This is an irresistible face! Isn't he adorable? And, an independent little rascal, too! Whenever I'm around him, which isn't often enough, he's always busy doing some kind of boy thing! He seems to kind of fly beneath the radar so his whereabouts and activities are difficult to track! This kid is a leader with tons of personality. He's lived his whole life on the same street I grew up on. He walks the streets I did, attends the school I did, lives right next to the mysterious dam at which I played as a child. I bet he has walked to 7-11 and sat on the old King's Grant wall and eaten candy like Kim and I used to do. It makes me happy to know that Nick is there, living that great life of his. It'll be so fun to see him again, in July. I think I'll make up a list of questions to ask him. Really nosy stuff. I'll report back to y'all and let you know what I find out! I bet it'll be interesting!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This picture is a classic. It's always evoked a lot of feeling in me. For one thing, it was taken when I'd just found out I was pregnant with David but I hadn't told anyone. I love the way Mary and I look alike and that Marilyn and her girls are in it. It had been so great to be with them at Thanksgiving. I love the way Mimi looks so noble and Irene looks so sweet. I've always thought of this picture as "The Matriarchs." I still get emotional when I see it but now, along with the love I feel for each of these women, is a sadness because, last October, I was holding this picture in my hand, getting ready to make a scrapbook page with it when the phone rang. I ran to get the phone with the picture still in my hand (normally, I don't even pick up the house phone because friends and family mostly call my cell) and picked it up to hear Jerry's worried voice telling me that Mom had had a heart attack and was in the hospital. Left to right - Katie, me, Irene (Dad's mother), Mom, Mimi (Mom's mother), Mary, baby Caroline and Marilyn. Sorry to start my new post on a sad note but that's the way it is. (One other truth is that Mom's hairstyle, in this picture, has always bugged me! There. I don't have to end my post on a sad note.)
I've been wanting to post pictures of Katie and Caroline for months! These are two of the most wonderfully amazing girls and I love being their aunt. The picture was taken when they were in high school, which was a few years back, and in France, I think. I feel a little weird describing people and their lives. Like who the heck do I think I am? Until someone objects, I'll continue. This picture captures Katie, on the right, so well. Beautiful, serene, intelligent. For a long time there, David joked about marrying Katie although I think both of them are sick of me bringing it up all the time! Caroline's spunkiness can't be captured in a photograph although the sparkle in her eyes gives a hint of it. One of the most fun nights I've spent in years was about two years ago when Mike, Katherine, Tricia, Chris (Maury's friend) had dinner and went to a tiny, country bar with live music. People cleared the dance floor to watch Mike and Katherine dance. Until I saw an episode of that dance contest show on tv, I thought Mike and Katherine were the best dancers in the world!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Kim and Edward with their children, Anabelle and Elizabeth, 2006. Elizabeth turned four on May 21 and her great-aunt Madeleine went to the Bahamas for a minute and missed the whole thing. I'd love to hear all about her birthday party and maybe someone will send me some pictures to post! Elizabeth is adorable and I can't wait to see her and her family when I go to Virginia in July.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Terry was a feared competitor on the paintball battleground. Those of you who know him will easily imagine him, lowcrawling through stickers, mud, poison ivy, snake pits, allowing nothing to deter him from his target. Here he is with David's high school basketball team mates after a day of taking advantage of their youthful naivete. That's David to the right of him. Silly boys thought they were there to have fun but they soon realized paintball with Terry was serious business. See the kid in the front row with his arms folded? Terry shot him so relentlessly that the poor kid cried. It's not easy to make a high schooler cry in front of his team mates so you know Terry gave him a good reason.
Terry loved the Army. He went to college on a ROTC scholarship and then spent four years in the Army. This picture was taken during his time at Airborne School. If he could, Terry would enlist today. His military assignments included a tour in Virginia Beach, where he met me, and in San Francisco, where we lived after we got married. Yeah, what's not to like about that?
This is Terry on one of those ponies that was led around neighborhoods during the 1960's. Doesn't he have a cute faraway look in his eyes? Imagining himself riding the range. For a few dollars a child could have their picture taken on this traveling pony. They may have been a pretty common sight in America because this picture was taken in Lubbock, TX and we have one of Mike and another of me on what looks like the same black and white pony but our's were taken in Virginia. Anyone remember Irene singing Pony Boy and bouncing us on her knee? I sure do. And, Terry and I played the same little game with our kids. I bet Irene never knew that she'd influenced us so. In fact, I published a picture a couple of months ago of Micah playing Pony Boy with Denton in France. And, the tradition continues...
Sunday, May 11, 2008
This was taken in the Tuilerries Gardens while we were visiting Mary in Paris. Micah, Bartlett and Denton were getting a pony ride and Mom was soaking up the atmosphere. I don't think any of siblings or Dad have seen this particular picture so it's meant as a little glimpse of Mom, for them, on Mother's Day. It represents her well, don't you think?