A Family Affair

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~ Jane Howard


Whenever I spend time with my family, a kind of giddy buoyancy comes over me. They lift me up with their love and laughter, their strength and insight. Getting together isn’t always easy as we all live rather far apart. My sister Linda lives in New Mexico. My sister Darlene lives in San Diego, CA. My niece Cindy & her husband Gary live in Texas and my niece Anny & her fiancé live near San Francisco, CA. But last Saturday we experienced the gift of time with each other. My nieces had a reception to attend in Washington and had the opportunity to carve out enough time to come to the house for dinner. My sisters decided to make the trip up too so we could all be together. Such a joy. Brian had the scathingly brilliant idea of putting on a crabfest! So off he went to Uwajimaya for the best Dungeness crab the area has to offer!


The picture above represents half of what Brian brought home. We had a total of 10 crabs. When he got home, he made pies, including this lovely nectarine blackberry pie. So good!


The following day I picked up my sisters. We got home and settled in. They caught up with their email and phone calls. Ah technology!


(Linda on the left, Darlene on the right. Aren’t they stunning?!)

Once everyone arrived and got comfortable, it was time to start cooking and cleaning the crab. Here’s Brian giving lessons to the guys,


At first they seemed a bit apprehensive,


But then they really got into it,


The work in progress,


Ah, success!




While all of this was going on, my sister Linda whipped up the lemon arugula salad.


Then we dug in!


(Linda on the left, Gary in the middle, Cindy on the right. Love these beautiful smiles!)


(The engaged couple, Jaime & Anny. So happy for them)


(Gary & Cindy. Such a cute couple)

We had a lovely dinner and a great time together. For me, time seemed to slow down. I looked around at everyone, drank in the love and laughter, and gave thanks for this beautiful family.


My sister Linda stayed on a couple more days, which was awesome! We took a nice walk through Discovery Park.


The following day I took her through the Pike Place Market and stopped in The Pink Door for lunch.



So much to be grateful for.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you all have enjoyed your week. Don’t forget to give your family a big, big hug!


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3 Responses to A Family Affair

  1. So glad to see these and meet your sisters, they look so much like you. Your sister even stands like you do at the Pink door so cute. The feast looks wonderful but I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Brain and you.

  2. Becca says:

    I just have to say one thing…I’m coming over! LOL Looks like a lovely time.
    Happy Friday Carol!

  3. Dotti says:

    This is a beautiful, wonderful, joy-filled post complete with lovely, smiling faces! Such a treat to read. I know you enjoyed it deep within your soul and so happy you have these treasured photos to remember the occasion.

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