Family Matters

4.16.2012

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It seems like nearly every week I'm telling my friends that my sibling is having a baby, baptizing a baby, moving somewhere, or getting a new job. Because of this sudden surge of events, I've been in close contact with my family the past three weekends for one reason or another, all starting off with a wonderful weekend with my dad. My first dad's weekend was a bona fide success with plenty of good mingling, good eats at Serrano's, 24 Diner and Three Forks, and quality time with my Pops. I enjoyed showing him the lay of my land; he attended UT for law school, so this territory is far from unfamiliar to him, but it sure has changed since his day.

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Here we are, dad and daughter, at the W Hotel downtown, enjoying our first evening of the weekend with the company of several of my friends and their dads.

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The following weekend was Easter, and while most everybody headed home Thursday, I chose to stay with the Taylors through Friday so that I could catch a ride with Erin and Jason and forego making the 160-mile trek myself. April 8th was no ordinary day in our family with my parent's 40th (yes, four-oh!) anniversary, my aunt's birthday, and my brother's 25th birthday all falling on Easter Sunday.

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An Easter egg hunt was a must, of course.

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Sam wasn't all that interested in the "golden" or "silver" eggs which held coins and dollar bills until he saw how much Ceci and Ana's faces lit up at the sight of money. He's slowly but surely learning to love cash before candy.

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We attended a private Easter service at the Holy Cross Chapel downtown, where my parents renewed their vows...

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in the presence of the entire immediate family.

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For my parent's 25th anniversary, the kids compiled a scrapbook of sorts with their wedding invitation, the newspaper write-up, and photos from when the dating days all the way to seven kids later.

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Each kid wrote a note to them, and each child's personality shone. Chris the trivia-master concocted a quiz which simultaneously highlighted his humor and his indebtedness to their many years of parenthood.

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Some opted for more traditional notes,

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while I kept mine short and sweet. (Can't blame me at the ripe age of four!)
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We celebrated at The Grove, a restaurant also located downtown.

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Only one daughter was missing, but she'll be stateside in a little over a month and we couldn't be more thrilled. (more on that in a bit!)

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Chris, Linds and the newest addition to their clan--cute baby Quinn

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Jason, Erin and Sam

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Matching girls

So, onto Carolyn's big move. We knew they wouldn't be expats for much longer, but it turns out they'll be in the US of A sooner than we expected. On the first day of June, they will land in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--their new home, with a couple of suitcases, Elsie, and a baby Alexander in tow. Read her take on their new adventure here.

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The city looks beautiful and ideal for a new family like theirs.

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Being in the Northeast, its landscape and culture will be slightly more European than that of somewhere like, well, Texas, which should make adjusting back to the American way a little bit easier. 

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My parents and I have already booked flights to meet them in the Steel City upon their arrival to help them settle in and simply greet them with some familial love. It's hard to believe I haven't seen her once since I've been in college.

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{the service was held in the same church both my sisters Amy & Erin were married in}
I made yet another trip to Houston this past weekend, this time driving myself. I was privileged enough to be chosen as Evan's godmother, so I wanted to be their for his baptism service.

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He didn't utter a peep when his head was soaked in the holy water.

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Presenting the newest member of the Christian church alongside his proud parents and godparents.

The family fun comes to its grand finale with Kappa mom's weekend this upcoming weekend. I'm sure there will be more shopping to be had and less football to be talked about than dad's weekend, but I'm just as sure there will be an equal amount of fun to be had. Can't wait to see you, Meems!




***In unrelated news, BOD now officially has its very own domain. You will be redirected to this site even if you still use the dotblogspot address, but for future reference, BOD can now be found simply at bridgetsowndiary.com and all questions, comments, and concerns can be emailed to molly@bridgetsowndiary.com. It's a small but significant step in my growth as a professional blogger!