I'm a free-spirited photographer, soon-to-be yoga teacher, gold medal aunt, aromatherapy lover, and grand adventurer who loves nothing more than warm evenings on the porch with her husband, dogs, cats and a good bourbon.
It has been a few weeks since the Thugs and I had any alone time to wander the meadows and watch the clouds go by but I've promised them some down time today. It is the first "my" day I've had in a while and I almost took T's nose off snapping at him this morning when he made one small demand on my time today over breakfast. Not happening dude.
Tomorrow and Sunday we have obligations but today I plan to edit photos, mulch, walk, and just sit on my porch on my bootie watching the high grass from too much rain blow in the breeze. Today is also the first sunny day we've had in a long time.
Before I bid my weekend farewells I will say that I received the terribly sad news from a friend of mine about one of my earliest blog friends Terri Lynn Sykes. Many of you may remember her from Near Distant Shore. It seems she lost her long battle with cancer Monday. She was so young and had a little boy. I hope he knows how much she loved him and that with such a rough start in life this kid will be able to go on to have a glorious life and achieve great things. So I was hoping maybe us old time blog buddies could have a moment of silence for her in our day today.
A little boy we love having a McNugget on his big birthday. Toonces and I didn't get to stay long but Ben was having a blast.
Toonces and Eric. On the quiet side.
Toonces couldn't spend all his time in the play room. He is not accustomed to that much noise.
I would call him a wimp but it does take some getting used to as you parents of Mickey D playrooms know!
We told dad he looked like the Burger King "king"hanging at McDonald's.
And more kids we love in a pile.
And thanks for the Sparkster concerns. He is now home from the vets and recovering. Still on pain meds and swollen but better. And hopefully his personality will come back too.
"Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Benjamin..."
Yesterday Ben, Mo and I went to Winston to Toys R Us, Chuckee Cheese, and the big mall for some clothes and new shox for the birthday kid. I had an awesome time. Surprisingly the pizza at CC was really good. Kids are not out of school yet so with the small crowd we had big fun playing games.
Ben told his grandmother he was going to take her down and he was right. What concentration.
My favorite part was having my own Diva Fashion backstage pass ID card made and Ben's hand covering my eye in the picture.
Happy Birthday Ben! Toonces and I love you very much
Peonies from my mother's garden. Mom sat for us while we were gone this weekend and we came home to a clean kitchen (I'd had to leave a sink full of dishes), fresh flowers on the table and dessert in the fridge. Can't beat that.
We were back up to Tappahanock, VA. I've never been in my life and then twice in 3 months. But Toonces had a law school roommate / friend having a 50th birthday party. This party was one that Gatsby himself might have thrown. The UVA orange colored roof is easy to spot along the scenic river. We actually went to the sun deck on top of the house the night of the party before the sunset. Amazing. That folks is a house!
I asked our friends Julia and Edd to help Martin "model" the house.
They will be down here in a few weeks for T's own 50th party. Ours will be a bit more scaled down to say the least. Actually ours will be quite intimate.
On our way up Sunday morning my mom called in a panic that Sparky, my dad's sweet dog, had been attacked in the yard by the neighbors dogs. If mother hadn't gotten them off Sparky he would've died. Luckily there was a vet in the office in town here and dad rushed Sparky down. Mom had to get daddy out of church. Sparky was mauled in his own yard and none of us are very happy about it. I would dare the dog that hurt my babies to step one paw back on my property. But in this case I blame the owners for not having their animals spayed or neutered and then let them roam free. That is trouble waiting to happen. What if Seth had been there and tried to help Sparky? Ridiculous.
But Sparky is on the road to recovery at the vet. He is still swollen, has a badly injured leg and must remain on pain meds for all the bites all over his body. He looks pitiful. Toonces and I visited him on our way home last night. He just looked at me with those big brown eyes with his little tail barely thumping.
And this was Saturday. David and Suzy finally tied the knot. Toonces served as best man and Suzy's daughter was her maid of honor. I was the phot-og. No I do not do weddings. These guys are our close friends so I agreed.
Don't they look fabulous?
A huge congratulations to these two.
Today is Ben's birthday shopping day. I am headed to Winston as soon as I finish up here. Then I come home to frame. Frame tomorrow. Go to Ben's party. Thursday I deliver the portraits to the Homestead. And then, maybe then, Toonces can have a home cook meal and clean laundry!
Lastly I would like to say how much our hearts go out to the family of Levi Barnard. A family that Martin and I both have known for so many years. Levi was killed Thursday in Iraq. The paper has said in a roadside bombing but I do not know that for sure. He was 28. Our deepest condolences to that family.
A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest, honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly stupid. ~ Captain Jack Sparrow.
This is the 3 year old class that performed before Ben went on in his graduation ceremony yesterday. I loved those 3 little boys as they were quite entertaining but here the cutie in the ball cap seems to be looking at his buddy like "whoa, chill dude."
My friend Ben saying farewell to pre-school and headed to kindergarten.
In a week crammed with photo obligations and a weekend of it to boot yesterday was kid's day. I attended Ben's ceremony in the AM and Toonces and I went back to see the championship soccer game between my brother in law's team (which Izzy and Caleb play on) and Jackson's team. It was an exciting game and I was so proud of how well all three kids played. Jackson and Izzy both had some really big shining moments and were not afraid to go after or head off the big boys. I loved it.
In the end Caleb and Izzy's team won 3-1 in an awesome game to the finish.
I think Jackson was okay with the 2nd place finish because he got to play his cousin Caleb and he played with all his might.
Jackson looks up to his cousin Caleb and I was watching them here when Jackson seemed so happy to be guarding Caleb. Caleb at one point took a break from being serious and put his hand on Jackson's back and smiled at him. I thought it was a great moment. I wish I had that on film. Or digital image whatever.
So here are my winners, all of them, Ben, Izzy, Caleb and Jackson. And Eric for a great coaching job. (And lil sis for her input!).