Monday, May 5, 2008

Surrounded by Women

This past weekend has been about as fun as it gets in life. I told my Fairfax friends that I had nearly all my girls with me this weekend (just missing Janette--well, also Kate and Madison) and we were having a blast. I loved the variety of activities (yes, even as a guy, I was involved in a number of them--as was the lone man of the next generation--Truman)--from breakfast at Mimi's (man, their food is SO good) to facial masks (I only observed) to cheering at Michaela's soccer game (the half-time show was the best we've had in 13 seasons) to going to Mariah's play at Robinson (Les Mis sank deeper and deeper into my heart) to wonderful talks during the airport runs (I can learn a lot in 65 minutes) to a whole-wheat waffle breakfast at home (we're learning how to be healthy eaters) to a Boston Market picnic at Burke Lake Part (now THAT'S a combination) to just sitting around and talking--this was all just pure fun and pure love. There were many times when I was just listening to all the chatter and I felt my heart would just burst with love for my family. I truly loved having my girls surround me again--in fact, my greatest wish for the entire weekend was to have one shot of me with my girls--and we got it right after Les Mis in the hallowed halls of Robinson. Thanks to all the girls for their love and sacrifice to make this journey to Virginia (clear from San Diego, Vancouver, Salt Lake and Boston). What a wonderful tradition! All I can say in conclusion is this: Watch out for the men, because I'm cookin up a competing tradition (I should say a complimentary tradition) of an amazing gathering somewhere that will be top-of-the-line fun--so, Scott, Eliot, Dave, Lucas, Jeremy, Andy, Thomas and Truman--stay tuned! Below are some fun pictures from the weekend (I'm still learning how to do this, so forgive any formatting problems).

The question on this picture is: Where is Mariah? (Hint: She's the one with her hands up in the air!)
So, all I can say here is that I'm glad Mariah played the part of the woman who bought Fontine's hair--"what pretty locks you have there!"
Mariah doesn't seem as aggressive here to get her money from her labors at the factory--probably because of the injury from the cart many years before...
Okay, so here's my wish come true--surrounded by my girls (my women). What a picture of joy and love and happiness!
You have one more chance to find Mariah in this picture. She is the one smiling.
Here we are waiting to go to our table at Mimi's! That is a gorgeous group of loved ones!
Here's a nice picture of Rachel. Love that back-lighting!
Two more of my girls--yes, Lucy is now one of the girls, too, and will be around for many fun years to come.

Best caption? To be in this family you really have to put your best foot forward! Second best caption: You have to stay on your toes to be in this family! I have to say those are the most beautiful feet I have ever seen.
There's the "Boston-Market-Picnic-at-Burke-Lake-Park group. Truman took the picture.

Here are TMWOSC (the masked women of Sideburn Court).
I don't know why I lost the last picture I had posted, so please also note that TMWOSC are wearing very cute aprons that are hand-made in the Philippines--actually they were made with love by Sister Rachel. What a sweetheart.


time-for-a-paws said...

That weekend was truely SOO fun! I loved hanging out with all my sisters and getting our toes done. I have to say that what you said is true, the best half time show EVER!!!

Beanie said...

I'm so glad you documented everything with great photos. Everybody agrees that we'll have to have our next sisters' weekend also in Virginia because you serve us so well!

LikeAstaR said...

thanks for the pictures! It was fun.. thanks for taking such good care of us!

Janette said...

Thanks for posting the pictures...what a fun weekend! We'll have to get a bit more notice before the next one (like nine months :)) so I can come, too!

Gustogirl said...

It was such a fun weekend. Thanks for everything you did for us, especially the pictures. It will definitely have to be a tradition!

pinkmorning said...

It really was so fun to be with everyone. Thanks for is fun to have the pictures and it was fun to show them all to dave!