If you are reading this blog, please consider this your official invitation to our first ever blog party. It will be held at our house on Saturday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day) and the guests of honor will be Jackie and her kids and everybody who comes to meet them and spend the day with us (as well as any veterans who happen to show up). This is what Jackie and her kids looked like the last time they were in this part of the world about eight years ago. Jackie has made specific requests for whole milk, Rocky to dress identical to her, time spent staring at my wallpaper (or former wallpaper), saying nice things about U2, ranting in person, letting the kids eat lots of chocolate and for somebody to perform “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” from Annie. If I’ve left anything out here, Jack, feel free to add to the list.
Come join us. It should be a fun time. The only things you have to do to be on the “in” list are:
1. You have to have read this blog. If you are one of those readers who reads and never comments, that’s okay. Come anyway. If you want to leave your first ever comment right here on this post to let us know you’re coming, even better.
2. You have to introduce yourself to Jackie by your blog name.
3. You have to bring something for yourself to throw on the grill and something to share with everyone else.
4. You have to know where we live and be able to get yourself here, because I’m not posting that info on the web.
That’s it. We’ll get started around noon on Saturday. Come and go as you like. We’ll bop till we drop. If you live in other places like Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon, Montana, California, Iowa, Hawaii, Tennessee or the Philippines, you have been given ample notice to get yourself a plane ticket. See you soon.
A few more pictures from eight years ago:
Jasmine and Callie, friends since birth (born six weeks apart):
We hope Sadie and Donald will not be doing this on this trip: