Oldies and Newbies

My Aunt Carol & my dad when they were little. Love this!


The last couple of days, I have been around people of all ages, ranging from three months to couples in their 70’s and 80’s.  On Friday afternoon, I drove over to a Cafe and Wine Bar in Mendota Heights called, Mendoberri, to help celebrate my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.  This Cafe was a nice, upscale place with fancy appetizers, punch and of course, wine.   My Aunt & Uncle had a computer going with tons of photos of their family that dated all the way back to their dating days.  Those were fun to watch.  Seeing all those hairstyles and clothes that everyone was wearing was a riot.

It was a lot of fun seeing my cousins again and getting caught up with all six of them.  We haven’t seen each other in over five years, so we had lots to talk about.  One of my cousins has had two girls and a third baby on the way, within these past five years and my cousin, Rachelle, has gotten engaged and her daughter has graduated from high school.  Many new adventures in their lives.  My Aunt Carol and Uncle Bernie continue to be healthy and happy and hope to celebrate many more anniversaries together.

My brother Greg & I with Aunt Carol.


Last night, we were invited to a barbecue at Jim and Sandra’s, to meet Sandra’s daughter, Crisitina and granddaughter, Paula (pronounced, Pa-oola).  Cristina and Paula flew all the way from Puerto Rico to visit Mom and Grandma here in Hugo, MN.  Paula is three months old and is super adorable.  Cristina said she had no problems on the flight over and she was a perfect little girl last night.  What a good baby.

Love the hairband.

We all took turns holding her, smiling at her, and of course, talking baby talk.  We did get a few smiles out of her too.  I think she loved the attention and we were amazed at the eye contact she makes already.  She stayed awake for about a half hour at a time, then would be out like a light in her mother’s arms.  So funny how they can just fall asleep in the middle of a loud party.

Paula was tickling Megan under her armpit. ha~

She wanted Kelly’s shiny necklace.

Terry and I couldn’t resist buying some cute girl clothes and had gift bags along for Cristina to open.  A mom can never have too many dresses, skirts or socks for her little girl.   While we girls were oohing and aahing over Paula, I found the guys out on the deck manning the grill and enjoying their drinks.  Baby showers aren’t their thing.

Todd & Jim talk “guy stuff”. Nate is on the other side.

We have to give Jim some credit for his grilling last night.  He made some wonderful appetizers that we enjoyed while visiting.  He grilled a flank steak, sliced it up and placed it on a baguette with fresh arugula & cherry tomatoes that they had gotten at their local farmer’s market that morning.  Very tasty and delicious!

Nice presentation too!

We enjoyed getting to know Sandra’s daughter.  Cristina is a bright young lady who has three semesters left in law school.  She is hoping to get those credits done and move on with a career and motherhood.  She also gave Megan some spanish lessons and tips on speaking spanish.  We wish her well and hope to see her again soon.

We sure had many laughs yesterday as always, getting together with family and friends is always so much fun & enjoyable.

Aunt Terry w/her favorite girls.

Thank you Jim & Sandra! It was fun.

Good-night sweetie~


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