This would have been Grandma Frey's 86th birthday, and how she would have relished the fun and anticipation of arriving in Olympia and preparing for the Big Event.
We picked up Caleb and Kate at Sea-Tac on Saturday morning and checked into our house on Totten Inlet, about 15 minutes north of Liz's house on one of the several spits of land that extend northward into the tidal waters of Puget Sound. Here's the view from the deck:
Those are mussel rafts visible on the water not far off the shore. That whole area of the sound is leased by a commercial shellfishing operation that farms oysters, mussels, geoducks and I don't know what else. We saw the rafts tended by small boats each day during the week of our stay.
On Saturday night, we gathered for a night-before dinner with relatives and friends who were arriving from afar at Anthony's Homeport on the water on Olympia. Visible here from the right: Rob's sister Bonnie, Tom, Rob, Liz, Liz's friends Deb, Robin and Marty, and Robin's daughter Emmy.
In the background -- Cantys, Clancys, a Recktenwald, some Freys and Murphies, and glimpses of Misa, Olivia, Rob's mother Karen, and Luke, who got into Seattle on Saturday evening just in time to make it to the restaurant with Anna, Laura and Jason.
Ana, Alex, Trevor and Chris.
Aunt Kay Canty and cousins Caker Canty Deasy, Ann Clancy Lee and Kay Clancy. (That's three out of four variants on Catherine, by the way, and not the only ones who were present. This WAS a Frey family wedding.)
Cousins! So cute! And they both look just like their fathers did at their respective ages.
Fast forward to tonight, August 18th: we're in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with one day's traveling left ahead of us to get home tomorrow night. This morning, we drove through a misty, overcast Minnesota and Wisconsin into Illinois and arrived in early afternoon at the St. James Farm Forest Preserve of DuPage County, where "I Saw a Child," a bas-relief sculpture of Grandma Frey's, is exhibited on the wall of the elegant brick stable. I'll post pictures of that -- and of The Wedding -- tomorrow!