it doesn't happen to me very often, that butterflies in the stomach (or, perhaps more accurately, from esophagus to upper thigh) but whoa i could NOT sleep last night; can't seem to eat [though i keep trying richer + unhealthier options just in case]; not very focused . . .
-- well, some of you know, some of you don't:
but our oldest daughter, avery, 14, leaves in about 24 hours to spend the year abroad.
she'll be living with a terrific family outside berlin.
as in berlin, GERMANY, as in many time zones away.
whoa. there are those butterflies again.
passport is in hand; bags nearly packed but O-M-G
aargh, did i have a point?
um, yeah, perhaps:
a. i've been out-of-pocket for a bit; give me a couple more days and i'll launch into returning those phone calls + emails + keeping SilverBox a big priority
b. i think, ultimately, this degree of case-of-nerves is going to help me, as a photographer at your wedding . . . i'll try to explain that more later, but i do think it might be the Silver Lining
c. for the friends + family (and oh, please know we count our past clients in that group) ~ if you think of us, think positive, smiley, you-guys-can-do-this-we-believe-in-you thoughts, ok?
wasn't sure how avery would feel about this, but she said, "sure, why not"
so here are a few pictures to share from send-off celebration:
the party was at reichmann pavillion by stephens lake, a great new facility and wonderful place to have a party.
a SLUSH MACHINE (a sweet sticky treat for kids post dip-in-the lake)
a cookie cook-off (complete with blue ribbons)
and traveling B-I-N-G-O, too
terrific friends from so many different points in our lives came by
(teri + rita, for example, knew paul and i before we were even dating. fun, fabulous, and mean-cookie makers, too...thanks for being there you two!!!)
here's avery with MY parents:
and with paul's parents, too:
and look, avery's friends were there in full force + humor, too:
fun times! we'll call this "classic grammy" from now on out!
and there's one of our fantabulous nephews proudly displaying the ribbon his big brother won:
these are my PARENTS oldest friends.
"uncle" rick HATES having his photo taken; so capturing this was a big accomplishment:
oh have i mentioned the yummy, yummy food.
sara fougere tickled taste buds of young and old alike and even had the teenagers coming back for seconds and thirds. soooo delicious. if you're looking for a caterer, gosh keep her on your short list.
aah, the wagner gang.
i'm wearing black, back row; married to the guy wearing bright yellow.
don't you love when you can see the love!!!!
perhaps a few more pics, or not...hey, the link to all of them makes it easier.
there's a lot of images i DIDN'T get; the decorations were SO cute for example. reminded me why you should commission a photographer to come and document rather than just think "ah, i'll take pictures myself" ~ but heck, i digress....off to check on those bulging suitcases; back at SilverBox stuff next week.
have a great weekend, all!