you may have noticed that i’m not doing the mushy little birthday tributes that i used to do…i’m not saying i won’t, just that i’m not. at any rate, our annual family get-together is ostensibly to celebrate michael’s 9/3 birthday; whatever the excuse, we have so much fun. my pictures were actually quite bad, what few i took. when melissa and jess are here, i feel like i can relax, just print the images into my brain for future re-living and use their pics for reminders of just how gorgeous we all are. here’s what i’ve got:
- Aunt Donna with the Jose’s
sister came by on friday afternoon, but missed the casey, jrs. her tree-drawing skills impressed emma greatly. on saturday we had a ton of food to share with the carnahan sisters, their spouses and kristi’s grandchildren:
Kristi, Sophie, Stefanie, Silas, and Melissa
the highlight of our week-end is always going to the racetrack and we chose sunday this year, seduced by the dollar beer. i almost had to beat up a couple of old men, but we had a lovely spot on one side of a picnic table….honestly, this old dude tried to keep an entire picnic table to himself and i told him, hey, i got little kids here and you’ll just have to deal with it. melissa sat down saying loudly: i’m pregnant!! he was still a crank and we’d have gladly adopted him had he been pleasant….his loss. i waited and cashed my tickets in when i left and felt like quite the winner, but i think i just broke even.
At the Track, Sunday
Emma and Olivia watching the horses
and then there’s the icing on the cake: a friend of mine who i had not seen in 32 years drove over from carmi where she was visiting her mom. kathy hanson and her daughter mary woeste are beautiful and i can’t tell you how thrilled i was to see them. well, i could, but it would take more than a paragraph. there has always been a special bond between kathy and me and it is still alive and well. i hope this is just the first of many visits.
- Kathy and Mary visited on Sunday
by noon on monday, everyone was gone and the quiet was deafening—well, there was “we are the dinosaurs” stuck in my head.
- Daddies play with the girls before leaving on Monday
though the pictures are paltry, the sweet, sweet joy of family and friends is precious and i thank you all for sharing your time with us.