Boys’ 1st Birthday Party

In Arlington, VA

September 16 - 19, 2011



Part 1: Memphis to Arlington, VA

Part 3: Visit to McLean handicap Park

Part 2: Family Celebrate First Birthday

Part 4: Arlington, VA to Memphis


- Updated December 5, 2011


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September 17, 2011 – Saturday – In Arlington home for twins’ birthday celebration



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 Arlington so we could have a little private time with our family before their other guests started arriving for the 3 p.m. birthday party celebration for their year-old sons Carden Lewis Nolan and his younger twin brother (by a few minutes) Aiden Mayer Nolan. They had been born Sept. 22, 2010 in an Arlington Hospital, but their parents scheduled the one-year anniversary for this day due to some travel plans the next week.


Traffic on the mostly two-lane road between Tysons Corners and their two-story home on Old Dominion Drive in Arlington were fairly light on this weekend day but the drive still took about 30 minutes. We arrived just as Casey was finishing his walk of the family pet dog, Rugby, a sweet-natured, young Golden Retriever.


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 Atlanta; her sister Lauren Cardon of New Orleans; JoAnn’s sister, Estie Cohen and husband Nick Cohen of Virginia Beach, and the Cohen children, Hugh with daughter Sadie (age 8), Francie, with husband Jerry and children Carter and Mason; Caroline’s half-brother, Aaron DuCoffe and his girlfriend, Liza. Others included co-worker nicknamed “Bear” with his pregnant wife, who happened to have gone to high school in Memphis some years ago, and several of Caroline’s friends from her office.


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.



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