Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Before heading home after Caine and Deb's wedding, we made sure to spend a bit of time poking around downtown Camden. I hadn't been there since my high school friend Britt got married in the amphitheater there in '99. The spot where she got hitched is right behind Ava and I in our selfie. Such a gorgeous spot.
We had some delicious food and visited a few fun shops before we made our way home. Stopping for gas proved exciting when the girls got to experience an old-fashioned pump with flipping numbers.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

caine + deb

Caine and Deb planned their wedding at a beautiful spot on the Maine coast south of Bar Harbor, and just north of Camden. We stayed in a cabin with Nandy and Grandpops for the weekend at the resort where the wedding was held. There was lots to do: bowling, ping pong, billiards, and catching up with family.

The rehearsal dinner was followed by a gathering of those who were traveling from afar. It fell on Cinco de Mayo, and my family joined in the cultural appropriation of the day.
We had a lot of fun celebrating the wedding. They'd planned on having an outdoor ceremony, but the weather didn't cooperate and it rained all weekend. We didn't let that dampen the festivities.

Chris Buck performed the marriage rites. Casey, the best man, unfortunately came down with food poisoning. Though he was able to participate in the ceremony, he couldn't attend the reception. So Caine got up and spent a few moments giving a tribute to Casey that was quite moving.

Buck and Kurt Ela then stepped in to tag team the toast. While they're both known for their humor—and when you involve Duttons that means it includes a heavy dose of teasing and sarcasm—they made sure to portray Caine as the truly upstanding human he is. Deb is indeed a lucky woman.
The reception was full of dancing and hi-jinx. Ava made sure a few adults unknown to her had a thorough education in political systems. My dad, who'd tried to pick up a thirtysomething blonde the night before, was a hurricane on the dance floor. He refused to be shown up by Katelyn and I dancing on chairs, so launched himself on to one as well.
I couldn't let the opportunity pass to dance to "Girls" by the Beastie Boys with Caine and Chris. They, Corey, Casey, and Shawn had put on a little dance for me to this song when I was a teenager. For me, that made the event even better.

Friday, September 15, 2017

teens and beds

Ava loves her bed as much as any human could. Such a stereotypical teenager. She'd live there 24/7 if she could.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

visiting with al

From Kurt
I got an opportunity to visit with my childhood friend Al on a beautifully warm late April day after working at a tween retreat at Almont. I had a very late flight out on Sunday so I had most of the day to kill. We caught up over a few beers on a boat ride around White Lake and also got a chance to play a little two-on-two hoops with his son Z and one of his friends. Al's daughter S even joined in for a bit! I saw Al's oldest daughter, E, for just a bit when Bridget returned home with her after a dance recital. I also got the opportunity to attend Z's basketball game later in the afternoon and even had time for a Guinness out on the porch with some of Bridget's family. It was a great day with my good friend Al that I first met so very long ago way back in the second grade. And I even made my flight (barely) after all that!

Monday, September 11, 2017

porch reading

Someone still likes reading to her cat.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Easter '17

Kurt made sure our Easter traditions stayed on track by coloring eggs and making paska with the girls. The Easter Bunny came during church. We took our annual family photo.
And we'd spent most of the day before Easter making vegetable pot pies for Easter dinner. So it was a delicious feast that included fighting the colored eggs. Nandy topped off the feast with a new dessert of Floating Peeps.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Good Friday

What's the most appropriate drink for Good Friday? My guess was a Bloody Mary. So Kurt made them for Morgan and Nina when they came over for dinner and visiting. Ava couldn't wait to share with them a book I'd found called A is for Activist.