Wednesday, June 10, 2009

50 years of marriage, canine landscaping and relaxation

So, it's been a while since we've blogged-- mainly because we haven't done anything (really, we mean ANYTHING) since we got back from Peru.

That being said; we did manage a trip back to McAdenville this past weekend to help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my (Ashley) great uncle and aunt- Dick and Judy.

Dick (my grandfather Rufus' brother) and his wife Judy have always been a staple in the Rankin Family. Just ask my Dad. They were practically second parents to his sibilings and him. In fact, as we found out this weekend, my father and his cousins essentially had their own little "Lost Boys" pack who caused chaos on the streets of McAdenville. We wish them another 50 years of happiness. On another note, Ashley's aunt Sue and uncle Mark flew in for the little lunchtime gala, which is always a good time and good conversation.

Our dogs (yes, all three) came along for the stay at stately Rankin Manor, and that will never happen again. They essentially got themselves banished for 1) stirring up trouble with the Chihuahuas (that's a two-sided thing), 2) digging up flowers in Toni's garden while blazing a through-the-center-of-the-Earth trail to China, and 3) throwing dirt all over the patio, coming dangerously close to the pool. Other than that, the weekend went well, since leaving all three outside meant they ended up very tired at the end of each day. In the meantime, Cooper and Mattie would like us to join with Aunt Sue in reminding Grandpa Joe that well-polished hardwood floors are not exactly "dog-friendly." Though they do appreciate his hospitality and leather recliner.

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