Tuesday, December 29, 2009

There will be something in this space...soon.

Did you come here to read our Lawler Family Yearbook for 2009? It's coming...I hope...why not bookmark or subscribe to RSS feed so that you won't miss it?

We look forward to having something for you to read. Try to be patient. Try not to forget about us in the meantime. Don't give up. We love you!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nick and Natasha get married!

Oh yes, I have some catching up to do!

The wedding day of our dear Nick and his Natasha was August 29th, and here I am to show you pictures! (I can take a picture -- though I didn't take these, Rosie and others did -- but man, I cannot handle organizing pictures...)

For this wedding, we had one task, besides getting ourselves presentable and over to San Francisco. And that was, providing the flowers (in Mason jars) and place cards for the rehearsal dinner. From afar, of course...

So please excuse me if out of the thousands of pictures I could show you, I take up four to admire the arrangements! Thank goodness for a florist who listens...

Bridget and Rosie made the cards, for a signature Lawler girl homemade touch!

The rehearsal dinner was at the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach, the site of the Proposal. How romantic! After wine and cheese we walked to the actual beach and enjoyed the beauty of the spot Nick chose.I can't describe how many events preceded this dinner, not to mention the wedding. It would be too much.

But suffice it to say that we had an amazing week getting to know Natasha's family, and the fun continued unabated until beyond the end, if that's possible.

On the morning of the wedding, the ladies met at the salon to get spiffed up and watch Natasha get her dress on. This dress had been worn by her grandmother half a century ago, and then put in a box until Natasha pulled it out....

And yes, she wore my veil (that was also Aunt Fran's and Rosie's) over the one she had made to match the dress...

We rode in an actual San Francisco trolley to and from the wedding!

Habou with Natasha's mother's mother, Inez, whose dress it was.

Of course we had to sing...

Do you think he is excited?
The church (St. Dominic's) is stunning...

Joseph was Best Man.

My vote for Bridesmaid of the West:

Very happy and proud POG:

And a fun reception at the Fort Mason Officer's Club. A sunny San Francisco day, a beautiful wedding. We couldn't be more grateful to God for His blessings.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thirty years ago today...

...I woke up and realized...this is the day I start my life for real...

...and if you were at Rosie's wedding, and you want to know what that expression on my face was, walking down the aisle on my son's arm, as my daughter waited in the narthex with my husband to start her life for real...I can't explain it, except to say, God is good.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mary Alberta Collins Lawler, RIP

Monday was the funeral of Phil's mom, Mary. She had a long life and died a peaceful death. She will be much missed!

The older kids visited her shortly before her death. Rosie and Philip dropped in on her on the way to their honeymoon (which lasted all of a day), and Suzanne, and later Nick and Natasha, saw her the following week in the hospital.

Rosie, Grandma, and Philip

May her memory be eternal!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Rosie's wedding!

Rosie got married on July 4th, 2009. Come over to Like Mother, Like Daughter, to see pictures and hear about how we celebrated her wedding!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Will's high school graduation!

There he is in the middle group of boys, with the black shirt under his robe. See him?

Listening to Amazing Grace...yes, at a public high school!
I was proud of Will for removing his cap during the singing of the National Anthem. If you click on the picture, you can see him on the right side on the aisle in the middle.
He made it. Off to Villanova in the fall! Congratulations, Will! (and Mom, and Pop :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bees 2009: introducing Cleopatra and Nefertiti

For those of you living far away, it's time to get acquainted with this year's bees.

We have two colonies for this summer, which we've named Cleopatra and Nefertiti.

They arrived just two weeks ago, in "nuc" boxes that hold about enough to fill half of a brood box-- which is one of the deep boxes on the bottom of the hive, where the queen lays and the workers raise brood. Within a week after we'd installed them, to my astonishment the brood box in Nefertiti was totally full, so we added a 2nd. On Saturday we did another inspection.

It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as I approached the hives-- accompanied by Bridget, the official staff photographer-- there was plenty of activity at the entrance of Nefertiti (the blue hive).

We smoked them, and the bees mostly withdrew into the hives. But you can see a lone drone hanging out on the entry-board to Cleopatra.

When we'd first installed them, we had given them feeders (the upside-down jar). They were completely empty, but they'd done their job. There's plenty of pollen for the bees now.

When we opened Cleopatra we found a nice healthy colony: plenty of activity even after we'd smoked them back off the top. (Don't ask me how that oak leaf got inside the hive.)

But again Nefertiti was even more impressive. The 1st brood box was completely full; the 2nd one coming along nicely. (That's the 2nd one on the bottom; you add a new one below the 1st one, because the queen tends to move downward as she lays.**) We added a "super" so that they can get to work producing honey for us.

By the way, see how a few bees are showing up at the entrance again, in the picture above? The camera doesn't catch it, but all the while, as you're working on the hives, there's a constant buzz around you.

It's unsettling at first; then you learn to relax and it becomes a pleasant sound-- a bit like waves on the shore: loud but not offensive. And the buzz says a lot; if it starts to rise in pitch, you know it's time to finish up and get out of there.

Want to see what a full frame of brood looks like? Here's a really busy one.

And then here's another, not quite so full, but in better light.

That's all for this week. Maybe next time we'll see the beginning of the comb for our honey.


** (Edit added much later:) Sorry; I was misinformed. The queen tends to move up as she lays. Somehow I had got things wrong, so I thought it would be clever to add an empty brood chamber on the bottom. It wasn't such a bright idea. But the bees sorted things out eventually and filled both boxes anyway.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Nick and Natasha are engaged!

I apologize for not posting sooner about this news! I can't believe it's taken me so long -- chalk it up to being distracted.

However, here we go.
Above you will see why we love Natasha so much. She's just a great person! There she is at her parents' house, very soon after being popped The Question.

The wedding will be August 29th in San Francisco! Here you have the best picture I could find of the ring, and if you are like me, you really want to know! (I just love jewelry, don't you?)
But the picture I most want to show my grandchildren is this one:

I think it would help them to understand that their mother, while charming,

and undoubtedly fashionable,

and sweet,

and always kind,

and a California Girl, which we hardly can approve of (being dour New Englanders ourselves),


has some spunk!