Just to change the cover… a re-do of my sister and her boys.
’04 January and February
We’ve got Mom’s birthday extravaganza, Angela’s birthday at the zoo, Burt and Char and the Malibu Creek State Park, Aunt Hilad’s funeral and More.
Nancy at the Biltmore, in Tritone, out for our City Tour in honor of her birthday past – she loved the Biltmore, hated the Disney, accepted the Cathedral, enjoyed the Library, etc. etc. and bought us a bottle of bubbly to toast her first grandchild born just a few days before, of whom she already had a thousand pictures and a gorgeous photo album to share.
Our post-performance portrait.
What with the invitation creation, extravagant games, decorations and entertainments, phewww. I guess we should compare all such efforts to The Big Eight Oooh and think of it as a walk in the park. Girls! An idea for next year! A walk in the park!
Extra thanks to Jeri for the use of her condo’s recreation room.
(pix from Angela)
A picnic area in front of the Visitor’s Center, which didn’t open until noon. We ate a modest picnic, chatting away, relaxing from our morning hike and missed our chance for a peaceful visit to the Visitor’s Center. By the time we roused ourselves the place was absolutely Swarming with approximately two hundred and seventy nine high-octaine Boy Scouts.
I have however, played around with this idea over the years and others will have heard of it so I’ll share now.
It strikes me as so amusing – take the box of ashes (ashes, now that part seems obvious) and divide it up into two tupperware containers, and then you can each put the tupperware on the floor in the back of your hall closet. Then, when people run across it they’ll say ‘hey what’s this’ and you’ll say ‘oh, that’s Mom. She always wants to come along. Really, she’s no bother.’
Then, when your kids are ready to take you to The Home, divide the container for them and they can put it in the back of their hall closet. ‘Oh, that’s Grandma. She always wants to come along. Really, she’s no bother.’
Wow, two weeks in a row!
I was out of town for Lourdes’ housewarming party so I wanted to go at the next opportunity, because I knew it was going to be Great, and I was Right. Mazel Tov Lourdes!
Why is it like this, that Lourdes is the one with closed eyes? And Lujbi, look up! The Boyfriend (who washed up the dishes oh wow) took this shot and you know how you all are; ‘Are we DONE yet?’ Next time you’ll be more patient!
This was a week of social highlights – like for example here are Windy, Carol and Alex. Now that’s a highlight.
I had two other versions of this foto here and they were both pretty way darn cra**y. Not that this is National Geo or anything but just that in that last set I completely forgot about layer-screen-percentage-merge down and consequently ended up with cra*.
Let me file this in the Live and Learn folder.
It’s Happy Happy BIG FIVE-OHHH to Rosie. Do you notice even my young friends are turning fifty? Rosie put on quite an extravagaza, Fun!Food!Fantasia! with more than 50 guests filling her parent’s house in happy celebration of Rosie’s BIG FIVE-OHHH. Did I mention Rosie was FIFTY?
These are her dearest friends from high school, all of them sweet and adorable and lovely in every respect. They even let me play too.
I particularly wanted a daughter-and-dad shot but I really blew it on the family pic… I’m sure that whole story will be in some novel…
Nancy’s Oscar Party and feast-o-rama, Girl’s Night Out. From Sandy, clockwise, then Sharon, Susan, Paulette, Nancy and another Nancy.
Nancy, Nancy and I were in hot competition for best picks within the whole slate, not just ‘the majors’, the prize being huzzahs from the crowd. The other Nancy picked Sean Penn over Bill Murray. In the end she deserved to win for going against the common wisdom and going against her actual desire which was for Bill Murray to win. Interestingly, if you had just picked Lord of the Rings in every category it was up for you would have won.