Boys’ 1st Birthday Party
September 16 - 19, 2011
- Updated December 5, 2011
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By LEWIS NOLAN
September 17, 2011 – Saturday – In
Parents Caroline and Casey Nolan host home birthday party for twins Carden and Aiden
Betty and I slept in until about 10 a.m. so I ordered a club sandwich for breakfast rather than my customary ham and eggs. Another small difference in my morning routine – reading the day’s edition of The Washington Post rather than The Memphis Commercial Appeal,
We waited until
about noon to leave the Marriot Hotel in Tysons Corners for the relatively
short drive to Casey and Caroline’s home in nearby
Traffic on the mostly
two-lane road between Tysons Corners and their two-story home on
Betty put our presents for the boys (mainly tiny golf outfits including tweed caps and argyle sweaters with matching short pants) in a designated area. I spent a fair amount of time trying to boot up my Dell mini-net book and also Casey’s fully-loaded, portable Dell laptop so I could check what turned out to be an assortment of run-of-the-mill email. I was pleased the stock market was generally positive the previous day even though my Merck stock (obtained through its purchase of Schering-Plough stock last year) is down about 10 percent for the year so far.
The Nolan’s’ other
party guests started arriving about 2:30 p.m. Among them were several members
of Caroline’s family with whom we’ve grown fairly close since Casey and
Caroline’s marriage four years ago. Included were her mother, JoAnn Glass and
husband, Ron Glass of
Awaiting the attention of the guests were tables of both prepared and purchased foods including
tiny hot dogs and assorted chips, dips, several bottles of wine and an assortment of chilled beers and soft drinks.
The boys – with help from their delighted parents – were happy to open a couple of dozen birthday presents. Many consisted of gorgeously wrapped casual clothing, toddler books (the boys are close to walking their first unassisted steps but still a good ways from talking so others can understand them) and some nicely made wooden toys with wheels like tiny cars and a fire truck with removable ladders.
At 6 p.m., Caroline’s cousin Francie (who also serves as godmother of Aiden, as does Caroline’s sister Lauren serves as godmother of Carden; Francie’s brother, Hugh Cohen, serves as godfather to Carden and Caroline’s half brother, Aaron, serves as godfather to Aiden), went out to pick up some dinner food from a highly regarded, local Italian restaurant named “Lost Dog Cafe.” Included were various salads, sandwiches and pizzas.
After we ate and our grandchildren were safely in bed for the night, Betty drove the two of us back to the Marriott. We watched TV for a while; I drank a traveler bottle of Samuel Adams beer and fell asleep just after 10 p.m.