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Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary

Our family journey began on November 17, 1951 when you two promised to spend the rest of your lives together.  Thankfully for us that promise never failed.  From Riverside to Newport Beach to Los Gatos, the Gould clan has moved up and down California and has grown into the family we are all so thankful to be a part of.  During the last 60 years, you two have kept countless friends, watched your family grow and proved to each of us every day just how lucky we are to come from a family of such love.  Not enough words can convey what you mean to us, we hope this book is a small glimpse into why we are all so proud to know and be loved by Don and Marilyn Gould . . . .
Don and Marilyn have been married 60 big ones!  They did not want a big party, they only wanted a dinner with their whole family . . . Bruce, Allison, Stacey, Jeff, Larry, Whitney, Bryn, Matthew, Courtney, Chris, Scott, Missy, (Ryan), Rylee and Brady!  Everyone made it and it was a DIAMOND JUBILEE!!  My mother did a wonderful job of decorating her house so it was extra special dinner for the newlyweds :) 
We decided as a cumulative gift we would make them a book of over 60 years of photos combined with letters from their dearest friends and family wishing them well and sending their sincerest admiration of 60 years of wedded bliss.  It is amazing all of the lives they have touched over 60 years, friends old, young, new and old.  It seems like everyone they meet stays around forever and always wants to be invited to the party.  After all the letters were sent in for the book it seemed to me that they all said the same thing  . . . Mimi, you are the best listener and Gramps you are always up for a party and have a plan ready to be carried out, among others these are the two that stood out.  Gramps read all the letters and told Marilyn "Well, guess we've got them all fooled!!"
Courtney and Stacey flew down to Riverside to help us go through all the pictures and letters.  We picked the most perfect pictures scanned them all in and viola the book was made.  It took Bryn, my mother, Auntie Stacey, Courtney and I one 24 hour period of laughs, drinks, and memories to make.  It was such a fun weekend, I think we need to do it more often :)
Everyone had a wonderful time. I dont' think we had all been together since our wedding almost 5 years ago and the next time we will all be together will be at Matt and Missy's wedding . . . good luck guys you have big shoes to fill! 
I just love this picture!  Back in the day when pictures weren't digital and you had to hope and pray that the pictures you took were good, this picture is great . . . Don and Marilyn caught making out in the back seat of the car . . . CLASSIC!!!!
Gould family circa 1970 something! 
 Marilyn(n) Jo Miller
Rylee is loving trying to figure out her family tree.  She likes telling people that this is her brother Brady and the other day she told me she wanted a sister (not going to happen) and a couple months ago she was so excited that her cousin Robyn was going to babysit!  She always refers to Robyn as "my cousin Robyn" We have met many other cousins and its her new favorite thing.  She loves  her favorite cousin Courtney, they are even in a band called "Wake up Allison"  To get the story behind the name ask Yaya!!
Courtney and her favorite cousin in law.  Chris was so excited to show Court his famous band picture! 
Prime rib with love (hence the heart out of bacon) covered in bacon! It was wonderful!
The grand kids presenting Mimi and Gramps with "the book"
Everyone, but especially Mimi and Gramps were overwhelmed with emotion that night.  There were more tears than I have ever seen.  At any given point in the evening someone was crying.  Stories were told and many a memory was relived that night!
Everyone gathering around checking out the book!
Uncle Bruce  wanted to give his own special gift, he did a wonderful job :)
Men sitting around watching everyone cry!
Sisters . . . Sisters there were never two devoted sisters!!
Cheers to 60 wonderful years . . . .
Oldest friends since elementary school . . . that is dedication.

Dinner was fabulous. Everyone pitched in and helped and that was one of the funnest parts of the night.  Everyone standing in the kitchen trying to give their two cents.  We have been making homemade rolls for a couple years now and I though of this great idea to make them fortune rolls.  I wrote questions or "fortunes" on slips of paper and rolled them into the rolls.  I wasn't sure if it was going to work or not so we only did about 1/3 of the rolls.  During dinner it turned out to be so much fun.  Everyone wanted to find a fortune.  This is what Missy's plate looked like after trying to find her fortune, our beautiful rolls were being ripped apart like there was no love poured into them!!  Fortune rolls were a HIT!!
Little know facts about the Gould nuptials . . . there was NO wedding photo, wedding cake or wedding dress!!!  CRAZY!  So it was only fitting that we had a wedding cake and a cake cutting ceremony!!

After 60 years they are still married, still in love and still planning the next party, hope I'm invited!!
The diamond jubilee went off without a hitch and there were many more memories made because of it!  Courtney is a wonderful writer and this is what she wrote for the end of the book and it seems fitting that it should conclude this blog entry . . . (Just as a reminder I want Courtney to write my eulogy when I die!!)

Our childhoods were sprinkled with sand, soaked in sunshine, and splashed with salt water.  Memories of matching Christmas outfits, festive fourth of July fits, teeny tiny bikinis, and baggy board shorts appear in photos with gap tooth grins and silky suntans on theree little girls and one golden boy.  The clan of Gould grandchildren, we grew up four peas in a pod, two blondes and two brunetts, two Northern and two Southern California babies, all with the same gift: the love of our Mimi and Grandpa.  Together, we learned the alphabet backwards, how to ride bikes, how to boogie board, how to bake cookies and of course how to love,
Congratulations on 60 years, we love you!!


  1. Oh my gosh Whitney, that was wonderful!!! I love your Mimi and Grandpa so much! They are just the most warm and loving people! I love all the pictures, especially the making-out one! So funny! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Love Heidi

  2. My Dearest Whitney! Please give my congratulations to Mimi & Grandpa! They are such wonderful people and my family loves them so much! Well, we simply love you and all your family! Anyway, give them a congratulations on 60 years! And Allison did an amazing job on the festivities....the pictures are beautiful!
    Love you, Tricia Wilson