Monica's Visit

I had the wonderful opportunity of being able to host Kevin's sister Monica this weekend!  It was great to play big sister for a few days, an unusual experience for both of us.  The guys were so excited to see her!  I promised pictures to her mother, so here goes - they're mostly of the surprise party we threw for her birthday.  I know it was hard for the family to send her away for a birthday, but I'm so happy and thankful that she came.  We had a wonderful four days - I wish she could have stayed longer!

[caption id="attachment_1223" align="aligncenter" width="652"]In the computer lab at the library before I dragged her away for the party. In the computer lab at the library before I dragged her away for the party.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1204" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3745 Cecily, Gloria, Lindsay and...Minion. Yes, that's Minion. I'm going to miss her![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1206" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3748 Monica, eating the cake that I refused to take a picture of. Baking in the house dorms is always an iffy proposal! It tasted good though![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1207" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3751 Minion and my roomie, Ann.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1208" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3753 At least two out of three are looking at the camera. :D It was so much fun watching those three together. I can tell they've missed each other while the boys are at school.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1209" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3754 Some good friends celebrating![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1210" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3755 The food table, mostly courtesy of Kevin. Turns out if he has a list he's a pretty good grocery shopper. :)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1211" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3757 With scarf and earrings (gifts from yours truly). By lucky happenstance, the scarf matches her winter coat!  Monica, you are a lovely young woman.  I'm so glad I've gotten to know you, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1212" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3759 One of Kevin's gifts to his little sister was a big sketchbook, which he was very excited to find. Her artistic talent is absolutely stunning.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1213" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3760 This picture is so completely Kevin that it doesn't really need any other words.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1214" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3761 <3  Bear hug![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1215" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3762 Monica sandwich! I don't think she could breathe when they finally let go. Brotherly love in action![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1216" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3763 Kevin's other gift was a small journal, convenient for writing and doodling.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1217" align="aligncenter" width="652"]DSCN3764 A game of Mafia, with each person attempting to look innocent. Two of them aren't, though...[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1219" align="aligncenter" width="652"]Gloria orchestrates the Mafia versus Innocent Civilian conflict.  Unfortunately  the Mafia ended up winning. Gloria orchestrates the Mafia versus Innocent Civilian conflict. Unfortunately the Mafia ended up winning.[/caption]


  1. The pictures are wonderful! Thank you for hosting her and celebrating her birthday with so much enthusiasm and grace! She enjoyed her visit and did not want to leave!

  2. Anna's faces. LOL!!!!
    On another note, the goddess made some weird cameos... It's always strange when you realize what your face actually looks like when you're not posing. "My face can do /what/??"


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