It was a good night. Don's mom was completely taken by surprise, and very moved. The family clan is HUGE. As I've only met most of them at a wedding or two, I barely remembered some of them. I felt badly, but it was happening all-round, so no big deal. I had forgotten how blasted charming some of his relations are. His Uncle Michael, for one - "Take my picture with Kelly, so I can take it into work and brag!" in that lovely Irish lilt of his. "They'll say I'm robbing the cradle!"
"And then they'll say "She has excellent taste!"" I replied.
His other uncles are just as lovely. I did remember a few of his cousins (some of whom are a complete hoot!), and met a few for the first time. The three C. boys seemed to move around as a unit, all three of them tall, charming and handsome. Don wants to take them out next time they're in the city. I want to just sit in the background and watch the results.
Funny - I wanted to make Don proud. I wanted his relatives to see he had an attractive wife, even though I'm not feeling it (skin issues, as usual, and the customary weight gain resulting from Faire's end and a month of sitting on my butt for NaNo). But, I found a decent outfit to wear (though I loathe clothes shoppping for myself!) which -surprise, surprise- didn't come from an Old Navy clearance rack. And you know what? I looked nice. I'd even go so far as to say I looked pretty. I took some pains over my appearance, which was noticed by one of my nieces. "Your face looks different," she said.
"I'm wearing makeup."
"Your eyes are sparkly."
"That's from the eyeshadow."
"Oh." Then it was back to playing with the way cool pirate ship and castle they had in the Cry Room. And yes, I spent a fair amount of time in there playing with the kids. 'Cause it was fun. And they had these incredible Fischer Price knights that I want.
At ten p.m., the party was officially over. Of course, that just meant it was moving to my mother-in-law's house (the family does love to party!). We kids stayed to clean up the hall and set it up for Sunday School. Got home after midnight. A truly good evening, but, admittedly, a bit of a relief that it's behind us now.