Congratulations to Lauren

After earning a five year Architecture degree and then working another five years while taking six very difficult licensing tests, my eldest is now a licensed architect. I am so proud of her and so happy for her. We celebrated last weekend with a backyard party.

Here’s some of the food and a sign with Lauren’s letters.DSC_0031

More food and my nephew, Collin, my brother, Dave, and my sister Margaret.DSC_0032

Lauren and her boyfriend, Colin, are walking past the Herb Garden on their way to the Party Garden.DSC_0034

Here’s a view of the food tent as shot from the Party Garden.DSC_0025

This is my son, Patrick, and his girlfriend, Lexie.DSC_0023

These are my brothers-in-law, Spike and Daniel. They made the sushi, which was amazing.DSC_0036

This is Michael and me behind  Lauren and Colin making a toast. There were tears.DSC_0052 (2)

This is the sound system. Michael is a recording engineer, so we always have a killer sound system. Don’t tell anyone, but, at one point, I grabbed that mic and started singing along to Miley Cyrus.DSC_0039

It was chilly, so we started the bonfire early.DSC_0066DSC_0065

Here’s my mom at the bonfire. This party came at the end of a wild month of work for me and I was horribly unprepared. Mom stepped up and made it all happen, and it was a great success. By the way, her admirer is my dad, her ex-husband.IMG_4967

Here’s Riley. She loves a backyard party, but I think she got too many treats from everyone.DSC_0059

This was Riley all the next day.DSC_0068

 

a trip to maine

The highlight of my summer, so far, is a trip to Maine with my mom, Libby, and my husband, Michael. We went to see my brother’s family. They are building a cabin – which is a whole other blog post.

DSC_0098 (2)Here I am with my niece, Emily. If you ever have the chance to listen to a reggae concert while floating and drinking, I highly recommend that you do it.

DSC_0121This is Emily and her boyfriend Gaelen on the porch of the place we stayed. The lawn in the background was where the concert was. And the lake is directly below the porch. We spent a lot of time on the porch.

DSC_0097We saw (and heard) lots of loons. A trip to Maine isn’t complete without loons.

DSC_0124There was canoeing – this is husband Michael and niece Julia.

DSC_0127Coming in for a landing – note Julia’s helpful tongue.

DSC_0130Stuck it.

DSC_0139And there was dancing. On the porch. To loud music. At night.  Here, mom, Emily, sister-in-law Lisa, and Julia and her girlfriend, Emma, got caught. We were all guilty of said crimes.

It was a great trip.

happy birthday to lauren

On March 30th,  my eldest turned 28. She and her boyfriend came down from Brooklyn to celebrate last weekend.DSC_0022Here’s birthday girl, Lauren, with our formerly feral cat, Brippy. This picture was taken in the middle of a party. Brippy has adapted.DSC_0021This is my youngest daughter, Laney, and Brippy. Laney is the one who tamed her with love and attention and time and treats. When Laney comes home from college, Brippy will often play hard to get – punishing her for her absence. But Laney is the only one who gets this melt down head-on-the-shoulder hug.  DSC_0016This is my son, and Laney’s twin, Patrick. Oh, and Riley. Riley knows how to seek out the best sofa/pillow experience.DSC_0019Here is a quick shot of some family members at the party. I don’t usually include family photos; we’ll see if I get the business.DSC_0013My brothers in law made this amazing onion bread for the party. Spike and Daniel recently moved up from Florida and we are so happy to have them so close!DSC_0010Here’s my new favorite thing – the cutting board Spike and Daniel gave me. It’s a cut from a tree of theirs. Pretty awesome. Oh, and those rosemary bar nuts? Amazing!