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This was a two-party week in LollyPopLand. We have lots to celebrate.


Tuesday night was our third election night watch party – and the second in a row to behappy occasions. Good friends, good food, Blue Champagne Cocktails and a repeat (only better if I do say so myself) of the “confidence cake” from four years ago. 

This old lady was up until 2 after cleaning, watching concession/acceptance speeches calming down.

Lolly and Pop in his Barry O Hawaii shirt.

But today was a family affair, a double celebration of my baby boy’s 34th birthday yesterday and his baby boy’s impending arrival tomorrow.

Birthday boy sporting his new “dress” Razorback toboggan.

Our new baby boy will be Luke  – and since my baby boy Ben was an uber-Star Wars fan, it was only right to get a Star Wars-themed cake. (He and Liz were Luke and Leia for days on end as little-bitty kids.)

My over-achieving days are over, though, so I farmed out this cake assignment. Our neighborhood Community Bakery has been our go-to place for non-Lolly/Mom-made cakes for at least 25 years.

My boy Ben has been bigger than me for 20 years, but he’s still my baby. Grandpa Bill can’t get over how time has flown.

We had a crazy good time, as usual. The boys were wild, as usual, and the little girls precious, as usual.

Mother and Bill were hale and hearty, which is something we don’t take for granted anymore.

Instead, we’re grateful for every moment. Especially when we’re all together.

Sea of love

In the never-ending theme of life, things have been crazy-busy the past few days (which, in a Freudian slip, I just typed as “fast few days’). But they’ve been good – much of busy-ness is self-induced, of course, but I’ve also been drowning in a sea of love.

Let’s see, where did we leave off? Thursday was lunch with Susan and a quick visit with the grandkiddos; Friday was dinner for Gracia and another friend; Saturday I don’t really remember, except Pop and I had a lovely dinner at our beloved Curry in a Hurry – and Liz and Jessica came in and sat in the booth behind us.

Jessica just finished her Master of Liberal Studies and will begin an internship at the Clinton School soon. We’re ever so proud.

Sunday was another early, hot day at the farmers market with Julia. Jude lost his first tooth (with some assistance from Dad), which is, of course, a major milestone in LollyPop land.

Kindergarten grad Jude just lost his first tooth!

Sunday evening took us to a cool pre-Memorial Day party at Gracia’s new house – where I ran into a high school friend I haven’t seen since I was about 20.

That’s a long time.

And that brings us to Memorial Day, which was also Mother’s and Bill’s 29th (!) anniversary – two excuses for an ever-growing-family get-together/cookout at our house.

Mother and Bill celebrate their 29th anniversary.

Annabelle and Sylvia wore their matching Lolly-made outfits, and we overdosed on cuteness and Community Bakery strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting.

Annabelle and Sylvie, in matching Lolly-made outfits, stand by our gorgeous Pop-made coffee table.

Annabelle models her outfit.

Frances Willette and great-grandaughter Sylvia Frances

Liz succumbed that day to a hideous stomach bug she caught from her kids, so Miss Annabelle spent yesterday with us and is here today. Annabelle’s super-busy and is really starting to talk. “C’mon” is her favorite phrase; she says it with a little flip of her hand as she goes flitting off somewhere.

Sometimes she’s leading the dogs. Usually she’s leading me. No workouts required on baby days.

On another note, our garden’s coming in – we won’t declare success yet, but the scary fake owl seems to be keeping the squirrels at bay for now. Four squash, one banana pepper and bunch of kale were yesterday’s harvest.

And in keeping with things we love, last night was the opening night of the Little Rock Film Festival. Such a success story – kudos to Craig and Brent Renaud.

Last night’s film, America’s Parking Lot, is a must-see for fans of documentaries, the Dallas Cowboys, or fandom in general. The follow-up Q & A, moderated by Lindsay Miller of the Arkansas Times, brought featured fan Cy Dittmore from the big screen to real life, and director/producer Jonny Mars proved he’s a young man of conviction – and a top-notch moviemaker.

Tonight is Bernie. We’re looking forward to it. But right now, Annabelle has a book in hand. We have a date with Alice in Wonderland. 

It’s very important. Can’t be late.