that is very unusual, as a matter of fact I think the silver, gold and diamond anniversary should be revisited.

      10 should be silver
      20 gold
      30 diamond

      anyone that lasted more should have a monument build for them....

      Bobbi, on the wall is a picture of my oldest daughter and my nephew.



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      Katherine Hegedus wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • I grew up with parents that NEVER partied!!!  But I am one of those girls that loves, loves, loves, a party.  My kids love the fact that we still act young and have fun at OUR age..  very funny.  Just last weekend (at our cabin in the woods in northern Michigan) after having a couple of cocktails we came to the conclusion that I am Peter Pan (a girl version) and I will never grow up. ; )



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      Peejay64 wrote Nov 8, 2008
    • Good for you shakergirl!  

      My parents were pretty social for a long time, till my mom’s illness(es) made mobility and happiness a bit of a challenge for her.  

      We love to entertain, but with our last relocation, haven’t found the right niche’ of people to share some good times with.  

      I feel very Peter Pan-ish too.  My hubby....not so much.  I need to loosen him up a bit before he becomes a full-blown fuddy-duddy!



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