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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

June 18, 2006


Happy Birthday, to you!! Happy Birthday TO you!! Happy BIRTHday dear Deeee Jay!! Happy Birthday to you!!

BB lost her second tooth this past week. She’s got that tooth fairy a jumpin!

We (I) returned home for good on Friday. And, speaking of fairies, apparently the “Welcome Fairy” paid our house a visit. We got in at 5:30PM, unloaded the car, showered, and went to a Japanese hibachi restaurant for DJ’s birthday. Actually it was a birthday dinner for DJ by his coworkers, but they invited us, too, so we went. It was WONDERFUL!!

Last night WE got to do the birthday dinner thing with H2. Is he milking it to the end, or what? We went to Byblo’s, the Greek/Middle Eastern restaurant where we went for his graduation dinner. It was a great evening! Our group consisted of Linda and I, H2, Patti, Jerrod and the kids, KenEllie, Angelica and Kennedy. Eleven in all. It would have been perfect if H1 and DIL had been able to be there! ( Maybe next time!)

It’s now 7AM and it’s Father’s Day. The house is quiet except the birds are starting to wake up and get a little noisy, as they do every morning. Everyone is asleep except for me, because Maynard wanted to go out at 6:15, so I got up to let him out and fix his breakfast.

Linda goes back to Memphis today. The weekend seemed really short this time. Most of it was spent either unpacking or trying to straighten up the house. Right now there’s a waterbed (unassembled) in the living room waiting to be picked up for a church yard sale. It's almost an heirloom, it's been in the family so long. First P andJ had it, then M and H. But Katrina put her stamp on it so now it goes to a worthy cause. We're setting it free, and if it doesn't come back, then it was never really ours to begin with? (Mental image here of standing in the doorway watching the bed as it runs out across the rolling fields into the sun. And I haven't even had any coffee yet today!)

It's hard to believe that KenEllie's wedding is less than two weeks away! Where has the time gone? It seems like it was only yesterday we were all wondering who this Ellie person was that Kenny had met, and now she's family, firmly entrenched in our hearts, and subject to all the love and affection we can lavish on her!! (BTW, rumor has it that Ellie and the "Welcome Fairy" bear a striking resemblence to one another!!)

After I've had a few days to kind of settle in, I'll try to fill you all in on my impressions of the city as it is now. First impressions are that it is still incredibly dirty and has a "run down" look and feel. We'll see. Starting Monday I return to work at the old location, and the drive will take me through some of the worst hit areas of the city, so I'll see what' s going on first hand, every day. Stay tuned!!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you daddy-o's out there!!!

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