Friday, September 30, 2011

I don't dance

But, I did on this night. With my brother, Billy.
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A few of us at the reception

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Worn OUT!


Nick, Maury, Jessica - 6:00 a.m. Club 111.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Man of the Hour

Jake, my first nephew, (followed closely by my first niece, Jessica) and Katie are getting married next Saturday, giving us all a good reason to celebrate together.
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Jake and Jessica 1975ish

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The younger half of the Carver and Denton families, Thanksgiving about 1967. I loved their big, beautiful, old house at the beach, their parents, their whole family. Jake's mother, Winship, isn't in the picture, because the older kids ate in a different room. I'll get to see them at Jake's wedding next weekend.
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My sister, Mary Beth, on a swing, at Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach. We're going to be there, with all of our siblings and their families, Micah, Dad and Mary Belle, and our dear friends, the Carvers, for Jake's and Katie's rehearsal dinner.
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I took this last weekend when I went to the UT game with David. It was so fun! After a sad, losing season last year, the Longhorns won this one against BYU. The crowd got really excited with they put in Case McCoy and Jaxon Shipley whose older brothers were roommates and key players in the good ole days (a couple of years ago) when UT won the National Championship. The McCoy and Shipley boys' fathers were also roommates and teammates and the two families have grown up in football - the dads coached and the boys played in some small Texas town. I love that kind of story. Yesterday, UT beat UCLA 52-20 or something like that, so I'm thinking the magic is back. Pretty excited about football season. Terry and I enjoy watching on TV. I just listen to the human interest stories that the commentators make and watch the pretty colors. The rules are a mystery to me and half the time I can't figure out where the ball is. David has season tickets, too, so we may get to go to another game or two in Austin :)
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The UT tower is always illuminated in burnt orange after a win.
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Il Pleut!

"Il pleut" is one of the few phrases I remember from my quest to learn the French language before Barbara and I went to Paris last year. That one plus two or three others were the extent of it. It came in handy when I was able to text Danielle (whose native language is French, yet I've never managed to beat her at Words with Friends) this morning when it rained. Texas is having a huge drought caused by a La Nina effect. I'm not sure what that means, but do know that La Nina es muy mal. Just thought I'd show off that I'm tri-lingual. We've only had 10" since last October which is practically nothing by normal standards. Everything is brown and wildfires were raging practically at my back door last week. Well, technically it was more like 15 miles, but I could see and smell the smoke and was irrationally terrified. It may not have been irrational since 1500 homes burned up in the fire in Bastrop as an out of control fire devoured more than 50 square miles about 15 miles from where David lives in Austin. My car trunk is stuffed with family photos, letters, my mom's diaries, computer's external hard drive, gifts from Terry, favorite items belonging to my children, some of my Marie Antoinette/French Revolution books (not the ones in which I'm currently reading, but I know just where they are, in case I have to grab them on the way out.) I'm thrilled to see today's rain even though it's not the rain in this picture. The picture was taken on the George Washington Bridge as Micah and I passed over it en route to Boston a couple of summers ago.
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Don's birthday: July 2, 1966

Donnie and Jerry sealing it with a handshake. Left to right: Don, Jimmy, Billy, the back of Mary's head, Michael, and Jerry.
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This raggedy little trio is made up of Mary Beth, me, and Michael when we were about two, nine, and seven. I'm excited about seeing my little sister and brother this week.
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I hope to see more scenes like this.

 Micah and Caroline in Michael's and Katherine's Richmond kitchen a couple of years ago. Caroline is my brother Jimmy's youngest daughter.  They appear to be listening to one of Katherine's stories, waiting for the punch line.
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I'm going to see Michael this week! This is us standing in front of the remains of a home (Malvern Hill) that some of our ancestors owned during the American Revolution. It sits between Williamsburg and Richmond. A battle was fought there and, I believe that
La Fayette and his troops (which would include a young Count Axel Fersen) stayed there in route to Yorktown. I'm enlarging the actual known facts to make that statement, but Michael, who knows all about these things, said that he thinks they did. It was used as a headquarters or something. I have to ask him about it this week.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

I took this picture from my sister-in-law, Michelle's, living room window the first night Barbara and I spent in Paris. Michelle was so gracious and kind to us. She took the metro to our hotel, bearing food and flowers for our room and escorted us back to her place for dinner. I gazed out that huge picture window so incredibly grateful that it was our very first night and that our whole trip lay ahead. I was also grateful to be able to spend that evening and our last evening with Michelle. This picture is one of my favorites from this trip.
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