Friday, June 16, 2006

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This is so cool - so much easier than trying to post a url that is 2 (or more) lines long in an email!

The only wedding picture I'll post

Are these the most beautiful ghost-kids in the world or what?

Thursday, June 08, 2006

of family trips, weddings and pools part 2

The rehearsal started late, the dinner started late. The food was WONDERFUL, I wish I had the name of the caterer. Not like I could use them since I'm in TX and they are in VA...
After dinner there was a sweet video slide show about the bride & groom projected on the side of a barn. And there were mosquitoes the size of my head!!!!!! Well, not really That big, but they were easily 3 times the size of our Texas mosquitoes. After the slide show folks were getting up and talking so with some prodding/encouragement Giselle got up and thanked the bride for asking her to be the flower girl. It was full night by the time we left. The kids and I were up and out of the house at 6 am - did I mention that the sun rises earlier on the east coast? Well it does - I did a statistical analysis on it when I got back to TX and I proved that it does - 3 hours earlier to be exact!
We had to be at the wedding place around noon so Giselle could try on her dress - perfect fit, no adjustments needed. Then we had to be back at 3:30 for dressing and pictures and the wedding and the reception and Giselle's birthday celebration. We were on time but everything else was late. The wedding was perfect - Giselle got lost on her way down the aisle twice and the bride fainted halfway through the ceremony (she hadn't eaten all day). Did I mention that the Mid-Atlantic region is usually 85 degrees and 90% humidity this time of year? The ceremony lasted a full hour (and they aren't even catholic!) but Giselle the trooper stood perfectly the whole time!!!
Once again the food was incredible, no, more than incredible, it was stupendous!
Once the music started, Giselle left the dancefloor only once the whole night - to blow out the candles on her birthday cake and eat half a piece of it. She danced with her dad for quite a while - it was a moment that he's dreamed of his whole life. We had to leave before it was all over since it was after 10 and the kids were starting to melt emotionally and physically - it was pretty gross humid.
We lit our wedding sparklers and some other fireworks the following night out on the beach with my brother Vlad (and got eaten alive by some more of those giant mosquitoes).
next time POOLS

Sunday, June 04, 2006

of family trips, weddings and swimming pools - part 1

I have about 30 min before we head off to the pool for the afternoon so I'll start this now and end it over several posts.
Family Trips
We got back on Wednesday from our first long trip as a family of 4. It will not happen again soon. I envy my friends that do family trips and wish that we could be like them but, alas, it does not appear to be in the near future for this family. Flying 1/2 way across the country with 2 children and 1 husband (wives you know what I really mean) is not for the faint hearted nor the inexperienced nor the anal-retentive nor the over-worrier.
We flew out all together to Baltimore for a 36 hour visit with Joe's parents. Joe spent the first 12 hours there asleep, I of course got no break (no one ever told me that moms don't get vacations). The next day the six of us explored Joe's old neighborhood on foot which was a lot of fun for Joe to be able to show that to his kids (I think that he's been dreaming of this day since he was a teenager). Some cousins came over for a visit and we had a quiet dinner at the house. At 6 am we got up, ate and packed the car to leave by 7. Then we drove down to Southern Virginia for my niece's wedding that would be happening on Sunday. We stopped by my childhood home on the way and got to visit with my nextdoor neighbors for a bit. We got to Hallieford around 2 (we had several driver vs navigator issues on the way that made the trip about 1 hour longer than it should have been) and Joe promptly fell asleep while I checked out the beach with the kids.
There was some Boo Radley guy that freaked me out a bit while I was checking out the Big House (we were staying in the Cottage House) but fortunately he didn't show up again over the weekend. After Joe's nap he installed a window a/c unit in the cottage so that we would survive the humid weekend - this would be the first time that he had to share a room with the kids and me so it needed to be as comfortable as possible for him. I got a call from my sister letting me know that the wedding rehearsal was to start at 4 with dinner to follow at 5:30 so when Joe woke up we changed clothes and headed out.
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