Cheers! The gang's all here!!
Kate & I motored to Chicago on Thursday to pick up Madeleine -- originally due at 11:59 pm, she missed a connection before even leaving NZ and yet somehow arrived almost 6 hours early! Thankfully, we were already down there and she didn't have to wait too long. But that's a trip/story for another day! The gist of it is, Maddy's home!
I made it a point to grab my camera and take some photos! Rusty, too!
We even tried recreating a few old photos, some with more success...
There's a photo (which I can't find at the moment) of my sisters & I successfully holding our mother in the manner that you can see attempted above. My brother was there, too, but it was after his traumatic car accident and there's no way he could risk it. Anyway, the girls suggested we try it... I never got my right foot off the ground and the only way this might have even remotely worked is if there was no laughing! As it is, it's a pretty awesome photograph and I think I like it even better.
Maddy met Malina for the first time!
Seven weeks old, she's really starting to fill out!
The big kids have discovered some of my shawls!
We had a terrific get together yesterday. A hot dog roast, brats on the grill, this year's favorite salad, along with a few from the deli, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert!
I got a bottle of new-to-me gin to try and some really great cards. It was just about as perfect as a day can be.