Nov 16, 2012

Back track blogging: MAD dinner fun at THE MERCURY

Whenever we are in Dallas, the POWER(s) that be always make it a point to have a nice dinner out with all the adults (*only*) in the family.



Most everything else we do is generally geared for the most enjoyment for the children/cousins, so it is really is a spectacular  treat to have that adult time with the family.

One of my amazing sister-n-laws, Carolyn . . . . 


And now, for kissy faces.  Who knew I could contort my lips like that?  This kind of face is used a lot in the D.R.  Seriously, there are lots of ways Dominicans use this face to communicate different things . . . but that's another post for another time.  Wait you must for that one.

This year we headed to a casually fancy place called THE Mercury.  Good food + Good laughs = Good times.  This is one of my brother-n-laws, Bruce, tormenting Tricia with style.  He has mad skills. Actually, they all do . . .  Tricia retaliates with not just a "talk to the hand" but a "the hand will smother you and take you down" maneuver.  However, "the hand" was no match for the BIG, slobbery kiss that he went in for after that.



This type of exchange runs in the family . . . .


I heart these people.  They are exceptional.


My nephew, Colin, has made it to the "Big Kid table" and so he was able to join us in all of this.  My artsy sister-n-law, Jane, is a creative inspiration . . . .


And then, there was this . . .


Hi.  My name is Rachel.  I photograph my food.  It's been 30 days since I last photographed my dessert.


At one point, right after the first photograph in the middle row of my brother-n-law, Bruce, was taken, I think tears popped out of Jon's eyes from laughing so hard.  And Carolyn, well . . . .   I can't really say here what happens when she laughs like this.

Beautiful, I tell you.  It was beautiful.

Backtrack blog series: Dallas & family

Life has been swirling with weird, unpredictable winds since we have arrived back in the D.R.  in August after a 6 week stint in the U.S.  Because of that, I've skipped over things that I don't want to skip over.  So, I'm going to do some back track blogging because there were so many special moments during our time in the states, and in particular Dallas, that it would be a shame to not revisit them (plus, I always get homesick this time of year so reliving some of these special times will be like a salve on my soul).

We had TONS of great family times in Dallas.  There was pool parties, lunches, a week in East Texas, a fancy dinner out, happy to be together cousins, etc. etc.  Each one of these could be a blog post all of it's own (because you know that I have almost 2000 pictures from all of this fun-ness!  How am I gonna just pick a few?)  And some of them will be posts on all on their on, but for now a snapshot of some of my favorite moments . . .


Uncle B and Mr. T having a discussion about how many desserts = too many and the difference between gluten free and regular (T-man is not very discriminating, by the way!) All the while Uncle B egging him on to have another. . .  Classic.



Kaf -O - weeeeeeeeeeeen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Grandma and Papa and their baker's dozen. . .  it's not easy to get all eyes pointed the same direction at one time.


More to follow soon . . . .