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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two 5-Star Fetes

I'm tracking the myriad of celebrations in and around my life this fall. 

Fete #2:

My Guy and I along with our cousins dined (well!) at Chef Paul's new restaurant Peli Peli for "someone's" 55th.  5 stars for sure!

Fete # 3:  ...the following weekend we journeyed to Dallas.  A nephew was turning 40 and The Johnson Dynasty was in town to laissez les bons temps rouler.  We really could have used a family tree (or name tags) but that tree would look C-R-A-Z-Y with branches shooting off every which way.  Let me introduce you to some of the characters:

  1. One woman with her exes in attendance
  2. One man with 4 sons from 2 women.  (only 1 of his exes was there)
  3. Two matriarchs who are at the top of the family tree; but don't really know one another.  Yet they produced someone at the party.  A son or grandson maybe???
  4. A 30 year old ex-Cajun now firmly ensconsed in The Big Apple.
  5. A transplant from the north that thinks she's a Texan
  6. Brothers not by blood; but closer than blood
  7. The wives of said brothers - so gorgeous you (might want to scratch their face) look twice
  8. Step-brothers, step-sisters, 1/2 siblings
  9. Baby-sitters all grown up with kids of their own
  10. A couple of merchandising czars, shoe men, an engineer, CPA, food and beverage men and women, photographers, teachers, IT geeks techies, stock broker, sales reps, a financial guy...

  •   ex-sisters-in-law, still sisters at heart.  And more - I know I've missed someone!
The beauty of the evening was the love and friendship that ruled the roost!  I wonder if it's normal for such a clan to gather...with all our history...and enjoy it so much!   The Birthday Boy is loved by all so perhaps he and his beautiful wife set that tone.  They welcomed everyone and put on a party.  Just like we like 'em! 
IF we were likened to food, it would have to be gumbo: a mish mash of humanity with a dash of spice and heat and oh so tasty.  But what made it outstanding?  Not a lick of bitterness.  Time (with maturity) heals and forgiveness makes everything taste better.  (Oh, and by the way, we DID have gumbo!)  
 Blended families are a gift and I give the evening 5 STARS!


Emily said...

How nice that so many people came to support this family member on their 40th. This sounds like my daddy's side of the family. Anyone who has ever been a part of the family is always invited!

Anonymous said...

Virginia, I love your blog! What a beautiful way to describe the evening. Thanks for your wonderful compliments. We are so blessed to have you and the boys in our lives. Thanks again for making the trip up to celebrate with Jay. It meant so much to all of us:)
With love,

Lindad Mallis said...

Yes indeed, I do believe there are more and more "blended" families these days and as the very, very white haired Matriarch of our family said...'seeing the many 'layers' of our family - how funny...I'm so proud to be a part of this family. You know someone threw a heck of a good party when one week later we are all still talking about it. You write beautifully!
Love, LaLa

Girl Meets Paris said...

There's still some bitterness in my extended family...I guess we aren't as mature as yours! LOL. I just turned 50, so maybe by my 55th we will all kiss and make-up.
Great pics as always.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet post! So glad you had a great time!


Anonymous said...

What a blast! Looks like everyone had a great time.

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