May 18, 2012

Blairstown 2012

We had another great mother-son getaway at the Princeton-Blairstown Center over Mother's Day weekend this year:

I remember when the giant zipline seemed like it would always be WAAYYY too scary for our little guy:

... but clearly those days are gone!

We shared a cabin with the wonderful men of the Kelly family (like us, they had one mom who opted to stay safely tucked in at home); these next few pictures are of Sam (he who made wrestling seem possible) and Dominic horsing around:

And, as a special bonus, we even got to share our cabin with an excellent four-footed friend.
We look forward to this event every year, and were so grateful to the folks who pulled it all together this year, since we weren't able to be of as much help on the planning end as we might have liked.

Not everyone could stay all the way through Sunday afternoon, but everyone who was there for even part of the time had a great time, I think. Strengthening Quaker community AND having fun is a tough combination to beat!

May 17, 2012

Face To Face

I've had lots of great opportunities to appreciate the value of good old-fashioned face-to-face conversations this spring.

Exhibit B:
My dear friend-from-way-back-when Robin came and gave me the chance to unfold the little guest bed in the library. We shared a meal, puttered around town, hung out and listened to Mr. D practice piano... and when I realized the next morning that I hadn't taken a single picture, she gamely got back in bed to allow me to take this one. Fantastic.

And before that, Exhibit A:
My most excellent brother, having procured himself an exciting new position, joined me for an evening out at the Geechee Girl Rice CafĂ©... he'd never been, so it was a treat to introduce him to this wonderful  old haunt and think that we'll now be able to plan many more meals together in the years to come.

I am hoping to keep this trend going. Much as I love all my digital peeps, there's something extra-special about gatherings that can end with a real hug.

(See you soon, Mom & Dad!)