Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A weekend of family & friends

A few weekends ago friends & family gathered from near & far to help Lindsay & Patrick celebrate the life of their little Cooper that passed away unexpectedly on January 29th. Cooper's memorial service was inspirational to all of those in attendance. Our belief in the eternal nature of families was a common thread in the tributes. I also appreciated the challenge to take Cooper's untimely death and use it as a way to inspire ourselves to make a change in our lives for the better. So that 5, 10 years down the road I can look back and say "when Cooper died I finally (fill in the blank)." Here is Linds and Pat looking lovely as always.

Rebecca & Suzy

Three bearded gents.

The evolution of the beard by Shawn, Steve & Derek.
Karen & Robyn
It's so bittersweet how losing loved ones brings together family & friends. After the services were complete on Saturday a handful of us went out for a late lunch and to catch up. Steve decided he wanted to take happy pictures with all of his friends.

With famous Dave up for the day from LA.
With beautiful former roommate Rebecca.
With Steve & Melissa who hail from the great state of Sacramento. Man do they love Sacramento.
We were lucky enough to have Suzy with us for the weekend...we don't get tons of visitors these days.
Before the super bowl started Suzy wanted to do some touristy things so we went out to Chrissy Field to enjoy the sunny & windy weather.
Suzy freaked when this sea lion was hanging out by the pier.
Then it was back home to make our super bowl treats. Most were fairly trashy: Behold Suzy's famous bacon brown sugar weenies! (Other trashy treats included onion dip with ruffles potato chips and spinach dip with sourdough bread.)
We also had one totally non-trashy, quite posh treat...CRAB! Man...crab season...I love you. (Please note as soon as we returned home from touristing, we put on our PJ's at apx. 2pm. We couldn't risk a pesky waist band getting in the way of maximum treat consumption.)

On the posh menu, 3 whole cleaned and cracked steamed crabs...served with lemon wedges, clarified butter and cocktail sauce (thanks mom for sending Suzy to town with a $50 dollar bill to be used towards a meal for the three of us...I think we did you proud). I started sitting on the floor but soon realized I needed to be up higher for this high maintenance process.
Steve & his penguin PJ pants...check! Suzy in her plaid flannel PJ pants...check! Bibs in ready position.

When you have something kinda fancy like crab...doesn't it always seem like there's not quite enough? Well, turns out we totally had enough. So much that I even had to throw in the bib/towel before all the crab was gone. Steve & Suzy however hung in there until the bitter end.
Here Steve is trying to intimidate Suzy by using neither a seafood fork, cracker or hands!

Thanks for coming to visit Flooz! Next time bring Ry Ry!


Steven said...

I hope more of your family visits soon so we can make another huge mess.

Lindsay said...

What a lovely post. We're so glad you could make it down to elitist Sunnyvale for a couple days to celebrate our little Cooper.

I am also very jealous of all the crab.

Suzy said...

I'll fight Steve any day for food. Thanks for letting me stay with you guys, it was a blast!