Monday, October 11, 2010

Givng Thanks for Family

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I'm not sure how I managed it, but I marked 85 (short, hand-written) essays over the weekend, went for one long run, had brunch with my extended family (mom, my uncle, my sibs and their kids, some of mine), ate a few meals at some favourite Vancouver casual spots (Central Pho on Davie, La Bretagne Crêperie on Jervis), even picked up a few essentials (re-stocked my hair product, the all-important Curls Rock). My marking callous is growing another layer, my eye has developed a twitch, but thanks to Pater, I marked away and still got to enjoy a yummy Thanksgiving dinner with my crew.

And Nola.
Is there anything more fun than a doting aunt?

Except maybe an indulgent uncle. . . .


Or two?
Nola is blessed, as are Pater and I, not only by her mom's sisters and brother, but also by their partners, two of whom are pictured here. Pater and I are so fortunate to have in- and out-laws who have become family to us, and it's a delight to see Nola basking in that wealth.

Now onwards into a busy week -- I've got a big surprise coming up this Saturday, and I only hope I'll find a moment or two to tell you about it before then. I'll give you a hint, though. Vancouver Opera is premiering a spectacular new opera with a compelling story line. Read more about Lilian Ailing here -- and think about buying tickets. We could meet up if you get tickets for Saturday night. More to follow . . .

10 comments:

  1. Lucky Nola - she's obviously having a wonderful time! And so lovely for her to have such a great extended family.

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  2. Nola has such beautiful eyes and her lashes are so long...she is growing up in the arms of a protective and adoring family...love her smile.
    We should all be so lucky.

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  3. As they say down South, Nola is a doll baby. She is an adorable child. How fun to have her and the rest of the family together with you and Pater!

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  4. Both Daisy and Kitty have benefited greatly from a huge extended family, and Leyla has one too only far more dispersed which is why she loves going to Cyprus where she is only 3 degrees of separation from the entire island and thus gets thoroughly spoilt!
    85? I struggle with 10! Especially when I find myself virtually rewriting it rather than marking it.
    Glad you have been fed well though.

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  5. Thanks Lisa, Tiffany, Hostess. And Nancy, I love that term: doll baby!
    Alison: 85 was from last Thursday on, and it was tough! Not sure why I so badly wanted to return them this week, but it means next weekend will be marking-free!

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  6. Nola is a cutie pie. I love the long lashes and her smile.

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  7. Nola is such a doll and what a wonderful wealth of family you have. I am sure they all gave you energy and motivation to work through that pile of papers. Congratulations on what looks like a full and lovely weekend.

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  8. Could she possible get more adorable? But- she has! Sounds like a very happy, busy weekend.

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  9. I love a Nola filled post. those cheeks! That hair! That style! That capacity for being photogenic and ruminate coyly!

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