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Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Michael Cunningham takes a Mother’s Day photo of, back from left, Melanie Cunningham, Christian Aguirre, 1, and his mother Martha Aguirre, and, front from left, Cullen Cunningham, 5, and Matthew Cunningham, 7.
Capturing memories with mom

‘It’s just good family fun’

Mother’s Day a chance to spend time together

The air was chilly, but the sun was bright – and the smiles were even more beautiful than the flowers.

As Melanie Cunningham tried to get her boys Matthew, 7, and Collin, 5, to calm down long enough for a photo, her cousin Robert Keating wasn’t helping at all: lying on the grass in the Foster Park flower gardens Sunday, he roughhoused with the boys and encouraged their somersaults and antics.

“It’s just good family fun,” Cunningham said, laughing. “We don’t get to do this often enough.”

Cunningham, her husband, Michael, and the boys were joined by cousins Robert and Kathy Keating and their daughter Katie, as well as Martha and Ruben Aguirre and their son, Christian, who just turned 1.

The Aguirres live in Fort Wayne, the Cunninghams came for Christian’s birthday from Grove City, Ohio, near Columbus, and the Keatings drove seven hours from Canandaigua, N.Y., in the Finger Lakes region near Rochester.

They celebrated Mother’s Day by going to Foster Park.

“We’re just out enjoying the beautiful day,” Cunningham said.

Martha Aguirre said the three families get together as often as they can, but they all wish they could do it more often.

“We get together for big family milestones, like First Communion or Christian’s first birthday,” Cunningham said. “We’re making memories.”

At the Mother’s Day Plant sale, they were making the world a little greener.

Sunday afternoon, dozens of people – most of them mothers – walked among the thousands of plants for sale in the McMillen Ice Arena while volunteers helped them choose which would be best for their yard.

Mitch Sheppard, deputy director of the Botanical Conservatory and Foellinger Theatre, said all the plants are grown by volunteers and the sale is run by volunteers.

For Judy Church, the sale was a great way to find some annuals, but more important, she said, it was a chance to spend time with her daughter-in-law.

“I’m having a wonderful time,” she said, looking over some geraniums. “We don’t do it often enough, because she’s just too doggone busy.”