#SOL14: Family Weekend FUN!

Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy for creating a place for us to work collaboratively.

It was a huge family weekend.  My youngest brother, the baby in the family, graduated summa cum laude with his BS in Business Friday night with Mom plus three siblings in attendance. We had a fabulous pre-party with food galore:  veggie and fruit pizzas, veggies and dip, sandwiches, cupcakes, pies, sweet potato cake, and a wee bit of Uncle Leo’s homemade wine.   Here’s a collection of photos from the festivities!

Wayne grad








Everyone had read last week’s slice (Mom’s birthday post) except Mom so she read that later in the evening.  She wondered why I had left out the “riding the bull” picture.  That led me to wondering about the “Kiss the Blarney Stone” picture.  Darn, again. . . . all on an external hard drive at home – not where I am currently located.  I discovered this picture of orchids that Mom drew in a class on her Mediterranean cruise and decided to share it.  She has so much artistic talent!

Moms orchids







Saturday  was a fabulously great family day with our departure from Ankeny at 6:15 am for the Iowa Homecoming festivities. Drumline, Alumni Band, Hawkeye Marching Band – what a treat to see and hear so much great entertainment! And the “FUN that was had by all!  You truly can see just about anything and everything at a collegiate football game.  It was my sister’s first game sitting as a spectator in historic Kinnick Stadium, as well as niece Courtney’s first Hawkeye football game so the high-scoring first quarter and ultimate win were greatly appreciated!

homecoming game





Simple things like late lunch after the game, picking up Grandma and heading on to the next adventure occupied Saturday evening.  We watched nephew Josh’s high school band perform at marching contest at Muscatine.  What a pleasure to see and hear the pageantry that accompanies high school marching bands.  However, it was a bit nippy and the blankets to sit on and wrap up in were both greatly appreciated.

The big excitement from the weekend was skyping with my kids Friday afternoon.  It was so totally an “A-Marek-N” conversation with many people talking simultaneously and lots of laughter.  The seriousness was in this message!

Evan Julie and Coach








And this one . . .

McVeigh pumpkin patch








So my final words for this weekend (courtesy of a vendor on Melrose Avenue), and I’m sticking to it . . .


22 responses

  1. Congratulations, Grandma!

    1. Thanks, Dea!

      You read that so correctly!!!

  2. What a fabulous weekend for you! So much fun with family and a big announcement. The announcement is the best sort of news, congratulations!

    1. Elsie,
      I was so excited to finally be able to SHARE the news!!! Love family weekends but sometimes I do have to “rest” up!!!

  3. Congratulations, Fran! How exciting!!

    What really strikes me about this Slice (and lots of other ones you’ve written) is the support in your family. You guys always seem to show up for each other at various functions and celebrations. Very cool.

    1. Thanks, Dana!
      Family is so important to us. The graduation picture shows the siblings from Florida and the Chicago area. That does increase the pressure on us “local, in-state” folks to be sure and arrange our schedules!!!

      So glad that you recognized that!

  4. Someone’s having a baby! What a cute way to announce, Grandma-to-be!

    1. Thanks, Stacey!

      I am so excited! I think I am sticking to my personal limit of one item . . . per week! (only 6 books so far!)

  5. Congratulations to you and your family, Fran! So excited for you all 🙂

    1. Thanks, Catherine! It’s going to be a great adventure! ❤

  6. You Are going to be a Grandma! Grandmas are the Best! I survived last weekend because Grandma and Papa were here. Congrats to all of you! Best wishes for lots of joy and health!

    1. Thanks, Kendra. I am so excited! The grandmothers in my life have had such an impact on me that I have “big shoes to fill.”

  7. What a great announcement! Congratulations to everyone!

    1. Thanks, Leigh Anne.
      I have an amazing daughter-in-law! It’s so much fun!

  8. Woohoo!!!!! Congratulations

    1. Thanks, Adrienne. I should make a prediction about the baby’s library size by the time the baby arrives!!!

  9. Congratulations grandma! WONDERFUL October news!

    1. Thanks, Anita! October is a BUSY month in my family. . . Mom’s birthday, a sister’s birthday, her three “J” kids, a great niece, a brother-in-law. . . . . LOL . . . great October news!

  10. Yay for you, Fran! So happy I stopped by to read your post this week!

    1. Thanks, Melanie! We’re so happy to have such wonderful news!!!

  11. WOW! So excited for you! Got to this post late but so glad I did!

    1. Thanka, Juliieanne! Glad you stopped by!

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