After months in Topeka, Nickolai and Leticia leave for home tomorrow morning. We have enjoyed getting to know these young people and marvel at their talents and composure. Last night we hosted a good-bye dinner for Nick and his parents ... who arrived from Norway to accompany him home (after stops in Florida, DC and New York). Real parents, host parents, friends and adoptive host parents posed for this group photo:
Today, we kissed Leticia good-bye as she heads home to Panama. Here she is with her host mother Marie.
We will miss you Nickolai and Leticia, but remember ... you have a home in Kansas.
This weekend started on Thursday. Samantha and Jake flew in from Boulder to help celebrate birthdays and Mother's Day. We joined Oma for an early Mother's Day gathering and photo on Thursday night.
SAC II and Cheryl arrived to help celebrate Dad's 85th birthday on Friday at his office ...
followed by a giant birthday gala at the Circle S Ranch. This event also marked Dad's 30th Anniversary on the Federal Bench.
There was a fancy dinner, lively conversation, clever presentations by the Court Family linking Dad to the Queen Mother and Alice (of The Brady Bunch - and Dad's birthday buddy) and ending with a witty Jeopardy Game. In addition to the entire Court Family, we were lucky to have Nancy, Roby, Melissa, Andy, Donna and Anthony join us as well. Here is the family displaying their Jeopardy Game winnings ... a pocket-sized copy of the US Constitution.
After dinner we enjoyed s'mores by the campfire and learned that Andy and Donna are pregnant! Here is the first photo of little Daniel Anthony Jacob Crow who is expected to arrive in early November:
The next day was Helen's birthday. It was extra lazy and largely consisted of marathon "porch sitting" topped off by an excellent meal and giant (can you say humongous?) servings of Angel Food Cake and frozen strawberries. Happy Birthday to my dear Helen.
Today ... Mother's Day ... completed the weekend. We had a fun and satisfying weekend filled with extra special people