Daughter Kelly, and her husband, Tommy, are down this week visiting the "fam" from upstate New York, where Tommy (also known to some as "Sargeant Mason") is stationed at Fort Drum with the Tenth Mountain Division and just back from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Before I start rambling on about our get together, let me just brag on him a second and say that I'm so proud of him and his bravery and commitment to our Country. Okay then! So we all celebrated their arrival at Tommy's moms' house (Hi, Mary!) in Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday. Lots of food, laughter, and a little bit of Sangria was enjoyed (okay, I guess that depends on your definition of "little").
In any event, there were lots of people coming and going throughout the day at Mary's house starting about 1:00 until somewhere around 10:00-ish. A busy, busy day that continued into the night and everybody had fun. By the way, I have a great admiration for people who love to entertain as Mary does, because I don't. At all. In fact, it's nothing I even aspire to - ever. That just involves wayyyy more cooking, cleaning, and being "on" than I'm interested in.
Dave & Audrey
My brother, Dave, and his girlfriend, Audrey (or "Saint Audrey" as she should be called), showed up earlier in the day, but unfortunately we missed them as they had to head out to a wedding later that afternoon and left before Tony and I got there.
I didn't do it Officer. I promise!
There was also no lack of four-legged friends at the party, either. Kelly and Tommy brought their dogs, Norton and Lola with them and Tommy's sister (Hi, Melissa!) brought her "daughters" Zoey and Princess. We left our own 3 lunatics (Zeus, Snoopy & Lilly) at home because parties are supposed to be fun, not chaotic, and if you threw those three into the mix with the other four dogs, the next thing we'd all be seeing is this, which I'm sure no one would appreciate, least of all our wonderful hostess.